Rolling Stones: Drummer Steve Jordan on the successor to Charlie Watts: “Would have rather done without the job”

“You can’t see it, but you can feel it” has become the catchphrase of Steve Jordan’s drum style. As a 20-year-old he was already on the drums on the TV show “Saturday Night Life”. For example when James Brown made his legendary appearance there and he had to deliver precise off-beats. In the film “Blues Brothers” he was the first choice of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. He also worked with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Sonny Rollins, Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys. A typical “musicians musician”.

Now Jordan speaks for the first time about his new, difficult position as a drummer for the Rolling Stones. “Some people don’t want to understand that I’ve lost a friend,” Jordan, who worked with Watts for four decades, told Vanity Fair. “You are happy for me without understanding that I would have preferred to have done without it. But the Rolling Stones really did everything to make this transition smooth and humane. You are aware of everyone’s feelings. I appreciate very much”.

Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones announced in August that Watts would not be available for their autumn tour after his operation. So Jordan adjusted to a transitional job. “I spoke to Keith Richards and then to Mick Jagger. Charlie, it was said by both, would come back and they would rock together again, ”said the Jordan the US magazine. “So I thought, okay, I’ll do it. After all, I only represent my friend for a while “

The drummer sent Watts a message wishing him “a speedy recovery” and promising to “keep your stool warm until your glorious return.” What at first seemed like “a rock’n’roll fantasy camp” turned into bitter seriousness. “I was devastated. It was very, very difficult for me, and it continues to be. (..) Many underestimate the importance of this chair. Sitting on it and playing your stuff is no joke! “

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