Mick Jagger Sets The Record Straight About Charlie Watts Punching Him
One of the most well-known Rolling Stones legends is being denied by singer Mick Jagger. He now claims that contrary to common opinion, late drummer Charlie Watts never struck him during a night of intoxicated fun.
In his 2010 memoir, Life, guitarist Keith Richards recounted the supposed incident, which was said to have occurred in 1984 in Amsterdam. Jagger, under the influence, called Watts’ hotel room and demanded:
“Where’s my drummer?”
Watts reportedly rose, got dressed in a suit, and then went downstairs to meet Jagger. Upon arrival, he allegedly punched Jagger in the face and firmly stated:
“Don’t ever call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer!”
It’s somewhat amusing and endearing to picture the mild-mannered Watts delivering a punch to the lively frontman. However, Jagger has now debunked this story. In a recent interview with Mojo, he stated:
“Didn’t happen. No, not at all. Keith invented that story.”
“Now, Charlie was annoyed, and he was very drunk, as was Keith – and he was a bit wound up. But there were so many people there, so many people between me and Charlie, and it never came to blows.”
Jagger also found it amusing to hear an exaggerated version of the story, which claims that Watts knocked him onto a table covered with smoked salmon and almost sent him out of an open hotel window. Jagger chuckled:
“A table full of smoked salmon! That’s a good one. How about we go one better? I turned into a smoked salmon and dived out the window? Yeah, that’s what really happened.”
When Is the Rolling Stones’ New Album, Hackney Diamonds Coming Out?
Here’s a confirmed fact: The Rolling Stones are set to release their new album, Hackney Diamonds, this Friday. Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021, appears on two tracks.
This LP, produced by Andrew Watt, marks their first album since Blue & Lonesome in 2016 and their first collection of original songs since “A Bigger Bang” in 2005. The Stones provided a sneak peek of the album last month with the release of the single “Angry” and later “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” featuring Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.