“We all miss him so much”
The Rolling Stones played their first 2021 show last night (September 20) and dedicated it to drummer Charlie Watts — check out the footage below.
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During the show, Mick Jagger addressed the audience and said: “This is our first show of our 2021 tour, so this is it, this is a try, this is the first night for us.”
He then added: “I also have to say, this is a bit poignant night for us because it’s the first tour in 59 years without our beloved Charlie Watts,” who died last month at the age of 80.
“We all miss Charlie dearly. We remember him as a band, we remember him as friends on and off stage.”
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 21, 2021
“We have so many memories of Charlie and I’m sure some of you who’ve seen us before have memories of Charlie too. I hope you remember him the same way we do. We love this show.” want to dedicate to Charlie,” Jagger continued during the speech, which he later shared Twitter. “Let’s drink Charlie.”
“Charlie, we’re praying for you man and playing for you,” Ronnie Wood said.
The gig, a private concert at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, comes ahead of The Rolling Stones’ 13-day US show, which begins September 26 in St.
In early August, it was confirmed that Watts would not be joining The Rolling Stones on their ‘No Filter’ tour due to an undisclosed illness. It was later announced that longtime Stones collaborator Steve Jordan would be working for them.
Watts tragically passed away on 24 August, prompting tributes from the music world.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said, “In a band where the spotlight would go exclusively to Mick and Keith, a lot of people didn’t really understand how valuable that was.”
According to Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood: “He influenced every rock’n’roll drummer. None of us would be doing what we’re doing without him. He developed rock’n’roll music. That shuffle And he brought the swing to rock music. He brought roll to rock’n’ roll.”