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Mick Jagger emotional as Rolling Stones pay tribute to drummer Charlie Watts on stage

Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones paid tribute to their late drummer and friend Charlie Watts, who passed away at the age of 80 in August.

After playing their first show without Charlie in August, all members of the band walked up to the front to pay respects to their friend and drummer Charlie Watts.

Mick, 77, said: “It’s a bit of a poignant night for us. This is our first tour in 59 years without our lovely Charlie Watts.”

“We all miss Charlie so much. We miss him in the band and as friends, on and off the stage and we’ve got so many memories of Charlie.”



Mick Jagger
Mick paid tribute to Charlie onstage

“I’m sure some of you that have seen us before have got memories of Charlie as well.”

The band then dedicated the show to Charlie and said they were playing for him.

Mick then wondered what he was going to do next, as he was “all emotional”.

To support the band members who survived, their fans cheered and applauded.

On Monday night, The Rolling Stones performed in Massachusetts at the Gillette Stadium.



Mick Jagger
He became very emotional onstage

It was a special warm-up gig before they kick start their 13-date US tour, which is due to begin on Sunday night.

Charlie believed that the band would continue without him.

As he was unable to perform, he had given Steve Jordan permission to take his place.

They played a 14 song set, including classics like Start Me Up.



Mick Jagger emotional as Rolling Stones pay tribute to drummer Charlie Watts on stage
It was the first show without Charlie

Sadly the band weren’t allowed to attend long-time friend and band member Charlie’s funeral in Devon.

The COVID-19 travel restrictions that prevent them from re-entering the US meant they had to cancel their attendance.

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Mick Jagger emotional as Rolling Stones pay tribute to drummer Charlie Watts on stage
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