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Mick Jagger’s mystery illness forces Rolling Stones to postpone North America tour

The Rolling Stones frontman is taking a month off after a routine scan discovered 'something untoward' ahead of the upcoming Rolling Stones 'No Filter' tour
UPDATED FEB 26, 2020
Mick Jagger (Source : Getty Images)
Mick Jagger (Source : Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones have postponed their upcoming tour dates in the United States as frontman Mick Jagger has been diagnosed with a health condition.

Mick Jagger is taking a month off after a routine scan discovered "something untoward" ahead of the upcoming Rolling Stones 'No Filter' tour. The 75-year-old rockstar took to Twitter to announce the news.

Apologizing to his fans in America and Canada, he said he is "devastated" to have to "let them down". Mick wrote; "I'm so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. 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. Once again, huge apologies to everyone."

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage on the opening night of the European leg of their No Filter tour at Croke Park on May 17, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)

The band also made the announcement on Saturday morning. "Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment," said a statement from the band.

"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."

The statement did not specify why Jagger needs medical attention, but an insider told The Sun that Mick will "recover quickly," but added that the mystery illness will be monitored and may require medical treatment.

"As happens ahead of every tour, Mick had a routine screening where something untoward was found. It is something that needs monitoring over the next month and may require hospital treatment. It's a setback, but Mick trains like an athlete and looks after himself. He'll get better quickly."

Mick's bandmate Ronnie Wood tweeted; "We'll miss you over the next few weeks, but we're looking forward to seeing you all again very soon. Here's to Mick ~ thanks for your supportive messages it means so much to us."

In 2014, Mick was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder after L’Wren Scott’s suicide. He had remained silent about his feelings after his girlfriend of 13 years hanged herself in March of that year.

But the incident took a toll on him and the doctor advised him not to perform for a month, according to papers filed in an £8million battle between the band and their insurers, reported Daily Mail.

The band was forced to postpone the Australia and New Zealand tour when L’Wren died – but their insurers refused to pay out, saying their policy did not cover suicide.

Designer L'Wren Scott and musician Mick Jagger attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011, in New York City. (Getty Images)