Charlie Watts: Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards lead tributes after Rolling Stones drummer dies at 80 | Ents & Arts News

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards led the star-studded tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts after his death at the age of 80.

Watts has been the beating heart of the band since 1963 and has played legendary rock songs including I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, Paint It Black and Brown Sugar.

he is He died “peacefully” in a London hospital On Monday surrounded by his family.

Sir MickThe 78-year-old silently paid tribute to his bandmate of nearly 60 years on social media – sharing a photo of Watts smiling while sitting behind a drum set.

His bandmate, guitarist Keith Richards, 77, followed suit by sharing a photo of a drum kit marked “closed,” also without comment.

Watts has been replaced on the band’s upcoming US tour by American musician Steve Jordan after undergoing a medical procedure.

The rock world was quick to show a flood of appreciation for Watts, with Sir Paul McCartney describing him as “a brilliant drummer and rock-steady”.

The Beatles star said in a video message: “So sad to hear that Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Stones, is dying. He was a lovable man.”

“I knew he was sick, but I didn’t know he was so sick, so so much love to his family and his wife and his kids and his extended family, and condolences to the Stones, it would be a big hit for them because Charlie was a rock, a wonderful drummer, steady as rock.

“I love you Charlie, I have always loved you, beautiful man, and my deepest condolences and sympathy to his family.”

bandmate, Sir Ringo StarrHe also tweeted a photo, in which he wrote: “God bless Charlie Watts, we’ll miss you man, peace and love to the family, Ringo.”

while, Sir Elton John He described Watts as “the most elegant of men”.

Jonny Marr, guitarist and former member of The Smiths tweeted, “Apart from being a unique musician, Charlie Watts has managed to remain totally stylish throughout the Rolling Stones career. It’s a huge accomplishment.”

Rocker Alice Cooper said that the music world has lost “one of the true masters of rock and roll”.

He added, “Charlie Watts has kept the beat of the greatest rock band in the world for over 50 years. I consider him the greatest pocket drummer of all time.”

Roger Daltrey, captain of The Who, stated that Watts was “the perfect man, as sharp in his style of dress as he was on the drums”.

He added in a statement, “Charlie was truly a great drummer, and his musical knowledge of drum technique, from jazz to blues, was, for sure, the heartbeat that made The Rolling Stones the best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.”

singer Brian Adams He wrote: “RIP Charlie Watts, one of the greatest rock drummers ever and a true gentleman.

Condolences to his family and band.

Doran said they were “deeply saddened” to hear of Watts’ death, adding that he had been “an absolute inspiration to a legion of drummers since the 1960s. A man of grace, style, dignity and composure.”

Famous singer and guitarist Nile Rodgers He also paid tribute to the drummer, writing, “Rest In Power #CharlieWatts RIP. You’re a smooth brother. Thanks for all the great music.”

In 2004 Watts was treated for throat cancer, given six weeks after radiotherapy.

Charlie Watts (centre) with the Rolling Stones in 1964

After quitting smoking in the 1980s, the drummer said he was lucky the doctors caught cancer early.

He grew up in Wembley, North London, and met Sir Mick as a teenager.

Despite being a quiet, good-looking member who dealt with drug problems in the 70s and 80s, ironically, Keith Richards was one of the people who helped him kick his heroin habit.

Charlie Watts in 1968
The drummer, who appeared in the picture in 1968, has been described as “one of the true masters of rock and roll.”

Richards – arguably one of the most ardent drug users in music history – made an intervention after witnessing Watts lose life during a recording session.

Watts recalled the moment in an interview with BBC 6 Music years later, saying: “I was lucky that I never got attached to it, but I went through a period of heroin abuse.

“I slept on the floor during [the recording of] Some girls and Keith woke me up and said, “You should do this when you get older.” Keith tells me this! But it just stuck and stuck with everything else.”

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