Rolling Stones open American tour, pay tribute to drummer Charlie Watts

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The Rolling Stones are touring again, this time without their heartbeat, or at least without their backbeat.

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The legendary rockers began their pandemic-delayed “No Filter” tour on Sunday at the Dome in the Center of America in St. It was clear from the start how much the band members and fans missed Charlie Watts, who died last month at the age of 80. Louis concert was his first concert since Watts, except for a private show in Massachusetts last week. Death.

If it looked like Charlie Watts, it looked like the Rolling Stones

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The show opened with an empty stage and only a drumbeat, with Watts’s pictures on the video board. After the second song, “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It),” a spirited performance from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood took the stage. Jagger and Richards joined hands as they thanked fans for their support and love for Watts. Jagger admitted that he had become emotional after seeing the pictures of Watts.

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“This is our first tour we’ve done without him,” Jagger said. “We will miss Charlie dearly on and off stage.”

The band then dedicated “Tumbling Dice” to Watts.

The tour was scheduled for 2020, before the coronavirus nearly brought the tourism industry to a halt. Symptoms of the pandemic were everywhere on show in Missouri, a state badly hit by the Delta version of the virus.

Thousands of fans wore masks in accordance with St. Louis’ anti-virus protocol. The Stones themselves appeared in a public service announcement urging anyone with symptoms to stay home. A vaccination site was set up on the dome, with identical sites planned at each tour stop.

The concert featured the same driving beat, which Watts did thanks to his replacement Steve Jordan. The drummer may be new to fans but he’s hardly new to the Stones – Jordan has performed with Richards’ side project, the X-Pensive Vinos, along with several other major acts over the years.

Still, hardcore fans couldn’t help but remember Watts, widely considered one of rock’s greatest drummers, even though his true love was jazz. He joined the Rolling Stones in 1963 with Jagger and Richards. Wood joined in 1975.

For Laura Jazewski, 62, of Omaha, Nebraska, watching the Stones Without Watts was bittersweet.

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“It’s really sad,” she said. “He is the first of the Old Stones to have passed away.”

The show featured the long hit songs of the band. Jagger barely looked like a 78-year-old, walking around the stage like a man half – or a third of his age; A constant rotation of motion. Their vocals, and Wood and Richards’ guitar work, sounded as good as ever.

After St. Louis, the tour will include stops in Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Nashville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Tampa, Florida; Dallas; Atlanta; Detroit; and will end on November 20 in Austin, Texas. The band also added new dates in Los Angeles on October 14 and 17, and a concert in Las Vegas on November 6.

Jezewski and her 60-year-old husband, Brad, brought their 30-year-old daughter, Sarah, to St. Louis for the concert. This was Sarah’s first time seeing the Rolling Stones. His mom and dad have seen him in various places – Ames, Iowa; Boulder, Colorado; Denver; Even Wichita, Kansas – dating back to the 1970s.

With the surviving band members well into their 70s, Jew didn’t want to miss this opportunity.

“If it’s their last time – here we are,” said Brad Jazewski. “And if there’s another tour, we’ll be there too.”

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