Rolling Stones stars reunite for bandmate Charlie Watts celebration in London – four months after drummer died aged 80

THE Rolling Stones took the stage for an impromptu jam last night to celebrate the life of fallen bandmate Charlie Watts.

They gathered at the drummer’s favourite jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, in the heart of London’s Soho.



The Watts family had invited his closest friends, fellow musicians and extended family to the intimate event which followed his death on August 24th aged 80.

On an emotional night, Mick Jagger attended with partner Melanie Hamrick, Keith Richards with wife Patti Hansen and Ronnie Wood with wife Sally.

The three core Stones members gave heartfelt renditions of R&B classics Shame Shame Shame and Down The Road Apiece, the latter first appearing on their second album in 1965.

Also present but not performing was original bassist Bill Wyman who left the band in 1993. He was there with wife Suzanne Accosta to make it a special reunion for Charlie.

TV host and piano whizz Jools Holland compered the evening and led the house band.

This included Dave Green, Watts’ close friend from childhood and bass player in many of his jazz bands down the years.

He was joined by fellow members of their outfit, The ABC & D Of Boogie Woogie, Ben Waters and Axel Zwingenberger.

Stones’ sax player Tim Ries played a tune he composed for the evening, Blues For Charlie, and this was followed by Lisa Fischer singing Trouble in Mind.

Then she was joined by Bernard Fowler, a long-time Stones guest vocalist, to duet on another gospel song, Up Above My Head.

But the final act of the evening was Mick, Keith and Ronnie singing, “Well there's a place you really get your kicks/It's open every night about twelve to six.”

And of course, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. RIP Charlie Watts.

Most read in Celebrity

CAT OUT THE BAG

Katie Price gives away ANOTHER of her kids’ pets as she hands off cat

MY HELL

Pop star Michelle Heaton reveals shocking pictures of her addiction nightmare

ME AND MY BOY

Katie Price reveals she'll be spending Christmas with Harvey at Mucky Mansion

DIRTY DAN

Inside Danny Miller's love rat past – Emmerdale 'affair' to 'prostitute romp'

6
Ronnie Wood arrived to pay his respects with his wife SallyCredit: Dan Charity
6
Former Stones bassist Bill Wyman and his wife SuzanneCredit: Dan Charity
6
The Rolling Stones (left to right) Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones in 1964Credit: Alamy

    Source: Read Full Article