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“The song that really gets me is the last one on this record, Waiting On A Friend. The reason why I like it is because it’s all about the cross-stick. Charlie has a way of taking his stick off the hi-hat when he hits the snare, and when you put that behind Jagger’s vocal, it sets a mood so beautifully.
“It’s so good, in fact, that you could take the rest of the band out, and it would still sound magical. That’s the beauty of what a drumbeat can do. Think about it: If you didn’t have the cross-stick in that song, you’re fucked. It just wouldn’t be happening. What Charlie Watts does on Waiting For A Friend sends chills up my spine.
“He’s such an amazing drummer. He never felt like he had to do these big fills or play on the toms all the time. It’s like he fooled everybody, you know? Here he is, he’s a part of the biggest fucking rock band in the world, and he wins by simple taste.”