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LOS ANGELES – The Rolling Stones played the first, albeit unofficial, show of their 2021 No Filter tour at a private event Monday night.
Hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the small concert took place at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., And was their first concert since the death of drummer Charlie Watts on August 24. It also marked the debut of touring drummer Steve Jordan with the band.
Consequently, the Stones took time during the show to pay tribute to their late drummer, dedicating the show to him. In a video that Mick Jagger posted on his Twitter on Tuesday, the leader can be heard giving a heartfelt speech in honor of Watts.
“This is the first show of our 2021 tour, so this is it, this is the test. However, I have to say that at this point it is a bit moving night for us because it is our first tour in 59 years without our lovely Charlie Watts, “frontman Mick Jagger told the crowd to applause.
“We all miss Charlie so much. We miss him as a band, we miss him as friends, on and off stage. “
Jagger ended the dedication with a toast: “We have so many memories of Charlie, and I’m sure some of you who have seen us before also have memories of Charlie. And I hope you remember him like us. So we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie. Let’s have a drink for Charlie! “
The Stones’ 2021 tour officially begins on September 26 in St. Louis, Missouri.