Ed Driscoll

Charlie Watts Being Treated For Throat Cancer

Charlie Watts, the engine behind the Rolling Stones, is being treated for throat cancer. This AP article sound very optimistic:

Watts, 63, was diagnosed in June and has completed four weeks of a six-week course of radiotherapy at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital.

“He is expecting to make a full recovery and start work with the rest of the band later in the year,” the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

I hope he’s right. The Stones wouldn’t sound the same without his pulsing drums behind them.

(They wouldn’t look the same either–Charlie’s by far the best dressed of the four remaining members. He’s picked up where sharp dressed jazzers like Miles Davis and Tony Williams left off in the late ’60s.)