Charlie Watts talks up the chances of the Rolling Stones touring in 2012

Drummer says 'it would be great' if the band could tour to celebrate 50 years together

Charlie Watts talks up the chances of the Rolling Stones touring in 2012

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Charlie Watts has talked up the chances of The Rolling Stones touring this year.

Last year, it was reported that Richards and Mick Jagger were set to discuss plans for the 50th anniversary of the first Rolling Stones gig, which takes place on July 20, 2012 and the band's drummer has thrown his weight behind plans to play live with the band once again.

He told BBC 6Music: "It would be lovely next year to do some shows because it will be 50 years. Ronnie [Wood] plays, I still play, Mick sings, he can do it anyway, I think Keith is doing some records."

The sticksman also said that he really hoped the band could reunite as they were getting to an age where it is becoming harder and harder for them to think about touring extensively.

He added: "It would be great if we did, we are just getting to an age where it's getting a bit difficult to get it together and it's such a bloody performance getting us together."

The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig in London on July 12, 1962. They reissued their seminal 1978 album 'Some Girls' late last year.

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