I’m not sure this news matters to anyone under 50, or to the bookers of stadiums, but in a recent interview, the Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts expressed the desire to tour this year, ignoring the fact that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been fighting in public over Richards’ memoir, Life.
“It would be lovely next year to do some shows because it will be fifty years. “Ronnie plays, I still play, Mick sings, he can do it anyway, I think Keith is doing some records,” he told 6 Music. “Anyway it would be great if we did, we are just getting to an age where it’s getting a bit difficult to get it together and it’s such a bloody performance getting us together.”
Hahaha to that last one, “It’s such a bloody performance getting us together,” is as good a distillation of the problems of the Rolling Stones as anything else. The band hasn’t toured since 2007, but any new tour is sure to be a huge deal, and make millions of dollars. It sort of seems like just a matter of time before that money lures the band back onto the road. [BBC]