Keith Urban Emotionally Remembers Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts: ‘Shocked and Truly Saddened’

by Samantha Whidden

Following the news that long-time Rolling Stone drummer Charlie Watts has passed away, country superstar Keith Urban took to his Instagram account to share his thoughts on the late musician. 

“I’m shocked and truly saddened at just now hearing the news that we lost the ‘gentleman soul of rock and roll,’ the queen bee of the hive that is The Rolling Stones, the original, Charlie Watts.” Keith Urban pens in the post. He also writes that Watts is the “heartbeat” of one of the greatest bands of all time and truly a musician whose influence is unquantifiable and will continue to be. 

Keith Urban goes on to add, “I didn’t even properly know you, but I love you Charlie, and I thank you for all that you gave us. I’m so grateful that through countless recordings we will always be not only hearing you but FEELING you!” 

As previously reported, Charlie Watts passed away at the age of 80 at a hospital in London surrounded by his family. Prior to his death, Watts withdrew from The Rolling Stones’ 2021 tour, citing that he needed to recover from a recent medical procedure. Watts’ cause of death remains unknown, but he is a throat cancer survivor. 

Watts’ spokesperson also stated, “Charlie was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather, and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members, and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”

Keith Urban Opens Up About Being A Special Guest At A Rolling Stones Concert In 2013

In a December 2014 interview with Times Colonist, Keith Urban recalled his experience as a special guest at a Rolling Stones concert in 2013.

“It’s hard to describe that one. Surreal, obviously,” said Urban. “I just wish it was a longer song really.”

Keith Urban stated that he took to the stage with the iconic rock band to perform ‘Respectable.’

“Mick [Jagger] picks a two-and-a-half-minute song and it’s like, bummer. I wish we could have chosen ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ or something that’s a bit longer,” continued Urban. “It was really fun playing with them. I just loved it.”

Keith Urban then said that he had met Mick Jagger a handful of times and his wife, Nicole Kidman, is friends with L’Wren Scott.

“So that’s how Mick and I met,” added Urban. “Was through my wife and his partner. So the whole thing was quite organic.”

The country superstar then reflected on getting to rehearse with The Rolling Stones at the Staples Center.

“There’s all the boys up there running through all the songs for the show. Their ferocity, particularly Mick’s, it’s really matchless,” said Urban. “He’s on elf the great, great frontmen of all time. And to be inches away from him singing on the same mic, was a really surreal experience.”