Charlie Watts: Rolling Stones drummer dies – BBC News Review 2022

May 27, 2022

Newspapers in the UK and abroad have featured this story to pay their respects to Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones, who died at the age of 80. He had recently cancelled his appearance on a tour with the band.

Tom and Neil talk about the vocabulary from this story so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:25 – Story
1:32 – Headline 1: Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones backbone, dies at 80
4:48 – Headline 2: Charlie Watts, ‘rock’ of the Rolling Stones, dies at 80
7:27 – Headline 3: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Pay Tribute to Charlie Watts: ‘Charlie Was a Rock’
10:07 – Language summary

The story:
His face is on the front pages of all the papers this morning, even the Financial Times finds room, and that’s because Charlie Watts, who died yesterday at the age of 80, was no ordinary drummer, keeping the beat for no ordinary band.

The Rolling Stones will live on, but something essential, something really fundamental to the sound they created, has gone.

Key words and phrases:

main support

* The workers are the real backbone of our company.
* Stop complaining about the issue and do something about it! Show some backbone!

strong, reliable person

* You have been my rock during this difficult time.
* My husband is my rock in life.

pay tribute
honour someone or something

* World leaders have paid tribute to the former president.
* This song is a tribute to the most important man in my life.

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  4. For the second headline rock is also a pun because the ban is called the Rolling Stones but a rock is bigger than a stone so basically it means that he is the backbone. Greetings from Australia!

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    ElFindelosTiempos May 27, 2022 at 7:17 am

    I have a question about the word rock. I remember two Michael Jackson songs: "Rock with you" and "You rock my world"… what it means that word in such context? Thank you very much.

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    Dritter Weltkrieg May 27, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Hat er sich etwa impfen lassen????😵😵
    Did he take the Horror Vaccine? 😳😳

  11. What does ‘groove on down the page’ mean in 4:40?

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  15. Rock, in this instance, does NOT stand for strong or reliable! It stands for STABLE!

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  17. Sorry to hear that!

    Still, 80 wasn't a bad age!

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    Frédéric LAMARRE May 27, 2022 at 7:17 am

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  19. May he rest in peace. Amin..🙏🙏

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    Fumihiro Ishikawa May 27, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Charlie was a rock drummer generating on solid groove for HIS band. Thanks BBC for this issue !

  21. The news review improves my English a lot. Thanks very much.

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    6 PHÚT THỦ CÔNG May 27, 2022 at 7:17 am

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  29. He was the backbone of this band Rollings, he had a great performance, a rock in the world of music, all bands should pay tribute him. Thanks guys of BBC for this topic.

  30. Thanks a million :)))

  31. Good job gays.All my best.

  32. Such a great legend.. If you have some doubts, just listen" 2000 light years from home" with a good pair of headphones and you will see what I'm talking about.

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