The Italian Almanac


Italian News - August 24

Irish rock legend Bono paid a flying visit this week to his old friend Luciano Pavarotti, who is convalescing after undergoing surgery for pancreas cancer in July. The U2 lead singer called in on the tenor at his villa at Colle San Bartolo near Pesaro on Monday, but the visit was kept secret until Wednesday.

Bono and Pavarotti have been good friends for over 10 years and the duo have performed together for good causes many times. They first sang together at the 1995 Pavarotti and Friends gig to raise money for victims of the war in Bosnia.

Pavarotti also sang on the U2 hit Miss Sarajevo. He performed this track with U2 at the famous Sarajevo concert in September 1997 - the first gig by a major band in the city after the war.

The villa at Colle San Bartolo is where Bono and Pavarotti first met to discuss the tenor's solo on Miss Sarajevo. The singer is convalescing there with his wife Nicoletta Mantovani and the couple's young daughter Alice. Pavarotti is making a strong recovery.