Charlie Watts would have been 81 on June 2nd. The Rolling Stones remember the band’s former drummer.

Charlie Watts (1941-2021), drummer for the Rolling Stones, died last August at the age of 80. The other band members remembered the musician on his birthday, which he would have celebrated on June 2nd.

“Happy birthday, Charlie. We miss you,” wrote singer Mick Jagger (78) in an Instagram story for a shared picture. Meanwhile, Keith Richards (78) posted a hilarious snap on the platform and commented: “Happy Birthday Charlie Watts!! Miss you!” Ronnie Wood (75) also thought of his “dear Charlie” on Instagram on Thursday, which he also misses.

Tourauftakt in Madrid

The start of the Rolling Stones’ European tour as part of the band’s 60th anniversary was also emotional. On Wednesday, the group performed in Madrid and played video clips featuring Watts on big screens. According to media reports, Jagger said it was the first European tour without him and the band misses him very much. The group also got to celebrate the birthday of Wood, who turned 75 on June 1st.

Performances in several countries are on the agenda for the coming weeks. The Stones are also coming to Germany for two concerts. They will be performing in Munich on June 5th, and then in Gelsenkirchen on July 27th. The last gig is scheduled for July 31st in Stockholm.