As it begins work on its sophomore album, Maroon 5 will tide fans over with the Sept. 20 release of “through 2008, Italian fans will soon have an opportunity to see him outside the real deal. The veteran artist is planning a free Sept. 3 show on Rome’s Via dei Fori Imperiali, the boulevard that leads to the Colosseum. The same area last year hosted a free Simon & Garfunkel show and in 2003 a performance by Paul McCartney.
Two days prior, John will play Bergamo, Italy, with a brief slate of North American dates to follow in the lead up to his next Vegas run in October. A few more U.S. dates are planned in November, with a December European run also on the books.
At the tail end of a recent U.K. tour, John performed at the Live 8 concert in London and two days later staged a free July 4 concert in Philadelphia as part of an event that raised $2 million for HIV/AIDS awareness and research.
— Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.