To get rid of the "SARS-tainted image of Toronto", organizers are putting on what is being called the "Concert of the Century". It will run from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m and cost $19.95 (U.S.). And it is to be headlined by The Rolling Stones.
Here is the link to the story: Click Here (cbc.ca)
---- Seems like a good idea. Have to wait and see what other acts they get but I guess its for a good cause.
EDIT: A second article is up in which it states that Dan Akroyd and Jim Belushi will host the event. And other acts that have been signed are AC/DC, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake, Sam Roberts, The Flaming Lips, Kathleen Edwards, The Isley Brothers, Sass Jordan and La Chicane.
Because when you think legendary concerts, it has to have the Isley Brothers.
I'm a little cynical since apparently the Stones held up the organizers for a small fortune.
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For a concert of the Century, sure is a lame lineup. What, was Bryan Adams busy?
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Perhaps this could allow for the epic reunification of the musical titans that appeared on BBC's Top of the Pops when Justin Timberlake donned the dolphin suit to stand in on bass for the Flaming Lips. Now THAT would make it Concert of the Century.
There was a flap in Toronto when the rumours of this first surfaced.
Basically, the Stones offered to do it for free, as long as someone provided the infrastructure (crowd control, set-up, etc.)
A quick estimate was that this would cost $10 Million. So some Toronto people started bitching about their tax dollars being used to put on a rock show. The Stones offering to interrupt their world tour and fly back to to do the concert for free was apparently not charitable enough. The band should also foot the bill for what their gift would cost the taxpayers.
The rest of the country basically went, "IDIOTS!"
(This happens a lot in Canada, but usually no one outside of the country notices. Anyone who lives outside of Toronto is convinced that livving there drops your IQ by a minimum of ten points.)
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