Former Rolling Stones tour director describes Charlie Watts’ ‘no-frills’ funeral

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Legendary drummer Watts died last month (August 24) at the age of 80 and has been laid to rest in Devon.

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was laid to rest in a “modest” funeral in Devon last month, his former tour manager has revealed.

The drummer underwent an undisclosed medical procedure in the weeks leading up to his death, prompting him to withdraw from the Stones’ upcoming U.S. 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.

“It perfectly reflects the man he was, and I fully understand the choice that was made,” he wrote in an article for The Mirror. “He would have hated the hustle and bustle that would have meant with the public.”

Cutler added that he was sure Watts would have wanted the Rolling Stones to continue playing without him. The iconic rock band is set to continue their North American “No Filter” tour dates this month.

The Rolling Stones aimed to bring him back for the band’s big 60th birthday celebrations in 2022, when they release their first album of original songs in 17 years.

“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. “

When news of Watts’ death broke, Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood all shared tributes on social media, with the latter simply writing, “I love you fellow Gemini ~ you’re going. I miss you a lot ~ you are the best. “

The official Rolling Stones Twitter account also shared a two-minute tribute video to Watts.

Watt’s publicist revealed the death of the longtime Stones member last month in a statement, which read:

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” a spokesperson for the musician wrote today.

“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier in the day surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of the Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation.

“We kindly ask that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends be respected at this difficult time.”

Read Pat Carty’s Hot Press tribute, Charlie’s Good Tonight … Charlie Watts (1942-2021), here.

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