Ariana Grande, unstoppable in Rome.
ROME - The Italo-American pop star sung her heart out at the Palalottomatica di Roma, on Thursday evening. Next stop: Turin at the Pala Alpitour.
After the terrible events of 22 May in Manchester Arena, the singer bravely took to the stage once more just 13 days later on June 4 at the Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground for One Love Manchester. The concert, which Grande organised to raise money to help the victims of the attack and their families, included Mumford & Sons, Take That, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher, amongst other big names in the music industry. The British Red Cross reported it received more than £10 million (about €11 million) in donations in the 12 hours following the concert.
She has since been continuing the European leg of her Dangerous Woman tour in Paris, Lyon, Lisbon and Barcelona, Rome with Turin next on the bill. The event marked the start of an exciting summer of music in the capital, followed by “Rock in Roma” and “Luglio Suona Bene”.
"She's unique." said Chiara, 11, from Cosenza, to Italian daily Il Messaggero at the concert. "She's humble, she sings and dances amazingly, she's extraordinary. I feel close to her, as if she were my friend".
Live Nation, the official ticket seller for the star’s tour, has released a strict policy regarding the Italian concerts on its website. Forbidden items include: bags (although women may bring small transparent bags), spray cans. alcoholic beverages and flasks, glass or plastic bottles, selfie sticks, umbrellas, musical instruments ipads, sleeping bags or professional cameras, amongst others. "I wasn't sure about bringing my daughter here", admitted Anna to Il Messaggero, but her passion convinced me to."
Fear has gripped the world of music; but people remain undefeated, despite security procedures becoming more and more regimented. With portable metal detectors, searches and explosive detection dogs, escape routes for potential emergencies (a lesson learnt from the recent panic in Turin), queues will be longer than ever before.
But Ariana Grande’s fans, the “Arianators”, will not be deterred. Aren't you scared? "No" replied Chiara, confidently. Her courage and determination in recent weeks has been inspirational. In fact, the star is set to receive the first honorary citizenship from Manchester after the One Love benefit concert.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese told BBC News: "Many people already see Ariana as an honorary Mancunian. This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city. We've all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May - with love and courage rather than hatred and fear... [Ariana] exemplified this response."