Mick Jagger says Charlie Watts ‘was the heartbeat’ for the Rolling Stones: ‘It’s strange being without him’

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The band’s drummer died in August at the age of 80.

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Mick Jagger talks about his beloved bandmate and friend Charlie Watts.

On Wednesday, Howard Stern noted how the Rolling Stones began their North American tour with a tribute to the late drummer during an interview with the front man. Vats died in August at the age of 80.

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The shock jock explained how the footage showed Watts maintaining a steady beat.

“Charlie was the heartthrob for the band, and also a very stable personality,” Jagger responded, as quoted. central recorder on Thursday. “He didn’t have to bother. He was a very reliable person, not a diva – that’s the last thing you want in a drummer.”

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Jagger also praised Watts’ stoic sense of humour, as well as his relationships outside the band.

The 78-year-old explained, “I miss Charlie because he had a great sense of humor and we were outside the band too, we hang out a lot and had interesting times.” “We loved sports, we went to football, we went to cricket games, and we had other interests besides music.”

Jagger also shared how Watts remained a major presence during the tour.

“Every time we get together and rehearse, we say, ‘Oh, Charlie will say this, then he will do that,’” he explained.

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The star also revealed that Watts, who was forced to leave the band’s upcoming tour before his death due to an undefined health problem, insisted that the group go on without him.

“We did so many shows with him and so many tours and so many recording sessions, it’s weird without him,” Jagger admitted. “And he said, when he was sick, he said, ‘You just have to go ahead and do this tour. Don’t stop because of me.’ so did we.”

Watts was an acclaimed jazz bandleader in 2004 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He received extensive treatment and made a full recovery. His return to health allowed him to resume touring with both the Stones and his jazz band.

Watts is survived by his wife Shirley, sister Linda, daughter Seraphina and granddaughter Charlotte.


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