Charlie Watts Would Be OK With Rolling Stones Calling It Quits
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts said this week he’d be cool with the band calling it a day.
“I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie, 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.”
The 76-year-old musician told The Guardian he doesn’t know what he would do if the band – which was formed 56 years ago – stopped.
“Keith is a great one for saying once you’re going, keep going,” Watts said. “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 Rolling Stones have announced several European shows this summer but Watts said he doesn’t know what, if anything, is next. He just hopes the end will be drama-free.
“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 any more, for whatever reason, and we just say that’s it,” Watts said. “I wouldn’t want it to be an argument or whatever.”
Watts also said he was surprised at the reaction to David 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,” he said. “But for me, he wasn’t this musical genius.”