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Charlie Watts Drops Out Of Rolling Stones’ U.S. Tour

Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones during Isle of Wight Festival - Day 3 at Seaclose Park in Newport, Isle of Wight, Great Britain. (Photo by Matt Kent/FilmMagic)

Charlie Drops Out Of Stones US Tour

You always knew it was a possibility.  When you’re a fan of a band whose members are aging into their mid-and-upper 70s, you have to come to grips with the fact that it can’t last forever.  You guys all know that The Rolling Stones have been my favorite band for…well, my entire life.  Folks who aren’t major Stones fans all recognize Charlie is the coolest cat around.  Using only the most basic of trap set for his drum work, Charlie is the epitome of cool behind the kit.  Firing of cannon-shots for the Stones for 58 years, he really seemed bullet-proof and supremely talented.

Then came cancer.  Back in 2004, Charlie was treated for (and recovered from) throat cancer. And he’s never missed a lick since then.  Until now.

Last month (July 2021) The Rolling Stones announced that they’d roll over to The States to resume their “No Filter” Tour.  A lot of us had tickets to see them last year, but…well…you know what happened.  If you had tickets for a show in 2020, you probably got an email recently that said “Your ticket for the postponed show will be honored at _______.” with the rescheduled date and city listed.

But this morning came the very sad news that Charlie has been forced to drop out of the tour. He’s had a “procedure,” and doctors have advised him to rest.  Longtime side-man Steve Jordan will fill in for Charlie.  We all know Steve Jordan. You probably saw him keeping time for “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” on The Late Show With David Letterman, as well as playing behind Keith Richards’ “X-Pensive Winos” since the 1980s.  Jordan is not unfamiliar to Stones Fans. Get healthy, Charlie!  The world needs you back on the riser, keeping time and being the Coolest Cat Around!


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