Mick Jagger Says Charlie Watts Never Suited Up and Punched Him
Guitarist Keith Richards detailed the alleged altercation in his 2010 memoir Life. The moment was said to have taken place in 1984 in Amsterdam, when an inebriated Jagger called Watts' hotel room and demanded, "Where's my drummer?"
Watts reportedly got up, shaved, donned a suit and then walked down the stairs to meet Jagger. Once there, he punched Jagger in the face and told him, "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my fucking singer!"
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There's something hilarious and almost charming about a mild-mannered Watts clocking the boisterous frontman, but Jagger has now poured cold water on the legend. "Didn't happen. No, not at all. Keith invented that story," Jagger says in a new interview with Mojo.
"Now, Charlie was annoyed, and he was very drunk, as was Keith – and he was a bit wound up," Jagger added. "But there were so many people there, so many people between me and Charlie, and it never came to blows."
Jagger was also amused to learn of the embellished version of this story, which claims that Watts knocked him onto a table of smoked salmon and nearly sent him flying out of an open hotel window. "A table full of smoked salmon!" Jagger roared. "That's a good one. How about we go one better? I turned into a smoked salmon and dived out the window? Yeah, that's what really happened."
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