Recalling his last meeting with Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood has revealed that he spoke to his Rolling Stones bandmate weeks before he died.
Watts, the group’s drummer, died in a London hospital in August at the age of 80.
His death sparked a spate of honors from around the world of rock ‘n’ roll.
74-year-old guitarist Wood said he visited Watts before he died – in the same hospital room that Wood was treated for cancer in 2020.
“We call it the Rolling Stones suite,” Wood told the Los Angeles Times. “We saw horse races on TV and just turned the breeze.
“I could see that he was quite tired and fed up with the whole thing. He said, ‘I was really hoping to be out of here by now’ then there was a complication or two and I wasn’t allowed to go back. Nobody was. “
77-year-old guitarist Keith Richards told the newspaper he was still dealing with the death of his friend who had occurred after an unspecified medical procedure.
He said, “I’m still trying to put it together in my head. I don’t think I can be very learned about Charlie at the moment. “
The band have embarked on their No Filter tour of the United States, paying tribute to Watts on stage in St. Louis, Missouri, during their first major gig after his death.
Sir Mick Jagger said Watts would have wanted them to continue the tour delayed by the pandemic.
He said, “We had already postponed it for a year and Charlie said to me, ‘You have to get out of there. All the crew that was unemployed – you will not make them unemployed again ”. So I think it was the right decision to keep going.
“The band still sounds great on stage and everyone has been very approachable at the few big shows we’ve done so far.”
The 13-day No Filter tour ends on November 20th in Austin, Texas.
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