Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
To be fair on Charlie, who I understand is a peaceful soul, the time he punched out Mick Jagger was the same time he was having a mid life crisis and he was drunk at the time.
He also came 22nd in GQ's 50 Best-Dressed Men in Britain 2012 list.
He's also listed in Wikipedia under its hi hat entry, which seems odd:
"Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones uses a technique in which he does not play the hi-hat in unison with the snare drum at all. If playing a standard 8th note pattern, he will play the hi-hat on 1 and 3 and not playing it on 2 and 4 where the snare drum is played."
I think it's trying to say he does not play the hats on the 2 and 4 in unison with the backbeat. The way it's written makes him sound like he's pounding out quarter notes like Meg :)
I noticed him not playing his hats on the 2 and 4 when I saw TRS live in 1978 on the Some Girls tour. I toyed with that style here and there. He does not like having to compete for the space with both hands playing crossover. I have to admit I sometimes hit my left stick with my right and cause a double hit. That happens when I play a set with small toms above the hat and the hat sitting lower and more to the front.