Fear not Rolling Stones fans — the iconic rock band is working with their promoter Concerts West to reschedule the North American leg of its No Filter tour following news that Mick Jagger had to postpone the 17-date trek for health reasons.
The Stones should be able to return to the road by July, sources familiar with the tour tell Billboard, which is good news for ticket holders to any of the 16 headline shows the band is playing at 14 North American stadiums.
There is some bad news, however, for fans hoping to see the Stones at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 2. Billboard has confirmed the band will have to miss the show and that organizers are currently looking for a replacement.
But the remainder of the tour, including the band’s stop at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Canada, will likely take place at a later date.
“We’re beginning to look at the rescheduling options and we’re going to try and do this as quickly as we can,” says John Meglen, co-CEO of Concerts West, which is promoting the April-to-June North American tour that was supposed to kick off April 20 in Miami.
“Everyone’s health and happiness comes first,” Meglen tells Billboard, adding the new dates for the tour could be announced “in the next couple of weeks.”
The 10-week tour had been scheduled to visit mostly NFL stadiums, which are generally not busy during summer months and can be booked up until the first week of the 2019-2020 season, which begins Sept. 5, 2019. It’s possible that the tour could play all 16 shows if it started in early July, but the tour might have to be condensed from ten weeks to eight weeks in order for it to wrap before football starts. It’s also possible some of the dates could happen at the beginning of the NFL season if the home team was playing an away game, or the concert was scheduled to take place mid-week.
Postponing a stadium tour can involve significant costs with millions of dollars spent on advertisting and venue deposits, as well as the production costs of building and staging the massive touring show. Rescheduling the tour comes with significantly less obstacles and costs than canceling the tour, as Paul Bassman with Ascend Insurance — which provides policies for touring shows and events (but did not insure the No Filter tour) — explains. If Concerts West is able to get new dates at the same host venues, the main expense for the roadies, touring companies and production teams from the delay is the time and opportunity they’re potentially missing out on for work they could be doing after the tour concludes.
“There’s salaries to be accounted for as well as people that will need to be sent home and later returned. There are production expenses and flights and all of the logistical costs of putting on a huge show,” says Bassman, who adds that as long as the policy didn’t have any language about pre-existing conditions, most of the costs would be covered.
According to the New York Post, Jagger is set to undergo heart valve replacement surgery in New York and is expected to make a full recovery. The procedure, which previously required open heart surgery, can now be done through blood vessel access using new medical technologies, which can significantly reduce recovery time. Billboard reached out to a band spokesperson for comment, but did not hear back at time of publishing.
On Saturday, the Stones released a statement detailing their decision to postpone the tour, which has double dates planned in New York (June 13, 17) and Chicago (June 21, 25).
Jagger, 75 — who is expected to make a full recovery — apologized profusely for the postponements on Twitter, without specifying what ails him. He stressed that he was “devastated,” but insisted that he’ll be “working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can.”