Alice Cooper and Bonnie Tyler, the two internationally recognized rockers, gave a concert in Athens on Monday to support the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
Rita Wilson, The Rasmus, Kip Winger, Chris Willis, Andreas Carlsson, Tabitha Fair, and Greece’s Fivos, Sakis Rouvas, and George Lebessis performed songs by Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Desmond Child.
“Desmond Child Rocks the Parthenon” took place at the ancient Herodes Atticus Odeon (“Herodion”) below the Acropolis under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Athens Municipality.
The stands of the Herodes Atticus Odeon were brimming with people and high in the background stood the illuminated Parthenon, shining under the Attic sky. Sitting at the piano accompanying the singers was Desmond Child, the host of the evening, who could not hide his excitement for the unique scene so full of history that stretched out in front of him.
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“Athens I love you…It’s wonderful to be here,” he told the crowd. He later confessed that the concert was a life experience. “I constantly pray for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures,” he added.
Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler steal the show
The legendary Bonnie Tyler proved that she is still young at heart while Rita Wilson showed that, in addition to acting, she also has great vocal skills.
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However, the great protagonist of the evening was the evermoving Alice Cooper. The American rock singer, whose career spans over 54 years, sang two songs at the end of the concert in a very theatrical way, stirring the crowd and receiving the loudest applause.
Parthenon Marbles “could be shared” between the UK and Greece
Earlier in June, the Chair of the British Museum George Osborne said that Greece and the UK could agree on an arrangement where they both share the Parthenon Marbles.
The former UK Chancellor was asked whether an arrangement would be made that would see the Parthenon Marbles displayed in both Athens and London: “I cannot speak for all the trustees [of the British Museum], but I think such an arrangement would work,” he said.
Greece has intensified its campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, a struggle that began in the 1980s by then Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri. A recent poll in Britain shows that the majority of Britons is in favor of their repatriation to their home.
In May, UNESCO announced that Greece and the UK have agreed to hold talks on the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.