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Jagger boosts Rome’s coffers and tips Italy win

A Rolling Stones concert in Rome on Sunday will go down as one of the most profitable in Italian history, boosting the city’s coffers by €25 million in a single day. Frontman Mick Jagger even made a few predictions for Italy's World Cup squad.

Jagger boosts Rome’s coffers and tips Italy win
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“Today Rome has almost 60,000 people on top of 10-20,000 Romans who came to this event,” Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino told RaiNews24 after the concert.

“People who went to hotels, restaurants, who took taxis or had ice creams determined a profit for the city of €25 million in a day.”

Performing at Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium, the ageing rockers delighted fans with classic hits including Jumpin’ Jack Flash, which opened the show, Streets of love and Let’s spend the night together.

Mick Jagger even treated the audience to a few sentences in Italian, winning him praise from the Italian media.

“Grazie. Ciao Roma, ciao Italia,” (Thank you, bye Rome, bye Italy) the rocker yelled at the crowd, according to news agency Ansa.

Much to the delight of the crowd the rocker even had a few predictions for Italy’s performance in the World Cup, as the squad prepares to face Uruguay on Tuesday.

“Italy will win the World Cup. I think you will beat Uruguay 2-1,” he said in Italian.

Their performance earned the band a glowing review from Rome daily Il Messaggero which wrote: “He [Mick Jagger] continues to jump, run, sing and spread charisma on a stage as big as a football field, demonstrating that he is one of the greatest performers in history.”

The positive reception comes despite concerns raised among heritage groups in March who warned of "unpredictable consequences" and possible "acts of vandalism" in a "very fragile" area of the city.

"The choice of the Circus Maximus for the Rolling Stones concert brings a measure of risk for the heritage of the area that is not only heightened but also hard to predict," the office of archaeological supervisors said in a statement at the time.

After Saturday's concert Jagger was spotted dining out in the city’s Trastevere district where he enjoyed a traditional meal of Carbonara pasta at the famous Antica Pesa restaurant, according to La Repubblica.

In May the Stones performed in Oslo where Jagger rolled out two sentences of surprisingly passable Norwegian.

The concert was the Stones' first since March, when the band put their tour on hold following the suicide of Jagger's girlfriend, the designer L' Wren Scott. 

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DRUGS

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs

Damiano David, the frontman of Italy's Eurovision winners Maneskin, has passed a drug test he took on Monday to clear his name after speculation that he had snorted cocaine at the song contest's grand final.

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs
Damiano David of Maneskin performs at the Eurovision final. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

A drug test was “voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU”, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Monday evening. 

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the EBU said in a statement, adding that it had checked all available video footage as part of “a thorough review of the facts”.

READ ALSO: Italian Eurovision winners ‘really offended’ by accusations of drug use

David, who was shown on camera leaning over a table backstage in what some speculated could be drug use, had strongly denied the allegations. 

He said the footage showed him sweeping up some glass broken by one of his bandmates.

Måneskin with their trophy after winning the final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Sander Koning / ANP / AFP

There had been calls for “total transparency” from officials in France, which came a close second in the song contest, after the clip went viral following Saturday’s final in the Netherlands.

The French minister for Europe said that drug use should be grounds for disqualification, though the head of France’s public broadcasting group said they did not plan to challenge the result.

David told interviewers he was “really offended” by the speculation, which he said had marred Italy’s first Eurovision victory in 31 years.

“We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band,” the EBU said, adding that it was looking forward to “a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year”.

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