You would think that anyone would move heaven and earth to attend the funeral of a friend with whom they have had incredible adventures for sixty years, whether there is a pandemic or an apocalypse. But Mick Jagger, Keith Richards y Ron Wood have not attended the of Charlie Watts, held last week in Devon (England), where the drummer had lived for many years, and where he owned a herd of Arabian horses.
As reported by The Sun, the surviving Rolling Stones have not been able to travel due to Covid restrictions, and were forced to remain in Boston, where they have been rehearsing for the group’s rescheduled tour of the United States, which kicks off on September 26 in St. Louis (Missouri) under the name ‘No Filter’.
Respecting the request of his family, Watts’ funeral was carried out in the utmost privacy, just as the drummer wished, who died on August 24 at the age of 80, shortly after announcing that he could not participate in the tour due to the aftermath of an operation. Now, according to a source close to the group, the Stones will pay tribute to their bandmate during the concerts, in which Watts will be replaced by Steve Jordan.
After the news of his death was known, Ron Wood shared a photo in his networks in which he went out with him, along with these words: «I love you, my Gemini partner. I will miss you very much, you are the best ». Mick Jagger posted a poignant photo of a smiling Charlie without a message, while Keith Richards posted a photo on Twitter of the Rolling Stones drummer with a ‘closed’ sign hanging from it, also without text.
It is precisely in social networks where many fans are making the gesture ugly to all three, and criticizing the ‘excuse’ of the restrictions for the pandemic, especially considering that it is not implausible to think that they could have made a whirlwind trip in a private jet.
It is not the first time that the most mediatic Stones have given the last stand to a groupmate. Mick and Keith did it in 1969, when they missed the funeral of the true founder of the band, Brian Jones, who had drowned in a pool under strange circumstances (a conspiracy theory was even spread that pointed to Mick and Keith as accomplices of murder, to get rid of what was then the most troublesome member of the group). On that occasion, those who did go to say goodbye to the author of ‘Paint it black’ were Bill Wyman and the long-awaited Charlie Watts.