After Charlie Watts joined the Rolling Stones in January 1963, he was there for every single gig the band played until he died. Every. Single. One.
That streak came to an end over the weekend when The Stones played a private show for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family. This was a warm-up gig for the previously postponed shows on their No Filter tour. Steve Jordan, a longtime friend of Keith Richards, held down Charlie’s spot.
I wonder how much Kraft paid for this? I’ve heard in the past that such a gig costs a minimum of US$5 million. Here’s the setlist.
- Let’s Spend the Night Together
- Tumbling Dice
- Under My Thumb
- Trouble’s a Coming
- Living in a Ghost Town
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want
- Midnight Rambler
- Miss You
- 19th Nervous Breakdown
- Start Me Up
- Gimme Shelter
- ympathy for the Devil
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
UPDATE: After this post appeared, I got this email from Marilou Regan, the editor/publisher of LoveYouLiveRollingStones.com. Since I strive to be 100% accurate, here is a correction to the headline of this story.
As a fan archivist/historian for the Rolling Stones, I know that your story lede is incorrect where you claim Charlie never missed a gig with the Rolling Stones. He missed a show at the Invicta Ballroom on March 15, 1965 because he and Shirley did not make their post-honeymoon flight because of weather. He didn’t turn up and Mickey Waller played the drums at that show.
In fact, Charlie missed several gigs when he first joined the Stones, but these were before they were “official” and signed their record deal in May 1963. Rolling Stones historian, James Karnbach, is a specialist on the ’60s Stones and he wrote a detailed reference book about the Rolling Stones gigs where you will find this information documented.