The Rolling Stones confirm their set of performances across the United Kingdom this year, but drummer Charlie Watts is already thinking about retirement.
The Future Of The Rolling Stones
Recently, the iconic rock band announced a series of performances at concert venues in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Berlin, Marseille, Stuttgart, Prague, and Warsaw. The tour will kick off in May and will extend until the first week of July. Tickets will go on sale starting March 2, Friday.
The No Filter tour is the rock band's first live performance in the United Kingdom in five years.
Since the band was formed in the 60s, the Rolling Stones has released more than two dozen albums in the span of 56 years. The fact that the band is still playing in live concerts is pretty remarkable, however, Watts admits that he and his fellow rockstars no longer have the same energy.
"The big worry for me is being well enough," he told The Guardian. "We don't work like we used to fortunately. There are huge gaps between each show."
That's why, even though he still enjoys performing with his bandmates, he says that he would not mind if the Rolling Stones splits up tomorrow.
"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," the drummer, who has been hailed as one of greatest of all time, stated. "It wouldn't bother me if the Rolling Stones said that's it ... enough."
However, he assured that he is still looking forward to the No Filter tour and says that he wants to be in Warsaw on July 8 to conclude what would be an epic concert series. He has no idea if this will be the group's last tour, but if they ever reach the point where they have to split up, he hopes there will be no bitterness or resentment.
"I would hate it to dissolve not amicably," the 76-year-old stated. "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."
The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
The anticipated live performances from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have created a bit of controversy because of the insane tickets prices. While tickets have not gone on sale as of this writing, Ticketmaster revealed that the most expensive concert pass would setback fans £450 or about $630 a pop for the London Stadium show on May 22.
The outrage comes after the Rolling Stones skipped the United Kingdom during their European tour last year because of a lack of suitable venues.