“It’s a huge loss to the country”
Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has paid tribute to the late Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts.
Watts died in hospital in London on Tuesday 24 August, leaving fans of the famous rock band devastated.
In an interview with ITV News West Country, Eavis said the drummer’s death is a “huge loss” to the country.
“Very very sad… You think the Stones are never going to die, don’t you? They go on forever, and they keep going… and to get one of them die is really really sad – it’s a huge loss to the country.”
Recalling how the band made their spectacular Glastonbury debut during the festival in back 2013, Eavis revealed they took some convincing, saying: “I had a job to get them to come, they phoned and asked ‘do you really want us to play?’ I said ‘yes, of course we do’,”
Eavis continued: “They agreed to come which was great for us and it was a huge success. It was probably one of the best sets in our history.
“Charlie was a charming bloke, a bit laid back but he was kind of super cool, wasn’t he? Like Mick Jagger, he was a great character. It is a great loss.” he added.
Notorious for not being a massive fan of festivals, Eavis revealed Charlie was originally not going to attend when the band came in 2013.
“He didn’t fancy it I don’t think, but in the end he came round and I hope he did have a good day. I think he really enjoyed it, I think I was on the stage watching the whole thing, the crowds loved it. They went crazy for it. It was a fantastic moment.”
Glastonbury Festival organiser and daughter of Michael Eavis, Emily Eavis, also paid tribute to the Stones drummer by sharing a post to her official Twitter account, saying: “RIP Charlie. One of the all time greats. It took a lot of work to get the Stones to Glastonbury and apparently Charlie wasn’t keen on playing festivals. After their momentous gig in 2013 he wrote this message, which we have up at home. What an honour it was to have him play here.”
RIP Charlie. One of the all time greats. It took a lot of work to get the Stones to Glastonbury and apparently Charlie wasn’t keen on playing festivals. After their momentous gig in 2013 he wrote this message, which we have up at home. What an honour it was to have him play here. pic.twitter.com/UEACp4nq4A
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) August 24, 2021