Mick Fleetwood Says He Expected Keith Richards To Call Him To Replace Charlie Watts
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood spoke to Louder Sound and opened up about his longtime relationship with The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. The musician revealed that he always wished to play with the band, waiting for a call about the late member Charlie Watt‘s unavailability.
Before gaining international fame thanks to Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood took place in other famous bands like The Cheynes and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Also, his early group, The Cheynes, performed as supporting acts for The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds. During their tour with The Rolling Stones, the drummer had a chance to get to know them while spending time as a part of their successful concerts in 1964.
In a new conversation, Fleetwood highlighted that he had been very close friends with Richards since then, saying that the guitarist was one of the three people that called him Michael, along with his bandmate John McVie and fellow musician Eric Clapton. According to him, no one could be like Richards, and the drummer stated that his lifestyle was important for the guitarist. Fleetwood reminded everyone that Richards was the real heavy drinker.
Moreover, the Fleetwood Mac icon unveiled that The Rolling Stones was his favorite band, and he dreamed about performing drums for them giving details about it. Fleetwood said he expected that his longtime friend, Richards, would reach out when Watts got flu or had another problem that prevented him from playing for a while. However, his dream never came true, and the drummer and The Rolling Stones couldn’t meet on the stage like that.
In his interview, Fleetwood said:
“I used to go down and see The Rolling Stones at Eel Pie Island when I didn’t know them. Then we went on tour with them in 1964. To this day, Keith Richards is one of the three people who call me Michael; John McVie and Eric Clapton are the others. I don’t know why but It’s like ‘Michael!’
There’s only one, Keith. His lifestyle is his world. I thought I was a heavy drinker but my God! The Stones are my favorite band. My dream was always that Charlie Watts got the flu, and I get to save the day and play with the Stones for a week. But the call never came.“
Unfortunately, The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away on August 24, 2021, at 80, surrounded by his family shortly before he had a heart operation. The band collaborated with Steve Jordan to replace Watts instead of asking their friend Fleetwood to perform some gigs as a guest.