Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones was laid to rest in a “modest” funeral in Devon last month, his former tour director has revealed.
Watts died last month (August 24) at the age of 80. The drummer had undergone an undisclosed medical procedure in the weeks leading up to his death, which forced him to withdraw from the Stones’ upcoming US tour.
Former tour manager Sam Cutler, who first worked with Watts in the 1960s, has now detailed the little ceremony, saying the “lack of fuss” suited the notoriously shy drummer.
In a play written for The mirror, he said: “It perfectly reflects the man he was, and I fully understand the choice that was made. He would have hated the hustle and bustle that would have meant with the audience.
In the same track, Cutler said he’s sure Watts would have liked the Rolling Stones, who are continuing their US “No Filter” tour dates this month, to continue performing without him.
“He wished his band mates had continued,” Cutler said. “I’m sure they will and that every show will become a tribute to a remarkable and beloved man, because there’s no way they won’t continue to be the greatest rock ‘n’ band. roll to the world. “
Upon news of Watts’ death, Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood all shared tributes on social media, the latter simply writing, “I love you my fellow Gemini ~ you are going to me very much. miss ~ you are the best “.
The official Rolling Stones Twitter account also shared a two-minute video honoring Watts. In the video, Watts explains how he ended up joining the group.