Ronnie Wood admits Rolling Stones were left 'gobsmacked' by Mick Jagger's heart op
RONNIE Wood has revealed how he and the Rolling Stones were left "gobsmacked" when Mick Jagger announced that he was having a heart op.
The singer, 75, left his bandmates; Ronnie, Keith Richards, 75, and Charlie Watts, 78, stunned when he revealed that he had to undergo heart valve replacement surgery in April.
Ronnie, 72, explained that he and the rest of the band were summoned to Mick's hotel room before they were told of his "serious" health setback.
He said: "We knew it was something serious. 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."
In the wake of his recovery, the band were forced to rescheduled their North American and Canadian No Filter tour while they rallied around their iconic singer.
The candid comments come as Sir Mick returned to the stage last night at Chicago's Soldier Field two months following heart surgery.
The rocker recently updated fans to let them know he's "feeling pretty good" and been rehearsing "a lot lately" and hitting the gym.
Speaking in his first interview since having the operation, he said: "I'm feeling pretty good. Been rehearsing a lot lately in the last few weeks… This morning [I did] a bit of gym.
"Nothing crazy. Then I go into rehearsal with the rest of the band."
Mick, who has eight children with five women, loves being on the road, but admitted that cutting back touring to "three or four months" a year is "quite a good balance" for him.
He said: "I don't do it all the time, [like] 12 months a year. When you're young, that's what you do. [Today I] spend three or four months on the road in a year and that seems to be quite a good balance."
The legendary band's new shows kick off with two nights in Chicago before they head to Ontario, Canada, and continuing with dates in Washington DC, Foxboro, East Rutherford, Philadelphia, Houston and Jacksonville.
The Stones also added a new show in New Orleans, and will then continue to Denver, Seattle, Santa Clara, Pasadena and Glendale before ending in Miami on August 31.
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