Upon hearing the news of Spud's 'release', Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones decided to cancel the rest of their European tour to fly to Toronto and pay tribute to the side dish with a concert. As word got out, more and more bands wanted to pay homage to the tato and signed up to play. Soon the bill included top name acts including RUSH, ACDC, the Guess Who and a host of others, which formed a 12 hour tribute and party for the traveling tater.
The bands donated their time, but tickets were sold for the event to help replenish Spud's insane travel budget.
Wednesday July 30th, a mammoth crowd of 460,000 + people from all over
the world came to Toronto, Canada to celebrate Spud's return to the world
stage. The show itself was a rousing success.
The potato's massive following each took their turn to sign a huge wall of well wishes and congratulatory notes welcoming back the tater. One by one, the bands took to the gargantuan stage and performed much to the delight of Spud and the crowd.
The final performance of the night belonged to the Rolling Stones. Having taken their afternnon naps and half their bottles of Geritol, the boys rushed out on stage not looking a day over 60. The Stones gave an energetic performance up until Jumpin' Jack Flash, when Keith Richards' oxygen tank ran dry and he keeled over in the middle of the solo. Fortunately, Spud had brought his Fender Stratocaster and leaped on stage to finish off the show.