Images of the late Charlie Watts of Rolling Stone dominate video screens as the band resumes their No Filter tour.
Singer Sir Mick Jagger said he would miss his drummer “on and off stage”.
The concert in St. Louis, Missouri, followed a private gig last week and was her first public performance since Charlie died at the age of 80.
In honor of Dholakia, the show began with an empty stage and pictures of the late star appeared on the screen with the beat of the dhol.
Supported by Ronnie Wood, 74, and Keith Richards, 77, Sir Mick, 78, said: “Seeing those pictures of Charlie on the big screen was really quite emotional.
“This is our first tour we’ve done without him. We’ll miss him so much.”
In August it was announced that Charlie would not be able to join them on the road as he was recovering from an unspecified procedure but passed away a few weeks later.
His bandmates were then unable to attend his funeral due to COVID protocol, rehearsing for his show in Boston.
Mick previously said that Charlie was the glue that helped bind the members.