Rolling Stones Star Ronnie Wood Excited For 'Sober' Tour

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Newly-sober Ronnie Wood will be looking out for his bandmates when the Rolling Stones perform four shows in London and New Jersey later this year - because he doesn't want them suffering backstage.

Wood has managed to get sober after multiple trips to rehab and he's looking forward to his first Stones dates with a clear head, especially now that bandmate Keith Richards has cut back on his boozing.

Wood tells Rolling Stone magazine, "Keith is a pleasure to play with now. It was a pain on the last tour, toward the end, because he was really going for it on the drinking and denial.

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"Now he's realised that he has gotta look after himself. I'm not going to preach to him. I will step in if I see any danger."

And sobriety appears to have given Wood a new-found empathy for drummer Charlie Watts' back issues.

He adds, "It takes a heavy toll, playing them drums. It all goes to his back... (and) he suffers terribly."

The guitarist reveals Watts books strenuous massage sessions after each performance to help him unwind.

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