Singer told by doctors he needs urgent medical treatment and shouldn't perform
He was due to play at 17 sell-out venues across US and Canada next month
Details of his condition are being kept secret but Jagger, who follows a strict diet and exercise regime, is ‘expected to make a complete recovery'
Ian Gallagher And Katie Hind For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 19:07 EDT, 30 March 2019
Updated: 11:43 EDT, 31 March 2019
Sir Mick Jagger was devastated last night after being dramatically forced to postpone The Rolling Stones’ entire American leg of a tour because of a mystery illness.
The singer, 75, was told by doctors he needs urgent medical treatment and should not go on stage.
More than a million fans, who in total have spent an estimated £200 million on tickets, were due to watch the band at 17 sell-out venues during the nine-week ‘No Filter’ tour across the US and Canada from next month.
Sir Mick Jagger was told by doctors he needs urgent medical treatment and should not go on stage
Details of his condition are being kept secret but Jagger, who follows a strict diet and exercise regime, is ‘expected to make a complete recovery’.
The Mail on Sunday understands the illness was detected during an exhaustive medical all the band members undergo prior to tours.
Jagger, a father of eight, apologised to fans on Twitter saying: ‘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. Once again, huge apologies everyone.’
Strict diet: Sir Mick - who follows a strict diet and exercise regime - with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick
A source close to the star described the treatment as ‘precautionary’ adding: ‘It’s a setback but he’s fine.’
Fans have been told their tickets will be valid for rescheduled dates, though reorganising a tour of such magnitude presents what sources describe as a ‘logistical nightmare’.
Last night, Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tweeted to fans: ‘We’ll miss you over the next few weeks, but we’re looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.
‘Here’s to Mick – thanks for your supportive messages it means so much to us.’
Sir Mich lives like an athlete, unlike his bandmate Keith Richards, 75, who is still rolling despite a lifetime of excess. Last year, he revealed that he has given up alcohol save for an occasional glass of wine. ‘I’m pretty indestructible,’ he says
Ronnie Wood survived lung cancer – the result of his 50-year chain-smoking habit – and finally gave up the fags after being given the all-clear by doctors in 2017. ‘By rights I shouldn’t be here,’ 71-year-old says
The Stones, who formed in 1962, began their latest tour in September 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. It was due to end on June 29 in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada.
A statement from the group offered apologies ‘for any inconvenience’ the postponement causes, adding: ‘Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment.
‘The doctors have advised him that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.’
Charlie Watts broke his ankle going down to his cellar to fetch some wine, he gave up drink, heroin and cigarettes all at once in the 1980s. The 77-year-old drummer was treated for throat cancer in 2004
It isn’t the first time that the band, who on average gross £7.5 million per show, have been forced to scrap a concert because of Jagger’s health. In 2016 he pulled out of a show in Las Vegas owing to what was described as ‘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. But on that occasion the dates were rescheduled for later the same year.
The misadventures of guitarist Keith Richards, the co-writer with Jagger of hits such as Satisfaction and Brown Sugar, have also caused show postponements and cancellations during the band’s long career. The group had to cancel gigs in 1990 when Richards infected his finger, and the start of a European tour was postponed in 1998 when he fell off a ladder at his home. Some shows in 2006 were also delayed when Richards fell from a coconut tree while on holiday.
Only last week, guitarist Richards was asked about his relationship with Jagger and said: ‘I love the man 99 per cent of the time. Mick knows what I mean and he’ll say the same about me.’
Rocker who lives like an athlete
Sir Mick is said to be so ‘meticulous’ about looking after his health that he will often not talk for days before a gig so that he can save his voice for his performances.
He runs up to eight miles a day, alternating between distance and short sprints, and before tours he increases his distances.
He also cycles, does yoga, kickboxes, meditates and takes ballet lessons – no doubt encouraged by his current girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, the mother of his youngest child, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger.
Sir Mick is said to be so ‘meticulous’ about looking after his health that he will often not talk for days before a gig so that he can save his voice for his performances
On stage he covers up to ten miles in each show.
He is also said to have been converted to organic foods by bandmate Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife, Jo Wood.
Friends say that his diet is similar to that of a top athlete – all a huge contrast from his lifestyle in the 1960s when he admitted to taking LSD every day for a year.
Today, he lives on super-food smoothies, wholegrain pasta, rice, beans, chicken, fish and his favourite, avocado.
The only drugs he takes are legal – vitamins along with cod liver oil, ginseng and ginkgo biloba.
Keith Richards Responds to Mick Jagger Illness, Rolling Stones Tour Postponement: “Things need to be taken care of …. Mick, we are always there for you!”
Keith Richards has responded on Twitter to news of Mick Jagger’s illness and the postponement of the Rolling Stones’ upcoming tour.
“A big disappointment for everyone but things need to be taken care of and we will see you soon. Mick, we are always there for you!”
Ironically, it’s Richards whose health has always been called into question, not Jagger. Richards, whose love of drink and drug is legendary, has somehow–and wonderfully– managed to keep going despite all odds. It was Jagger who was into health and well being.
The Stones have also escaped any major health issues up til now, which is certainly against the norm for men of their ages.
Jagger’s announcement today, and even Richards’response, suggests that Mick may be suffering from any number of common illnesses for a man of his actual age (75). Knowing Mick he’s in New York getting treatment. Everyone is hoping for a quick and painless recovery, whatever the problem.
Meanwhile, Richards is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his solo album, “Talk is Cheap.” There are new anniversary editions available on amazon, on the Stones website, and on keithrichards.com. Maybe Keith will go out with his group in lieu of the Stones tour!