The Rolling Stones will turn their iconic red tongue logo black in tribute to Charlie Watts

15 September 2021, 10:36 | Updated: 14 September 2023, 08:12

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones. Picture: Getty

By Mayer Nissim

Mick, Keith and Ronnie will pay special tribute to their late drummer on their upcoming live shows.

The Rolling Stones will reportedly turn their iconic red tongue and lips logo black on their upcoming No Filter tour dates in honour of Charlie Watts.

The darkened Hot Lips logo will be beamed on to big screens during the show, as well as being used on merchandise on sale at the concerts, The Sun reports.

"They don't want it to be a concert that is a downer because they know fans have paid good money to see them," a source told the newspaper.

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"But it feels only right that they referenced Charlie's passing because he was such a vital part of the band and it will be strange for them all to not have him there.

"They think the plans make for a fitting tribute."

The original tongue and lips logo was designed by John Pasche for the band in 1970, being given some tweaks by Craig Braun. It has been an ever-present on the band's records, posters and merchandise to this day.

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The Rolling Stones store in London pays tribute to Charlie Watts. Picture: Getty

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Watts died last month at the age of 80, just weeks after announcing that he would be missing the band's live shows due to ill health.

Before his death, Charlie gave his blessing for his "great friend" Steve Jordan to take his place in the band.

It was recently reported that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were forced to miss Charlie's private funeral in Devon, because COVID-19 restrictions meant they couldn't leave Boston where they were rehearsing for their tour.

The No Filter tour began in Europe way back in 2017 and was due to finish in 2020, but the end was pushed back because of the ongoing global pandemic.