Watts spokesperson said that although his procedure had been “completely successful”, the drummer had been told by medics that he needed “proper rest and recovery”.
He said it was “very disappointing” that Watts is unlikely to be able to hit the road again at the moment, adding that “no one saw this coming.“.
Watts said: “I am working hard to be in great shape, but I accepted today, on the advice of the experts, that it will take some time.
“After all the fan suffering caused by Covid, I really don’t want the many RS [Rolling Stones] fans who held tickets for this tour will be disappointed with another postponement or cancellation. “
The Stones’ first concert will be held in St. Louis on September 26, with dates to follow in Dallas, Nashville and other US cities.
These will be the legendary group’s first performances since the virtual interpretation of You Can’t Always Get What You Want during the One World: Together At Home concert in April 2020.