DUBAI: Charlie Watts, the drummer of the legendary British rock’n’roll band the Rolling Stones, died on Tuesday at the age of 80, and his Arab fans took to Twitter to express their sadness.
“Some of the masterpieces of The Rolling Stones where Charlie Watts’s performances were at its top. Magnificence.. He was a talented human being,” tweeted one fan in Arabic, attaching images of the band’s soundtracks “Emotional Rescue,” “Miss You,” “Tumbling Dice” and “Under my Thumb.”
Another user tweeted: “I love him so much. May his soul rest in peace.”
A fan questioned: “Do you think the Stones will continue after the death of Charlie Watts?”
Watts was known as the quiet man of the riotous band, which helped define the Swinging Sixties with timeless hits such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
His level head off the stage was reflected in his metronomic time-keeping on stage, counterbalancing the energy and charisma of singer Mick Jagger and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.
Watts announced earlier this month that he would miss the resumption of the Rolling Stones’ tour of the United States next month after undergoing a medical procedure.
The death of 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.
“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,” said British singer Paul McCartney in a video he shared on Twitter.
Superstar Elton John wrote on Instagram: “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company.”
“The beat of The Stones. There are no words, every groove has spoken for itself,” wrote US singer Lenny Kravitz on Twitter.
Meanwhile, US music sensation Little Steven Van Zandt tweeted: “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.”