Italian flag Saturday 17th July 1993
Bologna, Italy

Stadio Comunale

MacPhisto: "Look what you've done to me. You've made me very famous and I thank you. Do you know who I am?"

[Fans in crowd: "MacPhisto!"]

MacPhisto: "I'm a rock 'n' roll star. And I know you like your rock 'n' roll stars to be exciting so I bought these." [shows off platform boots] "Some people think that rock 'n' roll started in the United States of America... but in fact, this is not the case. Rock 'n' roll started in the streets of Italy!"

Crowd: [cheer]

MacPhisto: "Opera! Songs from the street, from the gutter, sung with passion – they sing their little hearts out. Pavarotti, there's a rock 'n' roll star! Shall I give Pavarotti a telephone call?"

Crowd: "Yeah!"

MacPhisto: "You speak awfully good English. Shall I give Pavarotti a telephone call? Oh yes I shall."


MacPhisto: "When you're famous, people give you their telephone numbers. True – really. Off with the horns, on with the show."

MacPhisto: [sings] "Tum-te-tum-te-tum-tum..."

MacPhisto: "Shall I try that again? Alright."


MacPhisto: [shrugs and smiles] "I've got all night, have you?"

Crowd: "Yeah!"

Man: "Pronto!"

MacPhisto: "Could I speak to the maestro, Pavarotti, please?"

Man: [sings] "I ammm Mr Pavarotti!"

Crowd: [cheer]

Pavarotti: "Who is speaking?"

MacPhisto: [sings] "I just called to say I love you... I just called to say how much I care..."

MacPhisto: "How are you, maestro, this evening?"

Pavarotti: "I am very well, how are you? I am sure of your fantastic success!  How is the night going?"

MacPhisto: "Well, the people of Bologna are splendid this evening, I must say!"

Crowd: [cheer]

Pavarotti: "They're a great audience."

MacPhisto: "They are--"

Pavarotti: "They are a great audience, because you deserve it."

MacPhisto: "They are most generous. And how is the maestro's voice this evening, is it in fine...?"

Pavarotti: "I am very good, yes."

MacPhisto: "I believe you're losing a lot of weight, you're slimming down for the '90s!"

Pavarotti: [laughs] "Not so much, but I will try!"

MacPhisto: "Well, I'd just like to say I love you the way you are!"

Pavarotti: "I love you and all the people there!"

Crowd: [cheer]

Pavarotti: "And a big kiss for everybody!"

MacPhisto: "Have you a song to sing us over the telephone lines tonight?"

Pavarotti: "No, I, un-- unfortunately not!"

MacPhisto: [laughs]

Pavarotti: "But I, I, I... I wish you many, many... beautiful day like that, and beautiful night like that, with so beautiful people there."

MacPhisto: "Well maestro, maybe one night you'll join us on this fine stage and sing with us in person!  How about that?"

Pavarotti: "It will be for me a great pleasure, and thank you..."

[Ultra Violet begins]

Pavarotti: " have made the translation of the song Miserere – thank you, it's beautiful!"

MacPhisto: [sings] "Sometimes I feel like I don't know, sometimes I feel like checking out... I've got to get it wrong..."

MacPhisto: "Are you there?"

MacPhisto: [sings] "Can't always be strong... and love it won't be long..."

MacPhisto: "Good evening maestro!"

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