Update: Mick Jagger Issues Statement After Heart Surgery
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Mick Jagger arrives for the private view of 'The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism' Saatchi Gallery on April 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Jagger Speaks After Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
Last week was a rough one for fans of the Rolling Stones after it was announced that frontman Mick Jagger would be undergoing heart surgery.
The surgery, which took place on April 1st, was to replace a heart valve in the Rolling Stones singer, and by the end of the week it was reported to be a success and that Jagger, 75, was resting comfortably and beginning the road to recovery that should take him well into the summer when doctors predict he’ll be ready to rock and roll again.
Happily, we now have an update straight from the man himself. Jagger took to Instagram over the weekend where he shared a brief update on his condition, letting fans know that not only is he okay, he’s “feeling much better” and finally on his way to rocking as hard as he ever did.
“Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend,” Jagger’s note begins. “And also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job” it finishes, giving credit to the fine folks currently keeping him comfortably and happy while he recovers.
As we reported last week, doctors instructed frontman Mick Jagger to stay off of the road to allow him time to undergo “medical treatment” and make a full recovery, but it was just this afternoon that it was finally confirmed what the basis of their concern is.
Jagger, 75, underwent heart valve replacement surgery last week at the order of his doctors, followed by a period of recovery that should have him back on his feet and ready to rock by the time summer rolls around; Rolling Stone confirmed the news after a day of speculation from an “undisclosed source”.
The Rolling Stones issued a statement on Saturday announcing the postponement of the tour:
“Unfortunately today the Rolling Stones have had to announce the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour dates – we apologize for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold onto these existing tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly.
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 onstage as soon as possible.”
Jagger then spoke, issuing a statement of his own.
“I’m so sorry to all our fans in America and Canada with tickets, I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on the road as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”
Bandmate Keith Richards also addressed Mick’s health woes, expressing his disappointment with the postponement but showing support for his friend of several decades.
The North American leg of the Stones’ No Filter tour was slated to begin on April 20 in Miami before wrapping on June 29 in Ontario, Canada. Rescheduled dates will be announced shortly, so if you purchased tickets to a show, don’t throw it away – you can still use it when the new dates are announced!
Our hearts and well wishes go out to Mick Jagger as we hope for a speedy, full recovery for the singer and we can’t wait to see him back out onstage where he belongs.