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Rolling Stones return to Rome 47 years after first visit

Italian tour follows concerts in Netherlands

14 March, 19:40
Rolling Stones return to Rome 47 years after first visit (Updates previous) (ANSA) - Rome, March 14 - The Rolling Stones will play at Rome's Circus Maximus, a huge venue that used to be a chariot-racing stadium in ancient Roman times, on June 22 as part of their upcoming European tour, organisers in the Italian capital, PostePay Rock, said Friday. The greatest rock-and-roll band in the world are also set to play at the Pinkpop Festival at Landgraaf in the Netherlands on June 7 and at the TW Classic Festival in Werchter on June 28.

The group, now made up of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, are on tour around the world to mark the band's 50th anniversary since its formation. The Rome concert this year also marks 47 years since their first Italian performance in 1967. On that occasion, they held two concerts of 40 minutes each and toured such cities as Rome, Bologna and Genova.

They returned in the 1970s to Rome's Palasport and the Pala Lido centre in Milan.

Italy was in the midst of severe social unrest in that period, and while the Stones performed, demonstrators outside clashed with police.