Ringo Starr’s cheeky dig at difficult Rolling Stones ‘Charlie kept them together!’
Legendary member of The Beatles, Ringo Starr, is releasing a brand new EP this week titled Change the World. During a press event promoting the upcoming record, Ringo gave a touching tribute to the late drummer of The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts.
Charlie died earlier this year on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80 with his family around him.
Speaking to Express and other press, Ringo recalled Charlie being a “lot of fun”.
He said: “Yeah, we will miss Charlie. He was a beautiful human being. He was like The Quiet Man.”
With a smile, he went on to compare the two drummers’ bands, who famously had a friendly rivalry throughout the 1960s.
Ringo said: “He had a harder band than I did to keep together!”
Despite Ringo’s cheeky comment, it was The Beatles who famously split up in 1970 after a string of arguments and the release of their final album, Let It Be.
The Rolling Stones, on the other hand, are still performing to this day. Although, they did come close to the end in 1987.
At the time the band’s frontman Mick Jagger was promoting his solo album and was interviewed by Q’s Tom Hibbert. The singer laughed at the notion of The Rolling Stones’ split “mattering” in any way.
Ringo then pleased fans with an anecdote about him and Charlie hanging out with another legendary drummer.
He remembered: “I had a party in the ’70s, I had a drum kit in the attic, and Charlie came and so did [Led Zeppelin drummer] John Bonham, so we got three drummers hanging out. And Bonham got on the kit!