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The Stones Cancel Shows
It looks like local rock fans can get no Satisfaction, at least not this week, as the Rolling Stones canceled its show in Shanghai due to fears of a mysterious illness spreading all over Asia.

The band canceled two shows in Hong Kong last week due to the illness, and have also called off a Friday show in Beijing.

The Shanghai concert, which was scheduled for tomorrow, was to be the band's debut on the mainland and perhaps the biggest rock 'n' roll show in China's history.

Lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement the band is sad and disappointed about the cancellations and will reschedule the shows as soon as possible.

The Stones will go to the Indian cities of Bangalore and Mumbai on Friday and April 7 to continue their Licks tour.

More than 80 percent of tickets for the Shanghai show had been sold despite prices as high as 3,000 yuan (US$360).

Those who bought VIP tickets for the show can get refunds at the office of Xin Xin Sports, the local promoter, while fans who bought cheaper tickets can go to the Shanghai Grand Stage box office.

Xin Xin has set up two hot lines for information about returning tickets: 6384-6664 for English-speaking service and 800-820-6161 for Chinese.

Xin Xin says it doesn't know when the band will reschedule, but a newspaper in Beijing reported that the Rolling Stones could make up the dates in October.

(Eastday.com March 31, 2003)

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