Ronnie Wood says he knew it wasn't good news in April when Mick Jagger summoned him, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts to his hotel room in Miami, where The Rolling Stones were set to begin theirNo Filter tour.
“We knew it was something serious," says Woody in The Mirror. "I think he needed a bit of support, which we gave him. We thank our lucky stars. This was certainly a swerve, a left-hand ball, for us. We weren’t ready for this.”
The news was that Jagger needed a heart valve replaced. While he went in for surgery, Woody, his family and Keith took advantage of the close proximity to the islands and headed for Turks and Caicos to “get over the shock. We just tried to stay positive and wait until the surgery had been done. When we got a big thumbs-up from that, and from Mick, we breathed a sigh of relief and were able to carry on with our lives again.”
And carry on they did, finally opening the No Filter tour Friday night in Chicago.