Fans who were in attendance at The Rolling Stones’ tour stop in Amsterdam were in for an unexpected change of plans.
Frontman Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19 right before the show was set to start, which resulted in the band having to quickly announce the show’s cancellation.
Inside Jagger’s COVID Diagnosis
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The 78-year-old’s positive COVID results coincided with the band’s arrival at the venue, as per a report from NBC News.
The band’s statement announcing Jagger’s test results came a bit too late for some fans; according to the outlet, there were already audience members gathered inside the stadium waiting for the show to begin!
The Rolling Stones were quick to offer their condolences to those fans, expressing they were “deeply sorry for tonight’s postponement.”
The statement continued, “The safety of the audience, fellow musicians, and the touring crew has to take priority.”
Will The Show Eventually Go On?
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) June 13, 2022
Luckily for those fans and ticketholders for the Amsterdam performance, the Stones made it clear the show would eventually go on as planned after the gig could be “rescheduled, and tickets for the concert at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena would be honored at the new date.”
Jagger released a statement of his own on social media once the news had been released.
He began, “I’m so sorry we had to postpone the Amsterdam show with such short notice tonight, in a text post that he had shared on Twitter, “I have unfortunately just tested positive for COVID. We aim to reschedule the date ASAP and get back as soon as we can.”
Jagger then thanked fans for their patience and understanding.
Jagger And His Road Back To Health
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Jagger’s COVID-19 diagnosis is not the first time the rocker has had to prioritize his health over The Rolling Stones’ plentiful tour cycles and busy schedules.
Back in the pre-pandemic days of 2019, Jagger had surgery for a heart valve replacement. The band was set to embark on a worldwide tour, however, those shows came to a halt in the wake of his operation.
He addressed concerned fans on social media at the time when he updated his Instagram followers post-surgery with an announcement he was “Feeling so much better now and on the mend…”
Jagger also gave a shout-out to the staff who oversaw his operation and expressed gratitude for their care.
“And also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job,” his statement concluded. (via Health.com)
Rolling Stones fans soon discovered Jagger hadn’t been kidding about the extent of his recovery!
A video of Jagger practicing his signature footwork while in rehearsals soon surfaced on social media. The jaw-dropping clip features Jagger dancing as well and as vigorously as he did back in the Seventies!
Jagger had shared the video via his Instagram. His fabulous footwork had been soundtracked to a song by The Wombats, according to a report from Rolling Stone at the time.
The band’s current tour, which commemorates and celebrates the band’s six decades together, exclusively contains only European dates. Steve Jordan is filling in on drums for the tour, following original drummer Charlie Watts’ passing last Summer.