Circus Maximus

Seeing as it’s all going so well, who fancies one more stop on the European leg of the tour this summer?

If you were hoping for a concert in Rome, then you’re in luck, because David will play the first ever seated concerts at the Italian capital’s Circo Massimo on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

Once a track for chariot races and gladiator fights, and the largest stadium in ancient Rome, Circus Maximus is now a vast public park. So, another concert at another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this time with seats, it’s very good news for your gluteus maximus. (See what I did there?)

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 7th April at 10am CET – from DavidGilmour.com – and will be priced from €60 (and subject to booking fees, of course).

Please be advised that there will be a limit of four tickets per person. There is no pre-sale.

The very best of luck if you hope for tickets to what promises to be another special night in a special setting.

There are still a few of those late-release tickets left for the shows at Chicago’s United Center tonight and Friday, as well as New York’s Madison Square Garden next week, by the way. Bet the touts are thrilled.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

72 thoughts on “Circus Maximus”

  1. This is not an old man’s tour and I saw what you did FEd!

    It will be interesting to see how tickets will be sold this time…

  2. Wow, so the rumors were true…

    I’m sure it will be a magic night, and I’m pretty sad there won’t be a presale or a sale like Pompeii’s tickets, which worked so good: this will be a tout’s paradise, just like the two Verona’s ticket sales taught us, and it’s a shame for real David’s fans.

    Anyway, David will play in my birthplace, in one of the most magnificent places on earth, I have to go. πŸ™‚

    I don’t know what they’ll do to keep the concert for few people in such a big place and avoid other people to see it for free from the little Hill on the side or from far. I think they’ll have to put on a lot of curtains, but in this way it’ll be difficult to see Circus Maximus all around..

    Who will live will see!

  3. Oh my. This guy is ruining me. This would be great, but I will settle fpr Pompeii the week after. He will probably see this as a warm-up gig for that one anyway. πŸ™‚

  4. Great news!

    I was keeping an eye on the Italian press as I was aware about negotiations. Rome would have been a great choice for me if Pompeii wouldn’t have happened… but I would not trade my seat in that old arena for anything in the world.

    One of my partners in musical adventures has some relatives in Rome, so I have promptly mentioned this opportunity to him. There’s a good chance he’ll go, so you managed to make another Romanian fan happy.

    On that note, I see shows keep being added. Why don’t you visit Romania too? I know for a fact a lot of people would be happy…

  5. Another quite special location. Visited Rome last year. One year too early apparently. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great time out there in Chicago tonight everyone.

  6. Gilmour, Rome emperor!!!

    I was still thinking about the second evening in Pompeii, because my friends wouldn’t have come so I was on my own, I already saw one alone last year in Firenze, and I think is much more nicer experience if you share it with someone!!! I am so happy I didn’t buy that ticket, I want to go to Rome, Circo Massimo sounds exciting, it would be my first time, I already saw it in Rome in ’94 at CinecittΓ₯!!! I was thinking of taking my 8 year old daughter to Pompei, but the non seating issue for her, plus it is in July and here in south Italy is the hottest month, so my biggest wish now is for her to assist at her first show (and what a show!!!) in the best possible conditions.

    After Wroclaw, Vienna, Pompei, Verona and London in September now, I hope, Rome!!! Probably all my family including my 3 year old baby. πŸ™‚ Hoping the maximum will be 4 tickets and no age limit like in Pompeii!!

    My wife says it would have been cheaper to work for free an entire year, for Gilmour staff of course. πŸ™‚

  7. Hm, only about 1.000 kilometers or so off…

    I dreamed David was playing ‘Temple Valley’. No idea where that was, so I googled it when I woke up; turns out it’s in Sicily… But you never know, it might still happen, the way he’s going. πŸ™‚

  8. This tour with all those historical places and venues is a big hit… somehow there is a connection between these places and David’s and Pink Floyd’s music which is certainly timeless… some things slowly becoming older and older, but their value is growing day by day… all those moments with David today are priceless, and some of the younger generations will realize this in about 30 years from now…

  9. Well, we could title “Septuagenarian” David Gimour rocks worldwide in the most suggestive venues as a few younger rockers could make it…

    Are you going to train him up in any particular way FEd?? Consider temperatures in July are quite high in Italy…

    Don’t know if I will pass these Rome dates as I am going to live the shows in Wien and twice at RAH London, plus the unmissable Pompeii dream, which I hope will be a completely unique performance and quite different from the rest of the shows in the tour, celebrating thus the historical meaning of this place 45 years after.

  10. Ciao, you lucky Italians! David does love you!

    Now, where is this ‘green with envy’ emoticon, FEd? πŸ˜€

  11. Another beautiful venue! What other places could David play? The Stour Centre in Ashford, Kent perhaps???

      1. To be fair, the Stour Centre is a dump! Stick to the fantastic and iconic venues I say!

  12. We could all do a crowd fund thing and plead for Crimdon Dene on the north east England coast. Those of a certain age or into PF history will know that they played there in the very distant past. Or even the equally famous Kirklevington Country Club near Crathorne, N.Yorkshire. Saw the Honeydrippers there in early 80’s.

    A customer of mine is going to MSG next week and a colleague is going to Pompeii, lucky pair. There is also Mr Harper playing this year.

  13. Well, all gigs lead to Rome, and what a fantastic venue. Probably my favorite city. I think I could be heading for a rocky relationship if I booked this one. But if I was single I would have gladly followed this tour right round the globe, hat on and rucksack over the shoulder.

    Sincerely hope the man is getting plenty of rest in between gigs, god knows how he does it.

    Damian

  14. David continues to amaze and generously grace us with his presence, on his Old Man’s Tour, in some incredibly impressive historical locations, with Circus Maximum being the latest monument to his music.

    Being as other folks have been dropping hints and suggestions for consideration, how about a nice cosy show for some Irregulars at Circus Minimus (aka Clifford’s Tower).

    York has some obvious links to the Roman Empire, which is providing a rich seam of locations, to fuel the fire of his fan’s desire to witness him perform in these iconic amphitheatres.

    Perhaps this might be enough to tempt David to perform in this intimate venue.

    Well, what the heck. You never know.

    I can but dream.

      1. I think I read something about Roman remains being found underneath present day Symphony Hall in Birmingham. There is a Paradise Circus nearby.

        ash πŸ˜‰

        1. Actually, it just came to me: Pink Floyd played Paradise Circus ( πŸ˜› ) way back in 1969, 70, 71.

      2. If you want a real Circus Minimus, what nicer location than the wide open spaces of Caister St Edmunds (near Norwich, naturally) … might need a long extension lead though.

  15. Here’s to a picnic show at Grantchester Meadows. Bring your own blanket!

  16. Old Man’s Tour. πŸ™‚

    What a venue, that looks amazing. I googled it and looked at “images”. Lions and martyrs(?), charioteers and horses, gladiators and rock bands, the audiences.

    ash

    1. And that’s what a visioner would exactly do, make you think backwards to the centuries, what was why, so one may think of what is to come. This music is exactly that, genuine music with ideas which are definitely not only ancient. In my opinion that is why he leads us through these sites and it’s up to us what we’ll make of it. And above all this is happening because of the talent of a first class musician. I couldn’t ever hope for more.

      1. Have you seen this clip of David talking about Pompeii, Fed, Meche and everyone !!!!!

        We’ll be the first audience since the gladiators ! Their DNA will be in the dust and the rocks ( πŸ˜€ pun intended).

        ash

        1. Nice clip Ash.

          “If you go there, you don’t forget.”

          So true, for each of David’s shows.

  17. I’ve mentioned before Housesteads Roman fort up on Hadrian’s Wall but then a real venue is Bitts Park overlooked by Carlisle Castle. The likes of Tom Jones have performed here.

    Damian

    1. Well, if the theme is ‘Castles where Tom Jones has performed’, I expect Cardiff Castle to be on the list. πŸ˜‰

      1. Were saving Wales for a holiday location. The coast and beaches look as fabulous as anywhere in the world if the weather is right.

        Damian.

    1. You can’t, but if they’re already online somewhere, you can include the link in your comment.

    1. I hope it will. I will be in Pompeii but I would be happy to add a ticket for Brighton! πŸ™‚

  18. Good thing I didnt buy my plane tickets to Italy yet.. Rome, Pompeii, Verona. Guess I’ll just have to brush up on my Italian.

  19. The ninth King of Rome! (After the traditional seven, the eighth is a much loved football player, so untouchable by Romans.)

    Well, OK, I guess the calendar is full, but continuing to speak, just to speak, why not the Sforzesco Castle in Milan? Or, why not, the little Arena?

  20. As we’re throwing suggestions here, may I please suggest Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania? πŸ˜€

    The venue was built 110 years ago and its fabulous acoustics turned it into a favorite destination for both local and international acts. Artists like Tori Amos, Slash, Megadeth or One Republic (to only name a few) chose the venue for sold out shows. Arenele Romane can currently host up to 5500 people and could be a great destination for one of David’s European stops (perhaps multiple gigs? one can dream…)

    Of course, Piata Constitutiei (where Roger performed one of his “The Wall” shows back in 2013) could also be a good place – one could have 60.000 people witnessing the shows there. The stage could face the world’s second largest structure (Casa Poporului – a building created by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu who now serves as the location for the Romanian Parliament). This is where almost all the grand shows happen in Romania and it could also be an interesting choice if David considers us.

      1. The link for Arenele Romane is perfect. However, the picture in the article for Piata Constitutiei does not depict the actual plaza.

        It’s probably not that important, but here is another link – the article tells the story of a show Robbie Williams played here. The photos are quite descriptive of what we can do and how we’re welcoming our guests.

        David would find here a fabulous audience. Performing anywhere in Romania would be a blast both for us and for his team (venues in Cluj or Timisoara would be equally great).

  21. I’m ready for the ticket battle..

    I don’t have good sensations: there’ll be just few seats available (don’t know how many, but I think about 5-6.000) and most of them will be taken by touts and their automated programs, just like what happened for Verona’s concerts, sold out in less than ten minutes and with tons of tickets available on secondary market sites…

    Also an Italian TV show, “Striscia la notizia”, made a TV report about this, showing how it’s simple to buy online such programs (which costs bloody money, anyway), how to use it and bypass all site’s restrictions when buying tickets. Then they went to Ticketone’s boss asking for some explanations and he said “we know about these programs but we can’t do anything against them” with a grin on his face which was meaning something like “we don’t care about who’s buying tickets, we only want to sell them as fast as possible to earn money”.

    We cannot compete with this kind of dishonest organizations (both touts and Ticketone), but we’ll try to do our best.

    Ps: I’ll join the chat a little bit later today, hoping to find you still there. In case I won’t be able to be in on time feel free to give my mail to who’ll be at MSG 12th show, so we can arrange a meetup.

      1. This is the link for the TV report I was talking about, even if it’s in Italian it’s simple to understand the images and the mechanism how these kind of programs works. They’re talking about tickets for an Italian rocker, Vasco Rossi, but it’s the same for Springsteen, Gilmour and other big names which comes to Italy.

        1. Or perhaps he was having a hard time keeping a straight face while being interviewed by a guy in a yellow jumpsuit with a plunger attached to his head. πŸ˜‰

          1. Not sure exactly why, but this clown in a yellow jumpsuit made me think of Donald Trump… πŸ˜‰

  22. One last thing (I promise!).

    Last night, I attended a classical concert and it suddenly occurred to me: if you want an extra – intimate, great looking venue, Ateneul Roman in Bucharest is the one. The place can only hold up to a maximum of 800 people per show and there would, probably, not be room for Mr. Screen, but should David ever consider an 100% acoustic performance (no amplification, that is) with him assisted by a small orchestra, Ateneul Roman is the place to properly do it and it would look gorgeous on film.

  23. It will be an amazing venue. Went to Rome a few years ago, it is like an open air museum.

  24. I can say that I’ll be there, once again!! Block C, row 7 the first evening, row 10 the second.

    Tickets for both dates seems to be already gone, incredible. I was lucky.

    1. Not true!!!! Well at last, 5 minutes ago (07/04 at 14:25) there are tickets for both days in Rome and for Pompeii too……

    2. This time I decided to pass so I logged onto ticketone at 10 a.m. as an “independent observer” and watched what was happening…

      Something actually different did happen: at the beginning best tickets evaporated as for Verona and other venues (RAH etc..). But later in the morning tickets for all categories and both dates started to come back available, even at 2 p.m. when I last checked it out…

      So probably some “counter measures” against touts and speculators have been put in place. Is this correct, FEd?

      Seems things are following the right way it’s been started with Pompeii procedures, in order to preserve true David’s fans.

  25. Block A, Row 17 Circus Maximus, Sat 3rd July.. Don’t mind if I do… Fantastico !! Whoop Whoop ..

    So Rome 2nd July, Pompeii 7/8th July, Verona 10th July. My very own mini Italian tour !!

  26. At this moment there a lot of tickets available for both dates on Ticketone. After the first minutes it seemed that they were finished, but now they are largely available for almost each sector. They’ve put the restriction of 4 tickets per date per account, so touts who buy tons of tickets are out of the business (if they don’t have multiple accounts). And maybe this is the reason why Verona’s tickets disappeared almost immediately while Rome’s ones are still on sale.

    I don’t know how many people will host the venue because still there isn’t a map on the site and we cannot estimate it (and I’m also curious to know where my seats are).

    FEd, do you know something more about the capacity?

  27. My battle for tickets was not so good, 4 tickets first night in on of the last rows Block E, but maybe is not so bad. I mean with one of the 2 children 3 yo is better to stay not so close to the stage and with aisle seats we can move easly and disturbing nobody, it is his first show and I hope he will like it and he will be quiet…..we will see, his toy guitar is ready. πŸ˜‰

  28. I couldn’t resist: I just purchased plane tickets for that weekend. I’ll be in Rome. πŸ™‚

    Sadly, I can’t afford to buy tickets but at least I’ll be there. I’ll just sit on a bench next to the Circus Maximus and enjoy the Saturday concert – it should be awesome anyway.

    See you all there! πŸ™‚

  29. Will there be an age restriction? My wife and I want to take our 3 year old daughter to the show, but couldn’t find anything about a minimum age. (We’re flying in from Israel just for the show, so need to be sure…)

    Can anybody help please?

    1. I believe there are no age restrictions, but anyone over the age of three will need their own ticket.

  30. Yes FEd you are (always) right (of course πŸ™‚ ), no age restriction. I wrote an email to “info@rockinroma.com” this is their answer:

    “Buongiorno,

    no non ci sono restrizioni e i bambini possono partecipare senza problemi.
    Essendo tutti posti a sedere numerati, i bambini devono essere in possesso di un biglietto dai 3 anni compiuti.”

    Over the age of three they need a ticket because are all numerated seats.

    DaveRocks! I will go there with my wife and my two children 3 and 8 yo. If you need I can forward that email.

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