Mick Jagger on touring without Rolling Stones’ “heartbeat” Charlie Watts

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“Weird Without Him”

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Mick Jagger has opened up about his tour of The Rolling Stones without his “heartbeat” Charlie Watts.

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The longtime Stones drummer died last month (August 24) at the age of 80, prompting a huge crowd of tributes from the music world and beyond. His surviving bandmates reflected on the “huge loss” last week, later dedicating his first 2021 show to Watts.

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During a new interview with Howard Stern Today (September 29), Jagger described the late Stickman as “the heartthrob for the band, and a very stable personality”. central recorder)


“He didn’t have to bother. He was a very reliable person, not a diva – that’s the last thing you want in a drummer,” the frontman continued.

“I miss Charlie because he had a great sense of humor and so were we … Outside the band, we hang out and have interesting times. We loved sports, we went into football, we played cricket. We used to go to sports, and we had other interests besides music.”

Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, circa 1965. credit: Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Jagger then reflected on the experience of preparing to play live without Watts, who had not missed a Stones show since his first performance with the band in 1963.

“Every time we get together and rehearse, we say, ‘Oh, Charlie will say this, then he will do that’,” the singer said.

“We did so many shows with him and so many tours and so many recording sessions, it’s weird without him. When he was sick, he said, ‘You just have to go ahead and do this tour. Don’t stop because of me. ‘ so did we.”

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Steve Jordan, who initially stepped in to see Watts recover from surgery, is now The Rolling Stones’ permanent touring drummer. Jagger previously explained that Jordan “had great respect for Charlie” and “did”. [his] Homework”.

During a separate interview this month, he said that Watts was the one who “kept the band together for so long,” adding: “We’ve had some really good conversations over the years with the band about how it all came to be. “

The Rolling Stones’ No Filter US tour begins Sunday (September 26) in St. Louis, Missouri. The concert began with an empty stage and only a drumbeat, with pictures of Watts appearing on a giant screen.

“We will miss Charlie dearly on and off stage,” Mick Jagger told the audience.

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