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BAND MEMBER ACCUSES LATE PROMOTER OF THEFT

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In an upcoming biography of the late rock concert promoter Bill Graham, Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman accuses him of skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars from the band in a 1981 San Francisco concert.

Wyman, interviewed by John Glatt, author of "Rage & Roll: Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock," said, "Something happened on the 1981 tour. We found that he was fiddling on one of the gates. We found a discrepancy. He was running one gate without keeping a record of it so all the money was going into his pocket. We found out by pure chance."Wyman said the band refused to deal with Graham on the record-breaking 1989 "Steel Wheels" tour.

Graham, in his autobiography, claimed the rejection led to a mental breakdown and accused the Stones and promoter Michael Cohl of greed.

Graham died in a 1991 helicopter crash.

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