Charlie Watts set the tempo for the Rolling Stones for over five decades. His style behind the kit was at the center of the Stones’ rhythm section. Unfortunately, Watts passed away in late August of this year. However, the band vowed to continue their tour with Charlie’s understudy, Steve Jordan, on the drums.
The Rolling Stones aren’t back out on the No Filter Tour year, However, they did take the stage at Gillette Stadium last night. The rock icons didn’t pack the stadium with fans from the surrounding area. Instead, they played a private concert hosted by New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft.
According to The Boston Globe, the Rolling Stones ripped through fifteen songs during the invite-only event. They played several of their biggest hits and gave those in attendance a taste of how they would sound with Jordan behind the kit. However, before kicking off their show, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards addressed the crowd. They wanted everyone to know that they were dedicating last night’s show, as well as the rest of the tour, to Charlie Watts.
The Rolling Stones kicked off the invite-only show with “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” However, we don’t have any video of that song. We can, however, show you a snippet of their encore, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
In the short clip, we get brief glimpses of the band onstage. However, for many, seeing them isn’t the important thing. Many fans want to know how the Rolling Stones sound without Charlie Watts on drums. Well, the answer to that question is, thankfully, “Great.”
To further hammer that point home, check out a snippet of their performance of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Jordan never misses a beat. He’s not Charlie Watts, but you can tell the veteran drummer studied his style and does a great job of finding Watts’ groove.
More About the Rolling Stones’ Invite-Only Show
This wasn’t just the first Rolling Stones show since Charlie Watts died. In fact, it was their first time taking the stage since 2019. If they had gotten rusty in the intervening months, it certainly doesn’t show in the videos above.
The concert took place under a massive tent-like structure in the middle of Gillette Stadium’s field. The guest list was full of high-profile individuals including the state’s governor and his wife and many other big names in the business and sporting worlds.
If you’re wondering why the videos above were so short and featured the backs of attendees’ heads more than they did the band, the answer is simple. Videos were strictly prohibited. So, someone risked it all to bring us some footage of the Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones kick off their No Filter Tour on Sunday, September 26 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri.