Yesterday it was reported that Charlie Watts, 80, would not be joining the Rolling Stones 2021 U.S. Fall Tour due to a successful medical procedure for an unknown condition.
“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation,” the statement read. “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.”
What a drag it is getting old — Charlie has been on the job since 1963!
Nevertheless, the show must go on, apparently, as the Stones announced a stand-in for dear Charlie — Steve Jordan, 64, a mere whippersnapper, will become a temporary Stone.
“After all the fans’ suffering caused by Covid, I really do not want the many 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.”
Jordan has been around as a house drummer for early Saturday Night Live house bands, as well as for Late Night With David Letterman, and performed with many other artists.
So the show goes on a 15-city tour beginning September 26. Really. I guess we will see what the delta variant has to say in the weeks to come.
I came across this collaboration released in April 2021 that features Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.
I wanted to share this song that I wrote about eventually coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism - thank you to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with you on this - hope you all enjoy Eazy Sleazy ! -- Sir Mick
You might not agree with the idea of a concert tour for these geezers, but you have to admire their tenacity.
I’ll raise a glass to the Stones, and to Charlie Watts with his nearly 60 years of beats. Get well soon, sir.
Cheers, It’s 5:00 Somewhere!