Ronnie Wood has admitted he’ll ‘miss’ his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts after he was compelled to drag out of the group’s US tour.
The rock legend, 74, insisted he is been advised ‘the present should go on’ after drummer Charlie withdrew from the group’s upcoming performances following an emergency operation.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ronnie mentioned: ‘I’ll miss Charlie on our upcoming tour, however he advised me the present should go on.
It’s a disgrace: Ronnie Wood, 74, has admitted he’ll ‘miss’ his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts after he was compelled to drag out of the group’s US tour
‘I’m actually wanting ahead to Charlie getting again on stage with us as quickly as he is totally recovered. An enormous thanks to the band’s previous pal Steve Jordan for rockin’ on in Charlie’s place.’
His bandmate Keith Richards, 77, added: ‘This has been a little bit of a blow to all of us, to say the least, and we’re all wishing for Charlie to have a speedy restoration.’
On Thursday it was revealed that Charlie had been compelled to withdraw from the band’s tour of the US after having an emergency operation.
On maintain: The rock legend insisted he is been advised ‘the present should go on’ after drummer Charlie withdrew from the group’s upcoming performances following an emergency operation
The star underwent a ‘profitable process’ in London after a routine check-up highlighted an issue, in keeping with stories.
But on the recommendation of medical doctors, Watts introduced he would sit out the band’s reveals for ‘relaxation and recuperation’ – the primary time he has missed a tour since 1963.
Clearly nonetheless in good spirits, he joked: ‘For as soon as, my timing has been somewhat off.’
But confronted with a number of weeks of restoration, there isn’t any prospect of Watts with the ability to make rehearsals for the Stones’ 13-date No Filter tour of the states, which is because of kick off in September.
A spokesman for the band described the scenario as ‘disappointing to say the least’ however admitted ‘it is also truthful to say nobody noticed this coming’.
Watts, who learnt drum alongside to previous jazz information, can be briefly changed by session drummer and long-time pal of the band Steve Jordan.
According to the Sun, the band hope to have him again for his or her sixtieth anniversary celebrations in 2022, when they may launch their first album of unique songs in 17 years.
Pushed: The Rolling Stones’ had already postponed their tour final yr due to the Covid pandemic. Pictured from left: Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts
Watts added: ‘I’m working onerous to get totally match however I’ve at present accepted on the recommendation of the specialists that it will take some time.
‘After all the frustration with delays to the tour brought on by Covid, I actually don’t need the numerous Stones followers within the States who’ve been holding tickets to have one other postponement or cancellation.
‘I’ve subsequently requested my nice pal Steve Jordan to face in for me.’
Steve Jordan mentioned: ‘It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be Charlie’s understudy and I’m wanting ahead to rehearsing with Mick (Jagger), Keith (Richards) and Ronnie (Wood).
‘No one can be happier than me to surrender my seat on the drum-riser as quickly as Charlie tells me he’s good to go.’
On the mend: Watts says he hopes to be again with the band quickly and particularly for sixtieth anniversary celebrations subsequent yr
Jordan has been a long-time pal of the Stones, having labored with Keith Richards since 1988 in his X-Pensive Winos side-band. The pair first met whereas performing in a backing band for Chuck Berry documentary movie in 1986.
The band had solely introduced the relaunch of the tour, derailed by the pandemic, final month, with the primary efficiency coming in St. Louis on September 26.
‘I’m so excited to get again on the stage once more and wish to thank everybody for his or her endurance,’ frontman Mick Jagger, 78, mentioned in an announcement. ‘See you quickly!’
Perfect stand in: Steve Jordan, a session drummer and long-time pal of the band, mentioned it was ‘an honour and privilege’ to face in for Watts throughout the 13-date No Filter tour of the US
Keith Richards, 77, added: ‘We’re again on the highway! See you there!’
The opening evening at The Dome at America’s Centre is adopted by rescheduled stops in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Minneapolis, Tampa, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Austin.
The band has additionally added three new dates, together with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – their first time taking part in there – on October 13, Los Angeles’ newly constructed SoFi Stadium on October 17, and in Las Vegas on November 6.
Watts added final evening: ‘I’m working onerous to get totally match however I’ve at present accepted on the recommendation of the specialists that it will take some time.
‘After all the frustration with delays to the tour brought on by Covid, I actually don’t need the numerous Stones followers within the States who’ve been holding tickets to have one other postponement or cancellation.’
Reacting to the information, musician Peter Frampton despatched his greatest needs to the drummer.
He mentioned: ‘Sending all love and energy to #CharlieWatts. He’s recovering from emergency surgical procedure however doing fantastic. He is not going to be taking part in on the Stones upcoming tour.’
Singer Sheryl Crow, who has carried out reside with the Stones a number of instances, mentioned: ‘Praying for a speedy restoration for Charlie!’
‘I can not consider anybody else who may fill Charlie Watts’ footwear! Steve Jordan is a real rocker and one of many best drummers of all time.’
The Rolling Stones have been fashioned in London in 1962 by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones together with bassist Bill Wyman. Watts joined the group the subsequent yr.
The core lineup of Jagger, Richards and Watts has remained the identical ever since, though Wyman left the band in 1993 after tiring of touring.
Reacting to the information, musician Peter Frampton and singer Sheryl Crow despatched their greatest needs to the drummer
Guitarist Ronnie Wood joined the group in 1975 after Mick Taylor, who had himself been introduced to interchange Brian Jones shortly earlier than his loss of life, stop.
The band have been on the forefront of the British cultural ‘Invasion’ of the US within the Sixties, rivalled solely by the Beatles, with eight consecutive no 1 albums within the US from 1971.
The Stones have offered greater than 200 million information, with hits together with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Street Fighting Man and You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
In latest years they’ve mounted a few of highest grossing excursions in historical past, with their A Bigger Bang tour earned greater than $500 million between 2005 and 2007.
Their ongoing No Filter tour began in 2017, spanning 60 reveals over 4 legs of the US and Europe.
Their newest launch Blue & Lonesome, a sequence of blues-based covers, got here out in 2016.
In a recent interview Ronnie Wood revealed the band has been working on a brand new album which could possibly be launched subsequent yr to tie in with their sixtieth anniversary.
Coming quickly: The first evening of the tour at The Dome is adopted by rescheduled stops in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Minneapolis, Tampa, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Austin