ROME (AP) _ Organizers of Frank Sinatra's final stop on an Italian tour said Thursday they are moving the concert to Pompeii because they were besieged by demands for free tickets in Naples.

''La Voce,'' or The Voice, as Italians affectionately call him, had been scheduled to sing in Naples on Sept. 26.

But the concert has been moved to the ancient Teatro Grande in nearby Pompeii because the Naples city council was asking for too many free tickets and acting slowly on arrangements, said Massimo Gallotta of So Good Entertainment.

He didn't give any figures, but the Turin newspaper La Stampa said Naples' politicians had sought 750 free tickets out of 2,218 available.

According to La Stampa, a Naples city councilman defended the request, saying the tickets weren't requested for friends and family, but for resale at a higher price, with the proceeds going to renovate the hall where the concert was to have taken place.

Pompeii's Greek-style amphitheater, a 2,200-year-old archaeological site, can hold 2,800 spectators. The best seats will cost about $300 and the rest about $170.


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum.

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose threatened to cancel a concert because police ticketed his chauffeur outside the arena - and police took back the ticket.

''Rather than stick our feet in the mud and say, 'No, we're going to treat you like everybody else,' we chose to avoid a riot,'' said Capt. James Seymour.

Police noted that Rose stalked off stage at a St. Louis-area concert last month and a riot broke out.

''We don't need 19,000 people at the Forum rioting over a traffic ticket,'' Seymour said.

Police said Rose threw a tantrum over a citation an officer wrote his limousine driver for an illegal left turn outside the arena Tuesday.

''Before a show, Axl is volatile. It's a sensitive time and ... someone had told the limo driver to turn left,'' said Rose's publicist, Bryn Bridenthal.

The ticket was yanked when Guns N' Roses manager Doug Goldsten and Forum General Manager Claire Rothman raised the issue with police Lt. Tom Hoffman.

Rose thanked Hoffman before a cheering crowd inside the Forum.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Post's retiring executive editor, Ben Bradlee, departed from the newsroom to a standing ovation, but not before he endured a day of good-natured jokes.

Hundreds of Post staff members wore striped shirts with white collars on Wednesday, copying Bradlee's sartorial trademark.

At a newsroom celebration, Bradlee was kidded about his unprintable expletives, his short attention span and his gruff demeanor.

But Post foreign correspondent Nora Boustany, in a telegram from Beirut, Lebanon, praised Bradlee: ''For me, you will always be the grand, brave man of the news who watched over me, and always made me want to give just a little bit more.''

Bradlee, 69, and his wife, Sally Quinn, plan to spend August in East Hampton, N.Y. Bradlee will return to Washington after Labor Day to become a vice president of the paper and a director of The Washington Post Co.

''Forgotten, but not gone,'' Quinn chided, saying those were Bradlee's words at a party 18 years ago marking her departure as a Post reporter.


CHICAGO (AP) - A concert promoter is suing singer Aretha Franklin, saying she broke a contract by not showing up at an all-star soul review last weekend.

The promoter is under investigation for possible consumer fraud, said Muriel Jackson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office.

She said many concertgoers have called to complain that the concert billed as the Chicago Music Festival did not include Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, the Winans and Johnny Taylor, as advertised.

Soul legend James Brown did perform, along with three local acts, to an audience of 10,000 at 60,000-seat Soldier Field.

Jon Grevatt, a spokesman for Franklin's record company, Arista Records, said the singer ''had a problem with the promoter and the promoter's contract.''

In his Circuit Court lawsuit filed Wednesday, promoter Pervis Spann said Franklin had left town before he could pay her to perform.

Spann has an unlisted phone number, and his attorney, Matthias Lydon, did not return a phone call Thursday.

Todd Ensalaco, a spokesman for Triad Artists in Los Angeles, which manages Green and the Winans, said Spann unsuccessfully tried to sign the two acts.

Shawnelle Richie, spokeswoman for the Chicago Park District, which owns Soldier Field, said Spann simply couldn't come up with the money for the big- name performers.


DENVER (AP) - Rock singer Chris Robinson was sentenced to six months' probation when he pleaded no contest to a charge of disturbing the peace during a late-night beer run.

Denver County Court Referee William E. Beyer on Wednesday dismissed an assault charge and accepted the plea, which can be dropped from the records if Robinson stays out of trouble. Robinson did not have to appear in court.

His group, the Black Crowes, had played a May 29 concert in Denver, when he went to a 7-Eleven for beer and was turned down because it was after midnight. He allegedly spit on another customer, Elizabeth Juergens, who asked ''Who are the Black Crowes?''

Juergens said Robinson, 24, told her she'd know who the Black Crowes were if she didn't eat so many Twinkies.

Robinson's attorney, Michael Axt, refused to comment on the case or to accept seven red roses a fan asked him to give to Robinson.

''I'm not authorized to accept roses on behalf of my client,'' Axt told Angelique Christianson, 21, dressed in black.

''I'm really bummed,'' said Christianson.