In a new interview, members of the Rolling Stones said they thought Charlie Watts was recovering from illness and would eventually rejoin them, even after Watts apparently recovered from the hospital after announcing Steve Jordan as a drummer for their current tour.
“We watched horse races on TV and just shot in the air,” guitarist Ron Wood told the Los Angeles Times, who was the last member to watch Watts at the hospital, just weeks before the drummer’s Aug. 2 death. “I can say he’s pretty tired and upset about the whole deal. He said, ‘I was really hoping to get out of here for so long,’ then there were one or two complications after that and I wasn’t allowed to go back. There was no one. ”
Wood told the newspaper that Watts had run out of hospital room where he had been treated for cancer in 2000. The exact nature of Watts’ pain has not yet been made public, but the Times article said the group believed Watts had “recovered after previous medical procedures.”
Keith Richards said little about Watts’ death in part of his interview: “I’m still trying to keep it together in my head. I don’t think I can be very knowledgeable about Charlie at the moment.
The Stones are back on tour with the upcoming show, including two nights at Sophie Stadium in LA on 1ones and 1 October, after the resumption of their long “no filter” tour on 20 September – their first gig since August 201, when Watts was still on board, and Travel breaks were expected to be much shorter.
Mick Jagger mocks the story that there are many Stone fans who think the group shouldn’t continue without Watt. Asked how he reacted to the comment, the singer said, “I really don’t – I think you’re exaggerating. … Maybe one or two (think). But I don’t think it’s a movement. ”
Jagger added, “When you have a band for this long time, it is unlikely that you will change. Of course, this is probably our biggest. But we felt – and Charlie felt – we should make this tour. We’ve already put it back a year, and Charlie told me, ‘You have to go there. All the crew who were out of work – you will not fire them again. ‘So I think it was the right decision to continue. The band still sounds great on stage and everyone is really responsive to the few big shows we’ve done so far. They hold the sign saying ‘We miss you, Charlie’ and I miss him too.
Members discussed the status of an unfinished album launched before the epidemic, which will be their first new content since 2005. A song from the sessions, the coveted-themed “Living in a Ghost Town” was completed and published last year and current live setlist statistics. The story goes, Watts parted for “a number” of songs. “Let me put it this way,” Richards said. “You haven’t heard Charlie Watt’s last words.”
Read the rest of the Times interview – which also discusses how many songs they have rehearsed for possible inclusion in the current tour (and the status of “Brown Sugar” not recently edited).