Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, due to health reasons, will not be able to go on the No Filter Tour in the United States with the rest of the band – said the legendary group. Watts will be replaced by Steve Jordan. The group’s statement said Watts had undergone surgery.
The Rolling Stones were originally scheduled to perform in the United States in the summer of 2020. However, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the legendary group had to postpone concerts until this year. The planned No Filter Tour will begin at the end of September and end in the second half of November.
Charlie Watts will not be performing with the Rolling Stones
On Thursday, the band announced that drummer Charlie Watts had to resign from touring together. A spokesman for the drummer said, “Charlie had a successful surgery, but this week his doctors concluded that he now needs rest and recovery.”
Watts, who turned 80 in June, wrote in a statement that he was working hard to get back into shape. “Today I accepted the experts’ indication that it may still take time,” added the drummer.
“After all the suffering COVID-19 has caused, I really don’t want to disappoint the large group of fans who own tickets, with another delay or cancellation of shows. So I asked my great friend Steve Jordan to play for me,” the statement read.
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Jordan, 64, has played with Stevie Wonder’s band, The Blues Brothers, among others. He was a member of the music group on “Saturday Night Live”. As a session musician, he collaborated with with BB King, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys. He also took part in the solo projects of Keith Richards.
“It’s a great honor and privilege for me to be able to step in for Charlie and I look forward to rehearsing with Mick, Keith and Ronnie. But as soon as Charlie says he is ready to play, I will be happy to give up his seat,” Jordan wrote in a statement sent to by the team.
Rolling Stones. Colleagues support Watts
The other three Stones also posted words of support for Watts and wishes for a speedy recovery on social media. “We can’t wait to greet Charlie, fully recuperated,” wrote band frontman Mick Jagger.
“It blew us all up a bit, but we all wish Charlie to recover quickly and to meet him again as soon as possible” – Keith Richards, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist of the group.
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