Entertainment Music Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts 'Unlikely' to Play Band's Tour Due to Medical Procedure "I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while," Charlie Watts said By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 4, 2021 11:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Charlie Watts. Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will likely miss the America leg of the band's No Filter tour this fall while he recovers from an unspecified medical procedure. A spokesperson for the musician said in a statement to PEOPLE that doctors have concluded Watts, 80, "now needs proper rest and recuperation" from a procedure he had that was "completely successful." "With rehearsals starting in a couple of weeks it's very disappointing to say the least, but it's also fair to say no one saw this coming," the spokesperson added. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood Reveals He Fought Small-Cell Cancer During Pandemic: 'All-Clear' ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Watts, who underwent treatment for throat cancer in 2004, will be replaced by understudy Steve Jordan. "For once my timing has been a little off," Watts said in a statement. "I am working hard to get fully fit but I have today accepted on the advice of the experts that this will take a while." "After all the fans' suffering caused by Covid I really do not want the many RS fans who have been holding tickets for this tour to be disappointed by another postponement or cancellation," he said. "I have therefore asked my great friend Steve Jordan to stand in for me." Mick Jagger 'Didn't Enjoy' Writing Memoir So He Stopped: 'It Takes a Lot of Reliving Emotions' Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The No Filter tour, rescheduled from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicks off in St. Louis on Sept. 26. Dates continue through the end of November with stops in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Tampa, Dallas, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Detroit and Austin. Said Jordan: "It is an absolute honor and a privilege to be Charlie's understudy and I am looking forward to rehearsing with Mick, Keith and Ronnie. No one will be happier than me to give up my seat on the drum-riser as soon as Charlie tells me he is good to go."