Thought for the day

"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.

The 1989 Pink Floyd concert on a floating stage next to San Marco Square in Venice gathered more than 200,000 fans and inadvertently made the mayor and the entire city council resign after his performance. City officials arranged a free concert in Venice's historic Piazza San Marco that would be televised in more than 12 countries. The council justified this by saying that Venice "should be open to new trends, including rock music". The news was met with enthusiasm by many, but also met with anger by many Venetians. Many old Venetians wanted to ban concerts. He realized that it would be a nightmare that would potentially destroy the ancient facades and monuments. Also, it would destroy the cultural integrity of the event that was planned around the same time as the concert, Redinator (The Redeemer Festival). "Historic centers should not be used for exhibits that are inconsistent with their historical nature," Augusto Salvadori, Venice's former commissioner for tourism, told the New York Times. "If they want the Rock, let them do it in the football stadium, but not in Piazza San Marco."