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.
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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.”
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.
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. https://t.co/dJbo8D2hRW
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) August 5, 2021
A note on Charlie🥁❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/TrIEQomnOT
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) August 5, 2021
The No Filter tour will run from late September to November, kicking off in St. Louis, Missouri and closing in Austin, Texas.