Charlie Watts dies last week, Rolling Stones’s drummer
The famous drummer of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, died this Tuesday at the age of 80 in London, according to his agent and published by several British media.
This same August the British band announced that Watts could not accompany the members of the group on the tour that is due to begin this September. According to what was said at the beginning of this same month of August, the drummer had to take a break to recover from a recent "medical procedure".
Mick Jagger (L), Charlie Watts (C) and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during a concert in Abu Dhabi February 21, 2014.
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards at a Rolling Stones performance in Abu Dhabi in February 2014.
The death of Charlie Watts not only mourns a still pandemic August, but above all it says goodbye to a way of living and feeling rock and, above all, a way of living in a coherent way.
Charlie Watts will always be associated with three elements: the first, most important and obvious is having been part of one of the two most transcendental bands in popular music, such as the Rolling Stones, with the fundamental addition that they are still in existence. active, unlike the Beatles.
Watts maintained and patented a way of playing the drums that broke the cliché of spectacularity, grandeur and effect inherent to rock.
The second is that he maintained and somewhat patented a way of playing the drums that broke the cliché of spectacularity, grandeur and effect inherent to many of the great names in rock. His touch was often succinct, always effective, and refractory to gratuitous prominence.
And third, that same restraint was transmitted to the external image, acting as a voluntary / involuntary counterpoint within the paraphernalia of part of the band in its times of greatest effervescence and window dressing. And he ended up becoming one of the brands of the house, which helped his longevity.
A longevity in which he prevailed over all his love for what he did. As he confessed to this newspaper a decade ago, "I assure you that if you didn't enjoy what I do when I get on stage, I would have left the Stones a long time ago."
I assure you that if you didn't enjoy what I do when I go on stage, I would have left the Stones a long time ago. "
When it was announced a couple of weeks ago that the drummer was not going to accompany his fellow Rolling Stones on the announced tour of the United States in the next few months, the type of operation he had undergone was never specified. Watts was previously treated for throat cancer in 2004, and a year later he broke several ribs and his arm in a car accident in Nice.
The note in which the malanueva was announced specified that the musician "died peacefully in a London hospital today, surrounded by his family."
His absence from the announced tour sparked wide-ranging speculation, the darkest ones having been fulfilled. The note in which the malanueva was announced specified that the musician "died peacefully in a London hospital today, surrounded by his family."
Also, in the note released by the BBC it is read that the British band mourns the death of a "beloved husband, father and grandfather" and "one of the greatest drummers of his generation, and we kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends at this difficult time. "