The Rolling Stones band greet the late drummer Charlie Watts. See their tributes. | Music


On August 24, Watts’ publicist confirmed the news.

LONDON (AP) – Members of The Rolling Stones hailed their steadfast drummer Charlie Watts, who died on Tuesday at the age of 80.

Mick Jagger, frontman of the legendary rock band, posted a photo on Twitter of a smiling Watts sitting behind a drum.

Lead guitarist Keith Richards shared a photo of a drum set with a “Closed” sign hanging.

The Watts publicist announced Tuesday afternoon that the musician had “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier in the day surrounded by his family.”

Guitarist Ronnie Wood posted a photo of himself and his late bandmate captioned “I love you my fellow Gemini – I will miss you very much – you are the best.”

On the website, only a portrait of Watts in a black silhouette has appeared.

Having joined the Stones in 1963, the drummer ranked just behind Jagger and Richards as the oldest and most essential member of the group.

Charlie Watts obituary

FILE – Members of the Rolling Stones, left to right, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood pose for photos of their plan at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba on March 24, 2016. The Watts publicist Bernard Doherty said Watts passed away peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. He was 80 years old. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa File)

Watts was present throughout the band’s 30 studio albums, keeping largely clear of drug addiction, creative clashes, and rock ‘n’ roll ego wars.

He had previously announced that he would not be touring with the Stones in 2021 due to an undefined health issue. He has been replaced by American musician Steve Jordan for the “No Filter” show series in the United States, which is set to debut in St. Louis on September 26th.

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The 80-year-old’s death drew tributes from across the music industry, including Paul McCartney, Elton John and Patti Smith. The other drummers praised the talent and influence, who also recorded jazz albums.

Watts is survived by his wife Shirley, sister Linda, daughter Seraphina and granddaughter Charlotte.


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