Rolling Stones plan SARS benefit concert. The Rolling Stones hope to give a boost to Toronto after the city's SARS outbreak

By Brian Hiatt
Updated June 30, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

SARS forced the Rolling Stones to cancel their first concerts in China, but the same disease will bring them to Toronto July 30, along with Justin Timberlake, AC/DC, and other acts. The world’s oldest, er, greatest rock & roll band is planning a huge outdoor concert to help rescue the economy of the Canadian city, which has lost business in the wake of a SARS outbreak. Proceeds from the show will benefit a newly created charity, the Health Care and Hospitality Workers Relief Fund. ”It is one of our favorite cities,” the Stones said in a statement. We’re really pleased to be part of an exciting event that will bring people back to Toronto.”

The Flaming Lips, the Guess Who, and the Isley Brothers will also perform at the all-day concert, to be held in the city’s Downsview Park. Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi will host. The show will be second of its kind: Canadian acts including Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, and Sarah McLachlan played in the Concert for Toronto on Saturday (What, no Rush?). And for those worried about the whole Altamont thing, the Stones played a free California concert in February with no problems. Don’t hold your breath for ”Sympathy for the Devil,” though.