The Rolling Stones dedicated their concert in Hyde Park to the late drummer Charlie Watts.
The rock icons performed at American Express Presents BST Hyde Park on Saturday night (25.06.22) and frontman Sir Mick Jagger took a moment to remember Charlie, who died aged 80 in August 2021, before that the band only plays “Tumbling Dice”.
Mick, 78, said: “It’s nice to be here. In 1962 we met a batsman from Wembley called Charlie Watts.
“And sadly, this is the first time we’ve been to London without him, so we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie.”
The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 and their career-spanning concert celebrated their 60th anniversary.
Mick, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood kicked off the proceedings with “Street Fighting Man,” and the classics kept coming as they played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking and “Honky Tonk”. Women’ and ‘I miss you’.
Guitarist Keith, 78, sang on ‘Slipping Away’ and ‘Connection’ and they closed their set with a host of greatest hits including ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ .
Mick also thanked the crowd for coming to the concert even though there was a national railroad strike.
He said, “Are you feeling okay? It’s great to be back in London. I know coming here has not been easy. I really want to thank the effort you have made for all of you to get here.
“And I want to welcome anyone from out of town, like the Midlands, I know people are from the north of England and people are from overseas.”
After briefly leaving the stage, the band returned for an encore of ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ which had the sold-out crowd singing along to every word of every song.
The Rolling Stones American Express presents the full BST Hyde Park setlist:
‘Man Street Fighter’
’19th nervous breakdown’
‘Out of time’
‘She’s a Rainbow’
“You can’t always get what you want”
“Living in a ghost town”
“You don’t hear me knocking”
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘Slipping Away’ (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
‘Connection’ (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
‘I miss you’
‘Paint it black’
‘Start Me Up’
‘Give me shelter’
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
‘Sympathy for the Devil’
‘(I can’t get no) satisfaction’