PEOPLE: £625 to see Pavarotti in a parka and jeans
Friday 27 January 1995
The only sign of his "signature tails" - which the official programme said he would wear - was on the T-shirts selling briskly on the sands alongside the hot dogs and Budweiser Lite. In an area better known for its Art Deco and the culture of rap and roller skates, front-row tickets changed hands for more than $1,000 (£625).
There were only 800 paid seats but more than 100,000 people turned the concert into an all-ages Woodstock, laying out deck chairs or blankets and tucking into crab claws and Chardonnay. "Oh, man, that was the Super Bowl of opera," enthused one fan after Pavarotti sang O Sole Mio, drowning out the words of the Elvis version from some beer-swigging youths at the back.
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The actress daughter of former President Corazon Aquino said she hoped to reconcile with her family, with whom she has fallen out over her relationship with Phillip Salvador, a married actor who is 20 years her senior.
"I'm really very sorry that it is because of my actions that this kind of scandal has come to our family," said Ms Aquino, 23. "I miss my family very much."
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As they walked away, one turned back to enquire: "By the way, what is your name?"
He also recalled a five-year-old girl who could not guess how old he was (76) or how many years he had spent in prison (27). She finally asked: "You are a stupid old man, aren't you?"
At one point during his address, Mr Mandela removed the dark glasses he has worn in India to protect his deteriorating eyes. "I am not crying as I say this," he explained.
"This is only my unique manner of drawing attention to myself."
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