This time Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr and John Bonham were hanging out
Ringo Starr recalled a funny encounter with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts at a party at Starr’s in the ’70s. The evening also included an appearance by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.
“I had a drumset in the attic – it was like a movie theater, music, whatever you wanna do up there,” Starr said at a recent press conference. “Charlie came over, and so did John Bonham. We’ve got three drummers, hanging out. Bonham got on the kit. But because it was like… you know, it’s not like on stage, where you nail them, So they were like there. As he played, the bass drum moved away from him.
Watts and Starr stood up to hold the bass drum down for Bonham as he played. “You’re like ‘Ah, man! That would’ve been a great little video, a TikTok or a photo [that] would have gone all over the world! “said Starr.” But in the 70s I had parties, and you would never find pictures because I wouldn’t let you take pictures, you know, in my House. But I still think it would have been a good move to have. “
In a 2005 interview with Rolling stone, Watts cited Bonham as an example of how the dynamics of tight-knit rock bands can change dramatically depending on the drummer. Even so, replacements don’t necessarily mean the end of a group, he said. When asked if he could imagine the Stones continuing to play without him one day, he said yes, “If Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards] wanted to do it. “
“There is no reason why they shouldn’t, if people come to see them,” said Watts, who died last month. “The best thing, I guess, is the combination of the four of us. The Stones, that’s it. Technical ability is another thing. It’s like the Who. They had good drummers. They have one now. – Ringo Starr’s son Zak. He’s awesome. He’s not Keith Moon. He was a personality. Pete Townshend and Keith – they were incredibly crazy, both, on stage. John Bonham was the same with Led Zeppelin – it was a thunderous sound. “
Starr fondly recalled his relationship with Watts, noting that he was a “great guy” and “a lot of fun.” The couple lived next to each other in London and occasionally met at events. “He had a more difficult group than me to keep together,” Starr said. “He was a beautiful human being. He was like the quiet man.”
Change the world, Starr’s new EP, will be released on Friday and will feature cameos from Joe Walsh, Toto members Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather, Linda Perry, Trombone Shorty and others. “Although I do the EP for myself, I can play with all these different people and have a lot of fun,” Starr said of the project. “I’m not here to be tortured. I’m here to have fun and play with good musicians and hang. That’s what it is.”
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