Festival Seeks An Emotional Rescue Due To Mick Jagger Surgery
On with the show, right?
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival made a huge splash when it announced the Rolling Stones as the 2019 headliner for the event’s 50th anniversary. Officials were even taking the unprecedented move of shutting down the rest of Jazzfest when the Stones took to the stage on Thursday, May 2.
But the Stones will not be taking the stage, after all. The band canceled its entire North American tour because Mick Jagger requires a medical procedure (reportedly surgery to replace a heart valve). While he will be okay and Jazzfest will be too, that event has taken a big hit.
Festival producer Quint Davis is now hard at work to find a replacement, tho this has to be a tough time for him, as he worked for years to get the Stones to the event. Some names being thrown about in some media circles are Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen (who has played the event in the past) and even Louisiana native Britany Spears, who is currently taking a break.
Here’s one suggestion: expand the performance of Jimmy Buffett, who is already scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 5. Give him a full two-plus hours, allow tailgating with RVs and have a full-on Parrothead party.
People who purchased tickets for the Stone are being encouraged to hang onto them.
No official word has been made on a possible replacement, tho officials did post this statement on its website:
“Due to the postponement of the Rolling Stones No Filter tour, the band will not be performing at this year’s JazzFest. Details about the festival’s May 2 music lineup will be announced as soo as they are finalized.
“Information regarding May 2 ticket refunds and second weekend VIP package adjustments is forthcoming.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes and thank you for your patience.”
The Stones were rehearsing in Miami when they made their unexpected announcement. They were even seen playing around on Miami Beach.