Nafter the death of Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones’ drummer, fans and musicians online mourn the artist. A short statement from a press officer for the deceased was posted on the Stones’ Twitter profile: “Charlie was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.” The tweet received more by late Tuesday evening than 150,000 likes, fans shared pictures and videos of their concert highlights with Watts in the comments.
Many musicians honored the drummer with their memories. Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams said goodbye to “one of the greatest rock drummers and a true gentleman”. British pop star Elton John praised Watts on Twitter as the “ultimate drummer” and “most stylish of all men”.
Paul McCartney, a member of the Beatles, expressed his condolences to Watts family and the remaining Stones in a video message. In the end, McCartney addresses Watts personally: “Love you, Charlie!” His band colleague Ringo Starr shared a photo with Watts.
Paul Stanley, founding member of the band Kiss, described Watts as “one of the true timeless icons and the backbone of the Stones”. It is difficult to understand the loss. Tony Iommi, guitarist for the band Black Sabbath, praised the great influence Watts had on the music business. The Polie member Stewart Copeland, like Watts’ drummer, wrote: “It’s so sad to lose a unique, iconic drummer (and dancer). He was a quiet giant. “
The German artist Vincent Lee reported on Twitter about his experience with Watts: He asked his father to write an apology for school so that he could attend a concert on the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge Tour. The Twitter account of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie highlighted Watts’ love for jazz. “We bow in gratitude to the noblest time keeper that rock’n’roll has ever had.”
Outside the music scene, there were also reactions to the death of the musician: SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz described Watts as “a legend on the drums” who remained in the background and yet had an inimitable influence on the musical style of the Rolling Stones. Author Stephen King wrote that he had heard the music of Watts for 57 years: “God, he was so good.”