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Why didn't the Roman Colosseum show happen?
Feb 5th, 2018 at 11:44pm
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AFAIK the Stones had twice planned to play at the Colosseum - First sometime in 1968 to get back to performing, but then that plan turned into the Rock N' Roll Circus instead. Then the Stones planned to introduce Mick Taylor there in late June, but again it didn't happen.

"Taylor was scheduled to make his public debut as a Stone on June 25th and 26th (1969) at the Colosseum in Rome. The concerts are being filmed, Jagger said, for worldwide distribution. A London concert is being planned for the first week in July, and the "new" Rolling Stones may also tape a segment for David Frost's TV show to be shown in the U.S."

Any insight as to why they twice planned to play there, and twice it just didn't happen?
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Re: Why didn't the Roman Colosseum show happen?
Reply #1 - Feb 6th, 2018 at 5:22am
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Didn't they eventually play at some Antiquity site in Rome not that long ago ?
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Spartacus was mad at the ticket prices and setlist.....
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gimmekeef wrote on Feb 6th, 2018 at 9:49am:
Spartacus was mad at the ticket prices and setlist.....



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mojoman wrote on Feb 6th, 2018 at 3:03pm:
gimmekeef wrote on Feb 6th, 2018 at 9:49am:
Spartacus was mad at the ticket prices and setlist.....



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Re: Why didn't the Roman Colosseum show happen?
Reply #5 - Feb 6th, 2018 at 7:53pm
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Edith Grove wrote on Feb 6th, 2018 at 5:22am:
Didn't they eventually play at some Antiquity site in Rome not that long ago ?


Yes, they played the Circeo Maximo which is just around the corner from the Colosseum.

I guess the Colosseum show just wasnt a goer logistically. I'd imagine getting permission was an issue too. This was 1969 after all and such events were pretty much unheard of.


Hyde Park was easier to put together as bands had started  having regular shows there (Jagger saw a Blind Faith there and decided the Stones would do one a few weeks later). Much easier to pull off than one in Rome - plus the band hadnt played a concert in the UK in almost 3 years by this point.

Even as late as 1982, the Stones were having to cancel concert dates in Italy because politicians objected to the shows taking place due to the band's negative public image.

Less of an issue now, as concerts have been staged around the area of the Colosseum since.

Although, just to clarify - you couldnt stage any sort of public event such as a concert IN the Colosseum. Whilst there are some ancient arenas in Italy that are suitable for concerts (eg the Areni di Verona and the Teatro Greco in Taormina, Sicily) the Colosseum isnt one of them.

The arena is a ruin and doesnt even have a floor.



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Re: Why didn't the Roman Colosseum show happen?
Reply #6 - Feb 8th, 2018 at 6:53pm
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gimmekeef wrote on Feb 6th, 2018 at 9:49am:
Spartacus was mad at the ticket prices and setlist.....

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gimmekeef wrote on Feb 6th, 2018 at 9:49am:
Spartacus was mad at the ticket prices and setlist.....


That was David Gilmour.
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Recent concerts "at the Colosseum" are actually outside the arena...with the arena colorfully lit up in the background behind the performer...see images of Macca...Sir Elton...atc
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