The Rolling Stones played their first-ever show without longtime drummer Charlie Watts on Monday night (Sept. 20), dedicating the private event at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts to their late friend and time-keeper.
"It’s a bit of a poignant night for us,” emotional singer Mick Jagger told the intimate audience of 300 at the show put on by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft as guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood draped their arms around the vocalist. “Because this is our first tour in 59 years that we’ve done without our lovely Charlie Watts. We all miss Charlie so much. We miss him as a band. We miss him as friends, on and off the stage. We’ve got so many memories of Charlie. I’m sure some of you that have seen us before have got memories of Charlie as well. And I hope you’ll remember him like we do. So we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie.”