29 Maggio 2007

Streisand Says `Ciao` to Rome

Streisand Says `Ciao` to Rome Barbra Streisand canceled a concert in Rome next month after consumer groups protested that ticket prices, ranging from just under $200 to more than $1,200, were “absurd and shameful.“ The protesters called on authorities to deny Streisand use of the 24,000-seat Stadio Flaminio. The stadium “is public property and cannot be used for immoral deals that are shameful to a civilized country,“ the groups Codacons and Adusbef said in a statement. Concert organizers indicated the decision to scrap the show was not connected to the outcry, saying that production delays had forced them to cancel the June 15 event. Instead of the Rome concert, Streisand`s Web site listed a new date in Zurich as the kickoff for the singer`s European tour. “We deeply apologize to the fans in Rome,“ tour promoter Michael Cohl said on the Web site of Milano Concerti, the Italian organizer of the event. He added that ticket holders would receive refunds and be given the opportunity to book seats at one of Streisand`s other European concerts. The singer`s 2006 U.S. tour was ranked the second-highest-grossing tour in North America last year, generating $92.5 million in sales, with the average ticket price at $298. A Rolling Stones tour ranked first. — compiled by Michael Cotterman from Web and wire reports. Post a Comment Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain “signatures“ by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post. © 2007 The Washington Post Company.

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