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July 30th in Toronto, Ontario (that's in Canada, Americans).

 

Rolling Stones, AC/DC, The Guess Who, Sam Roberts, The Flaming Lips, The Isley Brothers, Kathleen Edwards, Justin Timberlake, La Chicane and Sass Jordon.

 

 

I hear they are trying to get U2 as well, among others. However they can afford this, I don't know. Molson and the cheap government, so far, are the only sponsors.

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those tix are gonna be like 500 dollars, lol..

 

 

 

 

oh wait nm, i coulda swore i heard on tv that they were gonna be like 20 bucks to help the tourism in toronto..... am i right?

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I hear tickets are in the $20 range.

 

I also heard it's going to be at the same location as when the Pope

came to town. So that's twenty bucks to stand in a field a half mile from the stage.

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Health care workers get seats at the front.

 

$21.00 is what I heard. A dollar goes to public health workers. Still, this is a huge concert, and there should be tons of tourists for something like this.

 

When the pope came, there were tons of girls everywhere. Sure, some of them were a little too happy, but they were nice to look at.

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Originally posted by Kilo7-

well there sure was a lot of hand-holding and dry-humping.

 

hahahaa!!

 

 

Amen to that!

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Jun. 24, 2003. 04:22_PM

ANGELA PACIENZA

CANADIAN PRESS

Who says you can't always get what you want?

 

After weeks of rumours and false starts, the Rolling Stones themselves confirmed today they'll headline a blockbuster concert in Toronto aimed at boosting the city's SARS-ravaged economy.

 

"We're very happy to tell you we're coming to play on July 30 in a great concert for the people and city of Toronto to help bring back the energy to our favourite city," Stones frontman Mick Jagger said in a videotaped statement played at a downtown square.

 

Tickets for the eight-hour music marathon, which will be hosted by actors Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, go on sale Friday for $21.50. Half of the 300,000 tickets for the show have been embargoed for U.S. and international ticket buyers at $16 (U.S.) each.

 

The lineup also features AC/DC, The Guess Who, Sam Roberts, The Flaming Lips, The Isley Brothers, Kathleen Edwards, Justin Timberlake, La Chicane and Sass Jordan.

 

Dennis Mills, a Liberal MP from Toronto and prime organizer of the event, said it is intended to draw fans to spend money in Canada's largest city, which has suffered economically as a result of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

 

"We're hoping by the end of July that with this event we'll bring at least 150,000 of our neighbours from the south and fill up every motel and hotel from Niagara Falls right through to Oshawa," Mills said. "It's not just for our city but for the whole country because the challenge that we've gone through in our city has affected Charlottetown, Jasper (Alta.), Quebec City, Niagara region and more."

 

The big question, however, will be whether Americans and international visitors will deem the concert a worthwhile travel expense, given the Stones have been touring since the fall of 2002 and many people still fear SARS.

 

While post-Sept. 11 benefit concerts appealed to people's sense of grief, the Stones' show is a plea for economic aid in what's perceived as Canada's richest city. It's also questionable whether the group's fan base, mostly aging baby boomers, would be willing to attend an all-day show in the summer heat where they'll be sitting on the ground in a large open field.

 

Tourism experts say the event is worth a try.

 

"Anything at the moment would help Toronto," said Simon Hudson, associate professor in tourism management at the University of Calgary. "At the moment, Toronto is in people's minds but for the wrong reasons. But people forget pretty quickly . . . if (tourism officials) can turn that around in a positive way through events, it can be an essential strategy."

 

Hudson pointed to Europe's struggle with tourism following the mad-cow outbreak several years ago. Americans are now returning in droves, he says, although Europe still sees about 300 cases of the disease annually.

 

The last new case of SARS in Toronto was reported June 12, and the city could be removed from the World Health Organization's list of SARS-affected cities on July 2.

 

As of today, there were an estimated 24 active probable cases of SARS in the Toronto area. The death toll stood at 38.

 

The Stones will need to make a detour from their current European tour for the Wednesday concert, which is being touted by promoters as "the concert event of the century, if not the decade."

 

The veteran rockers - known for such hits as "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Satisfaction," "Get Off of My Cloud" and "Time Is On My Side" - are no strangers to Toronto, home to their close friend and tour promoter Michael Cohl. The Stones have rehearsed in the city for its last three world tours; in 1994, 1997 and 2002.

 

Mills and Liberal Senator Jerry Grafstein have spent weeks trying to secure private and public support for the Toronto show's $10-million cost. It came together with the help of several corporate sponsors, including beer-maker Molson.

 

Ottawa will reportedly shell out $3 million to help with infrastructure, but Mills said no government money will be involved in paying the artists in the concert, slated for the former Downsview military base in the north end of Toronto.

 

Concert profits, as well as $1 from each ticket sold, will go to hospital workers who've lost income as a result of being in quarantine because of SARS, and hospitality workers who've lost business because of the disease. The money will be distributed through a relief fund set up by Molson.

 

Starting July 4, 240,000 tickets will be sold at A&P, Dominion and Farmer Jack grocery stores on both sides of the border. It will also be advertised during major-league baseball games.

 

Air and bus tour packages have been arranged to help lure domestic and international music fans. They include a $350 package from New York City and an $850 deal leaving London, with both including two nights' accommodation, concert tickets and transportation.

 

Organizers said giant video screens and extensive sound equipment will be set up at Downview for the concert, with a safety and security plan modelled after the measures put in place for last year's World Youth Day event featuring the Pope at the sprawling site.

 

Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman said the concert will show the world the city is safe.

 

"The greatest band in the world is going to play in the greatest city in the world," said Lastman. "The people who live here know that Toronto is a safe city . . . and after the Stones play here on the 30th, the entire world is going to know it."

 

Organizers urged businesses to make it easy for employees to take the afternoon off for the mid-week show, which is set to begin at 2 p.m.

 

The Stones' Toronto ties go back to 1977, when guitarist Keith Richards was caught with heroin and charged with drug trafficking. Richards received a suspended sentence on the condition that he perform a concert for the blind and continue treatment for his addiction. The incident is regarded in some circles as a turning point for Richards' nearly-deadly drug habit.

 

"It made an impression for sure," said Steve Howard, a representative of the band who attended today's launch. "Our experience with the band is that they've just always had a great time here. They're incredibly popular. They're always welcomed here."

 

The band continued the tradition of playing surprise gigs at small nightclubs on subsequent trips to Toronto

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Originally posted by Kilo7-

well there sure was a lot of hand-holding and dry-humping.

 

 

 

pfffffffffttttttttt dry humping.....I DID sell you that bag of roofies you low down asshole!

 

 

oh and ac dc brings the worst out in the army of tards drinkin fightin and fuckin in the parkinglot for sure!except wetrock faggot hates ac dc ENJOY PRIDE WEEK LOSER!

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