Charlie Watts says The Rolling Stones really have been working on that new album.
He tells NME, "We have done three or four [sessions]."
But he's less sure about how the finished product will sound. "I don’t write the songs and I don’t have the final say of those things. Once we have played them I am not interested really. Mick has to live with them and put his voice on. Keith will sit for hours listening. They wrote them. I don’t know where we are with them... I don’t know where we are with it. It's if they are happy with it and I don’t know if they are or they’re not."
No word on when the album will be out, but producer Don Was says it probably won't be this year.
Charlie was also asked if he's replaceable in the Stones, and he said, "I think they could get another drummer, I think they could get another guitar player [in place of Ronnie Wood]. If Daryl [Jones] didn’t want to do it anymore we’d have a nightmare of a time finding another bass player. Mick and Keith would or could carry on, but I think if Mick said I’m retiring I don’t know how we’d do a show."
For the time being it's all hands on deck as they get ready to tour Europe in May, June and July.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Stones don't think they're nearing the end of the road. Mick Jagger tells Dundee, Scotland's Sunday Post, "I haven’t really thought about this set of gigs being our last tour, to be honest... There is going to come a point when we don’t want to do it anymore, for whatever reason, but I’m not thinking about that this summer.”