Hate to break it to you Mr. Jagger…Charlie is good every night! Mr. Charlie Watts, the gentleman of rock. If rock music was hockey he would have 40 Lady Byng trophies. Charlie Watts is arguably one of the top drummers in rock. I won’t argue with that. Keep your Neil Peart’s, your Dale Bozzio’s, give me the dude that makes your head nod and your ears perk up when you hear the first snare hit of “Honky Tonk Women”. Some peeps out there do NOT grasp the greatness of Mr. Watts. A drummer has to come up with variations of basically the same style of beat on each new song that is brought into the practice room. Charlie has at least 10-20 memorable intros and fills alone. If a drummer gets through an entire career with just one memorable fill (Phil Collins) then all is well within the drum head. (Now I know there are Phil Collins supporters that will cringe and want to joust about this, tell you what, put down your Abacab box set and write your own column. I have a feeling these are the same people that think Ringo was pretty mediocre at Best! Get it Best??? Pete?? Crimony, and I am off coffee right now!) Dig, Charlie laid down some sweetness on “Satisfaction”, “Paint it Black”, freakin insane, great, militant rolls on “Ruby Tuesday” (that I still steal!), his hi-hat alone on “Angie” is genius…the strange time intro to ”Start Me Up”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” “Miss You”, “Bitch”, “Brown Sugar”…I haven’t even touched on his legacy.
Charlie is so cool too. He has been married to the same woman, Shirley, since 1964! He is always dressed impeccably. He loves jazz. In fact, I saw him play at The Palace in Los Angeles many years ago when he was touring on his Charlie Parker tribute LP. (I also ran into Ian McLagan (RIP) at that show and chided with him about The Faces and how they were super late to a gig in Anaheim. I bought him a drink and he signed a cocktail napkin for me. Great guy too!) But Charlie is also a homebody. “I hate leaving home. I love what I do but I’d love to go home every night.” Or “I wanted to play drums because I fell in love with the glitter and the lights, but it wasn’t about adulation. It was being up there playing.” So true Mr. Watts, so true. Plus, the absolute best thing is the story of how a drunken Mick Jagger called Charlie’s hotel room in the middle of the night and asked “Where’s my drummer?” Watts simply got up, shaved, put on a suit and tie, along with freshly shined shoes, knocked on Jagger’s door and punched Mick in the face, declaring: “Don’t ever call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer!” God, I love Charlie Watts. Charlie is truly my darling!
I believe I painted this portrait in oil. I might have used some acrylic for his suit and sonic vibes. Not a whole lot to say about this one…Again, the man has always has the most style of any rock musician on the planet. Charlie has always brightened up my life and he fills the world with great drum sounds, vibrations, soul, rhythms and colors. He is truly in touch with his playing and his drumming patterns reverberate around us and will continue for a long time after he has finished here. Hats off to Charlie Watts…He is very good tonight, inn’t he????
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music