Retrospective: Charlie Watts and the Rolling Stones in Canada



As word spread that beloved Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away on Tuesday, the Canadiens mourned a huge loss, with many fondly remembering their experiences seeing one of the world’s most famous bands. perform live.

During their nearly 60-year career, the Rolling Stones have performed dozens of shows across Canada at sold-out arenas and outdoor festivals. It will come as no surprise to their admirers that some of these concerts were – and still are – the busiest in Canadian history, with performances of Regina in Toronto drawing unprecedented numbers of spectators.


A young Watts is pictured in front of his drums as the Rolling Stones perform one of their first Canadian shows on April 25, 1965. The group has a historic relationship with the city, with singer Mick Jagger story the Toronto Star in 2013 that the Stones were “very fond of Toronto”.

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On July 19, 1994, Jagger, Keith Richards, right, and Ron Wood go wild during a preview of their Voodoo Lounge tour at RPM nightclub.

(The Canadian Press)

Watts smiles at fans as he exits a car in front of the Palais Royale for a surprise Rolling Stones concert on August 16, 2002.

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On July 20, 2003, Watts, Jagger, Wood and Richards are pictured at the Concert for SARS Relief in Downsview Park. With the Rolling Stones headlining, the benefit concert drew nearly 450,000 people, the largest paid outdoor event in Canadian history.

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Fans hold up a “Toronto Rocks” sign during the Rolling Stones show at the Concert for SARS Relief.

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Jagger, with band mates, left to right, Wood, Watts and Richards perform at the Air Canada Center on May 25, 2013, during their 50 & Counting Tour.

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Guitarists Wood and Richards perform for a crowd at Commonwealth Stadium on October 2, 1997.

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Jagger is pictured on October 8, 2006 at Mosaic Stadium during the second of two concerts in Regina. A few nights before, the Rolling Stones performed in front of a crowd of around 40,000 fans.

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Oro-Medonte, Ont.

On June 29, 2019, the Rolling Stones will perform at the Canada Rocks Festival during their No Filter tour.

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Jagger, in a shiny blue suit, is pictured with Watts.

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Wood, left, Jagger, center, and Richards perform live at the Bell Center on January 10, 2006.

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Quebec city

The group performs at the Quebec City Summer Festival on July 15, 2015. Jagger entertains the crowd in a sparkling multi-colored jacket, with drummer Watts on the back.

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Fans dance during the Rolling Stones performance at the Quebec City Summer Festival.

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On September 3, 2005, the Rolling Stones gave an outdoor concert on Magnetic Hill, with over 80,000 fans buying tickets. Jagger, Watts and Richards are pictured.

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Monctonians gather outside to watch the Rolling Stones play on Magnetic Hill from their backyard.

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Photographed at Halifax Commons on September 23, 2006, Jagger performs in the rain on the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang World Tour.

(Paul Darrow / Reuters)

A rain-drenched crowd is unfazed by the weather during the Rolling Stones’ performance at Halifax Commons.

(Paul Darrow / Reuters)

Members of the Rolling Stones are pictured on stage with a video of their performance playing simultaneously on the screen behind them.

(Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)



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