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The Rolling Stones are ready to move on with a new drummer, Steve Jordan, and the spirit of Charlie Watts flowing through them.
“The thing about Charlie was he was always there, he was always playing beautifully and he was always willing to discuss what to do about it, how he could improve it,” said Mick Jagger. “He held the band together for so long, musically, because he was the rock around which the rest were built.
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“What he brought out was this beautiful swing and deflection feel that most bands wish they had. We had some really nice conversations over the years about how this all happened with the band. It is a great loss for all of us. It’s very, very difficult. “
Keith Richards celebrated the person that Watts was.
“Charlie had an incredible sense of humor,” Richards said. “And my joy was that I loved to make him laugh. If you could give in that place, he would not stop, and it was the funniest thing in the world.” He had an incredible sense of humor that he kept to himself unless you unleashed it. And then it might be painful to laugh.
“A most vital part of being in this band was that Charlie Watts was my bed,” he continued. “I could lay there, and I know that not only would I sleep well, but I would wake up and still be rocking. It was something he had since he was 19 years old. I never doubted it. I didn’t even think about it. “
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The Rolling Stones worked tirelessly to bring Jordan up to speed and the band is impressed. Not only is Jordan an extremely talented drummer, he also has a deep understanding of the Stones. He also brings his own energy to the set.
“Charlie would have loved it,” said Ron Wood. “There is an energy that Charlie projects through his sticks, but Steve also projects it physically. While Charlie stayed still, Steve is moving, as is the entire drum podium. You can see the satisfaction on Keith’s face, on Mick’s face. “
The Stones’ 2021 No Filter Tour starts in The dome at America’s Center in St. Louis on September 26 and concludes in Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on November 20.