When Keith Richards heard someone had shot his good friend John Lennon, he got his gun and went looking for the killer.

"I was just down the road when he got blown away, man," the Rolling Stones guitarist said in this week's New Musical Express, a British trade magazine. "You know, I was like running up the road with my shooter going, `I'll get the ----er!' " Richards recalled.Mark David Chapman killed Lennon in front of the ex-Beatle's New York City apartment in December 1980.

Richards said he and Lennon used to jam backstage at concerts in the early days. "John was a good friend of mine, I miss him," Richards said. "He had a large heart."