Charlie Watts was not only an absolutely outstanding drummer, but also a great man – said the music journalist Piotr Metz in “Fakt after Fakt”, recalling the late musician of The Rolling Stones. – Percussion experts say that it had this elusive something that distinguishes the genius of the instrument from a man who simply keeps the rhythm – he said. He also told an anecdote about how Watts was going to confront the band singer Mick Jagger.
The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is dead. He passed away at the age of 80 in a London hospital. The deceased artist was mentioned in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 by music journalist Piotr Metz. He pointed out that “alongside (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.”
Piotr Metz mentions Charlie Watts
Metz 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.”
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