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Friday
Apr052013

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Doesn't Want to Play UK's Glastonbury Festival

The Rosebud AgencyThe Rolling Stones' performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival this June 29 is one of the rock legend's most hotly anticipated shows, but one of the band's members says he'd rather not even play the event.  Drummer Charlie Watts tells The Guardian, "I don't want to do it.  Everyone else does."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains, "I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals.  I've always thought they're nothing to do with playing."

Watts notes, "When you're a band…you do anything and everything," but he feels that Glastonbury, which is attended by well over 100,000 people annually, is "old hat."

He adds, "I never liked the hippie thing to start with.  It's not what I'd like to do for a weekend, I can tell you."

Charlie maintains that the thing he dislikes most about performing at outdoor events is "when the wind blows...the cymbals move [and] it really is hard to play then."

Asked whether he's been considering retiring from the band altogether, Watts admits that he actually was thinking about it before The Stones played their shows this past November at London's O2 Arena, which he says were "actually very comfortable to do.  It was good fun."

One of the things Charlie enjoyed about the O2 concerts was getting to reunite with Stones alumni Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who were special guests at the gigs.  "It was great," he tells The Guardian. "I loved it."

The drummer also reports that The Stones, who included two new singles on their 2012 GRRR! compilation, currently have no additional new music in the works, while noting that he doesn't think there's much motivation for the band record another full-length album.

"The last single I thought was very good, but things don't mean anything anymore," explains Watts.  "They're just tacked on the end of a reissue -- and that ends up selling more than a new album."

Returning to the subject of retirement, the 72-year-old Watts points out, "You do now seriously have to look at your age…But I say that at the end of every tour.  And then you have two weeks off and your wife says, 'Aren't you going to work?'"

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