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Rolling Stones Drummer Cites Hippies And “The Wind” As Reasons He Doesn’t Want To Play Glastonbury

Written by Marc Zanotti on April 5, 2013

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts can barely contain his excitement contempt for the band’s upcoming performance at Glastonbury 2013, telling The Guardian in a recent interview that despite his bandmates’ enthusiasm he does not want to play festival:

“I don’t want to do it. Everyone else does. I don’t like playing outdoors, and I certainly don’t like festivals. I’ve always thought they’re nothing to do with playing … [but] when you’re a band … you do anything and everything.”

In fact, the 71-year-old Watts doesn’t particularly care for festivals in general nor, for that matter, the ‘hippies’ who frequent these savage outdoor gatherings, with foliage in their hair and no footwear, allowing their scent to be dictated by the amount of sweat caught in their armpit fur, wafting over the stage, overpowering even the stench of the festival latrines:

“Glastonbury, it’s old hat really. I never liked the hippy thing to start with. It’s not what I’d like to do for a weekend, I can tell you.”

It’s not all hippie hate, though. In fact, the unemployed, unbathed throng of treehuggers aren’t even on the top of Watts’ shit list at festivals. No, public element number one is that unseen bastard ‘The Wind’:

“The worst thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you’re a drummer, because the cymbals move… It really is hard to play then.”

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