Mick Jagger dedicated the first Rolling Stones performance since Charlie Watts’ death to the late drummer, as the band kicked off their tour of America. The 78-year-old told the audience that it was a “poignant night” for the rockers.
Mick took to the stage at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts on Monday and later took to Twitter to share footage from the gig.
He told fans that it was the first time the band had played without their drummer in 59 years.
Charlie died on August 24, weeks after revealing that he would not be touring with the band due to ill health.
The British rock band was formed in 1962 and originally comprised of Mick, Charlie, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Dick Taylor, with Ronnie Wood not joining the group until 1975.
“RIP Charlie,” Twitter user Dickers1978 wrote in the comments section of the post.
“What a beautiful tribute to Charlie Watts.
“He will always be alive hearts of every fan of The Rolling Stones and for his file. #CharlieWatts (1941-Forever),”(sic) user Mariana24362403 remarked.
“He gave it his all Charlie Watts played to the end what an amazing person to live a life what he enjoyed doing most playing drums with The Rolling Stones & Charlie’s Jazz Band. From Los Angeles, California,”(sic) Buchman777 added.
A statement released following his death said that Charlie had died peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family.
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” it read.
Earlier in the month, the band told fans that Charlie had undergone a successful procedure but would be unable to take part in the USA No Filter Tour.
Steve Jordan was revealed to be his replacement at the time.