About eight songs into the show, a bomb threat halted a Rolling Stones concert in Charlottesville, Va., last night (Oct. 6). The threat was made in a phone call and was "specific to the stage area" of

A bomb threat halted a Rolling Stones concert in Charlottesville, Va., last night (Oct. 6), but police found nothing and the band returned to the stage about 45 minutes later, officials said on Friday.

The threat was made in a phone call just before 9 p.m. and was "specific to the stage area" of the concert at the University of Virginia's Scott stadium, which was packed with 50,000 fans, said university spokesperson Carol Wood.

"Word was got to [Stones frontman] Mick Jagger and he announced that the band would take a 10-minute break," Wood said.

The band, which had performed eight songs, left the stage and police with sniffer dogs, already in the stadium for checks before the concert, searched the area.

When the all-clear was given, the Stones went back on stage and played past midnight to complete the concert.

The band kicked off their present North American tour in Boston in August. The run continues tomorrow in Durham, N.C.; dates are scheduled into mid-March 2006.

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