Mick Jagger Implies The Rolling Stones May Release New Music Without Charlie Watts
The Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger looked back on the recording sessions with late drummer Charlie Watts during a recent interview with Apple Music 1. According to the singer, everything was easy with Watts in the studio since they had been working for decades together, but they might make new music without him regardless of the difficulty.
As many of you know, it was announced that Charlie Watts couldn’t perform for the remaining dates of the Rolling Stones’ US No Filter Tour due to an unknown medical procedure. Unfortunately, the drummer passed away only a few weeks after the surgery at a London hospital on August 24, 2021, at 80.
The remaining members of Rolling Stones continued performing and played their first show without their longtime bandmate on September 26 at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. They paid tribute to the late drummer before their show, and fans even spotted Mick Jagger and Keith Richards holding hands, which was the sign that they were struggling to accept his passing.
After realizing the severity of his illness, the drummer asked his band members to finish the tour even if he’s dead. Although the Stones’ lead singer stressed that Charlie Watts asked his bandmates to continue making music before his passing, a significant number of fans still criticize their decision to continue as a band.
During a recent interview, Mick Jagger recalled their final studio sessions with Charlie Watts before his death as the band was working on the extended edition of ‘Tattoo You.’ The singer said recording music without his presence would be incredibly challenging since they had developed a special musical communication after spending many decades as band members. However, it seems like the band is planning to make new music despite how hard it might be without Watts.
In addition to talking about the future of their music, the Rolling Stones frontman opened up about the emotional hardship of not having their drummer with them. If you ask Jagger, it’s not only weird to think about working with somebody else, but it’s also incredibly sad, considering they shared so much over the years.
According to Louder Sound, Jagger said:
“Without Charlie being there, it’s going to be very difficult. And we’ve got tracks which obviously have Charlie on them. But if we do new things, we won’t. I did some stuff with him in the studio very recently, while we were doing the ‘Tattoo You’ things. Charlie did some work on just a few fills and stuff like that. And then we started messing around, we did some other things.
It’s just so weird and then very sad. It’s such a long time that you work with someone like that, and you get to know someone so well and their quirks and their idiosyncrasies, and they know yours. And there’s a language in communication with musicians. After all this length of time, you have this ease of communication, so to speak, I miss that so much.“
Since it will take some more time for their fans to get used to seeing the Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts behind the drums, a record without him is currently unimaginable. However, since Watts gave his blessings to the band to continue making music and continuing their legacy, most of their fans will be pleased to hear new music from the ‘Gimme Shelter’ originators whenever that happens.