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David Gilmour to play Rome’s ancient Circus Maximus

Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has announced two gigs in Rome this summer at the iconic Roman hippodrome, Circus Maximus.

David Gilmour to play Rome's ancient Circus Maximus
David Gilmour will play two dates in Rome this summer. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Gilmour will play on July 2nd and 3rd, with tickets going on sale from 10am on April 7th.

Priced between €60 and €120, tickets will be available from rockinroma.com, postepaysound.it, ticketone.it and davidgilmour.com.

Each person will only be allowed to purchase a maximum of four tickets.

Aside from the two days in Rome, 70-year-old Gilmour has already confirmed two dates at the Roman Amphitheatre of Pompeii (July 7th-8th ) and a further two at the Roman Amphitheatre of Verona (July 10th-11th) .

Gilmour's Italy dates come as part of a worldwide tour following the launch of his fifth solo album, “Rattle That Lock”, released in September 2015.

American rocker Bruce Springsteen will also have the privilege of performing at Circus Maximus on July 16th.

The last band to be granted permission to perform among the ancient ruins was The Rolling Stones, who attracted more than 60,000 fans to their gig in June 2014.

But the concert sparked controversy after it was revealed that the rockers paid just €8,000 to use the venue.

The decision to charge such a low price was defended by ex-Mayor Ignazio Marino, who argued that the event brought €25 million to the city’s coffers in just one day.

Still, as a result the city’s authorities upped fees for “occupying public land”, bringing the cost of hiring Circus Maximus to up to €200,000. 

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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