Rolling Stones Tour Delays, Citing Mick Jagger’s Health Problems
The Rolling Stones said on Saturday that Mick Jagger needed medical treatment for unspecified health problems and that the band would postpone spring tours in the United States and Canada.
Jagger’s doctors advised him not to continue the remaining 17 tour shows but expect him to make a “total recovery,” according to a statement from the band. Jagger, 75, apologized to fans.
“I really hate to disappoint you like this,” he said in a tweet. “I was very sad because I had to postpone the tour, but I will work very hard to get back on stage as soon as possible.”
The band, which started more than five decades ago, made the first two legs of the “No Filter” tour in Europe during the fall of 2017 and spring 2018. The last leg of the tour was scheduled to bring the band to American cities including Miami, Houston, Denver and Chicago, as well as places north of Toronto. Stones is scheduled to play at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in May.
The statement from the band suggested that the show would be rescheduled and recommended that fans keep their tickets.
Jagger is not the first 1960s music icon to show signs of slowing down in old age.
In February, rock guitarist Peter Frampton announced that he was suffering from a degenerative muscle disease that could slow his fingers and his ability to move; he said he would hold a farewell tour. And last year, the two main characters in the resurgence of the people in the 60s, Paul Simon and Joan Baez, played a farewell concert.
John Covach, a music professor at the University of Rochester who has taught courses in the band, said that because the Stones remain a rock institution, they have been able to tour as much as they wanted in the past few years and still package the stadium and arena. But this demanding and tiring international tour can be detrimental.
“Who can tour around the country when they are 70 or 75 years old?” He said on Saturday.
He said that for big fans of the Stones or other landmark bands in the 60s, many of them were baby boomers, news of farewell tours and rock stars who were dying because natural causes could remind them of their own deaths.
“This forced many fans to come to terms with the fact that music from their youth, the people who produced it, passed from the scene,” he said.