Sir Paul McCartney played an historic concert to just 400 people inside the Colosseum in Rome on Saturday, May 10, 2003. The event - one of the first live shows to be played at the venue - was held as a warm-up for the huge free concert that was hosted by Macca outside the 2,000-year-old ruin the day after.
Tickets for the event were sold for up to 1,295 Euros (£925) via an internet auction, with proceeds going towards landmine charity Adopt-A-Minefield and the upkeep of Rome's historic sites. "I think we're the first band to play here since the Christians," joked the former Beatle, as several hundred ticket-less fans stood outside the venue, hoping to hear the music.
The Colosseum was illuminated by multicoloured lights and was filled with dry ice during the mostly-acoustic 100-minute set. "As you can imagine, this is a magnificent occasion for us," McCartney told the crowd.