The Rolling Stones are playing their first UK tour since Charlie Watts’ death to mark his 60th birthday

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be touring the UK this summer to mark their landmark year in music – with a new album also to come

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The Rolling Stones are set to embark on a major new tour to celebrate their 60th anniversary – and will be performing at UK venues for the first time since the death of drummer Charlie Watts.

The enduring band – made up of 78-year-olds Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and 74-year-old Ronnie Wood, who replaced original band member Mick Taylor, 73, in 1974 – has been performing since the 1960s.

This year marks the Rolling Stones’ 60th anniversary and the boys are planning a big celebratory tour which is expected to kick off in the UK in July.

It will be the group’s first time on stage in the UK since the death of Charlie, who had played drums with the group since 1963 and died last year aged 80.

The Rolling Stones are expected to announce a new tour on March 14th


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A source told The Sun on Sunday that the group are planning their first return to Liverpool to perform since 1971.

They said: “The last time the Stones were in Liverpool they played to a small crowd of a few thousand people at the Empire.

“But Anfield has a capacity of 27,000 people. It’s going to be a big moment for her and her fans.

“This tour has been in the planning stages for a long time and those plans are now nearing completion. It’s a very exciting time. The tickets will be like gold dust when they are released.”

This year marks 60 years of Rolling Stones performances


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The source went on to tease that the band would be releasing a brand new album this year while also celebrating their milestone year.

Mick and Kieth have reportedly been working on new material in Jamaica and are now busy recording their new tracks while putting the finishing touches on the new album.

The duo had been friends since they were teenagers and last year they celebrated the 60th anniversary of their first meeting – on October 17, 1961.

After performing as part of their No Filter Tour, the Stones’ official Twitter page shared a picture of a guitar pick with a picture of Mick and Keith along with the words “17. October 1961-2021 – 60 years on the same train”.

While the band’s first official gig was on July 12, 1962 at London’s Marquee Jazz Club.

Charlie sadly passed away last year on August 24th in hospital surrounded by his family.

The Sun’s source added: “Charlie won’t be far from anyone’s mind as the stones mark this milestone.”

Speaking of performing without him during last year’s No Filter Tour, Mick said: “We’ve done so many shows with him and so much touring and so many recording sessions, it’s weird being without him.

“When he was sick he said, ‘You just have to go ahead and do this tour. Don’t stop for me.” So we did it.”

Drummer Charlie Watts sadly passed away last year at the age of 80


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He continued, “I miss Charlie because he had a great sense of humor and we also got together quite a bit outside of the band and had interesting times.

“We liked sports, we went to football, we went to cricket matches and we had interests other than music.”

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