Keith Richards Thinks Charlie Watts Was Keeping His Condition Under The Wraps

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recently joined an interview with CBS Sunday Morning and reflected on the passing of the band’s drummer, Charlie Watts. The guitarist stated that Watts kept his disease hidden from other people, so his death came as a surprise.

The Stone’s drummer for nearly 60 years, Charlie Watts, passed away on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80. In recent years, Watts had suffered from some health problems, including his diagnosis of throat cancer in June 2004. His cancer went into remission after his radiotherapy process, and then, he contributed to the band’s 2005 album, ‘A Bigger Bang.’ He was also able to complete a two-year tour with the band.

Later on, the drummer announced that he could not perform with the Stones in their ‘No Filter Tour’ in 2021 due to heart surgery. Shortly after this announcement, Charlie Watts died at a hospital in London following the emergency operation, which shocked the music world. The Rolling Stones replaced him with Steve Jordan following his death and continued the tour as planned.

It was a sort of sudden death as his health condition deteriorated rapidly. During a recent conversation, Keith Richards was asked whether Watts’ death came as a surprise. The guitarist revealed that it did to him because he thinks that Watts had been trying to hide his health status for a while, so it was pretty shocking. However, he considers that the late drummer wanted them to continue touring, so they complied with his will.

When asked about whether the passing of Charlie Watts came as a surprise, Keith Richards replied:

“It did to me yes, absolutely. I think he had been trying to keep it under the wraps for a while last year, so it came as quite a shock. He had had around with cancer a year or two before but he beat that one. He just got hit with the double; bless his soul. I think Charlie wanted us to go on the road. He wanted the tour to happen. That was my feeling when I spoke to him.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.