Love actually by no means dies.
Rolling Stones drummer and late music icon Charlie Watts attended one final charity occasion with Shirley Ann Shephard, his spouse of 57 years. The couple smiled collectively at an occasion for the canine basis Perpetually Hounds Belief in Might 2020 in one of many final images of Watts earlier than he died.
Watts passed away on Aug. 24 on the age of 80 within the UK.
“It’s with immense disappointment that we announce the demise of our beloved Charlie Watts. He handed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier as we speak surrounded by his household,” the band mentioned in an announcement.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and in addition as a member of The Rolling Stones one of many best drummers of his era. We kindly request that the privateness of his household, band members and shut mates is revered at this tough time,” the assertion concluded.
Shephard, 82, and the British rocker adopted a 5-year-old greyhound pup named Suzie on the occasion. Within the cute snap, Watts and his ladylove posed with the canine on the bash and seemed as completely happy as ever. Watts wore a beige go well with whereas Shephard sported a teal jacket and denims.
The couple met simply earlier than the Rolling Stones entered the world of fame and fortune. They married in 1964 and share one daughter, Seraphina.
In a 2018 interview with NME, Watts — whose demise brought an outpouring of remembrances from followers and different musicians — was requested about his secrets and techniques to an extended and wholesome marriage. The publication additionally addressed how having a robust relationship is uncommon for rock stars whereas partying and singing on the highway.
“As a result of I’m not likely a rock star,” he mentioned. “I don’t have all the trimmings of that. Having mentioned that, I do have 4 classic automobiles and might’t drive the bloody issues. I’ve by no means been desirous about doing interviews or being seen.
“I like it and I do interviews as a result of I need individuals to return and see the band. The Rolling Stones exist as a result of individuals come to the reveals,” Watts continued. “There’s nothing worse than taking part in in a membership with three individuals sitting within the entrance – one’s your girlfriend and the opposite’s your mate – and that’s the viewers.”
He additionally touched upon the concept of whether or not the Stones would ever retire.
“No. I’ve thought that the band may cease a whole lot of occasions. I used to assume that on the finish of each tour. I’d had sufficient of it – that was it,” he replied. “However, no, not likely. I hope [when it ends] that everybody says, ‘That’ll be it.’ I’d hate for it to be a bloody massive argument. That may be an actual unhappy second”