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

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.