The outbreak of "Asian flu" in the area prompts the rock giants to put the gigs back...

THE ROLLING STONES have been forced to postpone two concerts in HONG KONG because of a mystery illness outbreak in the territory, dubbed “Asian flu”.

The spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS> – which has killed ten and made hundreds in Hong Kong ill – prompted the rock giants to put back concerts originally scheduled for tomorrow (March 28) and Saturday.

A statement from the band read: “Increases in the number of cases of SARS in Hong Kong and Southern China and continued concern over large gatherings have created apprehension among fans and concern for their safety.”

No dates have been announced for rescheduled shows.