Rolling Stones Pay Tribute to Charlie Watts With New Video

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Charlie Watts is being mourned by the music world. With news of the passing of the Rolling Stones’ drumming legend, tributes are pouring in from fellow musicians and entertainers. News of Watts’ death at age 80 on August 24, 2021, was announced by the Rolling Stones at 12:45 p.m. ET.

Later that day, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards simply posted photos in tribute to their beloved bandmate. On Aug. 27, the Stones shared a two-minute tribute clip that’s both warm-hearted and comical.

“So sad to hear about Charlie. He was a lovely guy,” said Paul McCartney. “Charlie was a rock.”

Chuck Leavell, who has served as the Stones’ de factor music director and touring keyboardist since 1982, wrote, “We are all shocked and devastated to lose Charlie. I feel broken. There has been no man finer, more elegant and more beautiful to walk the Earth than Charlie Watts. All Class. As a musician, his timing and beat were impeccable, his touch delicate yet so powerful. His sense of what and what not to play was unsurpassed. It has been the honor of my life to have played with him over the last 40 years, and to have called him a friend. My heart goes out to his beautiful family.”

Related: The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey pay tribute

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

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  1. Nancy
    #1 Nancy 25 August, 2021, 00:26

    Time for you to listen & lead the greatest RnR band in heaven Charlie. One day I will have that pleasure

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  2. mick62
    #2 mick62 25 August, 2021, 16:35

    God bless you, Charlie. Always the driving beat in the marvellous Rolling Stones.
    R. I. P.

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  3. Alias Pink Puzz
    #3 Alias Pink Puzz 25 August, 2021, 19:27

    When I heard the news I went to my Slingerland kit and played and played. Thank you Charlie for sharing your gift with the world. Your music has meant so much to me.

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  4. Rich Levy
    #4 Rich Levy 26 August, 2021, 09:42

    Charlie Watts: The drivetrain behind the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band.
    Rest in the groove, eternally, Charlie.

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  5. Rick
    #5 Rick 27 August, 2021, 12:08

    He was the Monkey Grease to the worlds greatest rock and roll band.A groovy cat indeed!

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  6. Yvette
    #6 Yvette 30 August, 2021, 01:38

    I have Commented Earlier to the Sad News of Charlie Watts Passing. RIP Dear Charlie…
    I wanted to COMMENT Again about a U.S. TV Interview (1993) I came across of Charlie Watts on “LATER” with Bob Costas Show (Matt Lauer Interviewed). This is a Very Insightful Interview with *CHARLIE*. The Complete Interview on YOUTUBE… I am sure you will ENJOY as much as I did…

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