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Veteran rocker SIR PAUL McCARTNEY may be forced to turn down the volume
when his European tour reaches Rome, Italy - in case he wakes the POPE.
Organisers are considering dropping some of his loudest rock numbers,
including BACK IN THE USSR and LIVE AND LET DIE, for fear of disturbing the
holy man in his bed.
They're worried the frail 82-year-old pontiff will be kept awake by the noise
drifting over to the Vatican.
The former BEATLE is due to perform a free three-hour show outside the
COLISEUM in May (03) and crowds of more than 300,000 are expected.
Tour promoter BARRIE MARSHALL says, "We have been advised by Italian
contacts that the show could keep His Holiness the Pope up all night.
"Obviously we do not want to cause any offence or sleeplessness to His
Holiness and, because of the closeness of The Vatican to the show at the
Coliseum, we are now considering our position on performing loud rock songs."
But it seems McCartney doesn't want anyone tampering with the volume
controls, and plans for his performance to go-ahead unchanged.
A spokesman for the singer says, "We don't want to tone down the rock and roll
element in the set - we reckon the Pope may actually enjoy a boogie. But we
don't want problems with the neighbours." (TN/WNWCAN/IG)