The death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts drew swift reaction, including from rock ‘n’ roll royalty including Elton John and Paul McCartney. The word “great” was among the superlatives used to describe Watts, who was a mainstay of the Stones.
Here's reaction to the 80-year-old Watts' death Tuesday in London:
"He was a lovely guy. ... Condolences to the Stones. A huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock. A fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. Love you, Charlie, will always love you. Beautiful man, and great condolences and sympathy to his family — Paul McCartney, in a video on Twitter
“A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.” — Elton John on Instagram
"Not just one of greatest drummers in one of the greatest bands of all time, but a gentleman’s gentleman. He singlehandedly brought the Rock world some real class. Rock and Roll will miss him profoundly. We are significantly less without.” — Little Steven Van Zandt on Twitter.
“Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed - no more - no less. He is one of a kind.” — Joan Jett on Twitter.
“The beat of The Stones. There are no words, every groove has spoken for itself.” — Lenny Kravitz on Twitter.
"Drummers are the most ensnared individuals. Though they are loudest, they are the last to be heard. They have insecurities due to the fact that everyone has their back turned on them. Herein lies the band’s secret; there is no greatness- without a great drummer. — Perry Farrell on Twitter.