Rolling Stones Tour to Proceed in Spite of Chalie Watts’ Death

NANTERRE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 19: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage at U Arena on October 19, 2017 in Nanterre, France. (Photo by Brian Rasic/WireImage).

The surviving members of the Rolling Stones will embark on the U.S. leg of their “No Filter” tour as planned — in spite of the death of their drummer, Charlie Watts.

“The band wants to make the show a celebration of his life,” an unidentified Stones rep tells the U.K.’s Sun. “He was like a brother to them but they know he would have hated the thought of them canceling shows. Charlie had given them his blessing to tour without him following his operation, so they will honor his wishes.” The drum kit will by manned by Steve Jordan, who’d already been enlisted to fill in for Watts on the trek.

Watts, who’d been with the Stones since 1963, died Tuesday in his London home while recovering from an unspecified “medical procedure.” The “No Filter” tour kicks off September 26th in St. Louis.

 

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