Mike McCready, Ed Vedder & Matt Cameron pay tribute to Charlie Watts

Mike McCready, Ed Vedder & Matt Cameron took to media on Tuesday to honor the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, who died at 80 on Tuesday.

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Sad to hear of Charlie Watts passing. The Rolling Stones have always been my favorite band, and Charlie was the engine of subltle and heavy groovesMike McCready said. “I’ll put on Sway which is my favorite song of all time. Any of us in a rock band wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for Charlie.

We are so deeply, deeply saddened to hear of Charlie Watts passing” wrote Eddie Vedder on his Instagram, “The impact he’s had on musicians and listeners across the planet is profound. His drumming style and drum sound will live on forever in the song. The songs that are forever in our hearts. That’s where Charlie will be now. We were so lucky to have him. All our love and support to Mick, Keith, Ronnie and all of the Stones crew and family. It was a true honor every time we were in his presence.

Matt Cameron added on Soundgarden’s Instagram: “Charlie Watts was the epitome of cool. His contributions to the world of music and drumming will live on forever. He had a beautifully greasy swagger in his drumming that was completely his own thing. He gave the Stones an authentic swing that partly came from his love of African American Be Bop masters like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. I always admired the jazz sensibilities in Charlie’s playing, he refused to be defined as merely a rock drummer, he was so much more than that.

I was fortunate to see Charlie and the Stones completely ROCK the house in 2019. Charlie was 78 at the time and sounded amazing! Thank you Charlie Watts.