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2003-Mar-24: A Free Concert in Rome

(Updated March 25) Sir Paul told the London Evening Standard today that plans are underway for the largest concert of his career.  Although the date has not been confirmed, Sir Paul will offer a free concert for half a million fans in Rome sometime in May.  According to Sir Paul:
"It will be the most incredible venue for a gig. It's on the Via Appia outside the Coliseum."     
On March 25, the Italian media reported that Sir Paul will give two performances in Rome on May 10 and 11.  One concert, performed just next to the arena, will be the free concert.  Another performance will take place inside the ancient Coliseum and will be reserved for corporate guests.  At first, Sir Paul's sound engineers raised logistical and acoustics issues related to mounting a high-tech concert in a 2,000 year old venue, but Sir Paul was resolved to play there so

During his Evening Standard interview, Sir Paul shared his diplomatic thoughts about the current conflict in Iraq:
"If Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, it's clear what you have to do - you have to be at war with Japan, but this is a very difficult situation. It's hard to know what anyone should do. I'm just like anyone else - I'm just watching it unfold.  What we're hoping to do is bring joy to the world at this moment - nothing else.  I'm not a politician."
The European leg of the McCartney "Back in the World Tour'' kicks off tomorrow at the Palais Omnisports in Paris.  Sir Paul is expected to release a second concert DVD featuring many of the spectacular sites of his European tour.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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