Rolling Stones logo to turn black in honor of late drummer Charlie Watts


The Rolling Stones are painting it black for Charlie.

The iconic British rock band will change their infamous lips-and-tongue logo from red to black to memorialize late drummer Charlie Watts.

They will pay tribute to Watts with their new logo design when they return to touring next week, according to the Sun, and the emblem will be used on merchandise and tour visuals.

Band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood also agreed to show an archival montage of Watts during their shows.

“They don’t want it to be a concert that is a downer because they know fans have paid good money to see them,” a source told the Sun.

“But it feels only right that they referenced Charlie’s passing because he was such a vital part of the band and it will be strange for them all to not have him there,” the insider said. “They think the plans make for a fitting tribute.”

Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood in 2013 at the Glastonbury Festival.
Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood in 2013 at the Glastonbury Festival.
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Watts died Aug. 24 at 80. The band will be resuming their No Filter tour Sept. 26 in St. Louis. Watts was put to rest early last week in a private funeral in the UK, but his bandmates were unable to make the trip due to COVID restrictions. Jagger, 78, Richards, 77, and Wood, 74, were in Boston rehearsing and couldn’t fly home to England.

At the time of Watts’ death, the band, as well as friends and fans, paid tribute to the musician. “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” the trio’s statement read. “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.

“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also a member of the Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time,” their note continued.

Elton John wrote at the time: “A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.”

“Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed — no more — no less. He is one of a kind,” Joan Jett tweeted.

Charlie Watts died on Aug. 24 at age 80.
Charlie Watts died on Aug. 24 at age 80.
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