Watts became the staple of Mott the Hoople’s lineup throughout the years, even appearing as late as 2013 when they went on a reunion tour.
Verden Allen, who left the band in the early 70s (but returning for the 2009 reunion), wrote:
Pete was a warm, funny, intelligent, talented and hugely charismatic person, simply unique in all ways. You'd only need to spend a small amount of time in his company to know that. Whether it was his fishing, rock and roll history or walking exploits, he always had an entertaining story to tell.
There are no words to explain how much he will be missed, and by so many that he was an inspiration to.
Our thoughts go out to his sister, friends and anyone hurting for his loss at this difficult and sad time.
Pete Overend Watts, rock and roll royalty. You really were one of the very best. It was an honour to have been your lifelong friend and to have shared a stage with you. RIP. X
Also German experimental rock band Can’s drummer, Jaki Liebezeit, is dead. According to Pitchfork, he died of “sudden pneumonia”.
Below are more deaths for the month of January - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2017.