In one interview, Keith Richards is talking about a new album from the Rolling Stones. In another, Mick Jagger is defending his newborn and his music as he enters his mid 70s. Meanwhile, drummer Charlie Watts said he doesn’t care if they quit.
A lot of people would be devastated if the Rolling Stones broke up, but not Watts. “I love playing the drums, and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie [Wood],” said Charlie Watts. “I don’t know about the rest of it.”
Basically, it sounds like he’s just tired of the music business (which would echo the recent rant from Steve Miller).
Charlie Watts Talks About Ending The Stones
“It wouldn’t bother me if the Rolling Stones said ‘That’s it—enough,’” said Watts. Currently, tickets on sale for the Stones tour in the U.K. It’s been five years since they performed in the area, so the No Filter Tour has been much anticipated.
In the past, Jagger has said “there couldn’t be a Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts,” so hopefully he’s not leaning towards a retirement. Otherwise, the band may rethink their next album, especially if it will be their final album.
After five decades, it would be both understandable and regrettable to call it quits.
Drummer Unsure Of What’s Next For Band
“I don’t know what I would do if I stopped,” said the drummer. Charlie Watts added, “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.”
In the past, the Rolling Stones would pack the dates, but then take a long break in between. Now, they space out the concert dates but tour longer. In their 70s, this likely helps to rejuvenate the band between shows.
If the band does split, the drummer hopes they end well. “I would hate it to dissolve not amicably,” he said. “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.’”
Mainly, the drummer wants to avoid an argument if someone does come forward and talk about the final days of the Stones.
Do you think the Rolling Stones will call it quits anytime soon?