November 13, 2014

Jagger Gives Charlie Watts A Special Gift!


No one gets near the Rolling Stones, still one of the world's hottest (and most protected) bands 50 years on. No-one except a precocious 11-year-old Sydney boy called Jagger, who calls the band's drummer, Charlie Watts, his mentor.

Jagger Alexander-Erber is the Australian drumming prodigy first seen on Australia's Got Talent in 2012, and he has three drumming heroes: The Who's Keith Moon, Led Zepplin's John Bonham and Watts. 


On Wednesday he managed to leave speechless the only one of those three drumming legends still living, before the Rolling Stones wowed Sydney at Allphones Arena.
He gave Watts, 73, a gift, a rare cymbal - once owned by Watts' own hero, Jackie Dougan. He was repaid by being allowed to sit for photos at Watt's 1963 Gretsch drum kit in front of a packed Allphones Arena minutes before the Stones four-star show began. Watts told Jagger the only other people allowed to sit there were his grandchildren.

Jagger wasn't permitted to play the kit and didn't because he didn't want to annoy Watts' security guard or Watts himself - a quiet man with a legendary reputation. Watts is rumoured to have once punched Mick Jagger in the face for suggesting Watts was "my f---ing drummer".

"I was tempted [to play], I had the sticks in my hand sitting at the kit and I thought 'why not?' But the drum tech said 'do not play it!'"

Jagger says Watts looked amazed by the gift. "He just kept saying 'Jackie Dougan! Jackie Dougan' over and over. He was surprised, his eyes were really wide open and he said 'How did you get this? It's amazing'."

Jagger, who was named after Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger, has been invited backstage with the Stones before at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles last year, when he also met Kiss and Motley Crue. Watts saw a segment on Jagger on an American television network, AXS, and the Stones' camp tracked down Jagger's father, Mark Alexander-Erber.

"The best thing is Jagger will now have Charlie Watts as a mentor. The connection he made was incredible … [although] Charlie doesn't have a phone or use email. [My son] is now known to the Stones camp. Keith Richards walked past and patted him on the shoulder and said 'G'day Jagger," Mr Alexander-Erber said.

How will Jagger cope with the relative boredom of school on Thursday after his brush with rock royalty? "I got to bed about 11.30pm. I'm tired. Tell dad I need a day off school."

Jagger studies music at The McDonald College, North Strathfield - and last week was awarded a junior scholarship, which reduces his tuition fees.

What will he say to his classmates? "My mates at school are not really into Rolling Stones at all, they are into that pop rubbish.

"If they ask I'll say it was an amazing night and we got to meet one of the most famous drummers in the world."

Jagger is these days a fast-rising star himself. He has a Facebook page with 66,000 likes and his YouTube videos have been watched hundreds of thousands of times. He has appeared with several rock bands - including Limp Bizkit and Rose Tattoo,  - and will join the Choirboys on stage at the Cherry Bar in Melbourne on Saturday night.

Jagger's band, Moon, also has a song out called Sidewinder, and it plans to release an album in February - in time for Jagger's 12th birthday.(clip above)
With many thanks to The Sydney Morning Herald

By Peter Vincent
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