May 19, 2003 13:37
ROCK 'N' ROLL SARS!
And they're fine you know...
Aussie rock band INXS have played a gig in SINGAPORE in an effort to show the world that it is safe to travel there in the aftermath of the SARS outbreak.
Since the health scare began, more than 25 bands have cancelled shows there, including Moby, Santana, Mariah Carey, David Gray and Dionne Warwick.
Three INXS group members, Andrew Farriss. Kirk Pengilly and Jon Stevens played an acoustic show at a restaurant there yesterday (May 18).
Pengilly said: "SARS was a concern for us at first, but we did our research. Hopefully just by being here, it will help countries that are suffering from SARS and terror warnings," the BBC reports.
The group are also promoting a World Peace Concert in Bali next month, the first major event in the country since the bombing which killed more than 200 people, many of whom were young tourists from Australia, last year.
"It is a tragedy for any country, but it has been a lot of media hype that has caused the panic," Pengilly added.