“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” a statement issued by his publicist revealed, while asking for privacy for his family and bandmates. “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
The musician originally trained as a graphic artist before fully diving into music. He began by playing local clubs in London, where he eventually met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. He would join their band the Rolling Stones as a drummer in 1963 while also designing their album sleeves and tour stages.
The Rolling Stones impact on the world of rock has been immense, with Watts being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band in 1989. The group have also won three Grammy Awards and are Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners as well.
In addition to the Rolling Stones, he continued to pursue his love of jazz with a number of records billed under groups baring his name.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Watts had decided to sit out the Rolling Stones’ current touring while recovering from heart surgery.
As you might expect, the death of Charlie Watts drew quite a bit of reaction and below you can see many in the rock and metal community offering their thoughts on the death of Charlie Watts.
Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
David Coverdale (Deep Purple / Whitesnake)
Paul Stanley (KISS)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
Rex Brown (Pantera)
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
Todd Kerns (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators)
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
Nathan James (Inglorious)
Michael McKean (Spinal Tap)
Aaron Pauley (Of Mice & Men)
Mikkey Dee (Scorpions)
Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine)
Mike Inez (Alice in Chains)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down)
Susannah Hoffs (Bangles)
Robbie Robertson (The Band)
Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rockers We’ve Lost in 2021
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