Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hells Angels Tried to Assassinate Mick Jagger in Retaliation for Altamont

The fatal violence that erupted during the Rolling Stones‘ set at the Altamont Speedway on Dec. 6, 1969, cast a pall and put frontman Mick Jagger in the crosshairs of an assassination attempt that stayed secret for decades.

It all came to a head when Meredith Hunter, irate over his rough treatment, pulled a gun. Hells Angel Alan Passano intervened, stabbing him before other members of the crew joined in. Though the Stones were unaware of it at the time, they were performing during a murder.
In the aftermath of Altamont, Jagger strained to disassociate the Stones from the Hells Angels and vowed never to use them again. The Angels were outraged, believing Jagger had sold them out. Passano was acquitted of the murder on the grounds of self-defense but Jagger remained a target.

Their plan involved Jagger's Long Island property, going by boat. They gathered weaponry and their forces to go out on Long Island Sound when a storm rolled in, which nearly sunk their boat.

Jagger remained blissfully unaware for decades. The FBI only turned up the murder plot in 1985.

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