Rock World pays tribute to Charlie Watts

by Best Classic Bands Staff

With the news of the death on August 24, 2021, of Rolling Stones drumming legend Charlie Watts, tributes began to pour in from fellow musicians and artists. News from Watts’ death at 80 was announced by the Rolling Stones that day at 12:45 p.m. ET.

Later that day, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood posted photos in tribute to their beloved bandmate. On August 27, the Stones shared a warm yet comedic two-minute tribute clip.

Chuck Leavell, musical director and touring keyboardist for the Stones since 1982, wrote: “We are all shocked and devastated to lose Charlie. I feel broken. There has not been a finer, more elegant and more handsome man to walk the Earth than Charlie Watts. All Class. As a musician, his timing and rhythm were impeccable, his touch delicate yet so powerful. His sense of what and what not to play was unmatched. It’s been the honor of my life to have played with him for the past 40 years and called him a friend. My heart goes out to his beautiful family.

The Who’s Roger Daltrey wrote, “Charlie was truly a great drummer, whose musical knowledge of drum technique, from jazz to blues, was, I’m sure, the heartbeat that made The Rolling Stones the best rock and roll band in the world. .”

Pete Townshend shared two stories, the one that displays the tender side of Watts. At Keith’s [Moon]Charlie’s funeral caught me crying openly, and I remember wishing I could wear my heart on my sleeve like that. I myself was tense as a snare drum.

On Facebook, Eric Clapton simply wrote: “Goodnight Sweet Prince…”.

From a drummer friend…

And for the first anniversary…

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