As the longtime drummer for the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts positively influenced generations of people around the world. As reported in a recent CNN article, the other members of the Rolling Stones have been paying tribute on social media to their bandmate who passed away at age 80 on August 24.
Social Media Reactions
On the Instagram and Twitter websites, lead singer Mick Jagger posted a photo of Mr. Watts at his drum set. Guitarist Ron Wood referred to himself and Wood both being Geminis, and stated that he will dearly miss him.
A photo of a “Closed” sign hanging over a drum set was posted on social media sites by guitarist Keith Richards.
For more than half of a century, Watts was the stylish drummer for what is commonly known as “The world’s greatest rock and roll band,” but he was actually a big jazz fan. In addition to his work with the Stones, Watts formed a large jazz-oriented orchestra, as well as a jazz quintet.
In early August, the Rolling Stones announced that Charlie Watts would not be joining the other Stones on its “No Filter” tour that begins in September. While few details were released, Mr. Watts was reportedly recuperating from a medical procedure.
On August 24, a spokesperson for Watts reported to CNN that the drummer peacefully passed away at a hospital in London, England. The spokesperson said that Watts was one of his generation’s greatest drummers, and was with his family when he passed.
Well-Respected and Inspirational
Tributes and condolences for Mr. Watts have also been posted on social media by many well-known musicians. Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart described Watts as graceful and elegant, and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said that Watts was an inspiration to generations of rock band members.
Paul McCartney posted a video on Twitter in which he described the Rolling Stones member as a beautiful man, and expressed his sympathies to Watts’ wife Shirley, daughter and granddaughter.
Elton John wrote on Twitter that Charlie Watts was very stylish and brilliant company. Offering his condolences to the family of Mr. Watts, John said it was a very sad day.