Charlie Watts Remembered by Elton John, Tom Morello, Eddie Vedder, Axl Rose and Alex Van Halen: ‘The Ultimate Drummer’

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 05: Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones performs at MetLife Stadium on August 05, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones‘ legendary drummer Charlie Watts has died at age 80. His publicist confirmed to SPIN that he passed away Tuesday morning, August 24, in a London hospital, just weeks after it was announced he would not join his bandmates on the next leg of the No Filter tour.

The iconic musician is revered as one of, if not the, best drummer of his generation.

“Charlie….Godspeed,” Alex Van Halen said in a rare statement obtained by SPIN.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards posted photos of the late percussionist.

 

 

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Many other artists shared their reactions to the loss of the legend on social media.

 

 

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