Charlie Watts: The Rolling Stones drummer dies aged 80
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Yesterday the stars of Rock and Roll paid tribute to Charlie Watts, who died at the age of 80. Among them was Queen guitarist Brian May who posted some photos and footage from a music video he performed in with The Rolling Stones drummer. The 74-year-old’s original post read: “Sad sad news in the passing of Charlie Watts. Oh Lord.”
Brian continued: “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 Queen guitarist’s team up with Charlie was part of a one-off project called Rock Therapy in 1996.
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