Entertainment Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood Pay Tribute to Drummer Charlie Watts
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What words are there to say when your musical companion of half a century passes on? Words can’t really describe how important Charlie Watts was to the’ signature sound, so after the on Tuesday (Aug. 24) the band’s members made the strongest statement by keeping it simple.
Singer Mick Jagger posted a photo of an ecstatic Watts smiling with his whole body while seated at a drum kit, while guitarist Keith Richards offered up an even more poignant image: Watts’ simple drum kit featured a “Closed, Please Call Again” sign hanging off the snare drum. Guitarist Ron Wood also used a picture to sum up his feelings about his bandmate, tweeting out an image of the two men smiling side by side with the caption, “I love you my fellow Gemini — I will dearly miss you — you are the best,” followed by praying hands, heart and sun emoji.
Charlie Watts, the drummer of the Rolling Stones died at the age of 80
© Sipa Charlie Watts, the drummer of the Rolling Stones died at the age of 80 Charlie Watts, the musician of the iconic Rock Group died this Tuesday in London at the age of 80. He had been operated in early August and announced his withdrawal from the American Tour of the Rolling Stones. The drummer of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, died Tuesday in London at the age of 80, announced his agent Bernard Doherty, deploring the disappearance of " one of the largest drummers of his generation" .
Watts, who Richards frequently referred to as the long-running band’s “engine room,” died Tuesday at age 80, his rep announced.the band’s upcoming U.S. tour to allow him to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. The beloved drummer was honored by a galaxy of fellow rock and pop stars, including Elton John, KISS, the Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Lenny Kravitz and Pearl Jam, among many others.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend also remembered his late friend, offering up a photo of a double rainbow on Instagram, along with an inspiring message of hope and love. “Full Moon. Rainbow. Always a sign. Charlie Watts wept at Keith Moon’s funeral. I wish I was capable of such tears today. Instead I just want to say goodbye,” he wrote, recalling the tears Watts shed at the memorial for The Who drummer who died in September 1978 at age 32.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at age 80
LONDON — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80. Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.” “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” Doherty said. Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021because of an undefined health issue.
“Not a rock drummer, a jazz drummer really, and that’s why the Stones swung like the Basie band!!” he added in a nod to Watts’ legendarily laid-back style. “Such a lovely man. God bless his wife and daughter, and I’ll bet the horses will miss him too.”
Video: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80 (Reuters)
Check out their tributes below.
Mick Jagger: His moving tribute to Charlie Watts in concert .
© Provided by Cover Media Mick Jagger made a moving tribute to Charlie Watts while the Rolling Stones played their first concert without the drummer. The British rockers, who are preparing to go on Sunday, offered, Monday (Sep 19, 21), a small warm-up concert on invitation to about 300 people in Foxborough Stadium Stadium in Massachusetts. It was the first time that the group occurred without its drummer, died in August.