What’s next for the Rolling Stones after the death of drummer Charlie Watts? Of course, there is still no definitive answer.

London (AP) – The death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has sparked speculation about the end of the legendary rock band. British journalist and author Tony Barrell speculated that the rest of the group could end their careers together “out of respect” for Watts.

It is of course possible to continue, Barrell told the PA News Agency. But the sound would never be the same again. The group themselves initially did not comment on their future plans.

The drummer died in a London hospital on Tuesday at the age of 80. A few weeks ago, we learned that he should not be on the Stones’ next US tour. It was said at the time that he was recovering from unspecified medical treatment. Steve Jordan, already heard on several solo albums by guitarist Keith Richards (77), will intervene.

Watts had been with the Rolling Stones for almost 60 years and, with his reserved demeanor, was considered the backbone of the group. Countless fellow musicians and celebrities have expressed regret for his death on Wednesday and paid tribute to the drummer’s performance. Frontman Mick Jagger (78) and Richards initially responded with no-comment photos, which they posted during their social media appearances. Guitarist Ron Wood wrote on Instagram: “I will miss you very much – you are the best”.