Mick Jagger Shares Whether The Rolling Stones Got Charlie Watts’ Blessing To Continue Touring
The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger opened up about losing his bandmate Charlie Watts during a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show. During the conversation, the frontman revealed whether the band got permission to continue touring from the drummer before his passing.
As many of you know, Charlie Watts started experiencing serious health problems after being diagnosed with throat cancer in June 2004. Fortunately, the drummer’s cancer eventually went into remission after a series of treatments, including radiotherapy. For years, Watts was pretty much okay since he was touring all around the world with the band.
Unfortunately, fans realized something was wrong when it was announced on August 5 that Watts wouldn’t perform on the remaining dates of the band’s US No Filter Tour. The reason behind this decision was an unknown medical procedure, and Steven Jordan temporarily replaced him on drums.
A few weeks after the surgery, it was announced that Charlie Watts passed away at a London hospital on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80. The remaining members of Rolling Stones continued performing and played their first show without Watts on September 20 for a concert in Foxborough, Mass.
Their first show of ‘No Filter tour’ without the drummer was on September 26 at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. As expected, the band paid tribute to their late bandmate by displaying his pictures on big screens before the members took the stage. However, many fans were unhappy with their decision to continue performing, mainly because it hadn’t been that long since Watts passed away. Some even believe that the band should have disbanded as they can’t continue without such an important member.
During a recent interview, Mick Jagger opened up about the band’s decision to continue touring and performing without Charlie Watts. The iconic singer stressed that their friend gave the band his blessing and permission while he was sick before his passing. According to Jagger, the drummer told his bandmembers not to stop touring just because he’s gone. Respecting their late bandmate’s wishes, the Stones just kept on performing.
In his own words, Jagger said:
“Every time we get together now to rehearse, we always think, ‘Oh yeah Charlie would say this and he would do that.’ He was a very quirky guy and we really miss him. We did so many shows with him and so many tours with him, so many recording sessions. It’s strange being without him but when he was sick he said, ‘You’ve gotta just carry on and do this tour. Don’t stop because of me.’ So we did.”
You can watch the entire interview below.