Sir Mick Jagger Says He Still Struggles to Perform Without Late Drummer

Legendary rock band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Rolling Stones have been touring and producing music for over 60 incredible years. Though recently doing so just hasn’t been the same for the aging rockstars. In August of 2021, The Rolling Stones lost their drummer and lifelong band member Charlie Watts, after Watts passed away due to complications after heart surgery at age 80. The death of the legendary drummer took a heavy toll on the remaining band members, including lead frontman Mick Jagger.

In an interview with The Mirror, a British tabloid, frontman Mick Jagger sat down and opened up about his feelings of not being able to perform with drummer Charlie Watts anymore. “It’s hard. It’s always been Charlie”, Jagger told the outlet. Jagger continued by stating that although the drummer has been a part of his life since the age of 19, he still wants to keep making music. Following this, the Stones’ lead guitarist Kieth Richards also shared his feelings on the future state of the band saying, that if the band were to continue they needed to make a mark of who they are now.

Drummer Charlie Watts joined the band in 1963, just a year after the band was formed. Watts was inducted with the band into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and helped write and produce 30 albums with the group from 1964 to 2016. Although losing their drummer of 58 years, as well as reaching old age, the Rolling Stones have no plans of slowing down any time soon.

Both Jagger and Richards are now 80 years of age but have shown hardly any signs of their age after giving an electric performance recently at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, one of many stops on their 2024 world tour for their newest album Hackney Diamonds, which is the group’s first studio album since 2016.