The Rolling Stones have released a video tribute to the late drummer Charlie Watts, who died this week at the age of 80.
Watts’ death was announced on Tuesday (August 24th). A few weeks after he revealed that he would miss the US tour as he recovered from unspecified medical procedures.
Drummer bandmates Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ronnie Wood all made individual statements in the wake of Watt’s death, but released a video montage to honor the musicians.
A two-minute clip shared on social media on Friday (August 27th) featured a montage of Watts from a nearly 60-year career in the band.
In a slowback clip, Watts discussed being invited to the Rolling Stones in 1963 and admitted that he thought it would only last a year before he folds. In another footage, you can see him throwing a drumstick at his beloved crowd after being labeled “Wembley Warmer” by Jaguar.
Famous as the highest-level figure in the group throughout the montage, Watt appears to be wearing smart clothes in bespoke suits, one of his hallmarks.
The tribute ends with the image of Watt’s drum kit with a hanging “closed” sign.
Dozens of musical legends, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Patti Smith, paid tribute to Watt’s death.
Elton John writes: Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of all men and such a great company. We would like to express our deepest condolences to Shirley, Serafina and Charlotte. And of course, the Rolling Stones. “
Additional reporting by PA.