Rolling Stones Band Member ‘Unlikely’ To Join Group for 2021 US Tour After Emergency Surgery

by Chris Haney

The Rolling Stones are gearing up to make their U.S. tour return next month, but drummer Charlie Watts will likely be sitting this one out.

The legendary British rock band will begin their 13-date “No Filter” tour on September 26 in St. Louis. The American dates are part of their rescheduled 2020 tour. Watts has been an integral part of the iconic band since the group’s creation in 1962. Unfortunately for U.S. fans, a Rolling Stones spokesperson recently said that Watts is “unlikely to be available.”

On June 2, Watts celebrated his 80th birthday, and recently underwent an unspecified emergency medical procedure. According to the band spokesperson’s statement, the procedure was “completely successful.” Watts recently had a routine check-up that uncovered the unspecified health issue.

“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful,” the Rolling Stones spokesperson explained. “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.”

As of now, the band has plans for veteran drummer Steve Jordan to replace Watts temporarily on tour. Jordan has worked closely with Rolling Stones guitarist and co-founder Keith Richards over the years. So he seems like a natural pick to fill in for Watts as he recovers.

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Releases His Own Statement

On Wednesday, a report from Variety shared a statement from Watts. The famous drummer joked that his timing is off for once, but that he wanted the tour to continue.

“For once my timing has been a little off,” Watts said in a statement, according to Variety. “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.”

Additionally, the outlet also shared a statement from Steve Jordan. He called it an “honor and a privilege” to be filling in for the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts. Jordan also graciously said that he’ll be happy to give his seat up at the drum kit once Watts is on the mend.

“It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be Charlie’s understudy,” Jordan said. “I am looking forward to rehearsing with Mick, Keith and Ronnie. No one will be happier than me to give up my seat on the drum-riser as soon as Charlie tells me he is good to go.”

Dates For the Band’s U.S. ‘No Filter’ Tour

  • St. Louis, MO                The Dome at America’s Center         September 26, 2021                   
  • Charlotte, NC                     Bank Of America Stadium. September 30, 2021                       
  • Pittsburgh, PA                   Heinz Field                               October 4, 2021 
  • Nashville, TN                     Nissan Stadium October 9, 2021                               
  • New Orleans, LA              New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival October 13, 2021                             
  • Los Angeles, CA                SoFi Stadium October 17, 2021                             
  • Minneapolis, MN            U.S. Bank Stadium October 24, 2021                             
  • Tampa, FL                           Raymond James Stadium October 29, 2021                             
  • Dallas, TX                           Cotton Bowl Stadium November 2, 2021                          
  • Las Vegas, NV                    Allegiant Stadium November 6, 2021                          
  • Atlanta, GA                        Mercedes-Benz Stadium November 11, 2021              
  • Detroit, MI                         Ford Field November 15, 2021                        
  • Austin, TX                           Circuit of The Americas November 20, 2021