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Rock stars react to the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts

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Rock stars react to the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, considered one of the best drummers of all time died at the age of 80. The Rock and Roll world reacted with great sadness and many famous rock stars reacted.


Rock stars react to the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts:

Paul McCartney

“So sad to hear about Charlie Watts, Stones drummer, dying. He was a lovely guy. Lots of love to his family, his wife and kids and extended family. Condolences to The Stones, it’s a huge blow to them, because Charlie was a rock and a fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. Love you, Charlie. I always loved you, beautiful man. Great condolences and sympathies to his family”.

Ringo Starr

“God bless Charlie Watts we’re going to miss you man peace and love to the family Ringo

Brian Wilson

“I’m just shocked to hear about Charlie Watts. I don’t know what to say, I feel terrible for Charlie’s family. Charlie was a great drummer and I loved the Stones music, they made great records. Love & Mercy.”

Tony Iommi

“So sorry to hear the very sad news of Charlie Watts passing. He was such a nice guy and a major influence in the music business – he’ll be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and to Mick, Ronnie, Keith and all his friends and fans. R.I.P.”

Brian May

“Sad sad news in the passing of Charlie Watts. Oh Lord. Deepest sympathies to his family – and to Keith, Mick and Ronnie to whom he was certainly beloved family. First picture is as I remember him, smiling and calm – from the Rolling Stones Facebook page. The second picture here is from a session I did with Charlie some@years ago – the song was “Reaching Out” – with Paul Rodgers on vocal, Andy Fairweather-Lowe on rhythm guitar and myself on electric guitar. It was a lovely moment. For some people this might be a cliché – but in Charlie’s case it’s the absolute truth – he was the nicest gent you could ever meet. And such a pillar of strength for the Rolling Stones – to whom he brought a touch of Jazz and a mountain of pure Class. Bless you Charlie. Rest in Peace and Rock on. Bri”


“The countenance of rock n roll is forever changed this day. Devastating loss, RIP”.

Def Leppard (Joe Elliott)

“Devastating news , those in the know know he was the heart & soul of the band …. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting him a few times, a total gentleman… it goes without saying he will be sorely missed .. RIP Charlie ❤️” -Joe Elliott

Joan Jett

“Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He is one of a kind.”

John Fogerty

“I first saw The Rolling Stones in 1966 in the Bay Area and have been a fan ever since. Charlie Watts was one of the great drummers and will be missed. Rest easy Charlie”

Duran Duran

“So saddened to hear about the passing of Charlie Watts . An absolute inspiration to a legion of drummers since the 1960’s. A man of grace , style , dignity and composure .”

Perry Farrell

“Drummers are the most ensnared individuals. Though they are loudest, they are the last to be heard. They have insecurities due to the fact that everyone has their back turned on them. Herein lies the band’s secret; there is no greatness- without a great drummer. RIP Charlie Watts”.

Liam Gallagher


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