The Rolling Stones may postpone or cancel their Australian tour following the news this morning that Mick Jagger‘s girlfriend L’Wren Scott was found dead in her New York apartment. The Stones were set to perform their first concert in Perth on Wednesday, before touring Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Macedon Ranges and Brisbane.
Media representatives gathered outside the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, where the band are believed to be staying, following unconfirmed reports that tour promoter Frontier Touring would be holding a press conference to make a statement about the status of The Rolling Stones tour. According to TheMusic, hotel staff asked media to leave while a van looked ready to take people away from the hotel.
Perth radio station 96FM announced earlier today that Frontier has cancelled the band’s Perth date, but this has not been verified by the promoter. A representative from Frontier Touring has reportedly told touring partners Triple M that The Rolling Stones are gathered together in Perth and that an announcement regarding the tour will be made when the band reach a decision. No timeline has been set.
According to the Australian, other unconfirmed rumours are suggesting that Jagger already left the hotel this morning to fly back to New York in a private jet. Frontier Touring denied knowledge of this to Triple M. The singer’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger, has cancelled her scheduled appearance at a Melbourne Fashion Week event and is also reportedly on her way to New York.
Scott, 49, had been dating Jagger, 70, for over a decade, following his split from wife Jerry Hall. She began her career as a model and launched her own high-end label in 2006. More news on this as it develops.
UPDATE 6:34pm 18/03/14: The management of Adelaide Oval, where the Stones were slated to play on Saturday, 22nd March have now issued an official statement via their website, writing:
“We have been informed by promoters Frontier Touring that the Rolling Stones concert in Perth will not be going ahead as scheduled following the extremely sad events overnight in New York.
“As yet, there is still no official decision about Saturday’s concert at the Adelaide Oval. We continue to liaise with the promoters and will provide an update when more information becomes available.
“We – like all fans – are deeply sorry for Mick Jagger and the family and friends of L’Wren Scott and offer our heartfelt condolences.”
Earlier this afternoon, the band’s Australian tour promoter, Frontier Touring, confirmed the cancellation of their Wednesday, 19th March Perth Arena show, which was to be the opening concert of their highly awaited 14 On Fire tour. No further tour details were offered.