- The 78-year-old The Stones frontman shared a touching video of Monday night’s show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on social media.
- Mick Jagger told the audience that it was a ‘painful night’ as he dedicated the show to Watts, whom the band ‘missed a lot’ both ‘on and off stage’
- The Stones took to the stage for a warm-up gig ahead of their 13-date US tour, which begins Sunday night
- He played for billionaire businessman Robert Kraft at the New England Patriots Stadium.
- The Craft team owns, and sets up a small tent on their grounds to give guests an intimate show from the Stones
- It is the first time in nearly six decades that Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, 77, performed without their famous backbeat.
- Vats died in August at the age of 80 of unspecified causes
Mick Jagger paid an emotional tribute to billionaire Robert Kraft and longtime drummer Charlie Watts Monday night during the Rolling Stones’ first live gig since his death, held for an intimate audience.
The Stones frontman, 78, shared a touching video from the show on social media, in which he told viewers it was a “painful night” for the surviving bandmates.
“This is our first tour in 59 years without our beloved Charlie Watts,” he said during a private performance for billionaire businessman Kraft inside a tent set up at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Jagger said he was dedicating the show to Watts, whom he all “misses dearly both on and off stage.”
The moving moment came as the Stones took to the stage Monday night for a warm-up gig ahead of their 13-date US tour, which begins Sunday night.
The gig is the first time in nearly six decades that Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, 77, performed without their famous backbeat.
Vats died in August at the age of 80 of unspecified causes. He is believed to have wanted the band to continue without him and blessed Steve Jordan to take his place as drummer on the upcoming tour.
Mick Jagger paid an emotional tribute to longtime drummer Charlie Watts on Monday night during the first live gig since the death of the Rolling Stones last month (above).
In private shows, the legendary band played a career-spanning hit set.
It was held inside the tent on the pitch of the stadium where the New England Patriots NFL team plays to give guests extra privacy.
Jagger told the audience, ‘I have to say it’s a bit touching night for us.
‘This is our first tour in 59 years without our dear Charlie Watts.’
Jagger said they all share “so many memories” of Watts and are dedicating the show to him.
‘We all miss Charlie so much. We remember him as a band. We remember them as friends on and off stage.
‘We have so many fond memories of Charlie. I’m sure some of you who’ve seen us before have had memories of Charlie as well. I hope you remember him like we do.
‘That’s why we want to dedicate this show to Charlie,’ he said, as the crowd cheered in support.
Richards came on the mic again, he said; ‘Charlie, we’re playing for you man, we’re playing for you.’
The guitarist then went backstage as Jagger took a deep breath and said he felt ‘all emotional’.
‘What will you do now? Now, I am all emotional,’ he said.
The 78-year-old The Stones frontman shared a touching video from the show on social media, in which he told viewers it was a ‘raucous night’ for the surviving bandmates.
Charlie Watts (pictured with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood) died in August at the age of 80
Jagger and Richards, along with 74-year-old guitarist Ronnie Wood, played a 14-song setlist on Monday night’s warmup show.
It includes classic hits including Start Me Up, Sympathy for the Devil and (I Can’t Get Know) Satisfaction.
The band also made their live debut last year on Living in a Ghost Town, which released during the lockdown, and Rarity Trouble’s Comin’, which has yet to be released.
He also made his live debut for the Chi-Lights song ‘Trouble…’.