The Rolling Stones performed a private gig 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 honored late Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died on August 24 at the age of 80.
“It’s a bit of a poignant night for us, because this is our first tour in 59 years that we’ve done without our lovely Charlie Watts,” began Jagger. “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, and I’m sure some of you that have seen us before have got memories of Charlie, as well, and I hope you will remember him like we do. So, we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie. Let’s have a drink to Charlie!”
Ronnie Wood then jumped on the microphone and said, “Charlie, we’re playing for you, man.”
Per The Boston Globe, the Stones played a tight 15-song set before a crowd of 300 people. There were nothing but the big 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’ 2021 North American tour dates kick off on September 26 in St. Louis. A full tour itinerary can be found at RollingStones.com.