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The Rolling Stones pay tribute to late drummer Charlie Watts during Hyde Park concert 

‘This is our first time in London without him’: The Rolling Stones pay tribute to deceased drummer Charlie Watts at Hyde Park concert

The Rolling Stones dedicated their Hyde Park concert to the late drummer Charlie Watts on Saturday.

The group paid tribute to the much-loved musician during their first London gig without him.

The drummer passed away in August 2021 at the age of 80 surrounded by family and friends.

Moving: The Rolling Stones dedicated their Hyde Park concert Saturday to the late drummer Charlie Watts (LR Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)

Moving: The Rolling Stones dedicated their Hyde Park concert Saturday to the late drummer Charlie Watts (LR Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)

According to music-news.comfrontman Mick Jagger paid tribute to Charlie just before the band played Tumbling Dice.

He said, ‘It’s wonderful to be here. In 1962 we met a drummer from Wembley, Charlie Watts.

“And unfortunately this is our first time in London without him. So we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie.”

The musician also spoke of the band’s joy to be back in the capital and thanked their fans for coming to Hyde Park amid the national rail strike.

Tribute: The group paid tribute to the much-loved musician (pictured) in what was their first time performing in London without him

Tribute: The group paid tribute to the beloved musician (pictured) in what was their first time performing in London without him

Mick Jagger said, “It's wonderful to be here.  In 1962 we met a drummer from Wembley, Charlie Watts.  And unfortunately this is our first time in London without him'

Mick Jagger said, ‘It’s wonderful to be here. In 1962 we met a drummer from Wembley, Charlie Watts. And unfortunately this is our first time in London without him’

He said, ‘Are you feeling well? It is wonderful to be back home in London. I know it wasn’t easy getting here. I really want to thank you for the effort you put in for everyone to get here.

“And I want to welcome anyone who has come from out of town, like the Midlands, I know people come from the north of England and people from abroad.”

It comes after Mick paid tribute to Charlie on what would have been his 81st birthday earlier this month.

The singer took to his Instagram Story with a black and white photo of him and his bandmate with the caption: ‘Happy birthday Charlie / We miss you.’

'We miss you': It comes after Mick paid tribute to Charlie on what would have been his 81st birthday earlier this month

‘We miss you’: It comes after Mick paid tribute to Charlie on what would have been his 81st birthday earlier this month

Guitarist Ronnie Wood, who was celebrating his birthday on Wednesday, remembered his ‘Gemini twin’ Charlie with a trio of photos.

On Instagram, the musician wrote his album: ‘Remembering my dear Charlie, my Gemini twin, on his birthday today. I miss you [sic]†

Meanwhile, Keith Richards – Rolling Stones co-founder, guitarist, secondary vocalist and co-lead songwriter – shared a candid photo along with the words, “Happy Birthday, Charlie Watts!”

Keith recently compared the group’s relationship to marriage when he explained how they lasted so long.

Memories: Guitarist Ronnie Wood, remembered his 'Gemini twin' Charlie with a trio of photos

Tribute: Ronnie and Charlie's birthday are a day apart

Memories: Guitarist Ronnie Wood remembered his ‘Gemini twins’ Charlie with a trio of photos

Heartwarming: on Instagram the musician wrote his album: 'Remembering my dear Charlie, my Gemini twin, on his birthday today.  I miss you [sic]†

Heartwarming: on Instagram the musician wrote his album: ‘Remembering my dear Charlie, my Gemini twin, on his birthday today. I miss you [sic]†

He told The Mirror: ‘That’s been a hell of a long time. How do you do that? It’s a kind of marriage in a way.’

The musician added to The Sun: “We had our ups and downs, of course. But in the end we have always found that we are more creative together.

‘And of course about this – my God! – six decades, you two got used to each other.

‘The special thing about being part of a well-rehearsed group is that you know the others so well that you can predict to a certain extent what will happen. †

In Honor of: Meanwhile, Keith Richards shared a candid photo along with the words,

In Honor of: Meanwhile, Keith Richards shared a candid photo along with the words, “Happy Birthday, Charlie Watts!”

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