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The Rolling Stones won’t sell their music catalogue: ‘It’s a sign of aging’

Keith Richards isn’t sure the Rolling Stones are ready to sell their catalog of music and says it’s usually a sign of “aging”.

In a recent interview on CBS Sunday morningRichards talked about quitting smoking after 55 and how the band has been working on new material, which they don’t plan to sell anytime soon.

“Mic [Jagger] and I haven’t talked about it on a serious level,” Richards, 78, said of the possibility of selling their catalog of nearly 60 years of music. “I don’t know if we’re ready to sell our catalog. We could drag it around a bit, put more stuff on it. All you think about is selling your catalog…it’s a sign of getting old.

The Stones wrapped up the North American leg of their No Filter tour in November 2021, and now Richards, Jagger, 78, and Ronnie Wood, 74, are set to celebrate 60 years as a band with an upcoming European tour titled SIXTY. The band will be joined by Steve Jordan, who replaced longtime Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died in 2021 at the age of 80.

Richards also said he was writing new music with Jagger and Jordan. “It will be interesting to find out the dynamic now that Steve is in the band,” Richards said. “It’s kind of a metamorphosis into something else.” The band’s most recent album of original material was A bigger blow in 2005.

When asked if he thought about how long he could keep playing, Richards didn’t have a clear answer.

“If I did that, I wouldn’t find an answer and I would always think about it,” Richards said. “You know what I mean? Tomorrow? No. July 5, 2025? No, no, you can’t no… I’ll find out the hard way.

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