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Jagger calls Watts the rock that held the Rolling Stones collectively

LOS ANGELES, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones get again on the street this weekend with out drummer Charlie Watts, whom frontman Mick Jagger known as the rock that held the band collectively.

In interviews with Rolling Stone music journal author David Fricke, Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wooden talked for the primary time about their recollections of Watts, who died in London a month in the past at age 80.

They declined to invest on whether or not this may be the band’s final tour.

The “No Filter” tour, whose U.S. leg kicks off on Sunday in St. Louis, Missouri, would be the first with out Watts since 1963.

“He held the band collectively for therefore lengthy, musically, as a result of he was the rock the remainder of it was constructed round,” Jagger mentioned within the interview launched on Thursday.

“The factor he introduced was this stunning sense of swing and swerve that the majority bands want they may have. We had some very nice conversations within the final couple of years about how all this occurred with the band,” Jagger added.

“It is an enormous loss to us all. It’s totally, very laborious. However we had great occasions, and Charlie made some great music.”

Drummer Steve Jordan will play with the Stones on the tour. He had been introduced in August as a brief alternative for Watts, who wanted time to recuperate after unspecified surgical procedure.

Richards, 77, mentioned going forward had been a tough resolution.

“We hit a really tough level, to take this factor out. However we’re gonna do it,” he mentioned.

“Charlie was ready for us to go forward. We had been anticipating him to choose it up someplace. Steve was, fortunately, going to be the pickup. However issues ain’t turned out that approach.”

Getting again on stage with out Watts is “a really surreal feeling,” Wooden mentioned, however he famous that rehearsals with Jordan had gone nicely.

As for the band’s future on the street after the 13-date U.S. tour ending in November, Richards agreed that the gigs would assist the members discover out “what’s proper and attainable.”

Jagger, 78, who had coronary heart surgical procedure in 2019, was additionally ambivalent when requested if this might be the Stones final tour.

“I have been requested that query since I used to be 31,” he mentioned.

“I do not know. I imply, something might occur. , if issues are good subsequent yr and everybody’s feeling good about touring, I am certain we’ll do exhibits. I am simply attempting to focus on this tour now.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Modifying by Richard Chang

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