The Rolling Stones pay tribute to deceased drummer Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones pay tribute to the late drummer Charlie Watts as the legendary band plays an impromptu jam at its favorite London jazz club

  • The band was joined by Charlie’s oldest friend and collaborator Dave Green, plus Ben Waters and Axel Zwingenberger on stage at Ronnie Scott’s
  • Saxophonist Tim Ries had prepared a special piece for the late drummer entitled Blues For Charlie, while Lisa Fischer sang Trouble On My Mind
  • The Stones closed the night with R&B standards Shame Shame Shame and Down the Road Apiece
  • Former bandmate Bill Wyman also attended the one-off performance after arriving with his wife Suzanne


The Rolling Stones paid tribute to their late drummer Charlie Watts this week with an intimate performance at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London’s Soho.

Rock veterans Sir Mick Jagger, 78, Keith Richards, 77, and Ronnie Wood, 74, reunited with former bassist Bill Wyman, 85, to greet the musician – who died in August aged 80 – at a special concert hosted by Jools Holland.

The band was joined by Charlie’s oldest friend and collaborator Dave Green, plus Ben Waters and Axel Zwingenberger on the venue’s stage, a personal favorite of Charlie’s.

Tribute: The Rolling Stones honored their late drummer Charlie Watts this week with an intimate performance at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho (Photo: Sir Mick Jagger)

Saxophonist Tim Ries had prepared a special piece for the late drummer entitled Blues For Charlie, while Lisa Fischer sang Trouble On My Mind and a duet of gospel song Up Above My Head with Bernard Fowler.

The Stones closed the evening with R&B standards Shame Shame Shame and Down the Road Apiece.

The impromptu performance comes after Mick admitted he found it “very cathartic” to get back on stage after the death of his friend and bandmate.

Make way: Keith Richards saw his way to the legendary Soho venue ahead of the performance

Make way: Keith Richards saw his way to the legendary Soho venue ahead of the performance

Tragic: Charlie Watts died in August at age 80, but his memory lived on during the band's performance this week

Tragic: Charlie Watts died in August at age 80, but his memory lived on during the band’s performance this week

After kicking off their North American No Filter tour, their first shows without Charlie, the singer insisted that while it was “sad” to be on stage without him, it was a “very good” way to see some of their bottled emotions.

In September he said: ‘We should have played last year. We couldn’t do it for obvious reasons, because of the pandemic. And I just thought, and I think everyone in the band thought we should just keep going.

“After doing the first few shows, I think I feel really good about it. But I’m glad we’re doing it. I know Charlie wanted us to do it. I think the public wants to do it. They look like.

In good company: Guitarist Ronnie Wood was joined by wife Sally outside the London venue

In good company: Guitarist Ronnie Wood was joined by wife Sally outside the London venue

Familiar Face: The band reunited with former bassist Bill Wyman, who arrived with his wife Suzanne

Familiar Face: The band reunited with former bassist Bill Wyman, who arrived with his wife Suzanne

“And of course it’s different, and of course it’s sad in some ways, and so on. But I mean, you just go out and rock and you feel better, and it’s very cathartic. So I think it’s very good.’

Mick also revealed that he misses joking around with Charlie as he reflects on the recent time they spent in the studio together before his passing.

He added: “It seems like only yesterday that I was in the studio screaming with Charlie. It’s just so weird and then really sad.

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died in August at age 80

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died in August at age 80

Iconic: The London-born drummer (left) joined the then fledgling band in 1963 after meeting Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones while playing in rhythm and blues clubs

Iconic: The London-born drummer (left) joined the then fledgling band in 1963 after meeting Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones while playing in rhythm and blues clubs

“And I mean, 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 quirks and they know yours.

‘And of course there is a language in communication with musicians, or something else. So you talk about it. It’s hard to talk about music.

“But so, after all this time, you have such an easy communication, so to speak, with another musician. That is very rare. I miss that so much.’

The iconic band opened their No Filter tour with a special tribute to Charlie in St. Louis.

The performance started with an empty stage, a drum beat and photos of the late star appearing on a video board.

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