The Rolling Stones went on a tour, the first following the death of group drummer Charlie Watts. After going on stage, Mick Jagger said, “We all miss Charlie.” “Charlie, we pray for you and play for you,” said guitarist Ronnie Wood.
The Rolling Stones have embarked on a US tour that was originally scheduled to start in the summer of 2020. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “No Filter Tour” finally began on September 20 with a small concert in Foxborough, Massachusetts. As reported by BBC News, about 300 people gathered in front of the local stadium, because the legendary group treated the performance as a kind of warm-up.
On August 5, the group reportedthat due to health reasons Charlie Watts will not be able to take part in concerts, and Steve Jordan will play drums instead, who played with Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys, among others. 19 days after this announcement Watts died. The cause of death has not been made public.
Mick Jagger during the band’s first concert after Watts’ death
“This is our first show of this year’s tour, so it’s a rehearsal, our debut,” said Jagger from the stage. “ This is a thrilling evening for us because this is our first tour in 59 years, which we went on without our beloved Charlie Watts. We all miss you so much Charlie. We miss him as a band, we miss him as friends on stage and off stage – he confessed.
The star encouraged the audience to chant “Charlie” and raised his mug of beer in a gesture of toast. Meanwhile, guitarist Ronnie Wood took the mike and said, “Charlie, we’re praying for you and playing for you.”
The BBC explains that Monday’s concert was held only for guest speakers who had been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Rolling Stones played 15 songs, including their first year’s single “Living In A Ghost Town” for the first time.
Throughout the summer, the Stones attended rehearsals in Boston. Due to travel restrictions to and from the United States, they could not attend the funeral of a friend who was buried in Devon (United Kingdom).
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