Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has had to pull out of performing on the
Stones’ 2021 No Filter Tour this Autumn.
The news comes in the wake of an unspecified operation Watts recently underwent.
Even though successful, Watts’ doctors have concluded and advised against him
travelling for the remainder of the tour, prescribing rest and recuperation as he
continues to heal.
He continues: “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.”
Joining Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood on stage in place of Charlie Watts
for the remainder of the Autumn tour dates will be Steve Jordan, Emmy-award
winning musical director and Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and
musician, and good friend of the Stones. Jordan is also a member of Keith Richards’
a side project, The X-Pensive Winos.
On his new position on filling in the shoes of Charlie, Jordan said:
“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. 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.”
Back in 2019, The Stones were forced to postpone their North American tour after
Mick Jagger was diagnosed with an unspecified medical condition.