The Rolling Stones' cancelled tour hasn't kept Charlie Watts from performing in Australia. "Perth Now" says the drummer took the stage Wednesday night at a local jazz club, sitting in with the band for an instrumental version of the Stones classic "Honky Tonk Woman."
I was at Ellington's Jazz Club on Monday when the Stones' sax and back up signer performed. Last night Charlie Watts! pic.twitter.com/EqPAU5j26T— KenRobson (@KenRobson4) March 20, 2014
Stones sax player Tim Ries was performing at the club and invited Watts, who reportedly played with the band for about 45 minutes. Club owner Graham Wood says the rock legend was brought in through the kitchen/stage door, after "his security guys kind of did a sweep through and made sure everything was OK." But he says Charlie "didn't make a grand entrance or anything," and "it was all low key." Wood adds that Charlie was "there really just to enjoy the music."
Charlie was originally slated to play a much larger venue in Perth on Wednesday. The Stones' planned show at the Perth Arena was supposed to kick off the Australian leg of the band's "14 On Fire" tour, which was cancelled following Monday's death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.