Coming to Vienna in July: Rolling Stones: Watts replacement prevented discussion about dissolution

In the words of the guitarist and founding member Keith Richards After the death of drummer Charlie Watts, the end of the Rolling Stones wasn’t really up for debate. In an interview with the German “Playboy”, the 78-year-old said when asked: “Ahem, no, maybe. Would be Steve Jordan had it not been so willing to step in and take on the task, such a consideration could possibly have arisen.”

Such a consideration could ultimately have led to a decision about the end, said Richards, but: “The way things went with Steve, this discussion didn’t come up.” After the death of longtime drummer Watts last year, US drummer Jordan took over his post.

Steve Jordan is now on the drums of the Rolling Stones

Steve Jordan is now on the drums of the Rolling Stones
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On the occasion of their 60th band anniversary, the Rolling Stones are going on a European tour this summer, which will also take them to Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium on July 15th. Richards sees himself well prepared for this. In the “Playboy” interview, he only reported positive things about his state of health. “I just don’t do anything for my body that involves effort. Maybe I should. But I feel perfect just the way I am. And the doctors also tell me that everything is fine.”