Charlie Watts was really such a shame to see go not only as a great human being, but as such a force that really helped to drive The Rolling Stones. Often, we let our morbid curiosity get the best of us and we wonder what someone’s last words were. We now have Watts’.
Ron Wood was the last to see Charlie Watt’s in the hospital and he had a lot to say about what Charlie said before he passed: “We watched horse racing on TV and just shot the breeze. I could tell he was pretty tired and fed up with the whole deal. He said, ‘I was really hoping to be out of here by now,’ then after that there was a complication or two and I wasn’t allowed back. No one was.”
Mick Jagger added to this by speaking on how some fans were shocked that the band is choosing to move forward: “When you’re a band for this long, it’s unlikely you won’t have any changes. Of course, this is probably the biggest one we’ve had. But we felt — and Charlie felt — that we should do this tour. We’d already postponed it by a year, and Charlie said to me, ‘You need to go out there. All the crew that have been out of work — you’re not gonna put them out of work again.’ So I think it was the right decision to keep going.”
Keith Richards concluded on Watts: “You haven’t heard the last of Charlie Watts.”
Special thanks to Variety.