CHARLIE WATTS DIES
LONDON (AP) – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts would get nerves before going on stage, whether it was a stadium or a pub. Watts said in a 2003 AP interview if he did not get nervous, it would mean he did not care. He was not a fan of playing stadiums, though. Watts said in a 1993 interview the audience could hardly see the band and he was amazed that anyone even went to stadium shows. He added, “I’m glad they do. It’s a lucrative living for me.” Watts died yesterday in London at the age of 80. He had said he would not tour with the Stones this year for unspecified health reasons.
CHARLIE WATTS WAS AN UNLIKELY ROCK STAR
LONDON (AP) – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts did not consider himself a rock star. He certainly did not act like one. Watts was a big jazz fan. He joined The Rolling Stones, thinking it would be a short-time gig. He was not the type for flashy drum solos. He was married to the same woman, Shirley, for nearly 57 years. Watts used to draw pictures of his hotel rooms as a way of marking time until he could go home. He owned vintage cars but did not know how to drive. Watts died yesterday in London at the age of 80.
KEITH RICHARDS: CHARLIE WATTS ONCE SLUGGED MICK JAGGER
UNDATED (AP) – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts always seemed the picture of sophistication, but guitarist Keith Richards knew Watts could be pushed too far. Richards wrote in his 2009 autobiography “Life” about an incident in Amsterdam in 1984, when singer Mick Jagger called Watts’ hotel room and said, “Where’s my drummer?” Twenty minutes later, Watts showed up impeccably dressed and said, “Never call me your drummer again.” Watts gave Jagger a right hook that knocked him into a platter of smoked salmon and through an open window. Richards said he would have let Jagger fall through the window, but he saved him because he was wearing Richards’ jacket. Richards said it took 24 hours for him to calm Watts down.
MUSICIANS MOURN CHARLIE WATTS
UNDATED (AP) – Paul McCartney says Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was “steady as a rock” and “a lovely guy.” Watts died yesterday in London at the age of 80. Ringo Starr says, “God bless Charlie Watts. We’re going to miss you, man.” Elton John calls Watts “the ultimate drummer” and “the most stylish of men.” Joan Jett says Watts “played exactly what was needed – no more – no less.” Joe Elliott of Def Leppard says, “Those in the know, know he was the heart & soul of the band.” Stewart Copeland of The Police says Watts was “a unique, iconic drummer (and dancer).”
WITNESS: R. KELLY CONTROLLED GIRLFRIENDS DURING INTERVIEW
NEW YORK (AP) – One of R. Kelly’s live-in girlfriends has testified Kelly coughed to remind her he was listening during the 2019 interview that Gayle King did for “CBS This Morning.” The woman, testifying as a “Jane Doe,” said during Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York yesterday she was not allowed to see the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” The woman testified Kelly once punished her by ordering her to have sex with a man nicknamed “Nephew” while Kelly watched. She said Kelly had been grooming the man since he was young. The woman said while she was in a relationship with Kelly for five years with promises he would help her music career, but he never did. Kelly has denied wrongdoing.
DOOBIE BROTHERS TRY AGAIN AT 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Doobie Brothers are ready to celebrate 50 years of…something. They were ready to do a tour last year marking 50 years of being a band, but COVID-19 forced them to put that on hold. They will launch the tour Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa, during their 51st year as a band — or 50 years since the release of their self-titled debut album. Should rising COVID-19 cases push the tour to next year, that will be the 50th year of their first hit, “Listen to the Music.” Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston says last year was “a lost year” and it’s felt like every day is Thursday.
KANYE WEST PETITIONS FOR NAME CHANGE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kanye West has filed court documents to legally change his name. The Los Angeles Superior Court filing says the 44-year-old musician wants to get rid of his full name, Kanye Omari West – and change it to his longtime two-letter nickname, Ye. He will have no middle or last name. The documents cite “personal reasons” for the change. A judge must approve of the change before it becomes official.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE’S VIOLENT J HAS HEART PROBLEMS
NEW YORK (AP) – Violent J of Insane Clown Posse says he has serious heart issues. His publicist confirms details Violent J revealed last weekend at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio, in which he said he had to undergo procedures for atrial fibrillation. He said he’s not feeling weaker, but his doctors do not think it’s wise for him to continue to perform six nights a week. Insane Clown Posse plans to do a farewell tour next year, but details have not yet been announced. They do say they plan to do one-off shows and special events.
ANDREW CUOMO LOSES EMMY AFTER LEAVING STATEHOUSE
NEW YORK (AP) – This time last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was hailed as a TV hero – as his daily briefings on the coronavirus crisis were carried nationally. Now, not only is he no longer governor, he’s also no longer an Emmy winner. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences took back the Emmy yesterday, hours after Cuomo stepped aside as governor – forced out by a sexual harassment scandal. In 2017, the group made a similar decision, withdrawing the Founders Award it gave Kevin Spacey after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
KANYE WEST SEEKS OFFICIAL NAME CHANGE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Most people already call him Kanye. Now, Kanye West wants to change his name to Ye. The rapper and entrepreneur has filed paperwork to make the legal change. The request was made in Los Angeles Superior Court and must be approved by a judge. Once that happens, West will be just Ye, no middle or last name. West has been asking to be called Ye since 2018.
R. KELLY DIDN’T LET HIS GIRLFRIENDS WATCH “SURVIVING R. KELLY”
NEW YORK (AP) – One of R. Kelly’s accusers says the singer kept his live-in girlfriends from watching the documentary that revived scrutiny of his dealings with women and young girls. A second woman testifying as “Jane Doe” says if “Surviving R. Kelly” came on TV, the channel was changed. The woman also says when she and another of Kelly’s live-in mates did a TV interview to defend him, the singer stood off-camera to watch. She says Kelly would cough to signal he was there and listening – to make sure they didn’t stray from their talking points.
VETERAN TV REPORTER, ANCHOR, LLOYD DOBYNS DIES
MEBANE, N.C. (AP) – Lloyd Dobyns Jr., has died. He was an award-winning correspondent for NBC News who reported from around the world – and anchored a new type of TV newscast in the early 1980s. He was 85. Word of Dobyns’ death comes from his son, Ken, who says his dad died in North Carolina on Sunday from complications from a series of strokes. Dobyns teamed up with Linda Ellerbee on the late-night news series “NBC News Overnight,” which aired in 1982 and 1983.