Charlie Watts‘s demise was a big shock to the world. Let’s stroll back to when The Rolling Stones played their first live show without their drummer Charlie Watts. Watts joined the Rolling Stones back in 1963 and was their main drummer all these years.
Watts died in August of 2021 at a London Hospital. During the event, Jagger was emotional and commented about his friend. He told, “This is the first show of our 2021 tour, so this is it, this is the tryout. I must say, though, at this point it’s a bit of a poignant night for us because it’s 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, We’ve got so many memories of Charlie, and I’m sure 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. Let’s have a drink to Charlie.”
The event took place at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. It was a private event organized by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. It was an invite-only audience of around 300-400 people. One insider confirmed that Mick had visible tears and his voice broke when he dedicated the concert in memory of his friend, Charlie Watts. That person also added,
“Guitarist Keith Richards came over and embraced Mick as they shared the poignant moment.”
The live performance also served as a debut of their new drummer Steve Jordan. Stones played a 15-song set which opened with ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, and included other classics like, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘Miss You’ and closed with ‘Street Fighting Man’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.
Again, in a recent interview, Mick also revealed returning back on live performances was easy for the band. He explained, “When he was sick, he said ‘You’ve gotta just carry on and do this tour. Don’t stop because of me.” Jagger said that to Howard Stern during the radio show on Sirius XM. Jagger also added,
“Charlie was the heartbeat for the band, you know, and also a very steady personality. He was a very reliable person, wasn’t a diva — that’s the last thing you want in a drummer. He was a very quirky guy, We really miss him, You know, we did so many shows with him, and so many tours with him, and so many recording sessions, it’s strange being without him.”
Watts was a member of the Stones since January 1963. He also helped them create hits like ‘Get Off My Cloud’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’.
We will always remember him!!!
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 21, 2021