Beloved Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies Aged 80
American Blues Scene Staff
Charlie Watts (June 2, 1941 – August 24, 2021)
Legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died in a London hospital on Tuesday, according to his publicist. He was 80. With the band since 1963, Watts played on every single one of their studio albums.
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” Bernard Doherty said in a statement.
“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 drummers of his generation.”
Recently, Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 because of a health issue.
Charlie Watts Unlikely To Be Available For Rolling Stones Tour
Get well soon, Charlie!
80-year-old drummer Charlie Watts is likely to miss the Rolling Stones‘ forthcoming No Filter tour in order to recover from a medical procedure. The band will resume their tour on September 26th in St. Louis.
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The procedure was completely successful, but his doctors concluded he needs proper rest and recuperation. “With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it’s also fair to say no one saw this coming,” a spokesperson for Watts said. Watts also said in a statement that he didn’t want his recovery to delay the tour.
Continuing, “For once my timing has been a little off. I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while.
“After all the fans’ suffering caused by Covid I really do not want the many Rolling Stones fans who have been holding tickets for this tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation. I have therefore asked my great friend Steve Jordan to stand in for me.”
Back in 2004, Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent two operations to beat the disease. Performing in his stead for the remaining dates of the tour is Steve Jordan, who has played with Keith Richards for years.
Gravitas Ventures to Release Chuck Leavell Documentary
Leavell has played and toured with the Rolling Stones since 1982, and his status as rock royalty may be equaled only by his stature within the world of environmental forestry, where he previously has been named the National Tree Farmer of the Year in the United States.
Allen Farst, founder of Niche Productions, is thrilled to announce the signing of a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios Company, to release his latest film, Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man, a sterling documentary on the rock ‘n’ roll pianist/keyboardist often described as the “Fifth Rolling Stone.” The film was released to several Video-On-Demand (VOD) outlets on December, 2020.
Directed by Farst, Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man provides an epic, in-depth look into Leavell’s life both on and off the stage. Leavell has played and toured with the Rolling Stones since 1982, and his status as rock royalty may be equaled only by his stature within the world of environmental forestry, where he previously has been named the National Tree Farmer of the Year in the United States. It’s this fascinating combination of passions, coupled with more than 80 gripping interviews from legendary musicians with a combined 58 Grammy Awards, that already has produced quite the buzz for the film.
The documentary captivated crowds last year at both the Macon Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival, the latter of which recognized the film as the 2020 People’s Choice Award. “This is a MUST-SEE film for anyone who loves great music and great documentaries,” said Patrick Schweiss, Artistic Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “Director Allen Farst has managed to capture the life of one of the great keyboard legends, Chuck Leavell, who has worked with all the greatest musicians…The Tree Man’ was a rousing hit at our festival, with audience members cheering and raving about the film!”
Allen and I have been working on this for over three years now and I have to tip my hat to him. He’s done a masterful job. – Chuck Leavell
The documentary is full of star power, including interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Dickey Betts, Paul Shaffer, Chris Robinson, Charlie Daniels, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Watts, Bruce Hornsby, Juliann Lennon, Mike Mills, John Bell, Pat Monahan, Ronnie Wood, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, David Gilmour and more.
With capabilities of reaching more than 100 million homes in North America and nearly 1 billion homes worldwide, Gravitas Ventures is making this must-see movie available on several VOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, VUDU and Playstation.