Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger has made an official statement about the tragic death of L'Wren Scott, the fashion designer who was his girlfriend since 2001. On March 18, 2014, this statement was posted on the Rolling Stones' official Internet outlets (website, Facebook, etc.):
"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,
As previously reported, Scott (who was 49) died of an apparent suicide at her New York City apartment on March 17, 2014. She was found hanged from a doorknob. 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.
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 are being changed due to the tragic death of Scott.
As previously reported, a Rolling Stones concert in Perth, Australia, has already been cancelled or postponed, according to the Rolling Stones and concert promoter Frontier Touring. More changes to the tour are expected to be announced.
[March 18, 2014 update: The Rolling Stones have announced that all of their "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed to undetermined dates. See the announcement at the end of this article.]
Rolling Stones fans all over the world have been expressing their condolences on the Internet. (See a sampling of comments at the end of this article.) 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.
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 Rolling Stones were scheduled to perform in Perth, Australia, on March 19, 2014, but that concert has been postponed.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a press conference in Australia was rumored to have happened on March 18, 2014, to give an update on the tour, but that press conference never happened.
Instead, Frontier Touring (which is promoting the Rolling Stones' "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia) posted this message on its official Facebook page on March 18, 2014: "Frontier Touring and Concerts West regret to announce that The Rolling Stones concert in Perth will not be going ahead as scheduled for Wednesday 19 March 2014. No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available. Ticket holders can check frontiertouring.com, twitter.com/frontiertouring or this Facebook page for updates. Please note no further comment is available at this time."
The Rolling Stones later made a separate statement on their official Internet outlets on March 18, 2014: "The Rolling Stones concert in Perth will not be going ahead as scheduled for Wednesday 19 March 2014. No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available. Ticket holders can check www.RollingStones.com for official updates."
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.
In the announcement Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger commented: "I love festivals in the summertime and can't wait for the tour to get to Europe."
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards added: “Let’s keep this show on the road … The band are in top form so I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe.”
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 were scheduled to go on sale on March 20, 2014. The rest of the tickets for these concerts were scheduled to go on sale on March 21, 2014.
More European concerts on the tour were to be announced, but all tour dates are now in doubt.
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."
On Dec. 3, 2013, the Rolling Stones began announcing concert dates in Asia, Australia and New Zealand for their "14 on Fire" tour of 2014. The announcements were made on the Rolling Stones' official Internet outlets. Frontier Touring and AEG Live are the concert promoters for the tour in Australia and New Zealand.
As previously reported, the band's first concert that was announced on the "14 on Fire" tour was March 22, 2014, at the re-opened Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Tickets went on sale on Nov. 25, 2013. Not surprisingly, the concert sold out, as have the other concerts on the tour.
The Rolling Stones' previous tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 2006, as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.
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
Here is a sampling of comments on the Internet from Rolling Stones fans reacting to the tragic news of Scott's death:
From the Rolling Stones' official Facebook page:
"So very sorry Mick, thinking of you at this time. Lean on your precious friends and family."
"Deepest sympathies, Mick. Your bandmates and fans will help you through the grief. Keep on rocking. 23 minutes ago David Hayden always difficult to understand why people get so depressed that they end up killing themselves.Our thoughts are with you as you struggle to comprehend your sad demise!R.I.P."
"Hope the good wishes from the people here give some comfort during this awfull time. Best wishes. 23 minutes ago Mario Prudom My sympathy Mick!! God bless her!"
"My sympathies, and loving thoughts to you Mick, and to her family and friends. R.I.P."
"My greatest condolences! 23 minutes ago Marlisse Karchner Thomas God Bless You Mick."
"Very sorry for your loss."
"Very sorry for your loss. RIP sweet L'Wren."
"She was beautiful....sorry for your loss."
"Mick, you are well loved all over the world. Your pain is our pain."
"Sincere sorrow for your loss, my thoughts are with you at this very sad time, be strong Mick."