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Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Drops Out Of 2021 Tour

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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has been forced to drop out of a planned US tour following an unspecified medical procedure.

Watts had been scheduled to accompany his bandmates in their 2021 No Filter tour.

In a statement on Twitter a spokesperson for Watts said he had undergone a “completely successful” procedure.

“But I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation.” Said the spokesperson. “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.”

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“For once my timing has been a little off.” Joked the 80-year-old drummer. “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 fans who have been holding tickets for this tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation.”

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Award winning drummer Steve Jordan will stand in for Watts while he recovers. Jordan has worked with Rolling Stone Keith Richards on his side project, X-Pensive Winos.

“It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be Charlie’s understudy and I am looking forward to rehearsing with Mick, Keith and Ronnie.” Said Jordan. “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.”

Watts has been a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963.

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