The Rolling Stones have called off all the dates of their Australian and New Zealand tour following the death of lead vocalist Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott.
The English rockers first announced that they were cancelling the first date of their tour in Perth, which was scheduled for Wednesday. After a few hours of the announcement, though, concert promoter Frontier Touring also called off the rest of the dates, but said that the band would reschedule at a later time.
“The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott,” a post on the promoter’s Facebook page reads.
“Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement. The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.”
The postponed dates 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
The promoter advised ticketholders to hold onto their tickets until further notice as they are currently working on new schedules.
Meanwhile, Jagger has posted a tribute on his long-time girlfriend on his Web site. He calls the tragic fashion designer and model his lover and best friend.
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” he wrote.
“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.
“I will never forget her,” he signed his tribute as “Mick.”
Scott, 49, is believed to have committed suicide. She was found hanged in her apartment on Monday. There was no suicide note, but authorities don’t suspect foul play was involved.