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Rockers not prepared to gather moss in retirement

Published 20/11/2011 | 06:00

Spend almost all your adult life being acclaimed as Rock Gods and it must be hard to let go, even as you knock on the door of old age.

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Now settled down in various states of retirement (allowing for the odd dalliance with Russian cocktail waitresses) The Stones have still been reluctant to dismiss talk of one more tour.

Ronnie Wood recently said he is about to have a long-overdue operation to correct a cracked bone in his foot "so I'm ready for action next year just in case". That would be in case of a tour? "Fifty years? It's got to be done!"

Charlie Watts, the drummer, who turns 70 next year and is perhaps the most reluctant of the four, said recently: "I would like to think we'd do a tour. But if we don't, we don't. I mean, I've felt like that for the last 50 years. It's never bothered me if the Rolling Stones stopped tomorrow."

Mick Jagger, as always, has proved to be cool, telling journalists: "I've no idea. We don't really get together that much as a group."

Which just leaves Keith Richards, who, when asked if he could envisage a reunion tour, replies: "Envisage? Yeah. I dream of it."

Some Girls is out on November 21 on Universal; a companion DVD, Some Girls Live in Texas 1978, is released the same day on Eagle Rock.

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