The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will no longer travel with the band on tour due to a medical procedure.

The band’s Twitter account announced the news on Thursday. Rolling Stones are getting ready to resume their No Filter tour in September after it got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“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,” a spokesman for Watts said in a statement.

The drummer will be replaced by Steve Jordan during the tour.

“For once my time 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,” said Watts. “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 cancelation. I have therefore asked my great friend Steve Jordan to stand in for me.”

The band’s bassist, Keith Richards, shared a tweet that said, “This has been a bit of a blow to all of us, to say the least and we’re all wishing for Charlie to have a speedy recovery and to see him as soon as possible. Thank you to Steve Jordan for joining us in the meantime.”

The tour was originally set to begin in May 2020; it will now be starting on September 26 in St. Louis, Missouri and will wrap up on November 20 in Austin, Texas.

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