Musicians react to Charlie Watts’ death

The music world has reacted to the death of legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts on social media, including bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Watts died on Tuesday at 80 years old.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger did not release a statement but posted a photo of Watts on his social media accounts.

Keith Richards

Keith Richards also did not release a statement but shared a photo on his social media accounts with a “closed” sign attached to a drum kit.

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy shared his condolences with a photo of him and The Rolling Stones.

John Mayer

John Mayer wrote, “Economy of motion, epitome of cool. Rest In Peace, Charlie Watts.”


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Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa called Watts “a legend.”


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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd called Watts “One of the most iconic drummers to ever pick up the sticks.”

Devon Allman

The Allman Betts Band’s Devon Allman wrote, “Just crushed. Rest easy Charlie.”


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Duane Betts

Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band said, “All Hail Charlie.”


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Scott Holiday

Guitarist Scott Holiday of Rival Sons said, “He gave the dirtiest, coolest, GREASIEST rock n roll band we’ve ever known that little extra touch of class and charm. Mr.Watts left us with an unmatched career and an indelible mark on rock n roll drumming. RIP Charlie.”


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Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen said, “I had the privilege of opening up 6 Stones shows back in 2006 as direct support. Charlie was a kind soul who made it a point to always smile and say hello. Beyond that one of the greatest and most influential drummers in rock history.”

3 thoughts on “Musicians react to Charlie Watts’ death

  • RIP CW. you were just great in regards to playing drums & your cool persona. We always saw you sitting comfortably in your pit & never ever tried to be noticeable. You played your part as a super cool drummer & never missed a bit. What I always liked about you was that during the show, you would have that sly smile reacting to the gimmick on the stage. I always wondered what were those funny moments that you would enjoy your own silent monologue, steal a glance at the ‘carry on ‘ on the stage & have that special smile with slightly shaking your head. Considering the longevity of RS I wish, had you penned your thoughts after each n every show the collection would have turned into one of the best sellers.

  • The gap created by CW’s demise would be very hard to be relaced . Surely RS must continue on with a first tribute show dedicated to CW.

  • We will miss not seeing you there. But wherever you are on the rainbow bridge, you’d kindly look upon the band.


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