Rolling Stones Play Private Club Gig In London Honoring Charlie Watts


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The Rolling Stones paid special tribute to late-drummer Charlie Watts throughout their U.S. 'No Filter' stadium tour this fall, but the band members' stateside schedule precluded them from honoring Charlie in their hometown.

That changed Monday night when the Stones honored their drummer of 59 years in front of about 200 friends and family at a private club show in London, hosted by the Charlie's granddaughter Charlotte and a few other members of his family.

Longtime former Stones bassist Bill Wyman was also in attendance, though he reportedly did not perform with the band.

The Stones brought out their usual live band, including Steve Jordan on drums. Charlie handpicked Jordan has his replacement in early-August when it became clear that his health would not allow him to make the 'No Filter' trek.

The band performed a number of R&B and gospel tunes, including saxophonist Tim Ries' original song "Blues for Charlie." They closed with a pair of R&B standards: "Shame, Shame, Shame" and "Down the Road Apiece."

It remains unclear if the Stones will tour next year to celebrate what would be the band's 60th anniversary.

Mick Jagger hinted that he's optimistic about another tour in 2022, but he noted that Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and himself all have to be healthy enough and on the same page to move forward.