Where talent and determination often collide, there are defining moments that shape the destiny of legendary bands. For The Rolling Stones, one of those pivotal moments came with the arrival of Charlie Watts, their renowned drummer. Keith Richards, the iconic guitarist of the band, recently shared the story of how Charlie Watts not only joined the Stones but also saved their career.
In a heartfelt interview on The Howard Stern Show
Richards reminisced about the indomitable spirit of Charlie Watts, emphasizing his irreplaceable presence within the band. “Charlie Watts was a solid guy,” Richards fondly recalled, his voice reflecting the deep respect he had for his late friend.
Richards then delved into the band’s early struggles and how Watts came to their rescue. The Rolling Stones, like many struggling musicians, faced financial hardships. Watts, despite needing payment for his services, recognized the band’s potential and their passion for music. Richards recounted their initial encounter, saying,
“If we didn’t have him, we wouldn’t be able to do the gig… But after a couple of gigs, we knew he had him anyway. We did luck out with that guy, man.”
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Watts’ contribution to the band was not just financial
His exceptional drumming skills elevated The Rolling Stones’ sound to new heights. In a 1979 interview, Richards expressed his belief that Watts was the defining member of the band. Without Watts’ unique style and talent, The Rolling Stones wouldn’t be the legendary band we know today.
Even in their latest album, ‘Hackney Diamonds,’ set to release on October 20, Watts’ legacy lives on. His drumming can be heard on two tracks, a testament to his enduring impact on the band’s music. The album features collaborations with notable artists like Lady Gaga, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and Stevie Wonder, showcasing the profound influence of Charlie Watts on generations of musicians.
As fans eagerly await the release of ‘Hackney Diamonds,’ they are not just anticipating new music; they are celebrating the spirit of a remarkable drummer who, against all odds, became the heartbeat of The Rolling Stones. Charlie Watts’ legacy as the savior of the band, both financially and musically, continues to inspire aspiring artists and reminds the world that passion, talent, and unwavering dedication can shape the course of music history.