Mick Jagger Recovering After Surgery, Archival Stones Concert Set Coming In June
Mick Jagger is officially on the mend after undergoing successful heart valve procedure in Manhattan. On Friday (April 5th), the Rolling Stones' frontman posted a message to fans and will wishers on social media, saying: "Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend -- and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job."
The Stones' tour will go on with the rescheduled dates happening as early as July. The band's 15-date trek was supposed to kick off on April 20th in Miami Gardens, Florida at the Hard Rock Stadium. As it stands now, the only date that's been canceled is the May 2nd appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, for which Fleetwood Mac has been drafted to perform in the Stones' spot.
The Daily Mail reported Mick Jagger's younger brother, musician Chris Jagger, spoke about his older brother's procedure to The Sunday People, and revealed, "Mick is doing OK. I spoke to him. He’s good. It just showed up on a scan so it could happen to anybody, y'know? It happened to (the Clash's) Joe (Strummer when he was 50). He came back from walking the dogs and his wife found him collapsed on the sofa. He had this valve problem. His father died with it. It was hereditary. You get to 70, you have got to be careful, y'know? That is why when you get to a certain age they want to check for this, check for that."
Chris went on to say, "I’ve had a few health issues. At least he has not got to wait in line for the NHS. Maybe he will slow down. Touring is a pressure."
IN OTHER STONES NEWS
Coming on June 21st is the latest multimedia archival release from the Rolling Stones -- Bridges To Bremen. The previously unreleased German concert was captured on September 2nd, 1998 during the band's 1997/1998 97-date Bridges To Babylon tour. The film has been completely restored, remixed, and remastered and will be available on digital, DVD and double-CD, Blu-ray and double-CD, triple vinyl and digital audio.
The Bridges To Babylon tour signaled a new era for the Stones, marking the first time the band went on the road with a permanent B-stage, and also ushering in the digital era when fans could vote on the band’s website for a track they wanted to hear at the show -- with the Bremen show featuring the fan-voted Black And Blue deep cut "Memory Motel." In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray portions of the package includes four bonus songs taped live in September 1997 at Chicago's Soldier Field.
The tracklisting to The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Bremen DVD is:
"(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," "Let’s Spend The Night Together," "Flip The Switch," "Gimme Shelter," "Anybody Seen My Baby," "Paint It, Black," "Saint Of Me," "Out Of Control," "Memory Motel," "Miss You," "Thief In The Night," "Wanna Hold You," "Its Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It)," "You Got Me Rocking," "Like A Rolling Stone," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Tumbling Dice," "Honky Tonk Women," "Start Me Up," "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," "You Can’t Always Get What You Want," and "Brown Sugar."
"Bridges To Chicago" -- Bonus Performances: "Rock And A Hard Place," "Under My Thumb," "All About You," and "Let It Bleed."
At the Rolling Stones' Bridges To Babylon tour announcement on August 8th, 1997 under New York's Brooklyn Bridge, Mick Jagger hipped the press as to what they could expect from the band's upcoming dates: "This tour, I think is going to be a more interesting stage and I think as far as the music's concerned, I think we're going to some old favorites, we're going to do some new things, we're going to do some unusual things; and the tour's a mixture of gigs. There going to some. . . there going to be lots of stadiums, and there's going to be some theaters, and some clubs on the tour. So, I think it's going to be a really exciting tour and I think it's going to be a different tour to the Voodoo Lounge (tour), so, you gotta be there."