Charlie Watts to sit out The Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour to recover from medical procedure

“For once my timing has been a little off,” the drummer joked.

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts won’t be joining the band on their No Filter tour of the US this fall as he recovers from a successful medical procedure.

Watts didn’t disclose the nature of the procedure, but a spokesman said in a statement that his doctors recommended “rest and recuperation.”

“For once my timing has been a little off,” Watts said. “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 Rolling Stones fans who have been holding tickets for this tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation.”

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Taking the 80-year-old drummer’s place on the throne for the 13-date tour will be drummer Steve Jordan, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning musical director and producer who was also a member of the bands for Saturday Night Live and Late Night With David Letterman.

Jordan expressed his excitement at sitting in with the legendary rock band: “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. 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.”

The other members of the Stones have all shared messages wishing Watts a speedy recovery.

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The No Filter tour will run from late September to November, kicking off in St. Louis, Missouri and closing in Austin, Texas.

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