Jagger Says He’s ‘Struggling to Understand’ Scott’s Suicide, Stones Postpone Tour

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In his first public comments since the tragedy, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger says he’s “still struggling to understand” why his girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, apparently committed suicide yesterday.

Meanwhile, the group’s remaining March and April dates in Australia and New Zealand have been indefinitely postponed in the wake of the death of Scott, a well-known model and fashion designer who’d been dating Jagger for over a decade.

The singer offered a heartbreaking tribute to his former mate on his official website. It reads:

I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.

We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.

I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.

I will never forget her,
Mick

Scott’s body was discovered in her New York apartment on March 17; although an official cause of death has yet to be determined, police are currently treating it as a suicide.

“The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott,” the band announced on their official website. “Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement. The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.”

The postponed shows were scheduled to run from March 19 in Perth, Australia through April 5 in Auckland, New Zealand. Following those events, the band’s calendar is clear until June 7, when they’re due to travel to the Netherlands for an appearance at the Pinkpop Festival.

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Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac Among Richest Rockers

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Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac were among the Top 10 money makers for 2013, based on touring, music sales, publishing royalties and streaming revenue for the past year.

Billboard magazine’s comprehensive list of the richest rockers also had Paul McCartney, the EaglesElton John and Rush in the Top 40.

Bon Jovi finished highest among classic rockers, at No. 4 with $29.4 million in total revenue last year. The Stones followed at No. 5 with $26.2 million. Fleetwood Mac rounded out the Top 10 with $19 million. Paul McCartney (2013 Earnings: $13.8 million) came in at No. 21, the Eagles ($13 million) followed at No. 22. Elton John ($9.4 million) finished at No. 33, with Rush ($9 million) at No. 35.

Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can” tour finished as the top-grossing concert series of last year, pushing the band to the top of that list for the three out of the last six years. Bon Jovi had 1.5 million downloads, even while releasing ‘What About Now’ in 2013, topping the Billboard album charts for the fifth time.

Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones cashed in, despite mounting a very limited run of 2013 shows in North America, averaging $4.7 million per show. The band added two new songs to its most recent greatest hits package, and boasted some 1.5 million track downloads. Fleetwood Mac played 34 cities, including a three-night stand in London that saw the return of long-time member Christine McVie. A new EP, called ‘Extended Play,’ also reached the Billboard Top 50.

Billboard’s Top 10 Money Makers for 2013
1. Taylor Swift: $39.7 million
2. Kenny Chesney: $34 million
3. Justin Timberlake: $31.5 million
4. Bon Jovi: $29.4 million
5. Rolling Stones: $26.2 million
6. Beyonce: $24.4 million
7. Maroon 5: $22.3 million
8. Luke Bryan: $22.1 million
9. P!nk: $20 million
10. Fleetwood Mac: $19 million