Recent reports suggest that the Rolling Stones were forced to miss their late drummer Charlie Watts‘ funeral, which took place last week.
The Stones’ longtime drummer passed away on August 24 at age 80. Along with lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, Watts played on each of the famous band’s studio albums through the decades. He’s well-known as one of the greatest drummers of all time and was an integral part of the band’s success.
Yet Covid-19 restrictions supposedly kept Jagger, Richards, and bassist Ronnie Wood in America during his funeral. A small private funeral was held by Watts’ family in Devon, England. However, since the band is in the United States touring, and England has reimplemented strict Covid-19 regulations, the band couldn’t fly home to attend.
Instead, the Rolling Stones stayed in Boston where they continued to rehearse for their rescheduled world tour. Their first show begins on September 26 in St Louis, Missouri.
Rolling Stones Drummer Has Emergency Surgery, Passes Away Not Long After
A few weeks ago, the sad news of Charlie Watts’ passing made headlines around the world. His London publicist, Bernard Doherty, shared a statement confirming the iconic drummer’s death.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family,” the statement read.
Previous to his passing, the band and Charlie himself announced that he would not join the group on tour. At the time, they said he had an emergency surgery, but no one knew the gravity of the situation. Watts announced that veteran drummer Steve Jordan would replace him temporarily on tour. Jordan worked closely with Keith Richards through the years and knows the band well.
“For once my timing has been a little off,” Watts shared in a statement, according to Variety. “I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while. After all the fans’ suffering caused by COVID I really do not want the many RS fans who have been holding tickets for this Tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation. I have therefore asked my great friend Steve Jordan to stand in for me.”
The Bands Reacts to Charlie Watts’ Death
As news spread of Charlie Watts’ death, his longtime bandmates paid tribute to their friend and drummer. Ronnie Wood shared photo with the caption: “I love you my fellow Gemini. I will dearly miss you. You are the best.”
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger shared a touching photo of a smiling Charlie on his social media accounts without a caption. Additionally, guitarist Keith Richards shared a picture of the Rolling Stones’ drum kit with a “closed” sign on it.
Wood’s wife Sally also shared a series of throwback photos of Watts. She simply wrote: “We love you Charlie. The whole world will miss you xx.”