UPDATE: The postponed dates have been rescheduled to hold sometime in “October/November 2014.” Refunds are available for those who can’t make it on the estimated dates.
The Rolling Stones have sent their messages to their Australian and Kiwi fans after the postponement of their shows. Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood have shown their support to bandmate Mick Jagger following his girlfriend L’Wren Scott’s death.
The Australian and New Zealand dates of the English rockers’ “14 On Fire” tour were called off on Monday after it was learned that Scott, Jagger’s long-time girlfriend, had taken her own life at her apartment in New York.
The band was already in Australia to prep for their March 19 concert at the Perth Arena.
“No-one saw this coming... Mick’s always been my soul brother and we love him... we’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man... we really hate to disappoint our fans but we’ll see everyone really soon,” Richards wrote on the band’s Web site.
“Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time. We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible,” Watts added.
Wood wrote, “This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time. Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.”
Frontier Touring, the band’s concert promoter, advised fans to hold onto their tickets for now as the dates would be rescheduled at a later time.
The affected shows are:
March 19, Perth Arena March 22, Adelaide Oval March 25, Sydney Allphones Arena March 28, Melbourne Rod Laver Arena March 30, Macedon Ranges Hanging Rock April 2, Brisbane Entertainment Centre April 5, Auckland Mt Smart Stadium
Meanwhile, Jagger posted his own tribute to his tragic girlfriend on his Web site.
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.”
He concluded his poignant post with, “I will never forget her.”
Scott, 49, hanged herself at her apartment in New York on Monday. She and Jagger had been dating since the rocker split from his second wife, Jerry Hall, in 2001.