It took some getting used to Mick Jagger when he was on stage with the Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts. The drummer died at the end of August at the age of 80, shortly before the two British rockers toured. The singer says he misses him, both on and off stage.
In a conversation with DJ Howard Stern, Jagger describes his old friend as the “heartbeat of the band”. “We’ve done many shows, tours, and recordings with him. It’s kind of weird to do without him now.”
Watts announced in early August that he would not be touring the United States with Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards due to a medical procedure. However, his hospitalization was not a reason to cancel the tour.
When he was sick, he said, ‘You guys should go for a ride and go for a ride. Don’t stop for me.” “That’s what we did,” Jagger said. “I miss Charlie for his sense of humor. Besides theater, we did many things together. We went to football and cricket matches and we have other common interests besides music.”
It is the first time in 59 years that another musician has stood behind the drums during a British band’s tour. Steve Jordan replaces Watts, who died in August.
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