“The drummer thinks that he is dynamite.” So Mick Jagger shouts in their 1974 classic, produced by the band themselves. But the Stones didn’t think Charlie was dynamite, they knew. And so does the world.
Charlie Watts would leave us after a brilliant 80-year life, dying peacefully in his sleep in London. His legend, however, will live on eternally through the catalog of the “Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band in the World.”
The Stones have been hit hard, but they’ll rock on in Charlie’s name. Friday, his mates would release this fantastic memoriam for Watts, featuring rare footage, photos, and plenty of throwbacks. All to the beat of Charlie’s own hands via “If You Can`t Rock Me.”
“So when the Stones asked me to join, they talked in terms of a band, you know?” Watts says in a vintage clip within. “Commitment, in other words. So I thought… ‘Oh, this’ll go on a year, and then it’ll fold up.'”
Plenty of phenomenal highlights follow, including Jagger giving a rousing introduction for Wembley native Charlie Watts as they play the “sacred turf” only a “stone’s throw” from where he was born. “The Wembley Whammer… Charlie Watts!” Mick shouts – and the crowd absolutely loses it.
“If you have any questions,” Jagger tells press in another clip, “Charlie will answer all of them.”
Charlie Watts: Remembering an Absolute Legend
The Stones held such a brilliant relationship with the wildly unique, understated Charlie. His light and friendship extended far beyond their foursome (sometimes more, in the past), too. And after his passing, everyone from Beatles Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, to Elton John and Joan Jett, would pay tribute to the Wembley Whammer.
“Charlie Watts… Was a lovely guy,” Beatle Paul McCartney said of the Rolling Stone the day he died. “Charlie was a rock. A fantastic drummer. Steady as a rock.”
McCartney says, with tears welling up, that he knew Charlie Watts was ill, “but not this ill.” Watts’ passing would follow his withdrawal from the Rolling Stones’ 2021 tour in August. At the time, Watts would cite the need to recover from a medical procedure. He was also a survivor of throat cancer, which was successfully treated in 2004. His cause of death remains unknown.
Fellow Beatle to Paul – and fellow drummer to Charlie – Ringo Starr, would also take to Twitter to honor Watts.
“God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family,” Ringo wrote
In addition, longtime friend to Charlie and fellow icon Elton John wrote: “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.”
Rest in Peace, Charlie. We’ll miss you.