Rolling Stones reveal Charlie Watts recorded new tracks before death

Fans haven’t heard the last of Charlie Watts.

Although the late Rolling Stones drummer died this past August, his legacy will live on.

The remaining members of the iconic British rock band — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood — revealed to the Los Angeles Times that Watts recorded some new music before he passed.

While the coronavirus pandemic delayed the group’s upcoming album, the trio said that Watts had worked on several new songs before his death.

“If everything hadn’t gotten closed down, we might’ve finished the damn thing,” Richards, 77, said.

Jagger, 78, added, “We have a lot of tracks done, so when the tour’s finished we’ll assess where we are with that and continue.”

“Let me put it this way,” Richards interjected. “You haven’t heard the last of Charlie Watts.”

Watts died on Aug. 24 at the age of 80.
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The two members also reminisced about their friend, with Richards adding, “Charlie was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known.”

“I’m still trying to put it together in my head. I don’t think I can be very erudite on Charlie at the moment,” Richards continued. “[Watts was] the most unlikely man to be famous. He hated that side of the job and used to savagely take the piss out of it.”

Last month, the Stones began the North American leg of their “No Filter” tour at St. Louis’ the Dome at America’s Center, where the show opened with a tribute to Watts.

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A video tribute to Watts played before the band took the stage in St. Louis during their “No Filter” tour.
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Photos of Watts came onto a video board at the beginning of the show. Jagger, Richards and Wood, 74, thanked the crowd for their love and support.

“This is our first-ever tour we’ve ever done without him,” Jagger said. “We’ll miss Charlie so much, on and off the stage.”

The band then dedicated their performance of hit song “Tumbling Dice” to Watts.


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