Bassists Remember Charlie Watts
The deep connection between bassists and drummers is unlike any other relationship in music. But with the passing of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, it is obvious the impact he had on his friends and bandmates was beyond music.
Stones bassist Darryl Jones shared his thoughts on Facebook:
“I am deeply saddened to have been informed that Charlie Watts has died. I appreciate all the kind words and thoughtful sentiments I’m receiving,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to Charlie’s family and wealth of friends and fans grieving his passing. Though he had not been well it is nonetheless a tremendous shock to hear this sad news. I’ll have more to share soon. I’m just trying to wrap my head and heart around this loss. I’m sure you all understand. More to come.”
Original Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman shared an early headshot of Watts with a simple message: “Charlie, you were like a brother to me. In the band and in life. Rest in peace.”
Paul McCartney also shared his condolences in a short video:
Watts announced he would not participate in the upcoming “No Filter” tour after a recent surgery. He instead hand-picked a replacement, Steve Jordan, who is slated to go on with the show. The Rolling Stones have not made any statements about whether the tour will be postponed or if Jordan will be their permanent drummer.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Charlie Watts.