The Rolling Stones gave a private concert at Gillette Stadium hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft last night (September 20).
Mick Jagger shared a video from the event in which he addressed the intimate crowd and paid tribute to the late Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died on August 24 at the age of 80.
“It’s a bit poignant night for us because it’s our first tour in 59 years that we’ve done without our lovely Charlie Watts,” Jagger began. “We all miss Charlie so much. We miss him as a band, we miss him as friends on and off the stage. 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 as we do. So we would like to dedicate this show to Charlie. Let’s go have a drink at Charlie!
Ronnie Wood then jumped on the mic and said, “Charlie, we’re playing for you, man.”
Through The Boston Globe, the Stones performed a tight set of 15 songs in front of a crowd of 300 people. There was nothing but the classic on this setlist which included “Tumbling Dice”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Start Me Up”, “Miss You”, “Jumpin ‘Jack Flash”, “Street Fighting Man “,” (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction “and others.
The Rolling Stones North American tour dates for 2021 will begin September 26 in Saint-Louis. A full tour itinerary can be found on RollingStones.com.
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