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Mick Jagger to undergo heart surgery, Rolling Stones postpones US tour dates

The 75-year-old rocker has been advised by doctors to seek medical treatment immediately.

Mick Jagger to undergo heart surgery, Rolling Stones postpones US tour dates

FILE PHOTO: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during a concert of their "No Filter" European tour at the Orange Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo

Mick Jagger will undergo heart surgery this week to replace a valve in his heart, according to a report in music magazine Rolling Stone.

Jagger’s band, The Rolling Stones, have postponed the North American leg of their No Filter tour, which was set to run from Apr 20 to Jul 29. More than a million fans, who in total have spent an estimated S$354.31 million on tickets, were due to watch the band at 17 sold out venues. 

“Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment,” said a representative to Rolling Stone. “The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.”

Jagger, 75, said in a tweet, “I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can.”

US news aggregator Drudge Report first reported news of the heart valve surgery, adding that the procedure will take place in New York on Saturday (Apr 6 Singapore time) and that Jagger is expected to make a full recovery and return to touring this summer.

This is not the first time the Rolling Stones have cancelled tours. In 2016, Jagger pulled out of a show in Las Vegas due to a bout of “bad laryngitis”.

Two years earlier, following Jagger’s devastation at the suicide of his girlfriend L’Wren Scott, the group cancelled the entire Australasia leg of their world tour. The dates were rescheduled for later the same year.

Source: CNA/jv