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Moby Pulls out of Asia Over Killer Flu Concerns

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, April 5, 2003
Moby cancelled two gigs in Hong Kong and Singapore this week as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic continued to spread throughout South East Asia.

Moby's decision followed similar last minute cancellations by the Rolling Stones and Santana and came days before the World Health Organisation issued its first ever general alert for all tourists to avoid Hong Kong and the Guangdong region because of the flu.

The usually fearless crusader also qualified his fence-sitting Iraq war stance this week, slating President Bush's 'dreadful' domestic and foreign policy records.

"Just because I'm keeping my opinions about the war to myself, it doesn't mean that my opinion of George W. Bush has changed," Moby wrote on his website journal (

"I still hope that the war ends soon and that suffering and loss of life are kept to a minimum for all involved, but I also hope (even more fervently, because I'm concerned for the welfare of the United States and the rest of the world) that George W. Bush will be roundly and soundly defeated in the next election."

In better Moby news, his label Mute confirmed that he'll be headlining this year's Glastonbury, performing on the main stage on Sunday June 29 (the last night of the event). Tickets went on sale this week and sold out within four hours.