Charlie Watts Happy for Rolling Stones to Retire?

Drummer would be happy for band to call it a day.

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Charlie Watts has been speaking to the Australian (via Classic Rock) about the future of the Rolling Stones after their current world tour.

As the 72 year old drummer notes, the band's age has affected the way they approach touring:

"This is short compared to what we've done before - but it needs to be, I think, at our tender age."

"The thought of doing 50 shows, which was normal at one time for us to sign off on, that's quite daunting. Now we're doing that in little bits."

Watts also stated that he would be content if the current run of shows was the Rolling Stones' last:

"If we don't do any more I'll be quite happy with that."

The Stones have been on the road since 2012, when they played a series of shows to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Their schedule for this year includes concerts in the UAE, Japan, Macau and China alongside six Australian dates and one in New Zealand.

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    He's a 72 year old drummer, what do you expect? The amount of hazards touring at his age are ridiculous - not limited to the wind carrying him away.
    It sounds more like he'd be satisfied with their run than "OH MAN I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS SHIT TO BE OVER"
    I love it that they're still around and that I could get a chance to see them live, I love that they often seem to have more energy than people half their age and that they still try to rock it out on stage instead of standing there, but it'd be stupid to survive all the drugs and the boozing to have touring kill them.
    I wish them to just play as long as they feel up to it. Funny how nobody asked or requested that the old black blues players many who played well into their 80s were going to retire? The stones can still gather a large crowd for a good time & while they may be a bit slower they still kick ass. Obviously they don't do this just for money or they would of retired already. They love what they do & they love the audience and as long as it's that way I say! Carry on boys.