For the first time since joining the band in January 1963, drummer Charlie Watts is sitting out a Rolling Stones tour. Rolling Stone reported Watts, who's now 80 and has never missed a gig, has backed out of the band's upcoming dates “after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure.” He'll be replaced on the road by Keith Richards' primary solo collaborator since 1988, drummer Steve Jordan.
Watts is off the tour “after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure.” Back in 2004, Watts successfully battled throat cancer — but there's been no mention of his current illness being linked to that.
Charlie Watts issued a statement saying: “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. 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.”