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Charlie Watts set to miss Rolling Stones US tour following procedure

The Rolling Stones are on the move once more and are ready to rip up stadiums and theatres across the US. However, the band have now revealed that this will not include their faithful drummer, Charlie Watts, as he recovers from a procedure.

Pitchfork have reported that the drummer underwent an unspecified medical procedure and, while it was “completely successful”, Watts will now miss out on the US tour in a bid to recuperate and find his strength. Steve Jordan, a member of Keith Richards‘ band The X-Pensive Winos, will pick up the sticks.

“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,” the spokesperson for the band said. “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.”

Watts was in good humour about the situation and remarked that “for once my timing has been a little off,” as the band prepare for their first tour without Watts since their 1962 inception.

“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,” Watts said.

“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.”

“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,” Steve Jordan said. “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 tour will begin in September and last two months as The Rolling Stones get back on the road. Perhaps normality isn’t that far away.

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