Charlie Watts dies: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Elton John pay tribute to him

Charlie Watts dies
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Elton John pay him tribute

Charlie Watts’ great passion was playing the drums.

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The music world is in shock after the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. These friends and colleagues spoke up.

After the sudden death of Charlie Watts (1941-2021), the music world is in shock. Since the sad news became known, numerous companions of the Rolling Stones drummer have already said goodbye with sometimes moving messages on social networks. Above all: the music legends Paul McCartney (79), Ringo Starr (81) and Elton John (74, “I’m Still Standing”).

Paul McCartney is shocked in the video, Beatles colleague Ringo Starr shares an old black and white photo

McCartney invited a video on Twitter high, in which he expresses himself visibly dismayed at the death of his music colleague. Watts was “a lovable guy” and a “fantastic drummer” as well as absolutely “steadfast”. The 79-year-old offered his condolences to Watts’ family and friends as well as his Rolling Stones bandmates and said, “I love you Charlie. Have always loved you.”

Ringo Starr, the Beatles’ (“Yellow Submarine”) drummer, the counterpart to Charlie Watts, shared a black and white photo with his Twitter followers. He and Rolling Stones legend Watts hold a drumstick together. “God save Charlie Watts. We’ll miss you, man,” the 81-year-old musician wrote alongside the snapshot.

For Elton John, Charlie Watts was “the ultimate drummer”, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is “shocked”

Another legendary British musician, Sir Elton John, also posted a black and white photowhich is estimated to date from the 70s or 80s. On it: The “Crocodile Rock” interpreter with oversized glasses that are typical for him, Charlie Watts is standing to his right and puts an arm around his famous companion. In his accompanying comment, the 74-year-old said it was “a very sad day”. “Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men and such brilliant company.” He also added a heartfelt condolence to his post.

Other music colleagues who spoke up after the death of Charlie Watts are ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (48, “Wonderwall”), who simply “Rip Charlie Watts” tweeted, and Brian Wilson (79) from the Beach Boys (“Surfin ‘USA”). He was “shocked” after the bad news reached him, wrote US star Wilson on the short message service Twitter. “I don’t know what to say.” He also emphasized what “a great drummer” Watts was. “I love the music of the Stones, they have made great records. Love & Grace,” concluded the 79-year-old.

Rolling Stones legend died “with his family”

Charlie Watts died on Tuesday (August 24th) at the age of 80 in his hometown of London. A spokesman confirmed the death of the music legend, the statement shared by the Rolling Stones, among other things on Instagram. It says: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.” Watts “died peacefully today in a London hospital with his family”.

The Briton joined the Rolling Stones a year after the band formed in 1963. At that time the group already consisted of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (77) and Brian Jones (1942-1969). 1989 Watts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his bandmates.