Rolling Stones’ Rome Concert Condemned By City Official

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March 17, 2014 | 8:26am EST

The Rolling Stones’ upcoming concert at the Circus Maximus in Rome, Italy this summer has been condemned by a city official who fears the massive gig could damage the historic venue.
The British rockers will perform at the ancient site in June as part of their ongoing world tour.
However, it has now emerged that Rome’s cultural superintendent Maria Rosaria Barbera opposed plans to stage the gig there amid fears a crowd of around 65,000 fans could hamper the work of archaeologists on the site.
In a culture ministry document, which has been published in the Italian press, Barbera writes of the concert, “This office does not consider it appropriate to set aside Circus Maximus for the concert for which the risks of protecting archaeological heritage are not only elevated but also difficult to predict… Such an influx (of people) might provoke acts of vandalism and movement of people towards the emerging monuments.”
The planned gig won the backing of Federica Galloni, director general of the culture ministry, and the city’s mayor Ignazio Marino, who branded the event “a dream”.