In the wake of his passing yesterday (August 24), fans have taken to social media to share footage of the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts‘ last-ever performance with the band. Aged 80, Watts has left behind legions of admirers given his talent as a drummer and effortless cool.
The news of his death was confirmed in a statement from his spokesperson, circulated on the Rolling Stones’ social media accounts.
Not technically an original member, Watts joined the band in 1963. Alongside the swaggering songwriting duo, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, he was the only member to have featured on all of the band’s studio albums to date. The most recent of which was 2016’s Blue & Lonesome.
Being in the famously raucous band and playing on all of their studio albums is a herculean feat, and given the band’s hectic lifestyles in their early days and all the turmoil that followed their path of wanton hedonism, Watts maintained his slick and relaxed persona throughout.
The statement from his spokesperson announced: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
Duly, members of the band have all taken to social media to pay their respects to the Stones’ jazz-inspired rhythmic ballast. Earlier this year, the band members also showed support for Watts after he recently pulled out of their upcoming US tour to “rest and recuperate” following an undisclosed illness.
In the wake of the news of him sitting out of the tour, Watts remarked: “for once my timing has been a little off”. Given his brilliance, Watts will continue to live on through his work with the Stones.
The drummer’s last performance with the Stones occurred in Florida back on August 30, 2019, as part of the band’s No Filter tour.
Watch explosive full set, below.