The sixteen-hour concert, held July 30th at Downsview Park in Toronto, was an effort to revitalize the city's flagging tourism industry, due to the much-publicized frenzy over SARS.
The concert benefited hospital employees and other workers affected by the SARS scare. Concert promoter Michael Cohl said that forty-five songwriters, ten record companies, fourteen publishers and fifteen different artists had to offer clearances for the DVD to be made; all of the artists plan to donate their royalty share to charity.
"I understand from my friends in Toronto -- although I haven't been there recently -- that the tourism in Toronto has increased and people are coming back to visit city," Stones singer Mick Jagger said in a statement. "Hopefully, this concert and the awareness that it brought did something to help."
The concert was Webcast live to 178 countries but the DVD will also include bountiful backstage footage, including Burton Cummings of the Guess Who introducing himself to Mick Jagger, and Jagger suggesting to Timberlake that they segue from the Stones' "Miss You" into Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." Footage of rowdy fans hurling plastic bottles at Timberlake during his performance is also included.
"We decided to leave it in because we thought it was great," Cohl says. "There wasn't a band on the show that hasn't experienced that. There's a particularly endearing story that Keith [Richards] talks about, when [the Stones] got tomatoes and cake and whipped cream and ice cream and all sorts of crap thrown at them earlier on in their career."
An exclusive double DVD set will be sold in Canada, with will include additional performances by Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, La Chicane, the Tea Party, Blue Rodeo and Sass Jordan.
Toronto Rocks DVD track list:
"Skybox Ballroom Pump," the Have Love Will Travel Revue
"Race For The Prize," the Flaming Lips
"Do You Realize," the Flaming Lips
"Dig Myself a Hole," the Have Love Will Travel Revue
"Who's That Lady," the Isley Brothers
"Shout," the Isley Brothers
"Senorita," Justin Timberlake
"Time Won't Let Me," the Have Love Will Travel Revue
"American Woman," the Guess Who
"No Time," the Guess Who
"Paint It Black/The Spirit of Radio," Rush
"Back in Black," AC/DC
"Start Me Up," Rolling Stones
"Ruby Tuesday," Rolling Stones
"Miss You," Rolling Stones (with Timberlake)
"Rock Me Baby," Rolling Stones (with AC/DC)
"Satisfaction," Rolling Stones
"Jumpin' Jack Flash," Rolling Stones
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