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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 October, 2003, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Final gig for Stones' world tour
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger has had a few problems with his throat on the tour
The Rolling Stones play the final leg of their trouble-hit world tour to a sell-out crowd in Switzerland on Thursday.

The official last gig of the 40 Licks tour, in Zurich, comes after a fake interview with singer Mick Jagger was published in a Swiss newspaper.

It is the latest in a series of on-tour troubles for the band.

Concerts have been hit by Jagger's throat problems, fears over the Sars virus and cancelled flights.

The band played in the United States, Australia and the Far East before going to Europe in June.

In late August they played their most intimate show in years with a date at London's Astoria Theatre to just 2,000 people.

The venue was yards way from the site of their London debut in the 1960s.

Extra dates

But Jagger had to postpone the opening UK show at Twickenham rugby stadium because of flu.

Problems already faced by the group have included postponing a concert in Amsterdam because Jagger had a sore throat.

Previous concerts were cancelled due to the Sars epidemic in Asia, safety fears in Belgrade and problems with their flights.

Earlier in the tour they cancelled a concert in Spain after Jagger came down with laryngitis.

The Zurich gig - at Letzigrund Stadium - comes as Swiss tabloid newspaper Blick apologised to its readers after it found that a recent five-part interview with Mick Jagger was a fake.

But the concert may not be quite the end of the road.

The Rolling Stones are thought to be discussing possible extra dates in Asia.


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