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Now the Rolling Stones Tour Is Upended by COVID After Mick Jagger Tests Positive for the Virus

The Rolling Stones cancelled a concert scheduled for Monday night in Amsterdam after lead singer Mick Jagger,78, experienced symptoms and tested positive for COVID. The Stones were vaccinated last year before beginning the U.S. leg of their tour in St. Louis in September The band is touring Europe this spring and summer celebrating their 60th anniversary and has ten more dates scheduled through the end of July. The cancellation of the Stones’ concert follows ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, 81, cancelling the remaining dates of a spring/summers US tour this past weekend after two members of his All Starr Band tested positive.

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger at a concert in Liverpool, England, June 9, band photo by Dave Hogan

The Stones announced the cancellation on Twitter and Facebook:

The Rolling Stones have been forced to call off tonight’s concert in Amsterdam at the Johan Cruijff Arena, following Mick Jagger testing positive after experiencing symptoms of COVID upon arrival at the stadium.

The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry for tonight’s postponement, but the safety of the audience, fellow musicians and the touring crew has to take priority.

The show will be rescheduled for a later date. Tickets for tonight’s show will be honored for the rescheduled date. Standby for details.

The next shows are scheduled for Bern, Switzerland on Friday and Milan, Italy on the 21st.

Just a couple hours before announcing the cancellation the Stones posted a video promoting the Amsterdam show.

Their last concert was in Liverpool, England on June 9.

Last September the Stones released a video encouraging their fans to get vaccinated like they had and to wear masks at their U.S. shows.

In August Jagger teamed up with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl for the song Eazy Sleazy that mocked anti-vaxxers. Lyrics excerpt:

“SHOOTING THE VACCINE BILL GATES IS IN MY BLOODSTREAM
ITS MIND CONTROL
THE EARTH IS FLAT AND COLD ITS NEVER WARMING UP
THE ARCTICS TURNED TO SLUSH
THE SECOND COMINGS LATE
THERES ALIENS IN THE DEEP STATE”

The Stones are down to two founding members, Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards,78, and guitarist Ronnie Wood, 75, who joined the band in 1975. Bill Wyman, 85, who retired from the band in 1993, is the only other surviving founding member after the death of drummer Charlie Watts–who was still playing with the band until his death last year at the age of 80.

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