The legendary band are set to embark on their rescheduled ‘No Filter’ tour in September, with live dates in the US running through to November.
A statement shared by the band this morning (August 5) confirmed that Watts is “unlikely to be available” for the tour, with a spokesperson adding: “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.”
Watts, who will be replaced on the tour by Steve Jordan, said: “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.” You can read the full statement below.
Jagger said that the band are “really looking forward to welcoming Charlie back as soon as he is fully recovered,” while Richards said: “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.”
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
Wood said that he “will miss Charlie on our upcoming tour, but he told me the show must go on!”
“I’m really looking forward to Charlie getting back on stage with us as soon as he’s fully recovered,” he added. “A huge thank you to the band’s old friend Steve Jordan for rockin’ on in Charlie’s place, and on his drum seat for the autumn tour.”
A note on Charlie🥁❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/TrIEQomnOT
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) August 5, 2021
“When you hand the outcome over to your higher power, that is a magic thing,” he said.