Pete Townshend Posts Emotional Tribute to the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts on Instagram: “Such a Lovely Man”

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The sad news of the passing of Charlie Watts, legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones, understandably was the talk of the internet on Tuesday, with several of Watts’ contemporaries, peers, musical colleagues paying tribute to the man for his visionary work behind the kit with the Stones and the legacy he left behind.

Pete Townshend, guitarist of the The Who, took the time out to craft an especially heartfelt message posted to his official Instagram page. Paired with a serene photo of a rainbow, Townshend’s message reads as follows:

“Full Moon. Rainbow. Always a sign. Charlie Watts wept at Keith Moon’s funeral. I wish I was capable of such tears today. Instead, I just want to say goodbye. Not a rock drummer, a jazz drummer really, and that’s why the Stones swung like the Basie band!! Such a lovely man. God bless his wife and daughter, and I’ll bet the horses will miss him too.”


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The Who’s official pages also shared a salute to Watts:


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As the day went on, some of Wood’s Rolling Stones band mates also paid their respects to their fallen comrade.

Sir Paul McCartney was among the first legends to share his thoughts, posting a video message in which he stated, “Condolences to the Stones, it will be a huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock. A fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. Love you Charlie. I’ve always loved you, beautiful man.”

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