The Rolling Stones have resumed their Stones On Fire world tour after a two-month break following the death of L’Wren Scott, Mick Jagger’s long-time girlfriend. The designer was found after hanging herself to death in her apartment on March 17, 2014, putting the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary world tour on pause. Although Jagger is still grieving, the band started up the European leg of their tour on Memorial Day in Oslo, Norway.
L’Wren Scott and Mick Jagger had been dating since 2003, and had met at a photo shoot in back in 2001. Scott was a very successful model-turned-fashion-designer. She was 49 when she took her life in her New York apartment. She left no note, but asked her assistant to come by early that morning. Her assistant found her in her living room hanging from a scarf, which had been tied to a door handle. Police reported that there were no signs of foul play.
Scott’s death comes as a shock. She had been very successful, but over the last year rumors grew that she was experiencing financial problems with her company. Her clothing designs gained her fame and fortune for being tailored to lengthy ladies and, at the same time, incorporating bold prints. She also worked on a number of films, including Ocean’s Thirteen. Her gowns were red carpet ready, and worn by A-list celebrities such as Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and even first lady, Michelle Obama. In February Scott had to cancel her London Fashion Week show, which was meant to feature her fall collection. She built her business up herself and accomplished much during her 30-year career. She leaves Jagger with her $9 million estate.
A memorial for Scott was held by Jagger in New York City in early May, with Martin Scorsese and Sarah Jessica Parker among the several guests gathered to mourn his loss. Jagger sang Just Like a Woman by Bob Dylan at the service, and was clearly heartbroken by the loss of his girlfriend of 11 years. It is no secret he is still struggling to understand why she did it and, fortunately, his band mates have been right by his side the entire time. Even throughout the 50 years they have been wild rock-and-roll icons, the band still remains as a family. After a few months of grieving, the Rolling Stones began practicing and preparing to return to their world tour.
The band postponed their Australian and New Zealand tour dates, and new dates have been scheduled for October and November 2014. With 14 European tour dates and other festivals scheduled all over the world, the band has a busy summer ahead of them. On May 26 the group resumed their tour at Norway’s Telenor Arena, near Oslo, and Jagger was his usual high, energetic self. He did not mention Scott during the show. It has been a long, bumpy road for the English band, and these guys can face it all and still be able to rock at the end of the day. Whether this is their last tour or not, fans are excited to see them get rolling again.
By Morgan Louchen