The Rolling Stones have postponed their upcoming European Tour, which was due to start in Spain on 25 May, to give guitarist Keith Richards time to recover from that brain surgery he underwent in New Zealand at the start of the week.
As previously reported, that brain surgery followed a fall from a palm tree in Fiji. A spokesman for Richards initially said the rocker had only suffered concussion from the fall, denied reports that the Rolling Stone would undergo surgery, and said the incident would not affect the band’s upcoming touring commitments.
However, on Monday Richards’ people issued the following statement: “Last week Keith was under observation in Auckland following a fall in Fiji and was feeling well after being examined by doctors last week, however after complaining of headaches yesterday doctors thought it prudent to move ahead with a small operation to remove the pressure. The operation was a complete success and Keith is already up and talking with his family today. He will need a few weeks recuperation.”
Subsequent media reports have suggested Richards has had a second operation since that statement was released, and that his family have mounted a “bedside vigil”, but his spokesman denies that is a case, saying the initial surgery was successful and the rocker now just needs time to recuperate.
Either way, that recuperation period will mean Richards is not sufficiently fit for the 25 May date, and the band say they are now looking to get going with their European tour at some point in June, though an exact start date and details of when the postponed dates will be rescheduled are as yet to be confirmed.