Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Drops Out Of 2021 Tour
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.”
“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.”
We’re sure you’ll all join us in wishing Charlie a speedy recovery.
All 2021 tour dates will go ahead as planned. pic.twitter.com/8OgOIEwHWq
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 5, 2021
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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