Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Says Losing Charlie Watts Marked The End Of An Era

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen‘s new painting turns out to be Charlie Watts, the iconic drummer of The Rolling Stones. He recently spoke about the late musician and noted that his death marked the end of an era, and it was an honor meeting him.

Charlie Watts is considered one of the greatest drummers of all time and was a member of the Rolling Stones for 58 years. He never left his band and stood beside Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. By being together for over half a century, the trio created influential music and released 26 studio albums together while their bassists changed over the years.

The success of those albums helped them gain recognition and brought praise for Jagger’s unique way of dancing and voice. The band became well known by releasing ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ in 1965 and ‘Paint it Black’ the following year. Their success went on for years, and are still performing even after the death of their beloved drummer.

In a recent interview, Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen admitted that if it weren’t for Charlie, the world wouldn’t get to know him as a drummer. Rick Allen is also a painter, and apparently, he recently painted Watts. While stating that he was honored to have met him, he also said that Watts was a saint and losing him was the end of an era.

Here are Allen’s words about Charlie:

“Saint Charlie. Losing Charlie is the end of an era… If it wasn’t for Charlie, I wouldn’t be a drummer. Very sweet man who I had the honor of meeting.”

Watts sadly passed away in August 2021 and cast grief upon the entire music industry. Many musicians have paid tribute to him, such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Pete Townshend, Nick Mason, and many more. His loss was a big loss in the rock and roll industry, which was apparent in tributes.