The Rolling Stones greet Charlie Watts during an intimate concert in a jazz club | Entertainment
The Rolling Stones paid tribute to their late drummer Charlie Watts with an intimate concert at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho this week.
Sir Mick Jagger, 78, Keith Richards, 77, and Ronnie Wood, 74, reunited with former bassist Bill Wyman, 85, to greet the late sticksman – who died in August at the age of 80 – when of a special concert organized by Jools Holland.
The “Paint it Black” rockers were joined by Charlie’s oldest friend and collaborator Dave Green, as well as Ben Waters and Axel Zwingenberger on stage.
Saxophonist Tim Ries had prepared a special piece for Charlie called “Blues For Charlie”, while Lisa Fischer performed “Trouble On My Mind” and a gospel duet “Up Above My Head” with Bernard Fowler.
The Stones closed the evening with R&B standards “Shame Shame Shame” and “Down the Road Apiece”.
The impromptu concert comes after Mick admitted he found it “very cathartic” to return to the stage after the death of his friend and bandmate.
Speaking after the kick off of their North American tour “No Filter”, their first shows without Charlie – who has been replaced by touring drummer Steve Jordan – the “Satisfaction” hitmaker insisted that even if it was “sad” to be on stage without him, it was a “really good” way to release some of their pent-up emotions.
He said in September: “We were supposed to have played last year. We couldn’t do it for obvious reasons, because of the pandemic. And I just thought, and I think everyone in the band thought we should go on.
“After doing the first two shows, I think I feel really good about it. But I’m glad we do. I know Charlie wanted us to do it. I think the public wants to do it. They seem. And of course it’s different, and of course in some ways it’s sad and so on. But I mean, you just go in there and let off steam and feel better, and it’s very cathartic. So I think it’s really good.
Mick also revealed that he was missing out on “joining” with Charlie, as he reflected on the recent time they had spent together in the studio before his passing.
He added: “It seems it was only yesterday that I was in the studio with Charlie, joking. It’s so weird and then very sad. And I mean, it’s been so long since you guys work with someone like that, and you get to know someone so well and their quirks and idiosyncrasies and they know yours.
“And there is a language in communicating with musicians, obviously, or whatever. So, you talk about it. It’s hard to talk about music. But so, after all this time, you have this ease of communication, so to speak with another musician. It’s very rare. I miss it so much.
The iconic band opened their ‘No Filter’ tour with a special tribute to Charlie in St. Louis.
The concert began with an empty stage, a drumbeat, and photos of the late star appearing on a videotape.