Jagger's Flu Nixes First London Stones Gig
Despite a promise made earlier this week, the Rolling Stones have postponed the first of two London concerts because frontman Mick Jagger has the flu.Despite a promise made earlier this week, the Rolling Stones have postponed the first of two London concerts because frontman Mick Jagger has the flu. Tomorrow's (Aug. 23) show at Twickenham Rugby Ground in southwest London was to be the first U.K. gig on the band's Licks world tour. At deadline, the second planned show at the same venue on Sunday is still set to go ahead.
Tickets for tomorrow's concert will remain valid for a rescheduled concert on Sept. 20. "The doctors tell me that I must have two more days rest -- and after that, I will be completely recovered and ready for a full-on stadium show Sunday," Jagger said in a statement.
After the band canceled Tuesday's Amsterdam show, Jagger had said the U.K. leg of the tour would begin as planned. "The Stones were looking forward to opening in the U.K. -- for their hometown audience -- with all guns blazing," promoter Michael Cohl added. "We're sorry to disappoint the fans who were coming Saturday."
The Stones are scheduled to play two shows in London (Aug. 27, 29), two in Glasgow (Sept. 1, 3) and one in Manchester (Sept. 5) before playing the Sept. 7 TW Classic festival in Werchter, Belgium, with Therapy?, Hooverphonic and others. Additional shows in Dublin, London and Benidorm, Spain, will lead up to the rescheduled Twickenham concert.
Starsailor, the Thrills, Feeder and Primal Scream are some of the bands that have been tapped to open the tour's remaining shows.