THE ROLLING STONES pulled the plugs on yet another European gig last night.
The show in Milan, Italy is the latest to fall victim to the string of upsets which have struck the band’s ‘Bridges To Babylon’ European tour.
The Milan date, at the 45,000 capacity San Siro stadium, was postponed because Mick Jagger was suffering from laryngitis. Reports from the tour’s opening night at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremburg on Saturday June 13 indicated that Jagger was suffering from voice problems.
In a statement to Milan fans, The Stones said: “We were looking forward to playing in Italy and we are very sad we can’t. But there’s no point holding a concert if there’s a danger of it being suspended after two songs. See you in September.”
The Stones’ ‘Bridges…’ world tour has suffered an extraordinary amount of cancellations, postponements and re-arrangements since it kicked off in September last year in Chicago. An MTV live appearance was cancelled in October because Mick Jagger had a sore throat, Canadian shows were missed because of the January big freeze and two American shows were canned through Jagger suffering laryngitis.
The start of the European leg was postponed for three weeks after Keith Richards broke ribs in a fall at his home, and last week the band postponed their four UK stadium shows until 1999 over a change in the British tax laws which they would have seen them out of pocket by an unplanned 12 million pounds.
The next concert on the itinerary is at Bilbao, Spain on Thursday, June 18. The Milan show will be re-scheduled for a date in September but last night’s tickets remain valid.