Rolling Stones’ Iconic Logo is Being Painted Black After Charlie Watts’ Death

by Matthew Memrick

The band’s famous logo will turn black when the Rolling Stones go back on tour next week. 

Ok, the band said it must be painted black. Black as coal, black as night…

The black logo will be used on merchandise and tour visual stuff with late bandmate Charlie Watts recently passed. Watts died at age 80 on Aug. 24.

Rolling Stones Logo Came About in 1971

According to 1000 Logos, the band’s “Tongue and Lips” or “Hot Lips” logo first appeared on the 1971 “Sticky Fingers” album. After that, the band made it its featured logo.

According to the website, singer Mick Jagger explained to British art designer Jon Pasche that he wanted the logo to resemble the Hindu goddess Kali. 

A prominent feature of the goddess was an impressive mouth with a tongue sticking out. Pasche claimed that the idea of a mouth symbol sprang to his mind the very moment he saw Jagger for the first time. The website said Pasche mentioned that it was impossible not to spot the musician’s lips and mouth, his most prominent visual features.

The band representative for Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood also said shows would have a moving montage of Watts.

After Watts’ passing, the band issued a statement and talked about their former drummer’s life.

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather and also a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” their note continued.

Watts was an original band member, playing with the band from 1963 until his death.

Rolling Stones To Pay Tribute To Watts

The band acknowledges that they need to reference Watts’s passing because of his importance. 

Though he’s no longer with the band, Watts would perform on the upcoming tour anyway after an undisclosed surgical procedure. He was not physically able to play, and his understudy, Steve Jordan, was going with the band.

When announced as the band’s fill-in drummer, Jordan issued a statement. 

“It is an absolute honor and a privilege to be Charlie’s understudy, and I am looking forward to rehearsing with Mick, Keith, and Ronnie. No one will be happier to give up my seat on the drum-riser as soon as Charlie is ready to go.”

The band could not attend Watts’s private funeral in Devon, England, because of COVID restrictions. According to the New York Post, Jagger (78), Richards (77), and Wood (74) were in Boston rehearsing and could not return to England.

Rolling Stones Tour Still In Effect

St. Louis, Missouri, is the first stop for the band’s No Filter US Tour leg. The show will be on Sept. 26. The tour will wrap up on Nov. 20 in Austin, Texas.

According to Rolling Stone, the band’s tour schedule from 2020 is mainly set. The band cut Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland, and Buffalo dates due to scheduling issues. Now, they’ll play in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New Orleans for Jazz Fest. 

“I’m so excited to get back on the stage again,” Mick Jagger said in a July statement, “and want to thank everyone for their patience. See you soon!”