Last weekend, news broke that The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone their highly-awaited U.S. tour due to a Mick Jagger health issue, which was later reported as a surgery to place a stent in his heart. Yesterday, the 75-year-old legend underwent the minimally invasive surgery and is currently recovering in a New York City hospital.
The heart valve procedure should allow Jagger to avoid major heart surgery down the road. While all is well, Billboard reports that he’ll remain in the hospital for up to four to five days for observation to ensure that his artery heals properly.
The Rolling Stones were scheduled to kick off their No Filter tour next month, including a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, however, were pushed to postpone the tour indefinitely.
According to a report on Monday by Billboard, it appears that the postponed shows will come to fruition sooner rather than later. The report cites sources familiar with the tour in noting that the Stones “should be able to return to the road by July.”
“We’re beginning to look at the rescheduling options and we’re going to try and do this as quickly as we can,” John Meglen, co-CEO of Concerts West, the company promoting the postponed North American tour that was supposed to kick off April 20th in Miami, told Billboard. “Everyone’s health and happiness comes first.” He also added that the updated tour dates could be announced “in the next couple weeks.”
The report also noted that the 16-date tour stadium tour could be condensed from ten weeks in length to 8 weeks in length in order to get all of the dates in before the start of the NFL season, after which the stadiums will be occupied for the remainder of the year.
This is all promising news for The Rolling Stones. The main casualty of the tour postponement remains New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, however, Fleetwood Mac has been confirmed as the official replacement.
We’ll be sure to update you as more information about The Rolling Stones’ rescheduled tour dates becomes available