Keith Richards had surgery today (May 8) in New Zealand to relieve pressure in his head following a fall. T

Keith Richards had surgery today (May 8) in New Zealand to relieve pressure in his head following a fall. The Rolling Stones guitarist was "up and talking" soon after surgery at The Ascot Hospital in Auckland, but was expected to take several weeks to recuperate, according to a statement.

"Last week Keith was under observation in Auckland following a fall in Fiji and was feeling well after being examined by doctors last week," the statement said. "However after complaining of headaches yesterday, doctors thought it prudent to move ahead with a small operation to remove the pressure."

The Stones' European tour, which was scheduled to start in Barcelona later this month, will be postponed until June, with details to be announced.

Richards, 62, suffered the injury April 27, but details have not been confirmed. News reports have variously claimed that he fell out of a palm tree or from a jet ski.


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