Report: SARS Concert Featuring AC/DC, RUSH TO Be Released On DVD

December 30, 2003

The mammoth SARS extravaganza held outdoors in Toronto last July 30 will be released on DVD next spring, according to Billboard magazine.

ROLLING STONES tour manager Michael Cohl said in a newspaper interview that all 13 performers at the Downsview Park concert were recorded and should be included in the DVD, but it's not known at this stage if the entire concert will be released.

"We're hoping by April or May to have it out," Cohl said.

The day-long concert, which was designed to boost the city's sagging economy in the wake of the deaths caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, attracted some 450,000 people and also featured AC/DC, RUSH, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and the FLAMING LIPS. It was formally billed as Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto.

Highlights included an appearance by AC/DC siblings Angus and Malcolm Young as the STONES covered "Rock Me Baby". But Timberlake's duet with Mick Jagger on "Miss You" was rewarded with a volley of empty water bottles from outraged fans, who in turn received stern glares from Keith Richards.

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