Watch One Of Charlie Watts’ Golden Moment Of Upstaging Mick Jagger
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The late Charlie Watts was seen as someone enigmatic, mysterious, and shy. While it may be true in most cases, may we also be reminded that Watts was a funny fella and could easily upstage any charming guy on stage; that includes his most charismatic bandmate, Mick Jagger.
Dozens of stories could prove to you that Jagger has a lot of nerve in his body, including being a bossy frontman. Such attitude isn’t a thing for liking, most especially with guitarist Keith Richards, with whom Jagger had a love-hate relationship. More often, Richards is the one who calls out Jagger’s nonsense – either physically or in a highly publicized book. Nonetheless, on rare occasions, the other Rolling Stones members would often handle the job, in a way they know it. One occasion in mind would be the time when Watts punched Jagger in the face, for rudely calling him “his drummer.”
Richards recalled the scene in his book, “Life.” A drunk Jagger was vehemently calling Watts in his hotel room, screaming “Where’s my drummer?” Watts obliged, but only after he had finished cleaning himself up with his usual well-dressed self. About 20 minutes later, Watts came marching at the front door of Jagger’s room, got hold of him, and said: “Never call me your drummer again.”
Richards further wrote: “Then he hauled him up by the lapels of his jacket and gave him a right hook. Mick fell back onto a silver platter of smoked salmon and began to slide towards the open window and the canal below…It takes a lot to wind that man up.”
At that time, Watts had enough of Jagger’s completely insensitive persona. However, friends fight and make up afterward. But the story will remain a tight basis for us to say that Watts was never the guy to be messed up with.
Moreover, let’s take a look at this hilarious video of the Stones goofing around, with Watts taking over the scene, clearly imitating the Stones frontman. Fun!