Sir Mick Jagger says the Rolling Stones will be on tour next year if “everyone” feels good about it.
The “Gimme Shelter” rockers are currently wrapping up their US “No Filter” tour dates, their first tour without the late drummer Charlie Watts, who has been replaced by Steve Jordan.
And the 78-year-old frontman expects he and his band mates – including Keith Richards, 77, and Ronnie Wood, 74 – will continue to perform live while they’re all fit and well and like to be on the road.
Speaking to the new issue of Mojo magazine – of which they are the cover stars – Mick said: “If things are going well next year and everyone is feeling good on tour, I’m sure we will. shows.”
Guitarist Keith admitted he was worried about playing without his right arm Charlie – who died aged 80 in August – but he and new recruit Steve quickly found their rhythm.
He said of their new stickman: “I was like, ‘I can’t pick this up without Charlie.’
“But once Steve and I got in, ‘Hey, that’s how it’s supposed to be. ”
“Musically, it’s incredibly energetic and wonderfully inspiring.
“Steve is so aware of the seat he’s sitting on.
“Steve said to me, ‘Charlie was playing the drums. He wasn’t hitting them.'”
Since the drummer’s death, Keith confessed that he started to think about the end of the iconic band for the first time.
He said: “Charlie Watts was my bed.
“I could lay there and know that not only would I sleep well, but that I would wake up and still be rocking.
“It’s something I’ve had since I was 19. I never doubted it. I never even thought about it. It’s only now that I think about it.”
Elsewhere, Mick explained that he could only play Charlie if he pissed him off.
Mick said: “Charlie brought another sensibility – the jazz touch.
“And he didn’t play very heavy.
“Sometimes if I drove him crazy enough he would.
“It was the only thing I could make him play heavy – anger him.”
And the singer also spoke about the animal hatred of the late rocker for the world of showbiz and doing interviews.
He added, “What Charlie and I had from day one was getting closer to the rudeness of showbiz and its demands.
“Charlie would run a mile instead of promoting.”