Skip to comments.Charlie Watts Dismisses Rolling Stones (always hated Elvis)
Posted on 01/29/2010 7:30:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has revealed he no longer cares if the band continues saying, "Honestly, I couldn't care less if it were over."
Watts is famously dismissive of popular music with jazz his widely acknowledged first love. He is currently on tour with The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie jazz-blues band and confirms, "Jazz is my passion. This is the music that I really want to do. The Stones are merely an annoying pastime."
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Is that why he always looks so bored when he’s playing with them?
I discovered the beautiful music of the Renaissance at about the age of 35. I’ve never looked back, and often wondered just what I ever saw in rock music.
“The Stones are merely an annoying pastime.”
But quite a profitable one!!
That pays the bills.
That is the way I sometimes think of my job.
Name some of your fav artists/cds from that era. I’d be interested in checking them out.
I'm sure Mick Jagger is tired of the Rolling Stones too. It's been almost a quarter century since they put out anything close to a decent album.
Echoing my sentiments to a tee.
Well, I've always said, "if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!" :-) I guess if the only thing you've ever known is the swill that's modern music, that's what you're going to enjoy; just as if you've never tasted lobster you might think tripe is the ultimate in culinary delight!
I’ve kind of gotten bored with rock too. But I’m moving in a slightly different direction from you guys — towards disco. A Chic album spins on a turntable in the background as I type.
It’s a pity that the Rolling Stones never cultivated ‘B’ teams of musicians, composers and vocalists. They could have had a complex orchestra, bringing together classical blues and jazz, with the core band as the centerpiece.
Rolled into one, it would be a music academy, a recording studio, and a record label, generating music groups, training composers, cross training performers, etc.
Try these for starters:
He put out a very good album, ‘The Charlie Watts Orchestra’, a big band recording, in which Courtney Pine got his start.
What goes around comes around, I guess. But this is illustrative of the modern trend in music which has steered itself toward the purely rhythmic and percussive—the primal elements of music, the simplest, and the least refined.
Their appearance at the Super Bowl was simply horrible. I was never a big fan but did see the Stones live back in the 60’s.
Chet Baker, who often recorded and appeared without drummers, said it best: "A good drummer is better than no drummer at all."
Did Elvis' first recordings on Sun had a drummer? Anyway, Charlie's good tonight, I luv him!
I have a hard time respecting someone who prospers with certain music then acts dismissive about it.
It’s fine if he prefers Jazz but he is where he is because of the success of the RS. That deserves some respect at least. Unless he wants to give back all that “annoying” money that came with.
He’s actually quite the boob. He and his wife started shooting heroin in their late 40s because they were bored, got hooked, then had to go through detox. Hey, Charlie, why do you think they call it “dope”?
“I have a hard time respecting someone who prospers with certain music then acts dismissive about it.”
You can be really good at something and still not like doing it. But when it’s that profitable . . .
*Its a pity that the Rolling Stones never cultivated B teams of musicians, composers and vocalists.*
Uhhh, have you ever seen the Stones play live?
*You can be really good at something and still not like doing it. But when its that profitable . . .*
Most great artists want to be something or someone else but as you say, they have to pay the bills somehow. Watts wants to play nothing but jazz, Clapton wants to be Robert Johnson, Paul McCartney wants to write classical music. Too bad there’s no money in any of that.
Watts is touring with his jazz band—what is he supposed to say when asked about the Stones? “Oh yeah, my current band sucks balls compared to them—don’t pay to see us when we’re in your town”.
Too bad the Rolling Stones didn’t listen to the music of the Renaissance back when they were 35. But to be fair, they weren’t into teen pop music back then.
Rock Bump for you G-Bear.
Sorry about that it was a bump for Grizzled Bear. Lol I forget to put the semi-colon in with his screen name in post.
I LOOOVE Carmina Burana!
What a cool Beethoven’s 9th!
RE: “He may be the best rock’n’roll drummer that’s ever lived, and with Wyman...one half of the best rock’n’rolly rhythm section evah,....”
Entwistle and Moon baby! There’s your best rhythm section ever.
A friend gave me a free ticket to see them at the Cotton Bowl in the early 90s.
One of the worst live acts I ever saw. They should have hung it up long before then.
Ill have to say that Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! is a pretty good live album, but that was 1970.
less type more music
Here you go!
A killer version of Midnight Rambler from 1976.
A 1989 version of Midnight Rambler
A 1971 version of Midnight Rambler
They rock it out no matter what year you see them.
Heavy Metal Ping - Thank you Captain Beyond!
I know they give notoriously poor live performances. But the purpose of an academy is to cultivate new talent, like the old “Tin Pan Alley”, so that young artists and composers can network, create, and especially get introduced to the public by a non-hostile recording label.
And this is a completely different skill set from performance.
It also could introduce the young talent to old school music that the Stones used to enjoy, such as blues, jazz, and other American classics.
Not unlike Jerry Garcia, who knew that the Grateful Dead gig buttered his bread, but he certainly preferred playing bluegrass.
“Entwistle and Moon baby! Theres your best rhythm section ever.”
Puleeeeeezzzze! Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker
An annoying pastime? They only made you a multi-millionaire so you can go and play your passion. Being a starving musician may sound romantic, but getting over that “starving” part is hard.
LOL, I remember a Rolling Stone magazine cover from around 1980-82 with Jagger saying how he didn’t want to still be doing “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” when he was 40!
Entwistle and Moon baby! Theres your best rhythm section ever.
Puleeeeeezzzze! Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker
NOBODY did it better than McCartney and Ringo. EVER.
You should check out some of the good metal bands that are around. Iron Maiden would be a great start if you haven't already.
There’s Nicko McBrain and Steve Harris.
You might know what is the piece of classical music being played at the beginning of this Billy Idol video?
If it attracts girls like Devon I might have to get a copy.
Jagger turned 40 shortly after the date span you give. I think he actually said that back in the late 60s.
Most of the early rock stars could not fathom doing the rock gig for more than 3-5 years. Pop music fans were too fickle.