Former Rolling Stones tour manager describes Charlie Watts’ ‘no-fuss’ funeral


Legendary drummer Watts died last month (August 24) aged 80 and was 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 before his death, prompting him to pull out of the Stones’ upcoming US tour.

Former tour manager Sam Cutler, who first worked with Watts in the 1960s, has now detailed the small ceremony, saying the “lack of fuss” suited the notoriously shy drummer.

“It perfectly reflects the man he was, and I completely understand the choice that was made,” he wrote in an article for The Mirror. “He would have hated a fuss and the commotion that public involvement would have caused.”

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

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

“He would have wanted his bandmates to continue,” Cutler said. “I’m sure they will, and every show will become a tribute to a remarkable and beloved man, because there’s no way they won’t go on to be the greatest band in rock ‘n’ ‘roll of 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, “Love you fellow Gemini ~ You will 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 longtime Stones member’s death last month in a statement, which read:

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

“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today, 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 great drummers of his generation.

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

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


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