Charlie Watts: Paul McCartney pays tribute to Rolling Stones star
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The Rolling Stones are reportedly continuing with their No Filter tour, following the death of their drummer Charlie Watts at the age of 80 yesterday. The English rock band are due to make their first appearance in St Louis, in Missouri, on September 26, with the last show in mid-November.
They will want to do Charlie proud
After undergoing surgery earlier in the year, Charlie previously told the band to go on tour with stand-in drummer Steve Jordan while he recovered.
But even after the drumming legend’s death, Sir Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, and Keith Richards are determined to honour their late band member and “do him proud” by keeping their promise, according to a source.
After the devastating news broke of the music icon’s death, Charlie’s bandmates posted emotional tributes to their friend.
Frontman Mick shared a snap of Charlie smiling behind a drum kit to Instagram, while Ronnie posted a snap of him and Charlie together.
He captioned the post: “I love you my fellow Gemini – I will dearly miss you – you are the best.”
The band’s guitarist Keith posted a poignant image of the same instrument, complete with a closed sign hanging off it.
However, a source has now claimed that the trio will still go on tour with stand-in drummer Steve Jordan.
They said: “It goes without saying that the band would play the No Filter tour, which was derailed last year by Covid.
“They will want to honour him and celebrate his amazing musical legacy.
“They will want to do Charlie proud,” they finished.
Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones agreed that it was the right decision, adding: “They have got to continue.
“Charlie would have wanted that,” he told The Mirror.
Charlie underwent an operation shortly before his death, and told how medical professionals said that it wouldn’t be a quick recovery process.
In a statement after his operation, he said: “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 disappointment with delays to the tour caused by Covid, I really don’t want the many Stones fans in the States who have been holding tickets to have another postponement or cancellation.
“I have therefore asked my great friend Steve Jordan to stand in,” he added.
Express.co.uk has gone to The Rolling Stones reps for comment.
Yesterday, Charlie’s management confirmed that the drummer had died in a London hospital surrounded by his family.
His publicist said in a statement: “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.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” it ended.
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