Rolling Stones Didn’t Expect Charlie Watts’ Illness To Be Fatal

by Madison Miller

On August 21, the world said goodbye to legendary musician, Charlie Watts. He died when he was 80 and since then, fellow musicians and other members of the entertainment world have honored the late drummer.

In the past, Charlie Watts had a few health problems. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004 but eventually went into remission after radiotherapy. Watts was expected to join the rest of the band for the No Filter Tour, however, due to medical issues and procedures, had to sit out. He was replaced by Steve Jordan on drums.

Charlie Watts Death Unexpected

Now, in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, other members of the Rolling Stones are revealing that they didn’t expect Watts’ medical condition to become fatal. In fact, the group thought he would eventually rejoin them for the tour.

Ron Wood spoke with the news outlet about his experience visiting his friend and fellow band member in the hospital. He was the last of the Rolling Stones to go to the hospital. It was just a few weeks before Watts would sadly pass on.

“We watched horse racing on TV and just shot the breeze,” the guitarist said to the news outlet.

He also shared some of the moments leading up to his worsening health in the hospital. “I could tell he was pretty tired and fed up with the whole deal. 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,” Wood said.

For the Rolling Stones members, as well as the rest of the world, the exact nature of Watts’ illness is a bit of a mystery. The group even believed that Watts was “on the mend after an earlier medical procedure.”

Although he was sick, his death was still a major shock. Keith Richards couldn’t even put into words a lot addressing his friend’s death. He said, “I’m still trying to put it together in my head.”

Rolling Stones Future

Despite Charlie Watts’ tragic death, the group still thinks it’s best to carry on with the tour. Several fans are saying it would be best for the group not to continue, but the Rolling Stones think differently. Mick Jagger said, “I don’t think that’s a movement” in regards to the notion bands should shut down when one member passes on.

Mick Jagger also said that Charlie Watts urged the group to carry on without him when he got sick. He said in part “all the crew that have been out of work — you’re not gonna put them out of work again.”

Although fans will no longer get to see the drummer doing what he did best — rocking out on stage — he left a part of his legacy with fans. The other Rolling Stones members revealed that the group had worked on some other songs before Watts’ death. This is what the group did during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic when live performances were canceled. The group said that when they’re done touring they’ll assess everything they have recorded.

“You haven’t heard the last of Charlie Watts,” Richards said.