Ringo Starr is one of the most famous drummers in the world. But he is not the only drummer in the world. He was influenced by his earlier drummers, and inspired many of his later drummers. Along with Ringo, some of rock’s most prolific drummers of his generation include Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. But can you imagine getting a chance to see all three percussionists jamming on a drum kit together?
Ringo Starr pays tribute to Charlie Watts
In August, The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died peacefully surrounded by friends and family. He was 80 years old. The world has been shocked since his death, with fans, fellow celebrities and especially his bandmates paying tribute to him. Ringo was one of the first to express condolences to Watts’ family. He also explained what a great drummer Watts was.
Ringo and Watts may have been in rival bands, but they certainly inspired the same generation of drummers. When Watts’ family announced his death, Ringo posted a sweet black-and-white image of the couple smiling together on his Twitter account. he commented his post With, “God bless Charlie Watts; we’re going to miss you peace and love for the family, Ringo.”
Recently, Ringo called What’s to . Gave more information about his friendship with mail online. “He was a beautiful man,” Ringo said of Watts. “Charlie was a great guy and a lot of fun and he had a much tougher band to put together than he was.” The ex-Beatle also had some funny stories to share about partying with Watts in the 1970s.
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Charlie Watts and John Bonham play Ringo Starr’s drums at a party
Remembering Watts, Ringo was brought back to an unforgettable night he partyed with Rolling Stone and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in the 1970s.
“I had a party in the ’70s and I had a drum kit in the attic,” Ringo said. “Charlie came in and John Bonham came too and so we’ve got three drummers hanging out now and Bonham’s got on the kit. But because it wasn’t like that when you’re on stage and you let them down so they stay steady, It was just there. So, while he was playing, the bass drum was moving away from him.”
Ringo explained that he and Watts had to hold down the drum kit so that Bonhams could jam, which must have been an odd sight. “We will miss Charlie. He was a handsome man… He was like The Quiet Man,” concluded Ringo.
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John Bonham was a big fan of Ringo
While Ringo was a friend of Watts, he also became close with Bonhams, who cited Ringo as one of his biggest influences. In fact, Bonham is a huge fan of Ringo and The Beatles.
Talking to NME in 1970 (which appears in 2014) Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin), Bonham talks about Ringo playing the drums on The Beatles. Abbey Road. “Let’s just say I think drumming is really cool on Abbey Road. Some of the album’s rhythms are really off-putting.”
“It’s great to have the drums on all of the Beatles’ records,” Bonham continued. “The actual patterns are perfect for what they’re doing.” So who knows what will come out of a proper jam session between all three drummers, provided they have the chance. Though it’s great to see that they all appreciate each other.