Mick Jagger Pays Tribute to Late Bandmate Charlie Watts:
Mick Jagger has paid tribute to his late bandmate Charlie Watts, who died one year ago today, in a moving tribute on social media. The post features a video montage of Watts with a voiceover by Jagger. The clip is soundtracked by The Rolling Stones’ 1974 track Till The Next Goodbye, from the album It’s Only Rock’n’Roll.
“I miss Charlie because he had a great sense of humour,” Jagger says in the video, adding, “Outside of the band, you know, we used to hang out quite a lot and have interesting times. We loved sports; we’d go to football, we’d go to cricket games, and we would have other interests apart from just music. But, of course, I really miss Charlie so much.”
Thinking of Charlie today 💙 pic.twitter.com/zkP5CwZthe
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) August 24, 2022
Watts died at age 80 on 24 August 2021. “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” the Rolling Stones publicist said in a statement at the time. “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier [Tuesday] surrounded by his family.” The statement referred to Watts as “one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”
Back in May, Jagger spoke about Watts in an interview with The Sunday Times. “I don’t really expect him to be there any more if I turn round during a show,” Jagger said. “But I do think about him. Not only during rehearsals or on stage, but in other ways too. I would have phoned him up and talked about last night’s Arsenal game because he supported Tottenham and I’m Arsenal. I miss him as a player and as a friend.”
The Rolling Stones have continued without Watts and recently played a string of UK and European tour dates, including two concerts in London’s Hyde Park.