Charlie Watts performs in Perth

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts returned to the stage in Perth, Australia on Wednesday (19Mar14) to perform at a jazz club on the same night the musicians were due to kick off their tour in the city. The band axed a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand following the death of Sir Mick Jagger’s fashion designer girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, who is believed to have committed suicide at her New York City apartment on Monday (17Mar14).
The tour was due to kick off in Perth on Wednesday night (19Mar14), and Watts marked the occasion by performing an intimate gig at the city’s Ellington Jazz Club.
He was joined on stage by the band’s saxophone player Tim Ries and performed a number of songs, including a version of The Rolling Stones’ classic Honky Tonk Woman.
Ellington Jazz Club director Graham Wood says, “It was a real treat to be able to have Charlie down at the club and obviously he’s got up and played a few numbers too… It was great to see Charlie come. He went from (performing to) 13,500 people to 135 people.That’s capacity: it was a full house.”
The Rolling Stones are believed to have left Australia on Thursday afternoon (20Mar14) when their private plane was photographed taking off from Perth.
The band’s tour of Australia and New Zealand has been postponed until October (14).