Mick Jagger's throat issue forces Rolling Stones' Australia gig cancellation

Sydney (Agence France-Presse, Reuters) - The Rolling Stones on Friday cancelled a show in Australia with frontman Mick Jagger unable to perform as he struggles to overcome a throat infection, the band said.

It is another blow for fans after the group called off their original tour earlier this year after the suicide of Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

The rescheduled The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire tour started in South Australia on Oct 25. The cancelled concert was to be the fifth of nine concerts in Australia and New Zealand.

It was due to be performed on Saturday at Hanging Rock, 80 km north of Melbourne in the state of Victoria. Ticket holders have been offered a refund.

"The Rolling Stones have been forced to cancel the next date of their Australian tour after Mick has developed a throat infection," the band said.

"He is under strict doctor's orders to rest his vocal cords for the next few days in order to recuperate for the remainder of the tour."

Hanging Rock was the bush site of an Australian mystery in which a group of female students vanished in 1900. A novel about their disappearance called Picnic At Hanging Rock was later made into a critically acclaimed 1975 movie by director Peter Weir.

The next Stones concert is scheduled for Sydney on Nov 12.