LATEST: The Rolling Stones' planned free concert in Toronto has been thrown into further doubt - after officials failed to guarantee the required $10 million (GBP6.6 million) for the show.

The rockers had agreed to play the show in late July (03) to help the Canadian city out of the economic plight caused by SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

But Canadian federal officials would not guarantee the $10 million needed to stage the show at the city's DOWNSVIEW CENTRE by the Tuesday (20MAY03) deadline which was given by organisers.

However, JIM MUNSON, a spokesman for the Canadian government says the show might still go on.

He explains, "We're looking at everything and anything but decisions have not been made on that kind of contribution yet."

Organisers in Toronto say they've received commitments for $2 million (GBP1.3 million) in corporate sponsorship and expect they can get another $3 million (GBP2 million). But they claim the show cannot go on without federal support.

The TRAGICALLY HIP, Barenaked Ladies and Diana Krall have also agreed to perform at the concert if it happens.

23/05/2003 19:38