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Classic Rock News

Earlier today, the Rolling Stones’ iconic drummer, Charlie Watts, died at the age of 80. Despite the fact that he had already announced that he would not play on the Stones' upcoming tour, the news still came as a shock to fans of Watts and the Stones.  Here are just some reactions from his famous fans and peers.



  • Ringo Starr:


  • Brian Wilson:


  • Perry Farrell:


  • Garbage:


  • Robbie Robertson of the Band:


  • Joan Jett:


  • KISS:


  • Susanna Hoffs:


  • Paul McCartney:


  • John Fogerty:


  • Living Colour:


  • Bootsy Collins:


  • Duran Duran:


  • Michael Des Barres:


  • Rick Astley:

  • Elton John:


  • Brian May:

    Sad sad news in the passing of Charlie Watts. Oh Lord. Deepest sympathies to his family – and to Keith, Mick and Ronnie to whom he was certainly beloved family. First picture is as I remember him, smiling and calm – from the Rolling Stones Facebook page. The second picture here is from a session I did with Charlie some@years ago – the song was “Reaching Out” – with Paul Rodgers on vocal, Andy Fairweather-Lowe on rhythm guitar and myself on electric guitar. It was a lovely moment. For some people this might be a cliché – but in Charlie’s case it’s the absolute truth – he was the nicest gent you could ever meet. And such a pillar of strength for the Rolling Stones – to whom he brought a touch of Jazz and a mountain of pure Class. Bless you Charlie. Rest in Peace and Rock on. “

  • Tony Iommi:

    So sorry to hear the very sad news of Charlie Watts passing. He was such a nice guy and a major influence in the music business – he’ll be sadly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and to Mick, Ronnie, Keith and all his friends and fans. R.I.P.”

  • Nikki Sixx:

    This one hurts. To me he was the backbone to the world greatest rock n roll band. Such flair and always a gentleman.”

  • Lars Ulrich:

    Thank you for paving the way.
    Thank you for setting the standard.
    Thank you for making it swing.
    Thank you for being cool as fuck.
    Thank you for literally inspiring every single rock ‘n’ roll drummer on this planet.”

  • The Go-Go's:

  • Nickelback:

    Saddened to hear about Charlie Watts. For those of us that love music, we’ve lost one of the true pioneers of rock-n-roll. A consummate performer and an even better human. There’s so much to say about Charlie, but for now we will listen to the gift he gave us all – his music.”

  • Scorpions:

    Another very sad Day in the World of Music …. Just learned about the passing of Charlie Watts the legendary Drummer of the Rolling Stones … our deep Condolences go out to Charlie‘s Family and his bandmates …. RIP Charlie.”

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