Watts surprised by Stones longevity
Rolling Stones star Charlie Watts feels "very fortunate" to be celebrating the band's 50th anniversary because he only expected the group to last "a few months".
Friday, 06 July 2012
The drummer joined forces with his pals Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1963, a year after the Rolling Stones formed, and Watts confesses he only saw the band as a temporary fix.
Even after three years with the group, the musician admits he still had his doubts about the Stones' future - so he's amazed to have survived five decades with his old pals.
Watts tells the Associated Press: "When I joined the Rolling Stones... I thought it would last a few months, because that's what bands last. I'd been in a lot of bands up until then that last two or three months. Then it became three years. I thought, 'That's it, it won't (last much longer)...'
"We're very fortunate. One of the ways that it lasted so long (is) because we have a huge fan base, and I don't mean that in a conceited way, but it is that."
However, the 71-year-old insists speculation about an anniversary tour later this year are very premature.
He says: "I think we're going to be doing a lot of 50th anniversary stuff, we, the Rolling Stones... Fifty years of things.
"A documentary, well, they haven't approved it yet. I haven't seen it, but we worked on that earlier this year. Books and things like that. There will be other things that the 50 years mean. And touring, we haven't gotten that far. We're still talking about the colour of the back page of the book, so we'll see what happens."