Charlie Watts: The Rolling Stones drummer dies aged 80
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Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood, 74, recalled his final meeting with Charlie Watts, revealing he spoke to his bandmate weeks before he died. The group’s beloved drummer sadly died in August at a London hospital at the age of 80, where he was surrounded by his family.
I could tell he was pretty tired and fed up with the whole deal
Watts had suffered from health problems in recent years, including a diagnosis of throat cancer in 2004.
News of his passing led to an outpouring of tributes from around the world of rock and roll, and left those closest to him reflective of their time together.
Guitarist Ronnie, revealed he had visited him before he died in the same hospital room where he was treated for cancer in 2020.
In a new interview, the rock icon chuckled: “We call it the Rolling Stones suite.
“We watched horse racing on TV and just shot the breeze.
“I could tell he was pretty tired and fed up with the whole deal.”
Ronnie remembered Watts joked he was “really hoping to be out of here by now”.
“Then after that there was a complication or two and I wasn’t allowed back. No-one was,” he sighed.
Keith Richards also told The Los Angeles Times that he is still coming to terms with his friend’s death.
He said: “I’m still trying to put it together in my head.
“I don’t think I can be very erudite on Charlie at the moment.”
The band embarked on its No Filter tour of the US on September 26, where they paid tribute to Watts on stage in St Louis, Missouri, during their first major performance.
Mick Jagger admitted that their pal would have wanted them to go ahead with the tour, which had already been delayed by the pandemic.
“We’d already postponed it by a year, and Charlie said to me, ‘You need to go out there. All the crew that have been out of work – you’re not gonna put them out of work again,'” he explained.
“So, I think it was the right decision to keep going.
“The band still sounds great onstage, and everyone’s been really responsive at the couple of big shows we’ve done so far.”
But due to the numerous rehearsals, the musicians were forced to remain in Boston, missing Watts’ funeral because of Covid restrictions.
His small, private funeral was held in Devon at the beginning of September without his bandmates in attendance.
It took place in secret to respect the wishes of his family.
The 13-date No Filter tour is scheduled to end in Austin, Texas, on November 20.
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