Three weeks ago, Charlie watts announced that he was retiring from the No Filter tour that the mythical band Rolling Stones was carrying out, of which he was its iconic drummer. Yesterday he died at the age of 80.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He has died peacefully in a London hospital today surrounded by his family. Watts was a loving husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of The Rolling Stones, one of the best drummers of his generation. We ask that the privacy of his family, the members of the band and his closest friends be respected in this difficult moment ”, published yesterday his publicist Bernard Doherty.
Considered one of the best drummers in rock, he underwent a “successful procedure” in the British capital after a problem was detected during a routine check-up and after that it is that Doctors deemed him unfit to join No Filter’s rescheduled tour, for thirteen dates in September.
The Stones’ wish to get him back in shape for the band’s big 60th anniversary celebrations in 2022, when they release their first album of original songs in 17 years, was shattered.
The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reported yesterday that “Charlie Watts will always be associated with three elements: the first, most important and obvious is having been part of one of the two most transcendental bands in popular music, such as the Rolling Stones, with the fundamental addition that they are still active, unlike the Beatles. The second is that he maintained and patented, in a way, a way of playing drums that broke the cliché of spectacularity, grandeur and effect inherent to many of the great names in rock. His touch was often succinct, always effective, and refractory to gratuitous prominence. And third, that same restraint was transmitted to the external image, acting as a voluntary / involuntary counterpoint within the paraphernalia of part of the band in its times of greatest effervescence and window dressing. And it ended up becoming one of the house brands, which helped its longevity ”.
A note from El Clarín recalled that Watts always felt a bit out of place in the rock world. “I have a very traditional way of dressing, Old English, and I never felt close to hippie. For example, photoshoots with the Stones were an especially awkward place. I wore shoes and they all wore slippers; I hate running shoes. Anyway, I never felt that I was in tune ”.
Perhaps because of his perennial rejection of fame and all that this implies is that his marriage with Shirley Ann Shepherd, (82) with whom he turned 56, was the longest in the world of rock, added the Argentine media on the relationship with his partner whom he married on October 14, 1964.
‘Maca’ fires him
One of the first in the guild to fire him was Paul McCartney: “Very sad to hear that Charlie Watts, the drummer of the Rolling Stones, has died. He was an adorable guy. Lots of love for his family, his wife, children and the rest of the family; and condolences to the Stones. Charlie was a fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. I love you, Charlie, and I will always love you, you are a beautiful man, “wrote the ex-Beatle on his Twitter account.
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