The Rolling Stones are finally back on the road!!! The band officially kicks off the 13-date tour on Sunday night (September 26th) in St. Louis, Missouri at St. Louis' Dome at America’s Center, and wraps things up on November 20th at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.
The Stones are touring for the first time without their late-drummer Charlie Watts, who died on August 24th at the age of 80. Behind the kit is longtime Stones associate and Keith Richards solo collaborator Steve Jordan, who'll be sitting in for Watts during the upcoming dates.
Mick Jagger spoke to Rolling Stone about the loss of Charlie Watts and carrying on without him, saying, “The thing about Charlie was that he was always there, always played beautifully and was always willing to discuss what to do about it — how he could make it better. He held the band together for so long, musically, because he was the rock the rest of it was built around. . . The thing he brought was this beautiful sense of swing and swerve that most bands wish they could have. We had some really nice conversations in the last couple of years about how all this happened with the band. It’s a huge loss to us all. It’s very, very hard.”