Steve Jordan will stand in for the drummer...

Drummer Charlie Watts has dropped out of The Rolling Stones upcoming North American tour.

The dates for the USA No Filter tour kick off shortly, but with Charlie Watts recovering from a medical procedure, he's unlikely to make the shows.

Dropping out of the band's plans, the gentleman drummer and all-round dapper chap has apologised to fans, and unveiled a stand-in.

A spokesman for The Rolling Stones commented: “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.”

Charlie added: “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.”

Thrust into the whirlwind of the Rolling Stones, Steve Jordan commented: “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. 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.”

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