Charlie Watts to Miss Upcoming Tour with The Rolling Stones


Charlie Watts. Photo Courtesy of Poiseon Bild via Flickr.

For the first time since 1963, Charlie Watts will not be playing alongside The Rolling Stones on their upcoming tour after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure. Instead, Steve Jordan, drummer of Keith Richards’ side project X-Pensive Winos, will be filling in for Watts, who recently turned 80. The legendary drummer underwent surgery to treat throat cancer in 2004. The band just recently announced the latest leg of their ‘No Filter Tour,’ which kicks off late September. You can check out all the tour dates below.

“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,” Watts said in a statement. “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.”

“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” said a representative for the band. “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.”

The Rolling Stones 2021 Tour Dates:
09/26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome at America’s Center
09/30 – Charlotte, NC @ Bank Of America Stadium
10/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
10/09 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
10/13 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ SoFi Stadium
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
10/29 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
11/02 – Dallas, TX @ Cotton Bowl Stadium
11/06 – Las Vegas, NV @ Allegiant Stadium
11/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
11/15 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
11/20 – Austin, TX @ Circuit of The Americas

You can grab tickets here.

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