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Stones to Release Toronto SARS Gig on DVD

The Rolling Stones’ performance at the “SARSfest” extravaganza in Toronto last July will be released on DVD next spring.

The Stones’ tour manager, Michael Cohl, told the Toronto Sun that all 13 performers at the July 30 Downsview Park concert were recorded and should be included in the DVD, but it’s not known if the entire concert will be released.

“We’re hoping by April or May to have it out,” Cohl said.

The daylong concert, which was designed to boost Toronto’s sagging economy in the wake of the deaths caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), 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 bottles from outraged fans, who in turn received stern glares from Keith Richards.

Cohl added he’s not sure if the upcoming DVD will be made available to all retailers; the Stones’ recent “Four Flicks” DVD was sold exclusively by Best Buy and Future Shop, resulting in some stores removing Stones-related merchandise from their racks.

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