Rolling Stones Reveal Charlie Watts Recorded ‘Several’ New Songs Before His Death

by Matthew Memrick
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We may not have heard the last of Charlie Watts as the Rolling Stones reportedly recorded “several” new songs with their late drummer.

The iconic British rock band, currently rocking out in its “No Filter” United States tour, told the Los Angeles Times about Watts’s recordings. The man died in August at age 80.

Keith Richards, who joins 78-year-old Mick Jagger and 74-year-old Ronnie Wood, dished that the pandemic may have kept the foursome from making a pre-tour record.

“If everything hadn’t gotten closed down, we might’ve finished the damn thing,” the 77-year-old Richards said.

“With a lot of tracks done,” Jagger added that the band will figure out what to do after the tour. 

The band said this is the first tour they’ve been on without Watts. The former bandmate started with the band in 1963. Steve Jordan took Watts’s place on time.

Band Didn’t Expect Watts To Die

In the L.A. Times story, band members said Watts only expected a short stay at the hospital.

Wood remembered visiting Watts at the hospital and telling him he was ready to leave. The drummer had a procedure done and was soon to be released.

Wood recalled one part of their conversation and Watts being tired of the stay.

“He said, ‘I 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.”

Officials and family have not released an official cause of the man’s death.

In a wild twist, Wood told the newspaper that Watts’s hospital stay was in the same room where he recovered from cancer back in 2000.

Wood joked the room was called “the Rolling Stones” suite.

Watts Still Among Band’s Memories

With their tour, the band has heavily promoted Watts with photos and a pre-show video. They’ve dedicated “Tumbling Dice” to their fallen bandmate.

To Richards, Charlie “was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known.”

The guitarist often reflects on the drummer’s demeanor and skills. Richards said he liked making music but hated the rockstar lifestyle. The man went on to say, “[Watts was] the most unlikely man to be famous.”

Jagger still says the band misses Charlie “on and off the stage.” 

Last month, the Stones began the North American leg of their “No Filter” tour in St. Louis with the Watts tribute. Since then, Watts photos project onto the video board before every show.

Jordan Connects With Band

Jordan talked to “Vanity Fair” on Friday about joining the Rolling Stones.

The magazine said Jordan worked with Jagger on his 1986 “Dirty Work” album. Jordan played in the Saturday Night Live band the same night the Stones were there. 

Jordan, a New York native and Yankees fan said he met Watts on Oct. 7, 1978. With the Yankees and Royals in the playoffs that night, Jordan said he didn’t care what else was going on. He wanted a band autograph but didn’t want to meet the band, he said.

“As it turns out, it was Charlie who got me the autographs,” Jordan recalled. “I ended up hanging out with Charlie in the dressing room and we watched the game together.”

In their first meeting, Jordan said he explained baseball to Watts as a “combination of rounders and cricket.” 

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