Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said the band would keep rocking on so long as it's fun and people still want to see them, in an interview published today. The Stones, who played their first gig back in 1962, have just completed another mammoth tour, this time a two-year trip round the world ending in London in August.
Singer Jagger is 64, drummer Charlie Watts is 66, while guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are 63 and 60 respectively. But the question of how long they can keep rocking for is "a function of many things," Jagger told The Times newspaper.
"If you still enjoy what you are doing, and the audience still enjoy coming, then it's a two-way street. Beyond that, 'how long' is a crystal-ball question."
Jagger said the giant rock band had been through some rough patches, especially in the 1980s. "It is like any office, if you like, or like always being on a committee," the singer said. "If you are together for a long time, it is inevitable that you go through ups and downs, and there are many times when you can break up".