The Rolling Stones recall final meetings with Charlie Watts

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“I could tell he was very tired and fed up”

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The Rolling Stones recounts their last meetings with Charlie Watts in a new interview.

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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 remaining bandmates reflected on the “huge loss” last month, later dedicating his first 2021 show to Watts.

Now, talking to LA TimesStones guitarist Ronnie Wood said he was one of the last people to see Watts alive in a London hospital.


Woods said Watts was in the exact same room where he was treated for cancer last year.

“We call it the Rolling Stones suit,” Wood said as he joked with Watts.

The last time he saw Watts he said: “We saw horse racing on TV and just shot in the air. I could tell he was quite tired and fed up with the whole deal.

“He said, ‘I was really looking forward to being out of here by now,’ then there was a complication or two after that and I wasn’t allowed to go back. There were none.”

Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones accept the award for Album of the Year at the Jazz FM Awards 2017 at Shoreditch Town Hall on April 25, 2017 in London (Picture: Dave J Hogan / Dave J Hogan / Getty Images)

Keith Richards said: “I’m still trying to put it all together in my mind. I don’t think I can be very knowledgeable about Charlie at the moment.”


Frontman Mick Jagger further explained how Watts encouraged him to tour without him.

He continued: “When you’ve been a band for so long, it’s unlikely you won’t have a change. Of course, it’s probably the biggest we’ve had. But we felt – and Charlie felt – that We should take this tour. We already put it off for a year, and Charlie said to me, ‘You need to go over there. All the crew that’s out of work—you can’t put them out of work again’ are the ones.’

“So I think it was the right decision to continue. The band still sounds great on stage, and everyone has been really responsive in some of the big shows we’ve done so far.

“They hold signs saying, ‘We miss you, Charlie,’ and I miss him too.”

Steve Jordan, who initially stepped in as Watts recovers 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, the singer 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 happened. . “

The Rolling Stones’ No Filter US tour begins Sunday (September 26) in St. Louis, Missouri. The concert began with an empty stage and only one drum, 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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