FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Ronnie Wood, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform in East Rutherford, N.J. The Rolling Stones are postponing its 15-city North American tour because of the coronavirus. The band announced Tuesday that it's No Filter Tour, originally expected to kick off in San Diego on May 8, will no longer take place.
Photo: Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File
Photo: Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File

The Rolling Stones postpone ‘No Filter’ tour, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium date

The Rolling Stones have postponed their 15-date “No Filter” tour, which was scheduled to end at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 9.

“We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together – and we’ll see you very soon,” the band said in a statement.

Fans are advised to hold on to tickets and await further information.

Following last week’s Allman Brothers Band 50th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke to Chuck Leavell, former ABB keyboardist and since 1982, musical director and keyboardist for The Rolling Stones.

Leavell – at the time – was optimistic that the tour would kick off May 8 as planned, but said the band was keeping “a cautious eye.”

The Rolling Stones last played Atlanta in 2015, with a show at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Leavell, a Macon native, said he thought then that it would be the final opportunity to play with the band in his home state and had a memorabilia book made to document the night.

“I put together this great keepsake,” he said, “and here we are, five years later. I can’t wait.”

This is the second major concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to postpone due to the coronavirus; Kenny Chesney announced last week that he would delay his “Chillaxification Tour,” which was set for the venue May 16.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.