Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger is in Los Angeles with members of his family as he prepares for the funeral of his longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott. A spokesperson for Jagger told Us Weekly in a report published on March 20, 2014: "Mick has arrived in L.A. where he is with his daughter Karis and her family who live there."
Karis (who is 44) is Jagger's eldest child. Her mother is Jagger's ex-girlfriend Marsha Hunt. According to Us Weekly, Jagger's other adult children — Jade (who is 42); Elizabeth (also known as Lizzy), who is 30; Jim (who is 28); and Georgia May (who is 22) — have also made plans to be with their father in Los Angeles. (Jagger's two youngest children are 16-year-old Gabriel and 14-year-old Lucas, who may or may not be in Los Angeles, presumably because they are in school.)
As previously reported, Scott (who was 49) committed suicide at her New York City apartment on March 17, 2014. She was found hanged from a doorknob. Scott was a fashion designer and former model who was Jagger's girlfriend since 2001.
It has not yet been announced where Scott's funeral will take place. She lived with Jagger in New York, London and Paris. Before she met Jagger, Scott lived in Los Angeles for several years when she was a stylist. There will likely be a memorial service for her in one or more of these cities. There have been reports that Scott's family wants her to be buried in Utah, the state she lived in when she was a child. Many of her family members still live in Utah.
[March 21, 2014 update: The New York Post reports that Scott's funeral will take place in Los Angeles, according to the wishes of her brother Randy Bambrough. Scott's sister Jan Shane has reportedly been banned from the funeral, wake and any memorial services. Shane had been estranged from Scott at the time of her death and had not spoken to her since 2008, the year that their mother died.
Shane also gave an interview with the Daily Mail (a British tabloid) shortly after Scott died. In the interview, Shane talked about Scott's relationship with Jagger and recent aspects of Scott's personal life. Given that Scott and Shane had not spoken to each other for six years, the tabloid interview was very inappropriate and Shane's credibility very dubious. Jan’s husband, Ron Shane, told the New York Post: “Randy is trying to keep Jan from being able to attend any services.”]
The Rolling Stones' "14 on Fire" tour dates in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed in the wake of Scott's death. The concerts were originally supposed to take place from March 19 to April 5, 2014, but the Rolling Stones are now looking into rescheduling the concerts to take place in October and November 2014. Michael Gudinski of Frontier Touring, which is the tour's promoter in Australia and New Zealand, told Billboard: '"Everyone is working very closely together, and it's looking very likely that the rescheduled dates for Australia/New Zealand will be October-November, 2014."
These statements were posted on the official Rolling Stones website:
Keith Richards: “No-one saw this coming…Mick’s always been my soul brother and we love him…we’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man…we really hate to disappoint our fans but we’ll see everyone really soon.”
Charlie Watts: “Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time. We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible.”
Ronnie Wood: “This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time. Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.”
On March 18, 2014, Jagger made an official statement about Scott's death. This statement was posted on the Rolling Stones' official Facebook page:
"I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.
I will never forget her,
Less than two hours before she was found dead, Scott, texted an assistant and asked the assistant to come over to the apartment, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that Scott did not leave a suicide note but there were no signs that someone else killed her. On March 19, 2014, the New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that Scott committed suicide.
Scott's self-titled fashion company was reportedly $6 million in debt. It is not known to the public if Scott asked Jagger for financial help.
One of Scott's friends, fashion critic Cathy Horyn, told the New York Times that friends of Scott "had been worried about her hours before she died. She was with friends on Sunday night [March 16, 2014]. They were deeply concerned about her but they didn’t think she would do something so desperate. I learned since her death she was planning to close her business, with an announcement on Wednesday [March 19, 2014].”
Rolling Stones fans all over the world have been expressing their condolences on the Internet. The vast majority of fans have said that Jagger should take all the time off that he needs as he grieves for this tragic loss.
Only a very small minority of fans (usually people who have tickets to an upcoming Rolling Stones concert) have said that they are upset that they may miss out on a Rolling Stones concert because of the cost and inconvenience. These complainers have quickly been chastised by other fans for being insensitive to how the death of Scott is affecting her loved ones. Many fans also say that it wouldn't be right for Jagger to be pressured to do a Rolling Stones concert if he did not feel he was ready.
In March 2014, Rolling Stones began announcing concert dates for the European leg of their "14 on Fire" tour (including concerts in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium), but dates on the tour could be changed due to the tragic death of Scott.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have announced that all of their "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed to undetermined dates. The Rolling Stones' previous tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 2006, as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.
On March 17, 2014, before the news broke about Scott's death, the Rolling Stones had announced two concerts in Germany: Berlin at Waldbühne on June 10, 2014, and Düsseldorf at Esprit Arena on June 19, 2014. During the week of March 17, 2014, the Rolling Stones were going to announce more "14 on Fire" European concert dates, but those plans have changed.
A spokesperson for Jagger told the media that Jagger is "completely shocked and devastated" over Scott's death. The spokesperson also denied reports that Jagger and Scott had broken up before she died.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones announced that they would be performing a concert at the iconic Circus Maximus in Rome on June 22, 2014, as part of their "14 on Fire" tour. The band made the announcement on official Rolling Stones outlets such as their website, Facebook and Twitter account.
Also on March 15, 2014: The Rolling Stones concluded the Asian leg the of the "14 on Fire" tour with a concert at Sands Grand Ballroom in Singapore. A special simulcast of the concert was shown outside the venue for those who did not have tickets to get inside.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones announced that were going to headline two music festivals as part of their "14 on Fire" tour in 2014: the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, the Netherlands, on June 7 and the TW Classic Festival in Werchter, Belgium, on June 28.
Tickets for the 2014 Pinkpop Festival and 2014 TW Classic Festival went on sale at 10 a.m. local time on March 15. Both festivals are now sold out.
Pre-sale tickets for the Rolling Stones concerts in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Rome went on sale on March 20, 2014. The rest of the tickets for these concerts were scheduled to go on sale on March 21, 2014.
Critics' reviews of the tour have been mostly positive.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones were planning to take their "14 on Fire" tour to Europe in the summer of 2014, according to a Pollstar report published on Feb. 4, 2014. Pollstar reports that Sensible Events chief Andrew Zweck is the coordinator for the tour's European concerts, and he "will be working on a consultancy basis for AEG Live, which is handling the business for the rest of the world." More European concerts on the tour were to be announced, but all tour dates are subject to change.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who was a special guest on the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" concerts in 2012 and 2013, has been a special guest on the Rolling Stones "14 on Fire" tour.
Here is the Rolling Stones' announcement about their "14 on Fire" tour dates in Australia and New Zealand being postponed:
The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.
The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.
The postponed shows are:
Perth Arena – 19 March - postponed
Adelaide Oval – 22 March - postponed
Sydney Allphones Arena – 25 March - postponed
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena – 28 March - postponed
Macedon Ranges Hanging Rock – 30 March - postponed
Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 2 April - postponed
Auckland Mt Smart Stadium – 5 April - postponed
Australia/New Zealand promoters ask ticket holders to please hold on to their tickets until further notice. A new schedule of dates is presently being worked on and will be advised as soon as possible. Information will be made available via rollingstones.com and frontiertouring.com as soon as available.
Here are the announced dates for the "14 on Fire" tour, which are now subject to change in the wake of Scott's death:
Feb. 21, 2014: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Du Arena, Yas Island
Feb. 26, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 4, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 6, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 9, 2014: Cotai, Macau -- Cotai Arena
March 12, 2014: Shanghai -- Mercedes-Benz Arena
March 15, 2014: Singapore -- Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom
March 19, 2014: Perth, Australia -- Perth Arena*
March 22, 2014: Adelaide, Australia -- Oval*
March 25, 2014: Sydney -- Allphones Arena*
March 28, 2014: Melbourne, Australia -- Rod Laver Arena*
March 28, 2014: Macedon Ranges, Australia -- Hanging Rock*
April 2, 2014: Brisbane, Australia -- Entertainment Centre*
April 5, 2014: Auckland, New Zealand -- Mount Smart Stadium*
June 7, 2014: Landgraaf, the Netherlands -- Pinkpop Festival
June 10, 2014: Berlin -- Waldbühne
June 19, 2014: Düsseldorf, Germany -- Esprit Arena
June 22, 2014: Rome -- Circus Maximus
June 28, 2014: Werchter, Belgium -- TW Classic Festival