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31-07-2003, 04:35:59
Oh yes they can!

Stones rock out at Toronto's 'biggest party'
Last Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2003 0:28:29

TORONTO - Close to 450,000 people spent the day at a Toronto airfield as the Rolling Stones headlined the country's largest-ever rock concert, all to help the city shake off the effects of the SARS outbreak.

The crowd roared in delight as the Rolling Stones took to the stage. Wearing a hot pink coat, frontman Mick Jagger energetically bounded across the stage as the band launched into Start Me Up, followed by Brown Sugar.

Mick Jagger

"This is the biggest party in Toronto's history, right?" Jagger shouted to the crowd. "You're here. We're here. Toronto is back and it's booming."

The Stones' 90-minute set also included Ruby Tuesday, Honkey Tonk Woman and Satisfaction.

Before the Rolling Stones, Australian rock band AC/DC whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

The crowd grew louder with each tune in the band's set, which wrapped up with Let There Be Rock and Highway to Hell Lead guitarist Angus Young dropped his pants during the band's performance of The Jack and revealed a pair of Maple Leaf boxer shorts.

The Stones' Mick Jagger and Ron Wood

Canadian prog rockers Rush topped the native talent at the SARS benefit concert.

Canadian rock legends The Guess Who took the stage before them as the concert went into its seventh hour.

Angus Young of AC/DC

The band played some of its classic songs such as No Sugar Tonight and American Woman, and borrowed Taking Care of Business from Randy Bachman's other band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Pop star Justin Timberlake got a few boos, but also a lot of cheers from the crowd as the evening program of the concert started.

Geddy Lee of Rush

Timberlake, of the boy band *NSYNC, was something of an odd man out in the lineup dominated by hard rock acts.

He donned a trucker hat and used some blue language to try to ingratiate himself to the rock audience, but some in the crowd still threw water bottles and other debris onto the stage.

* FROM CBC ARTS CANADA: Toronto concert crowd cool to Timberlake

Later, Timberlake said the crowd's reaction was understandable.

Randy Bachman of The Guess Who

Blue Rodeo and the Isley Brothers brought the concert into its fifth hour Wednesday as temperatures soared above 30 degrees and Toronto health officials handed out free bottles of water to keep people hydrated.

Montreal's Sass Jordan and guitarist Jeff Healey had the challenge of following the giant balloons and animal dancers of Oklahoma's The Flaming Lips.

Dancers don SARS masks

The Lips' set raised a few eyebrows in the crowd, though, when some of the dancers appeared wearing SARS masks.

Justin Timberlake

Lead singer Wayne Coyne said the masks would be removed during their set, but the symbolism was apparently lost on some in the audience.

Following The Tea Party's set in the third hour, security hosed down the scorched crowd gathered in front of the stage.

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo

Hundreds of people were treated for heat-related conditions as temperatures rose well over 30 degrees, but no serious injuries were reported.

* CBC ArtsCanada: Stones headline great lineup

The music started shortly after noon with Jann Arden singing the national anthem and Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and the Have Love Will Travel Revue leading off the performances.

Aykroyd shared hosting duties with comedian Mike Bullard.

Montreal rocker Sam Roberts and Ottawa singer Kathleen Edwards and Quebec's La Chicane took the stage in the second hour.

Roberts later said he'd never been so nervous since his early violin recitals.

Sam Roberts

"It's intimidating to get involved in something that you know is so much bigger than what you feel like you can actually contribute to," said Roberts.

Edwards faced the crowd with dry humour.

"Too bad they didn't sell enough tickets," she later told CBC Newsworld.

Edwards said it was "fantastic" to play before such a large crowd, but said it was "unfortunate that more money wasn't going toward the charities."

Largest-ever Canadian concert

Predicted to be the largest paid music event in North American history, the concert also attracted a host of politicians including Paul Martin, Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief and Health Minister Anne McLellan, who were on hand for a fundraiser for the hotel industry.

Premiers Ernie Eves of Ontario, Ralph Klein of Alberta, Lorne Calvert of Saskatchewan and Gary Doer of Manitoba were alongside them.

The gates were supposed to open at 8 a.m., but actually opened at 8:15. The assembled fans were starting to get mildly rowdy as a result, said CBC reporter Amanda Singroy.

One person was arrested as a result and charged with assaulting a police officer.

Security a concern

As they entered, the concert-goers were being checked by security guards equipped with metal detectors. A long list of items were banned, from pocket knives to umbrellas.

A taste of Toronto fashion

The nightmare scenario for police and concert promoters is a repeat of the chaos and vandalism that reigned after the 30th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. The 1999 version ended with tents, booths and even sound equipment being burned.

There are 1,500 security guards at the Downsview site, plus 1,300 police to help keep order.

"I want us to be invisible," Staff Supt. Gary Grant of the Toronto Police told CBC Newsworld. Other than offering help, police plan to step in only if someone was causing trouble and spoiling things for others, he said.

To keep a lid on any alcohol-fuelled behaviour, the beer tents were shut down at 8 p.m.

31-07-2003, 11:09:55
That sounds quite good. Justin Timberlake, The Flaming Lips, AC/DC, and the Rolling Stones all put on really good shows

31-07-2003, 11:21:44
Yeah right, amazing line up.

I thought this thread was going to be about how many people bought the Matchbox 20 album. ;)

Scabrous Birdseed
31-07-2003, 11:36:39
Nice lineup, certainly (well, mostly), but how on earth are 450 000 people going to be able to see a concert? We have major troubles with the 100 000 at Roskilde!

31-07-2003, 13:51:07
Originally posted by Funkodrom
Yeah right, amazing line up.

I thought this thread was going to be about how many people bought the Matchbox 20 album. ;)
That would be 4,500,000 on this year's so far ;)

18,000,000 for the first. ;)

31-07-2003, 14:02:26
Now that's an example of lack of taste on a large scale. Luckily they haven't come to the UK. :beer:

31-07-2003, 15:31:32
I didn't appreciate it was a SARS gig (I didn't even attempt to read that long post of Asher's), we're worried about SARs, let's get 450,000 people together in close proximity. :lol:

Pictures on the BBC


31-07-2003, 16:35:05
The idea was to show that they're not worried about SARS, and it's not a big deal.

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-07-2003, 18:41:21
Does "450,000" refer to the size of the audience, or the combined age of the artists appearing?

31-07-2003, 19:09:00
Combined age of the Stones.

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-07-2003, 19:20:36
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Nice lineup, certainly (well, mostly), but how on earth are 450 000 people going to be able to see a concert? We have major troubles with the 100 000 at Roskilde!

Piece of piss. You could get 450,000 able to see the main stage at Glastonbury- all you'd need to do is move the stage into the corner of the field and then you're playing straight into a natural amphitheatre.

Michael Eavis refuses to do that because it would mean cutting down a tree that was planted by his Grandfather. Respect due.