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On Saturday, Mick Jagger shared some bad news: The Rolling Stones' forthcoming 2019 tour was delayed, somewhat indefinitely, in the United States and Canada. But while ticket-holders were ultimately disappointed that they wouldn't be seeing the iconic rock band on stage again as soon as they hoped, it was the additional bit of news that followed that left fans worried about the famous lead singer's health.
As it was revealed in his social media explanation, Mick Jagger was having health concerns which, while not considered too critical, were serious enough to prevent the musician from going on the road anytime soon. What ailed the frontman was kept vague, but it was just revealed that Mick Jagger successfully underwent heart surgery, which is presumably the likely explantation for why he didn't opt to tour.
According to a report from Deadline, Mick Jagger is currently on the mend after having a heart valve procedure with a stent inserted in a sagging artery. It's not clear when exactly the surgery took place this week, but the procedure was considered a successful one. And according to sources in-the-know about Jagger's medical condition, the rocker could be out of the hospital within one week's time.
The details around this medical concern were mostly kept secret from the public, but it was believed that Mick Jagger was getting a pre-tour check-up and his doctors advised him to a health problem that should be addressed as soon as possible. While it was considered treatable and not an absolutely grave concern, the medical experts believed it was important to postpone the touring to make sure the famous rock musician was properly rested and his health was fully regained.
Touring is undeniably intensive work; it can prove exhausting for even a younger man than Mick Jagger. If his heart wasn't up to snuff, it would definitely be worrisome if he went around the country, jeopardizing his well-being just to put on a good show. Better to play it safe than sorry in this instance, Mick Jagger and his medical experts agreed. Tours can be rescheduled. Medical emergencies cannot.
As for the 2019 tour, it's unclear when it'll be revamped and reorganized. Mick Jagger is primarily focused on his health. Touring concerns are for another day. But in the original schedule, The Rolling Stones were set to perform in the following cities: Miami, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Glendale, AZ; Pasadena, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Washington DC; Philadelphia, PA; Foxborough, MA; Rutherford, NJ; Chicago, IL; and the Burl's Creek Event Grounds in Canada. All of the tour dates are expected to be rescheduled. The band had planned to start the United States leg of the tour on April 20th in Miami.
Here's what The Rolling Stones Twitter account posted in their original statement:
Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.
It's good to know that Mick Jagger had a successful operation. Here's hoping Mick Jagger makes a quick, safe recovery as he regains his health before his latest tour.