Charlie Watts Unlikely To Perform With The Rolling Stones On US Tour 2021

The Rolling Stones announced drummer Charlie Watts is “unlikely to be available” for their upcoming U.S. Fall Tour 2021 as he recovers from an unspecified medical procedure. Acclaimed drummer Steve jordan has been tapped to perform with the band while Watts recooperates.

Jordan has an illustrious resume that includes a number of recordings with Stones guitarist Keith Richards and touring with Keef as a member of X-Pensive Winos. Steve also was a member of house bands for Saturday Night Live and Late Night With David Letterman and is part of the John Mayer Trio.

“Charlie has had a procedure which was completely successful, but I gather his doctors this week concluded that he now needs proper rest and recuperation. 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,” a spokesperson for The Rolling Stones said. Watts has never missed a show since the band was formed in 1962.

Watts explained the decision for The Stones to carry on with the tour:

“For once my timing has been a little off. 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.”

“It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be Charlie’s understudy and I am looking forward to rehearsing with Mick, Keith and Ronnie,” added Jordan. “No one will be happier than me to give up my seat on the drum-riser as soon as Charlie tells me he is good to go.”

The Rolling Stones kick off the latest leg of their No Filter Tour at The Dome in St. Louis on September 30. Austin’s Circuit Of The Americas hosts the last show of the run on November 20.