After six decades of touring, playing an exclusive concert for some one-percenters probably isn’t all that groundbreaking to these guys, but this one was new in one significant way: It was the first time in 59 years they’d played a gig without their longtime drummer, and founding member, Charlie Watts, who died in August.
According to the Boston Globe, the Stones played to a crowd of just 300 people, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), Moderna co-founder Noubar Afeyan, and local hero Peter Wolf, of Boston’s J. Geils Band, one of the owners of the Celtics, and former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett.
Mick made sure to honor Watts, his longtime friend, and bandmate, during the 15-song set that included classics like “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Under My Thumb,” “Gimme Shelter.”
“It’s a bit of a poignant night for us because it’s the first tour in 59 years that we’ve done without our lovely Charlie Watts,” said Jagger. “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.”
No cameras were allowed at the show, which comes a few days before they officially kick off their latest US tour in St. Louis this Sunday night, but Mick himself tweeted out the tribute to his pal, which included a dedication of the tour to the legendary drummer. After 59 years, playing these songs in those huge arenas must be old hats to these guys, but playing them without Charlie Watts is something that will surely take some getting used to.
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— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 21, 2021