Update: The band has released a statement saying that all shows in their upcoming tours in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed. "Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement," said a statement.
The sudden death of singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, designer L'Wren Scott, by apparent suicide was the cause of the postponements.
The veteran British band arrived in Perth early Monday to considerable fanfare, ahead of an Australasia run that was due to start Wednesday in the Western Australia capital.
The Stones’ "14 On Fire” trek was scheduled to visit seven venues across Australia and New Zealand, wrapping-up April 5 at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
In a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon, Frontier Touring and Concerts West jointly announced the dates would “not be going ahead as scheduled.” The statement continues, “No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available.”
One such story this morning suggested Jagger had boarded a flight en route to the United States, though the band’s “Tongue" plane remained parked on the tarmac. A representative said the band had “gathered together in Perth where they’re dealing with the situation”, and that reports of Jagger leaving the country were – “to their knowledge” – not entirely correct.
It’s likely the band will need a good hard think about their availability for the second date of the tour, on March 22. That show was billed as a grand curtain-raiser for the newly refurbished Adelaide Oval. The state government of South Australia had pledged Australian $450,000 ($423,000) to secure the band’s services for the show, all part of an Australian $535 million ($503 million) redevelopment of the stadium. According to a statement issued at the time by joint-organizers International Entertainment Consulting (IEC) in association with Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring and AEG Live, the concert was “easily going to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stage and production Adelaide has ever seen” boasting so much staging and production it would require 60 trucks to carry the load.
The Stones haven’t rolled into Australia since the “A Bigger Bang” tour of 2006, which visited only Sydney and Melbourne. Fans in Perth and Adelaide haven’t seen the band perform since the “Voodoo Lounge” trek back in 1995.
The postponement comes hours after reports broke of Scott's apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment. Scott and Jagger have dated since 2001, and she designed the frontman's costumes for the legendary group's 50th anniversary tour, which took out the Concert Marketing & Promotion category (with Citi) at Billboard's Touring Awards.
Rolling Stones' postponed tour dates of Australia and New Zealand:
March 19 - Perth Arena
March 22 - Adelaide Oval
March 25 - Sydney Allphones Arena
March 28 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
March 30 - Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, Vic
April 2 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
April 5 – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland