This is worrisome: Charlie Watts will miss his first Rolling Stones gigs EVER

The Rolling Stones are set to hit the road last this year. But for the first time since he joined the group in 1963, they’ll perform without drummer Charlie Watts.

Charlie, who turned 80 in June, had some kind of medical procedure that will require him to stay home. I quote from a statement:

“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, 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.”

Then Charlie said this:

“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. 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.”

His spot will be filled by Steven Jordan for all 13 dates.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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