Rolling Stones fans have gathered at the Perth hotel where the veteran band has been staying, including one man who has so far spent $10,000 on the tour.
Philadelphian Jeffrey Gussin, 49, said he was “dazed and confused” after hearing frontman Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott had been found dead in her New York flat overnight.
Mr Gussin, a former crew member of the Stones and long-time enthusiast, was planning to spend $15,000 following them around on their Australian tour – not including a few complimentary tickets.
But with the tour now in limbo amid speculation Jagger may have already flown back to the US, he and other roving Stones fans aren’t sure whether to stay or go.
While organisers Frontier Touring are yet to issue a statement, Mr Gussin said he strongly expected the Wednesday night concert in Perth had – understandably – been cancelled.
“I’m feeling perplexed right now, sort of flipping a coin about what to do,” he said, adding he’d shed tears for his hero Jagger.
Mr Gussin – who has seen the Stones perform some 500 times, beginning in 1978 – said he would have liked to have spent some time on Perth beaches, but he’d feel guilty not being with his family back home for much longer if the tour was cancelled.
And while he was gutted at the thought of the tour being called off, that all paled into comparison to how Jagger would be feeling, he said.
“It will always be my favourite band.”
Another fan said she too understood that cancelling would be in the best interests of the grieving singer.
“I think Perth would be the last place I’d want to be – I’d want to be in New York,” she said.