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Jagger says Watts conquered throat cancer

Singer says the Rolling Stones will eventually tour again.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has won a battle with throat cancer, lead singer Mick Jagger said.

Watts, 63, was diagnosed with cancer four months ago and recently finished a successful six-week chemotherapy treatment at a London hospital.

“Charlie has had all his treatments and he’s now been cleared and is free of any illness,” Jagger told the Daily Mirror for Saturday’s editions.

The chemotherapy left Watts weak, and he will spend time recovering with his wife, Shirley, before going back to work, the Mirror reported.

The drummer has recently split his time between the Stones and his jazz band, Tentet. Jagger said he hoped to record new material and schedule a tour in the near future for the Stones.

“Keith Richards and I have been writing lots of songs for the new Rolling Stones album,” Jagger said. “We haven’t booked the tour yet and when we do we’ll let you know, but there will definitely be another one.”