Watch the Rolling Stones Toast Charlie Watts at Their First Live Gig Since His Passing


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The Rolling Stones are preparing to head out on their new slate of No Filter tour dates, but the band will do so without longtime drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in late August at the age of 80.

On Monday night, the remaining Stones played a private event at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. It marked the band’s first public performance without Watts, and Mick Jagger led those in attendance in a heartfelt tribute to the drummer, prefaced with a speech given onstage while standing next to Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards.

Remarking that the circumstances made the evening a bit of a “poignant night for us,” Jagger continued, “This is our first tour in 59 years that we’ve done without our lovely Charlie Watts. We all miss Charlie so much, we miss him as a band, we miss him as friends, on and off the stage. And we’ve got so many memories of Charlie, and I’m sure that some of you that have seen us before have got memories of Charlie as well. And I hope you will remember him like we do. So we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie!”

The Stones’ upcoming No Filter tour dates, which will see Steve Jordan man the drum kit in Watts’ absence:

SEPTEMBER 2021
26 – The Dome – ST. LOUIS, MO
30 – Bank of America Stadium – CHARLOTTE, NC

OCTOBER 2021

04 – Heinz Field – PITTSBURGH, PA
09 – Nissan Stadium – NASHVILLE, TN
13 – New Orleans Jazz Fest – NEW ORLEANS, LA – NEW
17 – SoFi Stadium – LOS ANGELES, CA – NEW
24 – U.S. Bank Stadium – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
29 – Raymond James Stadium – TAMPA, FL

NOVEMBER 2021

02 – Cotton Bowl – DALLAS, TX
06 – Allegiant Stadium – LAS VEGAS, NV – NEW
11 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium ATLANTA, GA
15 – Ford Field DETROIT, MI
20 – Circuit of the Americas AUSTIN, TX

In a bit of related news, the Rolling Stones also previewed the premiere of “Living in the Heart of Love,” a previously unreleased track that will be debuted on Wednesday, Sept. 22, as a preview of the upcoming 40th anniversary reissue of Tattoo You, which is slated to be released on Oct. 22. The teaser shared to social media also looks like it will be a warm homage to Watts:

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