May 24, 2007 08:38:15 GMT
Tickets to Barbra Streisand's Italian concert that reaches 900 euros has caused the singer from being banned to hold the show.
Barbra Streisand's tour, which is known to reach high gross, apparently has infuriated the Italians who claim that the tickets' price is unreasonable. As a result they want Streisand's concert in Stadio Flamino, Rome next month to be pulled.
The Italians that are represented by The Adusbef and Codacons group sought the help from the authority to settle this matter. The group also encouraged the city of Rome and the Italian Olympic Committee to stop Streisand from performing in the June 15 night.
Set at a range of 200 to 900 euros, the price is considered 'absurd and 'shameful'. Codacons spokesman Stefano Zerbi said on Wednesday, "Organizers of the Streisand concert are charging more than three times what other big stars like The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake are doing. This is unfair towards the young and the less well off."
This Codacons act is mainly provoked by angry fans who feel that the venue is not worth the performance. "We wouldn't have a problem if the concert was taking place in a private building." Zerbi continued. "But because the stadium is a publicly-owned structure, the city's officials are acting as accomplices to this form of discrimination."
Ironically, the gig is supposed to be Streisand's first in Italy and the kick off of her European tour. She will also visit Austria, France, Ireland and Britain whereby the tickets will cost approximately the same. While the authority hasn't made any comment, the organizers took note that part of the sale will go to charity.