Mick Jagger has downplayed rumors that the Rolling Stones‘ upcoming UK tour could well be their last.
The rock veterans, who’s ‘No Filter’ tour calls into a number of UK stadiums later this year, have seen a huge demand for tickets – especially after the band’s future was cast into doubt when drummer Charlie Watts said he “wouldn’t mind” if the band split up.
However, now Jagger has said that calling it quits isn’t currently on his agenda.
“I haven’t really thought about this set of gigs being our last tour, to be honest,” Jagger told The Sunday Post.
“There is going to come a point when we don’t want to do it any more, for whatever reason – but I’m not thinking about that this summer.”
Speaking to the NME about the Stones calling it a day, Watts said: “I’ve thought that the band might stop a lot of times. I used to think that at the end of every tour. I’d had enough of it – that was it. But no, not really. I hope [when it ends] that everyone says, ‘that’ll be it’. I’d hate for it to be a bloody big argument. That would be a real sad moment. But to say this is the last show wouldn’t be a particularly sad moment, not to me anyway. I’ll just carry on as I was yesterday or today.”
Asked what would end the band, Watts replied: “I think if Mick or Keith retired then it would be. But they could get another drummer, another guitar player. If Daryl didn’t want to do it anymore we’d have a nightmare finding another bass player but Mick and Keith would or could carry on.
“If Mick said ‘I’m retiring’, I don’t know how we’d do a show without him or Keith.”