Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts drops out of US tour after medical procedure

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will miss the band’s upcoming U.S. tour after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure.

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“For once, my timing has been a little off,” Watts, 80, who has been with the band since 1963, said in a statement.

Steve Jordan, a member of Keith Richards’ X-Pensive Winos side project, will sit behind the drum kit for the Stones’ “No Filter” tour that kicks off its American segment in St. Louis on Sept. 26, Rolling Stone reported.

“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” a representative for the longtime band 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.”

Watts had successful treatment for throat cancer in 2004, Billboard reported.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Here is the Stones’ 13-date tour schedule for the U.S.:

Sept. 26 -- St. Louis at The Dome at America’s Center

Sept. 30 -- Charlotte, North Carolina, at Bank of America Stadium

Oct. 4 -- Pittsburgh at Heinz Field

Oct. 9 -- Nashville, Tennessee, at Nissan Stadium

Oct. 13 -- New Orleans at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Oct. 17 -- Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium

Oct. 24 -- Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium

Oct. 29 -- Tampa, Florida, at Raymond James Stadium

Nov. 2 -- Dallas at Cotton Bowl Stadium

Nov. 6 -- Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium

Nov. 11 -- Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Nov. 15 -- Detroit at Ford Field

Nov. 20 -- Austin, Texas,at Circuit of The Americas

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