Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80 | 15 astounding quotes by him

I think it’s an awful drink, to be honest with you.
– Charlie watts

The world of this is a load of crap. You get all these bloody people, so incredibly sycophantic.
– Charlie watts

I hate leaving home. I love what I do, but I’d love to go home every night.
– Charlie watts

Rock and roll has probably given more than it’s taken.
– Charlie watts

You’d imagine Mick would be the happiest person in the world, and yet a lot of the times he isn’t.
– Charlie watts

I never had lessons. Used to try to play to records, which I hated doing. Still can’t play to them.
– Charlie watts

I didn’t know what the hell Charlie Parker was playing… I just liked the way he played.
– Charlie watts

You need better technique than I have to play jazz, but what you have to do is the same thing, isn’t it?
– Charlie watts

When I was a kid I never learned to play. I actually got in bands through watching people play and copying them.
– Charlie watts

It’s been years and years and years I’ve been playing the drums, and they’re still a challenge. I still enjoy using drumsticks and a snare drum.
– Charlie watts

I’m very strict with my packing and have everything in its right place. I never change a rule. I hardly use anything in the hotel room. I wheel my own wardrobe in and that’s it.
– Charlie watts

It doesn’t really change, actually. I think The Rolling Stones have gotten a lot better. An awful lot better, I think. A lot of people don’t, but I think they have, and to me that’s gratifying. It’s worth it.
– Charlie watts

Usually I can hear the pianos, the saxophone, and usually I can hear Ronnie. But I really need to listen to Keith and Mick. The rest of the band is sort of an embellishment to that.
– Charlie watts

People say I play real loud. I don’t, actually. I’m recorded loud and a lot of that is because we have good engineers. Mick knows what a good drum sound is as well, so that’s part of the illusion really. I can’t play loud.
– Charlie watts

We always work at least a month to six weeks before we go on the road, usually for something like eight to 12 hours a night. It took six weeks to do it this time. We just play virtually everything we know.
– Charlie watts

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