First, Mick Jagger came down with a case of laryngitis and blew out scheduled performances in Syracuse, NY, and Toronto, Canada. Then, in spite of the band's determination to play Montreal on Sunday, January 11, they were blown out by the weather. The giant ice storm that hit the region caused massive power failures, the closure of the airport and most of the bridges leading into the city (not to mention the water supply,) and, the final straw that broke the Stones, the ripping of the stadium roof.
Ron Wood, however, did manage to attend a showing of his own artwork last Thursday, January 8, at a Toronto restaurant/gallery. The Stones were gathered in that city (the promoter's home base) while their advance road crew weathered the storm in Montreal. Wood, an art student before taking up the guitar, offered up an appealing display of drawings and silk screens that included his bandmates and other rock figures, including Elvis and Buddy Holly. The Canadian Press reports that
25 pieces were sold for prices ranging from $250 to $3,000. The proceeds were donated to children's charities, including one to aid the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The three MSG shows, with Fiona Apple in the opening slot, are set for January 14, 16 and 17. Ticketmaster Online was showing a smattering of seats still available at press time.
Make-up dates for the cancelled performances are expected to be announced shortly.