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Stones 'Sars gig for Toronto'
Rolling Stones in Hockenheim, southern Germany, on Sunday, June 22
The Stones will play the gig during a break from touring Europe
The Rolling Stones are to play a free concert in Toronto, which is seen as a boost for the Canadian city after an outbreak of the deadly Sars virus, it has been reported.

Veteran frontman Mick Jagger announced the 30 July gig, which he said would "help bring back the energy to our favourite city", Billboard.com reported.

Some 10-15 support acts for the concert are also expected to be announced.

Several artists, including Sir Elton John, cancelled Toronto dates in the wake of the Sars outbreak.

The city's economy suffered when it became the worst-hit disease hotspot outside Asia, with 38 deaths.

Jagger is reported to have recorded a taped message saying: "We're happy to tell you that we're coming to play on July 30 in a great concert for the people in the city of Toronto."

Avril Lavigne at a Sars benefit show in Toronto on Saturday
Avril Lavigne played a Sars benefit show in Toronto on Saturday
They will travel to Canada during a break in their European tour.

They played to about 60,000 people at a race track in Hockenheim, southern Germany, on Sunday.

The band were forced to cancel concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in March because of he the virus.

In Toronto, Canadian musicians have rallied around to put on events in the city.

Avril Lavigne, Sum 41 and Diana Krall headlined a Sars benefit for 70,000 people in the city on Saturday.


SEE ALSO:
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25 Apr 03  |  Entertainment
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