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Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Drops Out of U.S. Tour After Medical Procedure

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Drops Out of U.S. Tour After Medical Procedure

Charlie Watts will not be joining his the Rolling Stones bandmates on their upcoming No Filter Tour across the United States.

The band announced in a statement on Wednesday (August 4) that the 80-year-old drummer has dropped out of the upcoming tour after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure.

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“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” a rep for the band said in a statement via Rolling Stone. “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.”

It was announced that longtime Stones associate Steve Jordan will be replacing Charlie on tour.

Charlie also released a statement regarding the situation.

“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,” Charlie shared. “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.”

The Rolling Stones were originally supposed to go on their No Filter Tour last year, but had to postpone it because of the pandemic.

The No Filter Tour will kick off in September. You can check out all of the tour dates at

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