February 4, 2014 12:56

Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts says band are too old for longer tours

The band are touring in short stints because of their "tender age" according to the drummer

Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts says band are too old for longer tours

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The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has said the band are too old to embark on a lengthy touring schedule.

Watts spoke to The Australian ahead of the band's live shows in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne next month. Talking about the short tours the band have ventured on in recent years, Watts said the prospect of playing a large number of shows was "daunting" at his "tender age."

"We've done half of this one already. This is short compared to what we've done before, but it needs to be, I think, at our tender age," said Watts. "The thought of doing 50 shows, which was normal at one time for us to sign off on, that is quite daunting. Now we're doing that in little bits. If we don't do any more I'll be quite happy with that."

The Rolling Stones will perform live in Abu Dhabi on February 21 before heading out on the road across the Far East and Asia to play three shows in Tokyo and a one-off show in Macau. They will then travel to Australia and New Zealand.

Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-1974, will be a special guest for the tour, which is titled '14 On Fire'. The band's last gigs were in July this year (2013), when they played two sold-out headline dates at London's Hyde Park, however the band are yet to announce any further UK dates.

Ronnie Wood previously discussed plans for a world tour in 2014. "While the big wheel is rolling we are going to capture it before it stops totally," he said. Wood added that the band were overwhelmed by the reaction to their 50th anniversary gigs, which included their debut performance at Glastonbury festival. "Everybody had a smile on their face, which was brilliant."

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