The Rolling Stones are reportedly planning to pay an emotional tribute to Charlie Watts onstage during their tour next month.
The group were shocked by Charlie’s passing on Tuesday at age 80, but they are believed to have wanted them to continue with the shows.
A source told The sun: ‘The band wants to make the show a celebration of his life.
Plan: The Rolling Stones are reportedly planning to pay an emotional tribute to Charlie Watts onstage during their tour next month (photo LR Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts)
“He was like a brother to them, but they know he would have hated them canceling shows.
“Charlie had given them the blessing to tour without him after his surgery, so they will honor his wishes.”
The group, consisting of Mick Jagger, 78, Keith Richards, 77, and Ronnie Wood, 74, will resume their No Filter tour on September 26 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Charlie previously dropped out of the tour after undergoing a medical procedure last month.
Heartbreaking: The group was devastated by Charlie’s death on Tuesday aged 80, but they would have believed he would have wanted them to continue with the shows
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for The Rolling Stones for comment.
The London-born drummer’s death was announced on Tuesday – with a statement saying he “died peacefully in hospital surrounded by his family”.
The band sparked an outpouring of grief following the news, with Ronnie sharing a photo of the pair with the caption, “Love you my fellow Gemini ~ I will miss you so much ~ you’re the best.”
Rolling Stones frontman Mick shared a poignant photo of a laughing Charlie on both Twitter and Instagram, without a caption, while guitarist Keith posted a Twitter photo of the Rolling Stones’ drum kit with a “closed” sign on it.
Career: London-born drummer (left) joined the then fledgling band in 1963 after meeting Mick, Keith and Brian Jones while playing in rhythm and blues clubs
Ronnie’s wife Sally, 43, shared a slew of photos of the drummer she captioned: “We love you Charlie. The whole world will miss you xx ️’.
Fearne Cotton, who is married to Ronnie’s son Jesse, took to Instagram to express her dismay at the “greatest and saddest loss.”
In addition to prayer hand emojis, she wrote, “Charlie. An era-defining drummer with an abundance of style and class. The greatest and saddest loss to the music world.
‘You don’t often come across musicians of this level. Someone who creates a sound that has been imitated by so many others for decades.
‘I will miss you very much’: Mick, Ronnie and Keith shared a poignant tribute to Charlie after the death of the Rolling Stones rocker
“He was always so nice and funny when I saw him. Much love and strength to Charlie’s family. ️’
Charlie joined the then fledgling band in 1963 after meeting Mick, Keith and Brian Jones while playing in rhythm and blues clubs.
Along with Jagger and Richards, Watts was featured on each of the band’s studio albums. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers of all time.
Watts would tour the US with the band later this year. But earlier this month it was announced that he would not appear due to recent emergency surgery.
Gripping: Keith shared a poignant Twitter photo of the Rolling Stones’ drum kit with a ‘closed’ sign on it
His London publicist, Bernard Doherty, said in a statement tonight: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Charlie Watts.
He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today, surrounded by his family.
Charlie was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and one of the greatest drummers of his generation as a member of The Rolling Stones.
“We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of his family, bandmates and close friends during this difficult time.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that Watts would miss the band’s upcoming US tour.
History: Alongside frontman Sir Mick and guitarist Keith, Charlie (pictured center) was one of the longest-serving members of the Stones, having seen a varying lineup of musicians including Mick Taylor, Ronnie and Bill Wyman
Session and touring musician Steve Jordan was previously announced as a temporary replacement for Watts on drums.
Watts said at the time, “For once, my timing was a little off. I am working hard to get fully fit, but today I have accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take some time.’
A spokesperson said at the time that Watts’ procedure was “completely successful” but that he needed time to recover.
Following the news, Mick welcomed Jordan, who will join the band when the tour kicks off, with dates also planned for Pittsburgh, Nashville, Minneapolis, Dallas and more.
Alongside frontman Sir Mick and guitarist Keith, Watts was one of the longest-serving members of the Stones, having seen a varying lineup of musicians including Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman.
Tour: Charlie previously withdrew from the tour after undergoing a medical procedure last month (pictured in 2012)
In 2004, Watts was treated for throat cancer at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and received clearance after a four-month battle with the disease, which required six weeks of intensive radiotherapy treatment.
Watts was diagnosed after discovering a lump on the left side of his neck.
Doctors performed a biopsy that confirmed the tumor was malignant, and he was diagnosed with throat cancer in June of that year.
His spokesman said at the time that Watts’ treatment “hadn’t disrupted any tour or recording plans for the group, which was “relaxing in between work commitments.”
After his recovery, the band began work on their 22nd studio album, A Bigger Bang.
Watts, who reportedly quit smoking in the 1980s, said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine at the time that he was “very lucky” that doctors had discovered the cancer early.
Statement: Charlie’s publicist Bernard Doherty said: ‘Charlie was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and also one of the greatest drummers of his generation as a member of The Rolling Stones’