The tour was originally postponed from its earlier 2020 dates because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They made themselves busy during quarantine by spending a lot of time in the studio writing new music. One of which was the song released recently, “Living In a Ghost Town.”
After a year of waiting to get on the road, bad news recently struck the iconic rock group.
According to Deadline, the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who is 80, is dropping out of the U.S. tour after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure. He is being replaced by Steve Jordan.
“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation. With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it’s very disappointing to say the least, but it’s also fair to say no one saw this coming,” a statement from the Rolling Stones confirmed.
Rather than postpone the tour again, Charlie Watts wanted the fans to get the live music experience they’d been waiting for. “For once my timing has been a little off. I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while. After all the fans’ suffering caused by Covid I really do not want the many RS fans who have been holding tickets for this Tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation. I have therefore asked my great friend Steve Jordan to stand in for me,” Watts said.
Charlie Watts Receives Love From Rolling Stones Band Members
Meanwhile, both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sending love to their longtime bandmate and hoping for a speedy recovery. He may join later shows if his health improves and doctors approve.
Mick Jagger wrote on Instagram, “We really look forward to welcoming Charlie back as soon as he is fully recovered. Thank you to our friend Steve Jordan for stepping in, so we can still play all the shows for you this fall.”
Keith Richards also spoke about missing his friend Charlie Watts. He took to Instagram to say, “This has been a bit of a blow to all of us, to say the least, and we’re all wishing for Charlie to have a speedy recovery and to see him as soon as possible. Thank you to Steve Jordan for joining us in the meantime.”
Fans seem to have mixed reactions over the continuation of the tour. Some are glad to still get to see the Rolling Stones on stage, while others are willing to wait much longer to get to see Charlie Watts and the entire original band together again.
One person commented on Instagram, “Nobody is in a hurry to see these shows without Charlie. Please reconsider and postpone it for him. He deserves to be up there with the rest of you. We’ll be here waiting and ready when the time is right. And right now, the time is not right.”