SARS halted 2003 tour

The Rolling Stones will finally play their first gig in China, three years after the SARS epidemic stopped them in their tracks.

The Stones will play just one show in Shanghai on April 8, at the Shanghai Grand Theater, according to Beijing-based promoter Emma Entertainment.

Band was originally skedded to play Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in April 2003, but the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome throughout China led to the cancellation of concerts in all three cities.

Efforts to reschedule in October of that year failed.

An official announcement by the band and Emma is expected next week, according to Emma CEO Jonathan Krane. However, Emma showed its hand Tuesday by posting the show on its Web site and beginning to accept ticket orders, with prices ranging from $36 to $360 for top seats.

The Stones are touring in support of their album “A Bigger Bang.”

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