How Rock World Reacted to Charlie Watts’ Death

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With news of the passing, on August 24, 2021, of the Rolling Stones’ drumming legend, Charlie Watts, tributes began pouring in from fellow musicians and entertainers. News of Watts’ death at age 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 Aug. 27, the Stones shared a two-minute tribute clip that was both warm-hearted and comical.

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.”

The Who’s Roger Daltrey wrote, “Charlie was a truly great drummer, whose musical knowledge of drumming technique, from jazz to the 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, one that displays the tender side of Watts. At Keith [Moon]’s funeral Charlie surprised me by openly weeping, and I remember wishing I could wear my heart on my sleeve like that. I was tightened up like a snare drum myself.”

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

From a fellow drummer…

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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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