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2003-May-09: Sir Paul Takes His Tour to Rome This Weekend

This weekend, Sir Paul McCartney will become the first rock musician to perform inside the the walls of Rome's ancient Colosseum.  Today, Sir Paul told Rome's daily newspaper, Il Messaggero:
"As we say in Liverpool, I'm chuffed to be able to perform for you.  These next two days of music in Rome will be really special for me. We all know that the Amphitheater Flavio has a long and important history.  To be able to bring my music there and touch something of its celebrated history with these two events, makes me feel really fortunate."
On Saturday evening, Sir Paul will perform a benefit concert in the ancient arena to a small, high-paying audience.  (Some tickets were sold on auction for as much as $3,300).   Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Sir Paul and Heather's Adopt-a-Minefield charity and to Rome's Superintendenza Archeologica,  an organization that maintains Rome's ancient buildings.   Italy's Culture Minister, Giuliano Urbani, has stated that part of these funds will be used to help finance an Italian archaeological mission to Iraq to help salvage some of the cultural artifacts damaged by looters following the recent war in that country.

On Sunday evening, Sir Paul will perform a free concert outside the arena.  An estimated 250,000 fans are expected to fill the Fori Imperiali which links the central Piazza Venezia with the Colosseum. 



(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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