Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts Ready To Retire

(Gibson) As The Rolling Stones are gearing up for a tour that will take them through United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Macau, Australia, and New Zealand, Stones drummer Charlie Watts has expressed his desire to retire.

Dubbed "14 On Fire," the tour is yet another mini-tour with only 13 stops, following the successful "50 & Counting" tours of 2012, and 2013. Watts spoke to The Australian, where he explained the reason for these short tours, rather than a massive world tour:

"This is short compared to what we've done before - but it needs to be, I think, at our tender age. The thought of doing fifty shows, which was normal at one time for us to sign off on, that's quite daunting. Now we're doing that in little bits."

The 72 year old Watts also added: "If we don't do any more I'll be quite happy with that." Let's all hope Charlie doesn't get his way on this one, at least not until the Stones have had a chance to tour Europe once more. Aside from the UK, the band have not played any European dates since their "A Bigger Bang" tour, which ended in 2007. more on this story

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