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this has been one more great show I can add to this summer season! the
stadium was half full (16,000 tickets sold by presale, and 2-3,000 sold
the day of the show) so I could move wherever I wanted and, most importantly,
stand very close to front row without any pushing.
The band was pumped up, even if Michael had a bit a problems singing thehigh notes. He said they were very pleased to play different cities like Padova instead of the usual Milano and Roma...WELL SAID! :-)
Michael's trouble is the reason they played a shorter set, a bit less than 2 hours, but anyway they offered a very interesting setlist, with lots of old songs.
The best moment of that night has been the beginning of the encore, when they played one of the greatest versions of "Everybody Hurts" that I have ever heard.
The crowd was not familiar with most of the songs, so they started to sing along only for the singles (Losing My Religion, Imitation of Life, etc..). Cheers to the front row fans who kept singing "R-E-M" or "Michael" in
between songs, the band really appreciated it. The weather has been extremely hot all the afternoon, but then we got a
very fresh breeze right before the show started.
Last but not least, I went to the stadium by bycicle, what a cool way to be a rocker in 2003! :-)
As usual, thanks to Stefano for taking these cool pictures while i was taping.
My next show is AC/DC + Rolling Stones in Hannover, Germany, on august 8th. It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll :-]