Mick Jagger on loss of Charlie Watts: ‘He held the band together for so long’

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On Aug 24,  2021, the rock band lost the legendary drummer of Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts. The legendary drummer had a big hand to keep the iconic band together since 1963.

His talent and dedication will always be remembered by his bandmates. Only a few can cope with the void he has left for the band, and just like what Mick Jagger told once in a joint Variety interview (with guitarists Keith Richards, 77, and Ron Wood, 74) that he was the backbone for the band and ‘held the band together.’

“He held the band together for so long, musically, because he was the rock the rest of it was built around, the thing he brought was this beautiful sense of swing and swerve that most bands wish they could have. It’s a huge loss to us all,” Jagger, 78, added. “It’s all very, very hard.” 

Mick Jagger even remembered Charlie Watts on one-year anniversary of his death and posted a video to all the social media platforms and gave a tribute to the legendary drummer of Rolling Stones giving a slideshow featuring photos of Watt including the band’s 1974 track “Till the Next Goodbye” and a voiceover message.

“I miss Charlie because he had a great sense of humor, outside of the band, you know, we used to hang out quite a lot and have interesting times. We loved sports. We’d go to football, we’d go to cricket games, and we had other interests apart from just music.”

He added, “But, of course, I really miss Charlie so much.”

“Don McAulay – Charlie Watt’s drum tech for ten years pays tribute to Charlie for his birthday, placing his drum key where Charlie always would before each show. Happy birthday, Charlie, we miss you,” the band wrote on Twitter, alongside a video of McAulay.

The Stones have stated the pain they have felt without the presence of Watts in their team and Jagger also raised a drink on the legendary drummer in September 2021, while they were gonna play their show without Watts for the first time.

“The thing he brought was this beautiful sense of swing and swerve that most bands wish they could have,” Jagger told Rolling Stone that month. “We had some really nice conversations in the last couple of years about how all this happened with the band. It’s a huge loss to us all. It’s very, very hard.”

Meanwhile, on CBS Sunday Morning Richards mentioned that Watts’ death was really ‘shocking.’
He had had a round of cancer a year or two before, and he’d beat that one. He just got hit with a double whammy,” Richards said. “Bless his soul.” In a Variety interview he even showed his gratitude for the beloved member;

“It’s been chaotic,” Richards added. “But, thank God, Steve Jordan is a tower of strength, as was Charlie Watts, without a drummer, you ain’t nowhere,” he said. He mentioned how powerful his presence was to the band.

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