While The Rolling Stones have carried on on with heavy hearts after the death of longtime drummer Charlie Watts back in August, Keith Richards says they've also been revitalized with drummer Steve Jordan joining the band.
Keith talked about Steve playing with the group:
“The last thing I wanted to do was a Rolling Stones tour without Charlie, But Charlie said, ‘Look, go on with Steve,’ so it wasn't like some new boy being thrown in. He’d also worked with Mick and me over the last couple of years in the studio in New York writing songs. So it was a sort of seamless transition. But at the same time Steve has brought a new energy to the whole thing that's happening, you know, and, I mean that's no bad thing, you know."
Keith says Charlie is still very much with them:
"I'm gonna miss the man forever and at the moment I'm still sort of doing it in small increments because otherwise it would be too difficult. But, I can almost feeling Charlie smiling down on us every night. For the moment, that'll have to do."
Charlie was 80 when he passed away on August 24th from an undisclosed illness.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]