Charlie Watts, a Rolling Stones legend who died at the age of eighty, lay down the beat of a generation.
STONE RUNNING Charlie Watts, widely recognized as rock’s best drummer, has died at the age of 80.
After an emergency heart procedure, the music great went away just weeks after pulling out of the band’s planned US tour. Charlie was told that the procedure was “totally successful” and that he needed to relax and recover.
“It is with great regret that we announce the loss of our dear Charlie Watts,” his spokesman said yesterday. He died quietly accompanied by his family in a London hospital early today.
“Charlie was a beloved husband, father, and grandpa, as well as one of the greatest drummers of his generation as a member of the Rolling Stones.”
He is survived by his wife Shirley of 56 years, his daughter Seraphina, 53, and granddaughter Charlotte.
Ringo Starr, the drummer for the Beatles, paid tribute on Twitter with a photo of the two together. “God bless Charlie Watts, we’ll miss you man, peace and love to the family, Ringo,” he added.
Sir Paul McCartney expressed his sympathy for the star’s family and sorrow to his bandmates in a social media video. He continued, “It’ll be a great blow to them because Charlie was a rock and a fantastic drummer, sturdy as a rock.” “I’ve always loved you, Charlie; I’ve always adored you, handsome man.”
“It’s a very sad day,” Sir Elton John added. Charlie Watts was the king of the drum kit. He’s one of the most stylish men I’ve ever met, and he’s in great company. Shirley, Seraphina, and Charlotte, please accept my heartfelt sympathy. The Rolling Stones, of course.”
Watts said after pulling out of the No Filter tour’s 13 dates earlier this month, “For once, my timing has been a touch off.” He didn’t want his rehabilitation to cause him to miss out on the tour, which was scheduled to stop in Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
“I am trying hard to get fully fit, but I have realized that this will take some time,” he stated, citing expert advise. “I don’t want the numerous fans who have been holding tickets for this tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation, especially after the anguish caused by Covid. As a result, I’ve asked my good friend Steve Jordan to fill in.”
Watts was one of only three Stones to have remained with the band for the entirety of their nearly 60-year career, alongside Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”