Music journalists talked about the future of The Rolling Stones after the death of the band’s drummer Charlie Watts. – One side of the coin are their contractual obligations, which they probably have to fulfill. The second is whether the band will want to continue their career without Charlie Watts – said Piotr Metz. – It seems to me that they will exist, if only because the concert tour is about to begin – assessed Hirek Wrona. Journalists visiting TVN24 mentioned the deceased artist, pointing out, inter alia, that he was “an outstanding drummer, but also a wonderful man”.
The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is dead. He passed away at the age of 80 in a London hospital. Music journalist Piotr Metz said in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 that after this loss “the question is what the band will do now, what the Rolling Stones will do”.
– One side of the coin are their contractual obligations, which they probably have to fulfill. The second is whether the band will want to continue their career without Charlie Watts. The plans were really great: celebrating the 60th anniversary, new album. Perhaps the team will decide to do this as a tribute to their deceased colleague, he said.
Hirek Wrona on the future of The Rolling Stones: I think they will exist
Music journalist Hirek Wrona also talked about what could happen to the Stones after the death of one of the band members.
– It seems to me that they will exist, if only because the concert tour is about to begin. All documents are signed – he said. He added that Watts “was not supposed to be on the tour anyway because his heart disease prevented him.”
“The Stones will exist as long as any of this team is still alive,” he assessed.
Piotr Metz mentions Charlie Watts
Journalists also mentioned the deceased artist and his musical artistry. Piotr Metz pointed out that “next to (Mick) Jagger and (Keith) Richards he is the only member of The Rolling Stones who played on all their studio albums, he is the band’s link in difficult moments”.
He also said Watts “really loved jazz”. “Playing with the Rolling Stones was the essence of life for him, but he always seemed to be a little bit more than that, with his smile stuck to his face during concerts,” he said.
He assessed that the musician “was certainly not only an absolutely outstanding drummer, (…) but also a wonderful person”. – A bit different from what we used to call “sex, drugs and rock and roll” – added the journalist. – Even when it comes to clothes, he was a bit out of the Rolling Stones rock ‘n’ roll look. He was very often selected on honorable English lists of the best dressed people – he noted.
Anecdote about Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger
The TVN24 guest mentioned that “there is even such a famous anecdote that one day, in the 1980s, a slightly drunk Mick Jagger called him in his hotel room, asking: where is my drummer?”. Charlie Watts got dressed in his best suit, tied his tie, cleaned his shoes, went to Jagger’s room, put his hand against him and said: You’re my singer, never say that again. And he came back to himself – added the journalist.
“I think this anecdote, even if it is not entirely true, characterizes him brilliantly,” said Metz.
He also noted that “percussion experts say that it had this elusive something that distinguishes the genius of the instrument from the man who just keeps the beat.”
Hirek Wrona and Charlie Wattsie: he was creating a machine called The Rolling Stones
Hirek Wrona said, however, that Charlie Watts “was so polite and so elegant that he completely did not fit in with this team”. – It was amazing, because my friends were partying, (former – ed.) Drugs, alcohol, and he and his wife were quietly going on his sides, recording his jazz stuff – said the journalist.
He added that the drummer was also “bonding” the formation, reconciling the “difficult characters” of its members.
– The artist is gone, undoubtedly great. A man who created an almost immortal machine called The Rolling Stones and left behind that wonderful groove that electronic machines knock out today, and people used to do it – added Wrona.
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