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FANfeedback: Rome - May 11th 2003         #1229
May 11, 2003  by Mike Kovacich          
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ROME REPORT: May 11th, 2003


A little video of Every Night and All My Loving

Spanish Video Report

Thanks to Yarden Uriel

Report by Walter Nestic̣ Italy: I just finish to see the greatest concert in my life.. I've seen Paul several times 13 and 10 years ago around the world, last year in Toronto, few weeks ago in London, but tonight's concert in Rome was absolutely the great show of my life... We are in 500.000 people and Paul was Great!!! As usual.


Report by Chris Fenn, UK: Gladiator McCartney Rocks Colloseum

I have just got home from Rome exhausted after a 10 hour wait under the Italian sun but it was worth it! The best EVER. I arrived at the Via dei Fori Imperiali at about 11 am and already there was a big crowd waiting to be let into this long (and straight) road which is about 2 miles long and ends at the Colloseum where the giant stage was erected. At about 1.15pm the screens dotted along this road come to life and Paul delivers the live sound check. Coming up, Matchbox and Honey Don't, Here there and Everywhere (short) Fool on the Hill (short) You Never Give Me Your Money, Let It Be and Lady Madonna. The crowd go mad throughout. Not long afterwards the gates open and people stream along the road. Some fall but amasingly it is mostly OK as people try to get to the front. But the organisers have everything covered. The road is split into segments which is filled a section at a time and only a certain amount of people are allowed in each section. Our early start pays dividends as we reach the inner section and settle close to the front. Everybody sits downs and begins the long wait (7 hours to go) Although it worked in our favour and to others detriment, the system is good because the inner section had plenty of space with no overcrowding, probably to the annoyance of those traped in the second section. The Italian fans are all friendly, no trouble or pushing (unlike being up the front in Paris) Two guys swap a guitar every now and then and a group which gets bigger (and lounder) with every song, try to sing the entire set list! Some good attempts too notably the acoustic section of I've Just Seen a Face and Two of Us. It is so hot but a hose is periodically set on us and plenty of bottles of water are passed round by the organisers. Amazingly the time goes quickly, the pre show is on and then Paul. There are no dropped songs because of noise as Hello Goodbye and Jet set the huge crowd rocking. We can see on the screens the people behind us disappering into the distance. Paul asks if the people three miles away can here !! We can't hear them but can see them waving. It is an increadble sight but one dwarfed but the 2 or 3 miles of lighters seen during Let It Be. Volari was played for the Roman crowd as an extra song before I Saw Her Standing There and as always all too soon it was over. An increadable experiance. This was my 8th show and whilst it is tempting to say that Paul's voice was brilliant after a show, of the eight it was so tuneful last night. The best so far. Purring, set against a 2000 year old historic monument which was lit by a multitude of different coloured lights. The previous night I sat outside the Colloseum with about 100 fans to listen to the acoustic set which, in the main was a scaled down show with only the big rockers missing. It lasted 90 minutes and we saw Paul arrive and leave so it was worth it although a little hard to hear one or two songs. Sadly on the way back to my hotel, one of several large posters which were secured to bus stops around the city accidentally fell into my bag. There must have been 250,000 people there if not more. It will be hard for Liverpool to top this. A brilliant occassion, a fantastic historic venue and the worlds greatest singer/songwriter. Nuff Said.


Report by Marcello: I was in Rome Sunday evening. After all the morning spend under the hottest sun in the world and several desperate runs we arrived under the stage. After that I join the best concert of my life. I share this with my girlfriend and we kissed when he sang My Love and Calico Skies... I cry at Here Today and Something... I jump and dance at Jet, All my loving, Birthday and Back in the U.S.S.R. and we scream out when the gig started... It has been a fantastic experience that involved all my senses... For me and for the 500.000 outside the Colosseo it will remain the best memory of a meeting with and old/guy who has changed the music history. All the other numbers were fantastic: Let it be, hey jude, Live and Let die... All the solo part with only guitar or piano... The greatest band he ever had (Abe is crazy!) And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make... Ah...
Report by Marco from Biella: We arrived in front of the colosseum on Saturday afternoon at 4, after a trip of 8 hours by train....
We arrived from Biella in the north of Italy and we tried to sleep next to the colosseum on the grass....with Paul music in our Hears....
Sunday morning we wake up at 5 to take a good position next to the stage....
About 30 hours waiting....
but for the best concert of my life.....when He began with "hello goodbye" was so incredible.....incredible....
Impossible to understand what does it mean 500 thousand people singing "let it be" with the light..... incredible....incredible

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