On March 19, 2014, Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts issued statements about the tragic death of L'Wren Scott, the fashion designer who was Mick Jagger's girlfriend since 2001. Meanwhile, Watts performed a late-night, low-key jazz concert for about 130 people at the Ellwood Jazz Club in Perth, Australia, on March 19, 2014, the same night that the Rolling Stones were supposed to do a concert at Perth Arena. The Rolling Stones' 2014 concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed in the wake of Scott's death.
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.
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 are being 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.
Contrary to some published reports, Jagger did not leave Australia right away after hearing about Scott's death. The Daily Mirror reports that the Rolling Stones left Australia on March 20, 2014.
Jagger was dining at Coco's restaurant in Perth when he got the news of Scott's death.
Coco's manager Denise Zammit told Closer Magazine: "He’d been there about an hour -- he had a seafood entrée and a main meal of local fish -- and then somebody from his entourage came in. Before that, he was talking to our waiter, who is also English, and he was having a great time with him. They were talking about England and where he’d been in Perth and all the things he’d been doing. Before he left the restaurant he shook the waiter’s hand and said, 'I’m sorry I have to leave,' and he said he’d had a great night. He said he had to leave straight away."
According to the MailOnline (which talked to Watts in Perth on March 19, 2014), Watts commented on how Jagger is doing in the days since Scott's death: "He's holding up. He's OK. He's not really well. He's not really here. It was such a shock."
The MailOnline also reported on Watts' concert at Ellwood Jazz Club in Perth. Ellwood Jazz Club director Graham Wood told MailOnline that Watts was "private and quiet" during his two hours at the club, which included Watts performing a jazz-style version of the Rolling Stones' hit "Honky Tonk Women."
Graham Wood said to MailOnline: "There was talk of Charlie coming on Monday [March 17, 2014]. But obviously, with the way things unfolded, it didn’t happen. He got here around 11 p.m. and stayed a good couple of hours. He was fairly private. He had his entourage and security there. He was pretty keen to just quietly enjoy the music. We had a full house of about 130, and they didn’t really know what was happening. He played a kind-of slow, swing version of 'Honky Tonk Women.' The place just erupted. People couldn’t believe it."
According to the MailOnline: "Watts had been expected to play at the club earlier in the week as part of saxophonist Tim Ries' Rolling Stones Project when the news of L'Wren Scott’s death altered his plans."
Kaitlyn Elsegood, who was at the club, commented to the MailOnline on how Watts was behaving when he arrived at Ellwood Jazz Club: "He was sitting in the bar the whole time, but he was sitting quietly in the corner having a drink. Not many people noticed he was there. But he was very relaxed on stage. He played for about 45 minutes.He didn’t really say anything. He was just happy to play."
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.
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 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.
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 now in doubt.
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