Rolling Stone interviewed Keith Richards about the new leg of The Rolling Stones’ No Filter stadium tour. With a career spanning more than 50 years, the legendary guitarist is still amazed at the band’s longevity.
When asked how Charlie Watts, 77, is still able to drum, Richards simply replied, “That is just Charlie. That’s what’s so amazing about the man. It’s my privilege to play with Charlie Watts.”
This is their first U.S. tour since the Zip Code tour in 2015. The Rolling Stones first toured the U.S. in 1964 and traveled around in a station wagon. “America was a very different place in the middle ’60s,” he told Rolling Stone. “Quite honestly, I can’t believe I’ve been around this long, man. I’ve watched this country grow up.”
The iconic band is not necessarily slowing down though. Richards teased a potential new album with a possible release next year after the tour. He and Mick Jagger are in the “early stages” of working on songs.
“Mick and I got together for a few days a month or so ago in the studio, just playing around,” he said.
While Richards admits that he never really knows if a tour will be his last (“Maybe this will be the last one, I don’t know”), he has not thought about a farewell tour yet.
“It’s what I do, man,” he said on playing. “Give me 50,000 people and I feel right at home. The whole band does. As Ronnie and I often say before we go on, ‘Let’s get onstage and get some peace and quiet.’”