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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby C » 26 Aug 2021, 12:56

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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby Rorschach » 03 Sep 2021, 09:11

A nice little anecdote from Nick Cave.

Nick Cave wrote:About ten years ago I decided that it might be a good idea to get in shape for an upcoming tour and so I booked some training sessions at a local gym in Brighton. I’d never trained or even entered a gym before and I also didn’t have any kit, and so, in preparation, I ordered a tracksuit from Amazon. When it arrived the tracksuit was very small — I think it was actually a child’s size. I had forgotten to order trainers but found an old pair of giant white sneakers that had belonged to one of the kids. As I left the house for my first session at the gym I was aware that I looked ridiculous and so I stuck on a bucket hat that was lying around in an effort to disguise myself.

I spent the most punishing hour of my life in the gym that day, with a trainer who, as far as I’m concerned, basically violated me. Drenched in sweat, I left the gym vowing never to return. On the drive home I suddenly remembered that I had promised Susie that I would pick her up from Heathrow — I also realised that I was late and had no time to go home to change out of my gym clothes but I thought, ‘Fuck it, I’ll drive straight to the airport, run into the terminal to meet her and then get out of there, no one will see me.’

When I arrived at the airport I needed to have a piss so I stopped at the bathrooms and as I walked back out, in my tiny tracksuit, my giant white trainers and my bucket hat, there, walking toward me, was Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones. He had silver hair and was dressed in an elegant pearl-grey three piece suit, a button down checked shirt and a tie. He literally glowed with a kind of inner serenity, and as we passed each other we locked eyes for a moment and he smiled at me — not an unkind smile, but not a kind one either, rather the impassive look one animal might give to another in the wild, that signalled their complete and total supremacy.

As I watched Charlie Watts disappear into the crowd, I rearranged my bucket hat, and thought, “There goes a truly great drummer,” which is what I thought when I heard the news this week of his passing — “There goes a truly great drummer.”
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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby C » 03 Sep 2021, 09:26

Rorschach wrote:A nice little anecdote from Nick Cave.

Nick Cave wrote:About ten years ago I decided that it might be a good idea to get in shape for an upcoming tour and so I booked some training sessions at a local gym in Brighton. I’d never trained or even entered a gym before and I also didn’t have any kit, and so, in preparation, I ordered a tracksuit from Amazon. When it arrived the tracksuit was very small — I think it was actually a child’s size. I had forgotten to order trainers but found an old pair of giant white sneakers that had belonged to one of the kids. As I left the house for my first session at the gym I was aware that I looked ridiculous and so I stuck on a bucket hat that was lying around in an effort to disguise myself.

I spent the most punishing hour of my life in the gym that day, with a trainer who, as far as I’m concerned, basically violated me. Drenched in sweat, I left the gym vowing never to return. On the drive home I suddenly remembered that I had promised Susie that I would pick her up from Heathrow — I also realised that I was late and had no time to go home to change out of my gym clothes but I thought, ‘Fuck it, I’ll drive straight to the airport, run into the terminal to meet her and then get out of there, no one will see me.’

When I arrived at the airport I needed to have a piss so I stopped at the bathrooms and as I walked back out, in my tiny tracksuit, my giant white trainers and my bucket hat, there, walking toward me, was Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones. He had silver hair and was dressed in an elegant pearl-grey three piece suit, a button down checked shirt and a tie. He literally glowed with a kind of inner serenity, and as we passed each other we locked eyes for a moment and he smiled at me — not an unkind smile, but not a kind one either, rather the impassive look one animal might give to another in the wild, that signalled their complete and total supremacy.

As I watched Charlie Watts disappear into the crowd, I rearranged my bucket hat, and thought, “There goes a truly great drummer,” which is what I thought when I heard the news this week of his passing — “There goes a truly great drummer.”


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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby Diamond Dog » 09 Sep 2021, 16:45

I found this isolated video clip of Charlie playing "Monkey Man" - it really emphasises that strange technique of never hitting snare & hi hat together.
It looks slightly stilted but then you realise just how brilliantly it works and what a consummate, wonderful drummer he really was.

R.I.P. Charlie Watts. An absolute Musical Titan.

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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby Six String » 23 Sep 2021, 21:37

I just watched some video of a Stones dress rehearsal with Steve Jordan on drums. As much as I like Steve Jordan as a drummer it doesn’t work for me.
Setting aside that Charlie can’t really be replaced because no two drummers sound alike and replacing a sound we’ve heard for 50 plus years is difficult, I could not go to a Stones show now without Charlie. As I have always said, a drummer makes or breaks a band and this is a good example of that.
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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby der Freiherr » 23 Sep 2021, 21:45

Six String wrote:I just watched some video of a Stones dress rehearsal with Steve Jordan on drums. As much as I like Steve Jordan as a drummer it doesn’t work for me.
Setting aside that Charlie can’t really be replaced because no two drummers sound alike and replacing a sound we’ve heard for 50 plus years is difficult, I could not go to a Stones show now without Charlie. As I have always said, a drummer makes or breaks a band and this is a good example of that.


Absolutely. To be fair, I was never going to see the Stones one way or another. But without Charlie, there's no point for me.
As I have said many times, I learned this lesson seeing John Fogerty do a bunch of CCR numbers with Kenny Aronoff on drums.
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Re: Charlie Watts RIP

Postby Six String » 23 Sep 2021, 21:48

https://www.jambase.com/article/rolling ... rt-foxboro

Here’s the link btw. Yeah, I was never going to another Stones concert as well but boy this would seal the deal. Agree about Kenny Aronoff too. I liked him in a few situations in the early days but his sound began to really grate on me and I really don’t like his drumming with Fogerty.
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