Flashback: Martin Scorsese Captures a Charlie Watts–Centric ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’

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Rolling Stone: The Rolling Stones made the rather shocking announcement Wednesday night that their upcoming No Filter tour will go ahead without Charlie Watts. The drummer is recovering from an unspecified medical procedure, and longtime Stones associate Steve Jordan will be subbing in for him.

“I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while,” Watts said in a statement. “After all the fans’ suffering caused by Covid, I really do not want the many RS fans who have been holding tickets for this tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation.”

Watts is the only member of the group besides Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to play on every single Rolling Stones album. He’s also been a part of every show they’ve played since he joined the group in January 1963, months after they started gigging at clubs around London with a rotating crew of temporary drummers like Tony Chapman and Carlo Little.

Throughout all that time, Watts has stayed as far away from the spotlight as is possible for a member of the biggest rock band on the planet. He hates photo shoots and long hours on music-video sets, preferring to spend his time listening to jazz records, and watching cricket matches on television.

But when Martin Scorsese shot two Rolling Stones concerts at New York’s Beacon Theatre in October and November 2006, he kept one camera on Watts all night. Here’s footage of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” where Watts, for once, is at the center of the action, and his bandmates are mere background figures.  Read more…

Flashback: Martin Scorsese Captures a Charlie Watts–Centric ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’

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  1. A sad and big loss for the rock music and history. In his personal life continued as a common man always living on his same house on London, travel in public transport and doing his own market purchases as anybody else. RIP Charlie Watts.

    • So very right, Sir. Mr. Watts loved the music of Miles Davis, T. Monk, Charlie Parker, Cecil Taylor and many other jazz greats. He seemed to be the soul of the Stones for the reason that it takes other ingredients (influences) added to the mix to form something truly original. That…and a whole lot of longevity. He had both. What a loss.