Email from a friend who tried to visit the amphitheatre in Nîmes:
Alas, crowds were already assembling for an Elton John concert, we were galled to discover, so it was closed to mere visitors. I have nothing particularly against Elton John. He can perform whatever he likes and with whom he pleases but I think that any lover of antiquity denied access to a Roman amphitheatre on account of one of his concerts should at least have the right to demand that the man perform in the presence of half a dozen famished lions. Then I'd pay handsomely to see Elton John, his tawny wig, spectacles and gnawed, dismembered carcass.