Stones set to confirm Beijing and Shanghai concerts

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 August, 2003, 12:00am

The Rolling Stones plan to perform in Beijing and Shanghai in November, according to their local promoter, delighting rock fans who were disappointed by the band's cancellation during the Sars outbreak.

Officials of Beijing Time New Century Entertainment said the Rolling Stones would perform in a Beijing concert in November, though they had not yet settled on dates or obtained full permission from government oversight agencies.

The company has contacted the British Council, a cultural adjunct of the British embassy, to ask about co-sponsorship.

A formal deal is expected soon. 'We're working that out now,' said a company official.

The Stones had been scheduled to play Shanghai on April 1 and Beijing on April 4 as part of their Forty Licks world tour, but those concerts became two of the first major events to be cancelled in the mainland because of the Sars scare.

The Stones have never played in China before.

The cheapest seats for the April 4 show, which was to have taken place at the 8,000-seat Workers' Gymnasium, would have cost 600 yuan (HK$564). The highest-priced tickets were 6,000 yuan.

Another leftover issue is recognition among Chinese people.

Although everyone in the music scene has heard of the Stones, the band has no strong following.