The rock legend, 75, was warned by doctors not to travel and told he needs urgent medical treatment. Sir Mick apologised to fans on social media, saying: “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 stage as soon as I can.” The singer’s 19-year-old son Lucas – one of eight children, five grandchildren and a great grandchild in Sir Mick’s family – sent a message back via Instagram to tell his father: “Love you Dada.You will be back fast.”
The nature of the treatment or procedure Sir Mick requires was not specified in a statement from the band.
The Stones said: “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.”
One longtime friend said last night: “Even at his age, he is one of the fittest and most active guys I have ever met. He needs sheer athleticism to keep performing at the level he still is.”
Sir Mick revealed two years ago that he spends at least three hours a day working out and training.
In the same interview he revealed he was encouraged to keep fit ever since childhood by his father Basil “Joe” Jagger, who was 93 when he died from pneumonia in 2006.
And apparently his fitness regimen in the run-up to touring includes an eight-mile daily run, kick-boxing, cycling and weight-lifting. He also adheres to a strict diet.
Fans who bought tickets for the 17-concert US and Canada tour were last night assured they would not miss out.
They were told to hang on to their tickets, which will be valid for rescheduled gigs.