In joyous news, The Rolling Stones have announced that they will still play their upcoming US tour despite the recent death of their drummer Charlie Watts. Earlier this month, the band announced that Watts wouldn’t be joining them on their ‘No Filter’ tour due to health concerns. It has been announced that long-time associate of The Rolling Stones, Steve Jordan, will be acting as Watt’s replacement for the 13-date tour.
But earlier this week, the sad news came that Charlie Watts had passed away at the age of 80. Tributes from across the globe have since poured in, honouring the legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones, with many notable drummers, including Pink Floyd‘s Nick Mason, Royal Blood’s Ben Thatcher, Ringo Starr, Questlove, Alex Van Halen and The E Street Band’s Max Weinberg, all offering their sympathy.
Watts first started performing with The Rolling Stones in 1963 after he met fellow bandmates Mick Jagger, Kieth Richards and Brian Jones outside a rhythm and blues club. He remained a core member of the band throughout his career, bringing an understated virtuosity to all of his performances. Today, he is regarded as one of the world’s best drummers.
Despite the tragic news, the band have said that they plan to go ahead with their US tour, which is set to kick off next month. A statement from The Rolling Stones read: “The Rolling Stones’ tour dates are moving ahead as planned.” The tour will take the remaining Stones across the breadth of America.
Check out the dates below.
The Rolling Stones US tour dates:
26 – St Louis, The Dome at America’s Center
30 – Charlotte, Bank Of America Stadium
4 – Pittsburgh, Heinz Field
9 – Nashville, Nissan Stadium
13 – New Orleans, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
17 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium
24 – Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium
29 – Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
2 – Dallas, Cotton Bowl Stadium
6 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium
11 – Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
15 – Detroit, Ford Field
20 – Austin, Circuit Of The Americas