27 Maggio 2007

Streisand cancels concert in Rome

Barbra Streisand has cancelled a concert in Rome next month. The cancellation follows protests from Italian consumer groups over high ticket prices but organisers insist the decision was not linked to the outcry. A spokeswoman for concert promoter CPI said the 15 June concert was scrapped because of production problems. The event was intended to launch the US star`s European tour. Organisers say a revised itinerary will be available in the next few days with new dates added. Asked whether the protest over tickets was a factor in the decision by tour promoters to drop Rome from Streisand`s itinerary, the spokeswoman said: “Absolutely not“. The 65-year-old singer and actress is still expected to perform the second concert date on her European tour, in Vienna, on 21 June. `Shameful` ticket prices Earlier this week, two Italian consumer groups called for the concert at Rome`s Stadio Flaminio to be cancelled labelling ticket prices, ranging from 150 euros (£100) to more than 900 euros (£600), “absurd and shameful“. The Adusbef and Codacons groups urged the city and the Italian Olympic Committee to deny Streisand use of the Stadio Flaminio. The 24,000-seat stadium “is public property and cannot be used for immoral deals that are shameful to a civilized country“, Adusbef and Codacons said. Streisand will be accompanied by a 58-piece orchestra on her month-long European tour, which includes concerts in Austria, France, Ireland and the UK. Streisand`s 2006 US tour was ranked the second-highest grossing tour in the US last year, generating $92.5m (£46.8m), with the average ticket costing $298 (£151). Tickets for her first date at London`s O2 arena – formerly the Millennium Dome – sold out in just 20 minutes, despite tickets costing between £100 and £600.

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