Watch Charlie Watts' Last Concert With the Rolling Stones

When Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died Tuesday at the age of 80, he left behind not only a wealth of recorded material but also nearly six decades of live performances with one of the music industry's steadiest touring acts.

The Stones were set to tour throughout 2020, but that plan was shelved because of the coronavirus pandemic. This fall, they were set to hit the road again, but weeks ago Watts bowed out following an undisclosed medical procedure.

His passing means 2019 marked his last year of performing live with the band, which culminated with a show in Miami Gardens that itself had already grown into legendary status among Stones fans.

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The late Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones performing at MetLife Stadium on August 5, 2019, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The drummer died on Tuesday at the age of 80. Getty

The tour that year was actually scheduled to begin in Miami Gardens—a northern suburb of Miami—on April 20, but the show was postponed because Mick Jagger required heart surgery. The show was then moved to August 31 to make it the conclusion of that leg of the Stones' "No Filter" tour. (The second leg of the "No Filter" tour was supposed to be their global jaunt in 2020. As of publication time, there's no word about the band's already planned "No Filter" leg this fall.)

The Miami Gardens show was rescheduled again, this time because of the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Florida. The show was moved ahead a day, to August 30, in an attempt to avoid the heavy pre-hurricane storms that were coming.

More than 40,000 fans attended that show at the Hard Rock Stadium to hear a band that was formed in England in 1962. The Stones opened with "Jumpin' Jack Flash," with its famous first line ("I was born in a crossfire hurricane") taking on special significance.

The most talked-about moment of the show came during the encores. As the band began playing the opening chords of "Gimme Shelter," the clouds, which had held off all night, began dropping sheets of rain on the band. Watts, along with Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, and the supporting musicians, seemed to relish the symbolism.

The Stones closed the night with an extended run through "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The Miami New Times noted in a review of the show that "Satisfaction" found "every bandmate, even Watts"—a nod to his always nonchalant, non-flashy presence— "laughing, playing, and appearing to have the time of their lives."

As the video of the Miami Gardens show ends, Watts' face is one of the last visible images on the jumbo screen behind the stage.

Though that would be Watts' final concert with the group, he would perform again with the band, in 2020. The Rolling Stones took part in the virtual One World: Together at Home benefit show, during which they performed "You Can't Always Get What You Want.

The members participated from different locations, and Watts quickly became the talk of the internet afterward. To viewers, he appeared to be air drumming—and miming with a grin—during the song. It was later reported that he was using an app called Freedrum that features a sensor attached to each drumstick and another pair on the drummer's feet to replicate the beats.

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"Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation," a statement from Watts' publicist said in part on Tuesday.