Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies, band goes on tour in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS — After keeping the beat for half a century with the Rolling Stones, drummer Charlie Watts died surrounded by his family in a London hospital.

The longtime drummer behind the hits ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Miss You’, ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Start Me Up’ opened up about his process for a live performance and his longevity with The Stones in an interview.

“It’s nice to have twice as many numbers ready to play and to be twice as fit as you need to be for two hours,” Watts said in a previous interview.

“So after two hours, you don’t want to die. You want to be able to play another hour or two.

It was due to a recent medical condition and unspecified recovery that Watts decided not to tour with the Rolling Stones when they kicked off their “No Filter” tour at the Dome at America’s Center on September 26.

“Charlie has been part of nine performances here in the St. Louis area, since the first in 1966,” said Brian Hall, CEO of Explore St. Louis.

“So I’m sure on September 26, when the Stones go live at the Dome of the America’s Center, the band will pay their respects to him in a very substantial way.”

With only a month until the show in downtown St. Louis, the concert, with few tickets remaining, turns into what could be an emotional Sunday night in St. Louis for the band and the fans, and the 300 workers services ensuring that the show will go on even if the revered drummer is not present.

“About three weeks ago the tour and Charlie made the decision because of the procedures he was going to undergo that he wouldn’t be on the tour,” Hall said.

“So it was already on and another drummer had been selected.”

The steady hand that kept the beat syncopated and formed the backbone of the Rolling Stones won’t get behind the drums.

His understudy, Steve Jordan, who played with Keith Richards for years, will help keep the show going.


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