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  • The Rolling Stones kicked off their U.S. tour on Sunday in St. Louis.
  • The show marks the first performance and tour without the band’s late drummer, Charlie Watts.
  • Watts died in August at the age of 80.

The Rolling Stones kicked off their U.S. tour on Sunday with a tribute to their late drummer, Charlie Watts.

Sunday’s show at Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis began with nothing but a drumbeat playing on an empty stage as photographs of Watts appeared on the stadium’s screen.

“This is our first-ever tour we've ever done without him,” frontman Mick Jagger said after the band took the stage. “We'll miss Charlie so much, on and off the stage.”


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The Rolling Stones “No Filter” tour includes 13 dates across the United States before it concludes at the end of November.

Watts spent more than five decades as the Rolling Stones’ drummer and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band, once called “the world’s greatest rock & roll band,” is known for hits such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Paint It Black.”

Watts died at the age of 80 on Aug. 24.


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Published on Sep 28, 2021