Charlie Watts Will Most Likely Miss Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour
Charlie Watts says "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones' 1965 hit, "sums up the whole period" in the band's development.
He Dropped Out
The Rolling Stones have announced that drummer Charlie Watts will unfortunately miss their upcoming No Filter tour across U.S. stadiums. Watts had no choice but to drop out after he underwent an unspecified medical procedure. Longtime band associate Steve Jordan, who’s also a member of guitarist Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos, is stepping in to replace Watts.
“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” the band’s representative said in a statement. “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.”
In a press release, Watts even joked that “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,” he continued. “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.”
Although he’s not the band’s founding drummer, Watts hasn’t missed a show or performance since he joining the Stones in January 1963. He has also appeared in every single one of their albums.
The No Filter Tour kicks off on September 26 in St. Louis.