The Rolling Stones postpone tour
The band has announced it is postponing their Australian tour following the suicide of Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott in New York.PT1M4S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3511i 620 349 March 19, 2014
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The Rolling Stones have postponed their Australian tour, with grief-stricken frontman Mick Jagger posting a heartfelt statement expressing his difficulty dealing with the suicide of his partner, L'Wren Scott, on Monday.
The band confirmed the tour would not go ahead on its website, posting the following statement: ‘‘The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott.
Mick Jagger pictured with his girlfriend L'Wren Scott. Photo: AP
‘‘Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
After midnight Perth time Jagger posted a deeply personal statement on his own Facebook page.
"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," he wrote.
He and the other three Rolling Stones are believed to still be in the WA capital, where the tour was due to begin on Wednesday night, before playing gigs in Adelaide this week then Sydney, Melbourne, Hanging Rock and Brisbane.
A clearly emotional Jagger briefly paid tribute to Scott in his short statement, which was accompanied by a smiling black and white photo of Scott.
"We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves,’’ he wrote.
"She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."
Jagger said he had been "touched" by the tributes paid to her and personal messages of support for him, then signed off simply saying: "I will never forget her, Mick."
Nearly 9500 people posted further messages of support for Jagger under his statement.
Will happily await an @RollingStones return. So many well wishes. So many.— madeleine (@madeleinefarman) March 18, 2014
Leading fashion designer Scott, 49, took her own life in her Manhattan apartment where she was found by her personal assistant on Monday (New York time).
The band arrived in Perth to play their tour on Monday, but plans ground to a halt when news of Scott's sudden death broke.
Band promoter Frontier Touring confirmed the tour was postponed, not cancelled, and attempts were being made to find new dates for the band to play in Australia — although there was no indication when that might happen.
"Australia/New Zealand promoters ask ticket holders to please hold on to their tickets until further notice,’’ Frontier said in a statement.
‘‘A new schedule of dates is presently being worked on and will be advised as soon as possible. Information will be made available via rollingstones.com and frontiertouring.com as soon as available.’’
The affected concert dates are:
- Perth Arena – 19 March
- Adelaide Oval – 22 March
- Sydney Allphones Arena – 25 March
- Melbourne Rod Laver Arena – 28 March
- Macedon Ranges Hanging Rock – 30 March
- Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 2 April
- Auckland Mt Smart Stadium – 5 April
New dates for the concerts will be rescheduled at a later date.
For help or information, call Lifeline, 131 114, or visit beyondblue.org.au.
Rolling Stones fans offer condolences
Rolling Stones fans have taken to social media in their tens of thousands to express sympathy for Mick Jagger and the rest of the band.
Their sentiments have been overwhelmingly supportive, with the vast majority saying it was the right decision to postpone the eagerly anticipated Australian tour following Scott's death.
"We wouldn't expect the situation any other way," said Melburnian Helen Prowse. "Love for family comes first. Deepest condolences. A truly beautiful lady. Our thoughts are with you."
Cathy Fulton, from Sydney, echoed Ms Prowse's words.
"Thoughts go out to Mick," she wrote on the band's Facebook page. "Am holding onto our tickets and we totally understand and agree. Hope you get through this difficult period."
Wendy Hunter, from Melbourne, was also happy to wait to see her idols on stage.
"Mick, we fans will wait as long as it takes to see you guys, we are so sad for you and hope you find some comfort with those you love and are close to," she wrote.
Stones devotees from overseas, many of whom had shelled out thousands of dollars for tickets, flights and accommodation, were also understanding.
"Take all time you need, troops, the world will be waiting!" Martin O'Hare, from Scotland, wrote. "Flight still going to Australia for me on Sat from Glasgow. Had tickets for Sydney, Melbourne and Hanging Rock! Obviously can't afford to come back to rescheduled gigs but will look forward to hopefully catching you in Europe! Keep the chin up, Mick! You're a f---ing legend, sir!"
- NICK GALVIN