The Rolling Stones‘ “No Filter Tour” rolls on tonight (September 30th) hitting Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bank Of America Stadium. Mick Jagger appeared on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, and shed light on how the band feels to carrying on without their late-drummer — the great, Charlie Watts, according to Rolling Stone.
Jagger explained, “Charlie was the heartbeat for the band, and also a very steady personality. He was not to be perturbed. He was a very reliable person, wasn’t a diva — that’s the last thing you want in a drummer.”
He went on to explain that their relationship went far beyond the confines of the studio or the road: “I miss Charlie because he had a great sense of humor and we also were, outside of the band, we used to hang out quite a lot and have interesting times. We liked sports, we’d go to football, we’d go to cricket games, and we had other interests apart from music.”
Jagger spoke about how the band still feels as though Watts is with them: “Every time we get together now and rehearse, we say, ‘Oh, Charlie would say this, then he would do that.’ We did so many shows with him and so many tours and so many recording sessions, it’s strange being without him. And he said, when he was sick, he said, ‘You’ve gotta just carry on and do this tour. Don’t stop because of me.’ So we did.”
Not too long ago, drummer Charlie Watts told us he found it hard to believe so much time has gone by for the band: “Y’know, three decades just go like that, really, when you’re there. You’re looking going, ‘it’s stretching in front of you forever, isn’t it?’ It’s just, I mean, its something I’ve enjoyed that I’ve done, y’know? It’s difficult to explain.”