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RIP Charlie Watts

By CrazyLevi

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    #1 54 days ago

    RIP Charlie. Perfect drummer for 60 years of the Stones.

    The Stones need to hang it up, now.

    They aren't Skynrd or REO Speedwagon. Don't need to see them steadily get scabbier and scabbier over the next 10 years till it's just Mick and a bunch of hired hands up there.

    It's been a good 60 years. Call it a fuckin day. I'm gonna retch when I see the "We are going on, it's what Charlie wanted!" Press release in a week.

    #2 54 days ago

    Sorry to hear. I though he was doing better after surgery though he wouldn't be with on the current tour.

    What a legacy. Played in 7 decades. Once punched Jagger in the mouth. Known to haul his drum kit into different places for the sound, like stairwells.

    Thank you for many very entertaining shows Charlie !

    LTG : (

    #3 54 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Sorry to hear. I though he was doing better after surgery though he wouldn't be with on the current
    What a legacy. Played in 7 decades. Once punched Jagger in the mouth.(

    Mick deserved it. Nobody calls Charlie "my drummer!"

    #4 54 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Mick deserved it. Nobody calls Charlie "my drummer!"

    I believe it was when Mick went off on his own for the first time.

    I'm sure what ever the reason, it was deserved. Charlie was laid back compared to the other Stones.

    LTG : )

    #5 54 days ago

    Sad news RIP

    #6 54 days ago

    Part of one of the greatest bands ever. RIP

    #7 54 days ago

    One of the all time greats.

    #8 54 days ago

    Charlie had class.

    80 years old....that's a pretty good run.

    Thanks for all the great music.

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    #9 54 days ago

    I just watched the stones at the Fonda doing Sticky fingers ,it was amazing and Charlie looked good then,it’s available on Apple TV and more I am sure,it’s the only video of a music band I have ever bought to own,it’s that good if you love Sticky like I do!

    #10 54 days ago
    Quoted from rockrand:

    I just watched the stones at the Fonda doing Sticky fingers ,it was amazing and Charlie looked good then,it’s available on Apple TV and more I am sure,it’s the only video of a music band I have ever bought to own,it’s that good if you love Sticky like I do!

    Their greatest album!

    But then there’s so much great work to choose from between their albums and singles.

    #11 54 days ago

    Quoted:
    “The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was often ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a premier rock drummer, respected worldwide for his muscular, swinging style as the Stones rose from their scruffy beginnings to international superstardom. He joined the band early in 1963 and remained over the next 60 years, ranked just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest-lasting and most essential member.“

    #12 54 days ago

    Boo this sucks!

    RIP Charlie

    #13 54 days ago

    Really sucks, I’m sick to my stomach. The Wembley Whammer was the glue to the band. Might be time for them to hang it up, can’t see them going on without him. Sad sad day.

    RIP Charlie

    #14 54 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    I believe it was when Mick went off on his own for the first time.
    I'm sure what ever the reason, it was deserved. Charlie was laid back compared to the other Stones.
    LTG : )

    Mick had the announcer at a concert introduce them live as Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones. They played the concert and afterwards, backstage Charlie punched Mick.

    #15 54 days ago

    Sad to hear.

    I was just looking at Gimme Shelter not more than a week/so back (the documentary film of the Stones' troubled 1969 performance at Altamont).

    RIP.

    #16 54 days ago

    Apparently this RIP thread isn't reverent enough for some of you Charlie mourners.

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    For the record I love Charlie, love the stones, I've seen them close to 20 times and I can even half ass my way through most of the catalogue on drums and guitar. I'm as much of a fan as any of you guys!

    I just want to see them hang it up rather than drag this out for the next few years as members die off one by one. It's fucking unseemly for a band of this stature to go out like Devo or the Monkees. These guys have more money than they could possibly go through even if they spent the last years of their lives trying to set it on fire...I would hope they (Mick/Keith) would have a little more pride than that. Sixty years is enough.

    #17 54 days ago

    The Stones are a legendary band…their music is OK. Some good songs and plenty of awful ones. But the stories of the band are part of Rock history…RIP Charlie!

    Let’s hire the Hell’s Angels for security at our show. That idea worked out well.

    I believe it’s been said if we had a nuclear holocaust only 2 things would survive: cockroaches and Keith Richards. With all the aging rockers getting up there more sad days are to come.

    #19 54 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    RIP Charlie. Perfect drummer for 60 years of the Stones.
    The Stones need to hang it up, now.
    They aren't Skynrd or REO Speedwagon. Don't need to see them steadily get scabbier and scabbier over the next 10 years till it's just Mick and a bunch of hired hands up there.
    It's been a good 60 years. Call it a fuckin day. I'm gonna retch when I see the "We are going on, it's what Charlie wanted!" Press release in a week.

    I told my father and he said verbatim, "He's been dead 20 years. He just didn't know it and someone had to tell him." Regardless, RIP to a legend. First concert I ever went to was the Stones.

    #21 53 days ago

    RIP. A drummer of rare, consummate taste who always played perfectly in the pocket with impeccable groove and swing, and of course can't be replaced. The cool trick with Watts is that his playing seems deceptively simple on a technical basis and many elements of his playing could be emulated by an average drummer, but not even Bill Bruford could cop him in a way that would make the Rolling Stones sound like the Rolling Stones; there are just so many intangibles and subtleties in his approach that he really does stand alone in his own category.

    The band definitely needs to call it quits at this point, because Watts was absolutely crucial for the band's sound. In fact, his sense of pace and timing was essential in keeping certain other bandmates on track musically during some performances, and I heard him literally saving Keith Richards' ass from musical disaster on more than a few early-70s bootlegs! Any attempt to go on without Watts would be as ridiculous as LZ without Bonham, would not sound anything like the Rolling Stones we all love, and would only serve to tarnish their legacy (would hate to see the Stones reduced to playing the state fair/casino circuit).

    #22 53 days ago

    Two things about The Stones I remember:

    1) When they just hit the hight of their popularity with Satisfaction, Bill Wyman's wife filed for divorce saying that she "was not ready to share her husband with 1000s of strange women".

    2). When The Stones had been invited to The Playboy mansion, while the other band makes went playing with the girls in the grotto, Charlie said that since he was a married man that he hung out in Hugh's arcade and played the pinball machines. He was still married to the same woman all of these years.

    https://www.nme.com/news/music/rolling-stones-drummer-charlie-watts-reveals-the-secret-to-his-long-marriage-shirley-2251434

    #23 53 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Two things about The Stones I remember:
    1) When they just hit the hight of their popularity with Satisfaction, Bill Wyman's wife filed for divorce saying that she "was not ready to share her husband with 1000s of strange women".
    2). When The Stones had been invited to The Playboy mansion, while the other band makes went playing with the girls in the grotto, Charlie said that since he was a married man that he hung out in Hugh's arcade and played the pinball machines. He was still married to the same woman all of these years.
    https://www.nme.com/news/music/rolling-stones-drummer-charlie-watts-reveals-the-secret-to-his-long-marriage-shirley-2251434

    Bill Wyman claimed he got the most girls back then, and Charlie the least (just his wife).

    #24 53 days ago

    R.I.P. Charlie
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    #25 53 days ago
    Quoted from Thermionic:

    The band definitely needs to call it quits at this point, because Watts was absolutely crucial for the band's sound. In fact, his sense of pace and timing was essential

    The band is still going to tour. Charlie was not going to tour with the others.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/entertainment/charlie-watts-dead/index.html

    "Drummer Steve Jordan, a former member of the house bands for "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with David Letterman," is scheduled to take Watts' place for the Stones' upcoming tour, which is scheduled to start on September 26 in St. Louis."

    #26 53 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    I just want to see them hang it up rather than drag this out for the next few years as members die off one by one.

    Haven't you seen some of Eric Clapton's Crossroads in youtube with some of these old guitarists being helped on stage and over to their chair? Maybe they can't stand anymore but they can still play.

    Jagger said awhile back (maybe their last tour ) something to the effect, "I'm surprised some of us are not sitting in a chair but we are all still standing".

    #27 53 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Haven't you seen some of Eric Clapton's Crossroads in youtube with some of these old guitarists being helped on stage and over to their chair? Maybe they can't stand anymore but they can still play.
    Jagger said awhile back (maybe their last tour ) something to the effect, "I'm surprised some of us are not sitting in a chair but we are all still standing".

    Yeah I'm not saying these guys (Keith, Mick, and Ronnie) need to retire from playing or recording music but it's time to stop dragging the Stones name across the football stadiums America, now that they are no longer the Stones. If they keep going now it will never end. I can't bear to see the Stones turn into just another scab band like so many others.

    #28 53 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    RIP Charlie. Perfect drummer for 60 years of the Stones.
    The Stones need to hang it up, now.
    They aren't Skynrd or REO Speedwagon. Don't need to see them steadily get scabbier and scabbier over the next 10 years till it's just Mick and a bunch of hired hands up there.
    It's been a good 60 years. Call it a fuckin day. I'm gonna retch when I see the "We are going on, it's what Charlie wanted!" Press release in a week.

    I love me some Charlie Watts but they already have Steve Jordan lined up to play and he doesnt exactly suck.

    Check out Keiths solo records...

    And like it or not it is "what Charlie wanted" he told them to keep going.

    #29 53 days ago
    Quoted from Elvishasleft:

    I love me some Charlie Watts but they already have Steve Jordan lined up to play and he doesnt exactly suck.
    Check out Keiths solo records...
    And like it or not it is "what Charlie wanted" he told them to keep going.

    Yeah I know, why wouldn't he? Doesn't really change how I feel about it. Steve Jordan is a lovely drummer; but he's not the Stones drummer and this band is going to be dramatically different now.

    And when Keith can't play in six months because his arthritic fingers finally seize up, they'll just plug his guitar tech in there since the Steve Jordan move went so well and they were still selling tickets. And so on...and so on....

    Now's the time to throw in the towel.

    #30 53 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Yeah I know, why wouldn't he? Doesn't really change how I feel about it. Steve Jordan is a lovely drummer; but he's not the Stones drummer and this band is going to be dramatically different now.
    And when Keith can't play because his arthritic fingers finally seize up, they'll plug his guitar tech in there. And so on...and so on....

    Nah.. that will never happen.

    Replace Ron Wood maybe but Mick and Keith are the writers and "the band" really.

    I dont mind Steve Jordan since he has been Keith's main collaborator for years (since the 80s really) outside the band so it kinda makes sense.

    Check out the Netflix Keith documentary its pretty much Keith and Steve Jordan doing a project.

    #31 53 days ago

    damn! rip music man. i put on a stones shirt this morning. from when i saw them in 97.

    #32 53 days ago

    To be clear I am bummed out though as I am one of the dummies who forked out the $$ for a Keith side pit ticket for the tour.

    Obviously would prefer the real deal....

    Fun fact for non drummers to check out if you watch Charlie Watts play... he never hits the high hat and snare at the same time.

    He thought they get in each others way sonically when they record.. one of the few guys who did that.

    #33 53 days ago
    Quoted from Elvishasleft:

    To be clear I am bummed out though as I am one of the dummies who forked out the $$ for a Keith side pit ticket for the tour.
    Obviously would prefer the real deal....
    Fun fact for non drummers to check out if you watch Charlie Watts play... he never hits the high hat and snare at the same time.
    He thought they get in each others way sonically when they record.. one of the few guys who did that.

    I sprung for pits in New Orleans in 2019 and it was a great decision. Must better investment than a deep root game.

    #34 53 days ago

    I’m so glad I went to see them in DC in 2019. I couldn’t believe how tight they sounded. They’ve been doing this for 50+ years. Unbelievable!

    The Stones should and will continue- they‘re too good, even without Charlie, to stop. They still have many great nights ahead of them. Savor it while you can.

    God we’ll miss him though.

    #35 53 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    I sprung for pits in New Orleans in 2019 and it was a great decision. Must better investment than a deep root game.

    This will probably be good for ticket sales... reminds people how old they really are.

    Not like you can wait until next tour if you never saw them.

    Odds are there wont be a next one

    #36 53 days ago

    Good Bye Ruby Tuesday......

    #37 53 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    The band is still going to tour. Charlie was not going to tour with the others.
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/entertainment/charlie-watts-dead/index.html
    "Drummer Steve Jordan, a former member of the house bands for "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with David Letterman," is scheduled to take Watts' place for the Stones' upcoming tour, which is scheduled to start on September 26 in St. Louis."

    Oh sure, Jordan is a fantastic drummer and I am sure will do an admirable job on the tour, but he was always intended (as far as I know) as a placeholder until Watts was able to return. Now that this is impossible they need to simply play their guts out for the remaining dates, then retire the Rolling Stones in a dignified manner and go out on a high note.

    Anything beyond this is probably doomed to replace our aural memories of performances like Ya-Ya’s with the sounds of octogenarians trying to croak out one more “classic” album. Plus, they’d probably just screw it all up with superfluous additional guitars, a strings section, a collaboration with an American Idol contestant, or perhaps a gospel choir (or any other gimmicky cliche geriatric rock bands always seem to gravitate toward in old age).

    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Yeah I'm not saying these guys (Keith, Mick, and Ronnie) need to retire from playing or recording music but it's time to stop dragging the Stones name across the football stadiums America, now that they are no longer the Stones. If they keep going now it will never end. I can't bear to see the Stones turn into just another scab band like so many others.

    “It’s better to burn out than it is to rust” absolutely applies here!

    I’m with you, just cannot stand the thought of seeing these guys do this to themselves. However, I do hope all of them keep making music, together or solo. Perhaps the end of the band will liberate them from the constraints of the Rolling Stones “brand” and the attendant audience expectations and trigger a burst of late-career creativity, giving us some unexpected interesting musical curveballs.

    #38 53 days ago
    Quoted from Thermionic:

    “It’s better to burn out than it is to rust” absolutely applies here!

    A burn out is more exciting for the fans, but if I'm the one doing the rusting, I'll take rust!

    That said, RIP Mr. Watts, you played a part in creating an incredible number of truly great songs, and seem to have quietly enjoyed yourself through what must have been a wild, wild life.

    #39 53 days ago

    We’re running out of the good ones. RIP CW

    https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1430221433100177409?s=20

    #41 53 days ago

    Charlie Watts. A rocker to the very end. Truly a legend. R.I.P. playing that great gig in the sky!

    #42 53 days ago

    RIP Charlie.
    I was never really that much of a fan of Rolling Stones growing up.
    As I’ve aged, I’ve really gained a huge appreciation of how great a rock band they’ve been over time.
    Probably one of my top 10 bands now..

    #43 53 days ago

    Saw them 89 I think.....
    LA Coliseum, Guns & Roses Opened , yes opened for the stones with their Appetite for Destruction album....
    Need i say more !

    #44 53 days ago
    Quoted from golfingdad1:

    Saw them 89 I think.....
    LA Coliseum, Guns & Roses Opened , yes opened for the stones with their Appetite for Destruction album....
    Need i say more !

    That’s bad ass.

    #45 53 days ago
    Quoted from kklank:

    That’s bad ass.

    Funny enough...GnR wasn't even the opening act they were the 2nd gig...
    Swear to God "living color" opened ..

    #46 53 days ago

    Isn’t it crazy Keith outlived Charlie?

    #47 53 days ago

    A string of domino's falling over the next few years for our rock and roll heroes.
    Damn - keep hitting those celestial skins Charlie!

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    #48 53 days ago

    Saw them in 89 at RFK in DC and Living Colour definitely opened. Just happened to be driving Detroit to Norfolk overnight and passing thru DC at 6am and radio announcement says Stones tickets today at 10, thinking 'why the fuck not', I pull off highway and ask some old man out for his early walk where the closest mall is. Got some vague directions and I was off!

    Get in line, shit, line aint moving and I'm about 100th in line. First show sells out. Damn. Couple of dudes roll up and they are fanning out their freshly printed tickets and say 'you guys are dumb, there is a ticketmaster at a little record store down the road nobody knows about' Dude in line says he knows where it is - we jump into his car and race there. No line! limit of 6 tickets so I make my purchase then step back and immediately purchase 6 more.

    Moral of the story? There is none. But getting concert tickets before the internet was always an adventure

    #49 53 days ago
    Quoted from boscokid:

    Saw them in 89 at RFK in DC and Living Colour definitely opened. Just happened to be driving Detroit to Norfolk overnight and passing thru DC at 6am and radio announcement says Stones tickets today at 10, thinking 'why the fuck not', I pull off highway and ask some old man out for his early walk where the closest mall is. Got some vague directions and I was off!
    Get in line, shit, line aint moving and I'm about 100th in line. First show sells out. Damn. Couple of dudes roll up and they are fanning out their freshly printed tickets and say 'you guys are dumb, there is a ticketmaster at a little record store down the road nobody knows about' Dude in line says he knows where it is - we jump into his car and race there. No line! limit of 6 tickets so I make my purchase then step back and immediately purchase 6 more.
    Moral of the story? There is none. But getting concert tickets before the internet was always an adventure

    Great Story !

    #50 53 days ago

    Truly one of the best. RIP Charlie. That 2006 Super Bowl show the Stones put on was incredible and it comes to show how much shit music performances took place every February since then. He was part of an incredible band for such a long time. Those of you were lucky to have seen them perform live. I wish I did.

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