The Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Says David Bowie ‘Wasn’t This Musical Genius’

Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones is a fan of Davie Bowie, but not that big of a fan.

The outspoken drummer told The Guardian that Bowie was not, in his eyes at least, a one-of-a-kind musician.

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“I thought people would have been very sad obviously, and he was a lovely guy and he wrote a couple of good songs,” Watts said of his surprise over the outpour following Bowie’s death. “But for me, he wasn’t this musical genius.”

Watts, 76, also revealed he would not be bothered by his band splitting following the announcement of a huge Rolling Stones European tour.

“I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie, I don’t know about the rest of it,” continued Watts. “It wouldn’t bother me if The Rolling Stones said that’s it… enough.”

“I would hate it to dissolve not amicably. I would like Mick to say, or me or Keith or whoever… I don’t want to do it anymore, for whatever reason, and we just say that’s it,” he explained. “I wouldn’t want it to be an argument or whatever.”

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That is not to say Watts has immediate plans for what is next. “I don’t know what I would do if I stopped,” said Watts. “Keith is a great one for saying once you’re going, keep going. The big worry for me is being well enough. We don’t work like we used to, fortunately. There are huge gaps between each show.”

When asked if the upcoming No Filter tour would be the band’s last, Watts revealed, “For me, I would like to be standing on Sunday 8 July at the end of the show in Warsaw. That’s as far as I can see.”

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