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Charlie Watts To Leave Rolling Stones? Drummer Doesn’t Want To Play Glastonbury

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Charlie Watts isn’t too excited for the upcoming Rolling Stones tour. The long-time drummer said that he almost decided to leave the band before the anniversary tour and that he isn’t looking forward to the Glastonbury Festival in 2013.

The Rolling Stones will be going on a 50th Anniversary Tour this year and will be making a highly anticipated stop at the Glastonbury Festival.

But Watts isn’t exactly looking forward to the show. In an interview with The Guardian the Rolling Stones’ drummer said that he didn’t want to play an outdoor fest.

Watts told The Guardian: “I don’t want to do it. Everyone else does. I don’t like playing outdoors, and I certainly don’t like festivals … But that’s me, personally. When you’re a band … you do anything and everything. But Glastonbury, it’s old hat really. I never liked the hippy thing to start with. It’s not what I’d like to do for a weekend, I can tell you.”

Watts may not be excited to play Glastonbury this year but at least he’s on the tour. The drummer told the Guardian that he almost decided to “knock it on the head” and leave the band before the Rolling Stones played the 02 Arena in London at the end of last year.

Watts said: I thought that before the O2, but it was actually very comfortable to do. It was good fun, is what I meant to say. (I had misgivings.) I always do. It’s a young person’s [game]. The thing I find difficult is that 50% of it is image, not my side of it, but it is, and as you get a bit older you think, “Oh gawd!” I don’t like looking at the pictures.”

Charlie Watts will be touring with the Rolling Stones this year but it’s probably safe to say that, after 50 years, the drummer is ready to call it quits after this.

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12 Responses to “Charlie Watts To Leave Rolling Stones? Drummer Doesn’t Want To Play Glastonbury”

  1. Jay Holden

    Normally I'm not a Lady Gaga fan. But after seeing this set with the Stones I have a new perspective on this lady's talent.

  2. Derek Dreizen

    What the fug would the old sod DO? Huh? Form a "jazz band?" It doesn't matter that he can't play jazz; people will come just for his name. He has the money to fuel his projects, I guess. Maybe he could move to Watts and form a band with bassist Jerry Watts and have Naomi Watts do the singing. They'd be called Watts, Watts, and Watts IN Watts! HA HA HA HA HA HA! WHAT? HUH? Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh!

  3. Michael Medina

    you're only clever to yourself Dereck..don't give up your day job, if you have one

  4. Jim Coulter

    C'monCharlie! Been a devoted fan since NOT FADE AWAY.1964! You really going to let us REAL fans down? I' m sure ther is a way to figger this out. Hoprfully you'll read this at atime you're not too busy. Dude you ARE A ROLLING STONE! Don't let a bad memory ruin your style or, OUR memories of "THE STONES" You are undeniably the drummer of the GROUP. There are us HARD CORE FANS that would spend their bottom dollar to see your 50th annivesary tour, I damn sure would! As far as these sour comments please ignore them, as they are NOT true "STONES FANS"! Just a bunch of blabbr-mouths who don'realize true real TALENT.

  5. Wes Pack

    Remember Jim Garage band days ,under my thumb and I used to love her but its all over now. And heart of stone good times when we were kids.

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