December 5, 2011 15:50

The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts: 'I was lucky not to get hooked on heroin'

Drummer says Keith Richards told him to take it easy…

The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts: 'I was lucky not to get hooked on heroin'

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The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts had admitted he was lucky not to become addicted to heroin during the '70s.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music about the re-release of the band's 1978 LP 'Some Girls', the drummer revealed he had dabbled with the drug during the recording of the album but was convinced to stop taking the substance after an intervention from guitarist Keith Richards.

Watts said:

I was lucky that I never got hooked, but I went through a period of taking heroin.

He then went on to add: "I fell asleep on the floor [during the recording of] 'Some Girls' and Keith woke me up and said, 'You should do this when you're older'. Keith telling me this! But it stuck and I just stopped along with everything else."

Although Richards may have convinced Watts to give up his habit, the guitarist has gained a reputation for debauchery himself. In particular, he faced 25 drug charges from police in 1973 after they found marijuana, heroin, Mandrax and drug paraphernalia in his house, although he has long claimed that the police set him up.

Last month, it was revealed that The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would meet in December to discuss plans for the band's 50th anniversary.

The pair have been embroiled in a well-documented spat since Richards mocked the size of the singer's manhood in his autobiography Life, but it now appears as if they will put their differences aside to celebrate the anniversary of their first ever gig, which took place on in London on July 12, 1962.

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