Just recently The Rolling Stones announced a huge tour of UK and Ireland for this summer, including dates in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Now, in an interview with the Guardian, less than a week from the announcement of their first UK tour in five years, the band's long-time drummer Charlie Watts has said that it wouldn’t “bother” him if the band broke up.
The 76-year-old drummer said in the interview that he's happy to play with the band but wouldn't take it too hard if they split up. “I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards] and Ronnie [Wood], I don’t know about the rest of it,” he said. “It wouldn’t bother me if the Rolling Stones said that’s it ... enough.”
“I don’t know what I would do if I stopped,” Watts elaborated. “Keith [Richards] is a great one for saying once you’re going, keep going. The big worry for me is being well enough. We don’t work like we used to, fortunately. There are huge gaps between each show,” the septuagenarian drummer said, acknowledging the fact that old age is slowing finally them down.
The hard-living days are long over, commented Watts, who said he had not drunk alcohol or smoked for some time. “We are getting to that elderly period, so it’s a good thing not to. When you’re 40 and you’ve got a hangover you get up and have another drink and you’re off again. I don’t think we could do it nowadays ... at this age. Smoking and drinking are not like they were in the 50s. In the 40s and 50s, every film star smoked. You’d never see a film star now drinking or smoking, it’s not fashionable, I’m glad to say."
Watts also said that he had no idea if the upcoming “No Filter” tour would be the last. He said: “For me, I would like to be standing on Sunday 8 July at the end of the show in Warsaw. That’s as far as I can see.”
It also appears like 2018 is the era for aged musicians to run their mouths about their esteemed peers. Last month, Quincy Jones’ now infamous gaff relating his thoughts on the Beatles made the news. Now, Charlie Watts seems to have targeted David Bowie for some reason. Watts said he was amazed at the reaction to Bowie's death.
“I thought people would have been very sad obviously, and he was a lovely guy and he wrote a couple of good songs. But for me, he wasn’t this musical genius,” he said in the interview.
Watts also added that if the band ever call it a day he hopes it will be without rancor. “I would hate it to dissolve not amicably. I would like Mick to say, or me or Keith or whoever ... I don’t want to do it anymore, for whatever reason, and we just say that’s it. I wouldn’t want it to be an argument or whatever."
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