Rick Allen Reflects On Charlie Watts’ Death, ‘It Was The End Of An Era’

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen opened up about The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts’ death while sharing his thoughts and feelings about the musician during his recent interview with Rock Hard With Jay Conroy. Also, the drummer talked about his new Charlie Watts painting, which he created to pay tribute to him.

Charlie Watts passed away on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80, shortly after an unknown medical procedure. His family, friends, and fans were devastated about the news, and almost every one of them shared their condolences through their social media accounts. Also, famous musicians such as The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose and Slash, and Brian May paid tribute to the late musician.

Rick Allen expressed his sadness about Watts’ death in previous interviews as well. He also wanted to immortalize the iconic drummer with a painting as a part of his ‘Legends’ series, which includes portraits of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Freddie Mercury. Both these and Allen’s other paintings took place in an auction and were exhibited at Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, New Jersey.

During the exhibition, Rick Allen spoke to Jay Conroy and highlighted that the Rolling Stones drummer’s death was ‘the end of an era,’ and everyone from the music industry realized that they had lost a legend. He reflected on his piece of Charlie Watts and said he’s ‘proud of it.’ It seems like no one will forget neither Charlie Watts nor his contributions to rock music, and Rick Allen is one of those who will keep the Stones legend’s legacy alive.

Allen stated in his interview that:

“We lost another legend in Charlie Watts, which obviously has been super devastating to the music community and the world at large, kind of the end of an era. That’s my latest piece, a really cool piece of Charlie Watts, and I’m really proud of that. I’ve got an original, and then what I normally do is take hi-res photos of the original and create mixed media pieces based on them.”

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