None other than the Italian Blues and Rock hero Zucchero is scheduled to do eight gigs all over Germany soon. He won’t forget Austria, Switzerland, Britain and other European countries either.
Zucchero is an Italian rarity, one of a kind. They call him the “father of Italian Blues”, and they are absolutely right. Adelmo Fornaciari, which is his birth name, is 64, but he tours as if he was 34. The man is about to hit the stages of Europe.
Vet on Stage
The Italian master was already warming up for his Australian and American tour in the spring on 2020, when Corona hit. Thanks to the virus, he had to cancel as many of 22 gigs. One thing is certain: Zucchero will raise the roofs of all venues he enters, including the open air stages which do not even have any roofs, as long as Mr. Corona lets him.
Fornaciari was actually going to become a vet. He did pass 39 out of 51 exams, but quit his studies, since he wanted to be different from his parents. He reached that goal in no time. In the mid-1970s, he went to San Francisco, where he met his future record producer Corrado Rustici. With him, he talked about founding an “atypical Italian project with African American influence”. By the time that decade was over, Zucchero had written several hits for other artists and he toured with his band ‘Taxi’ into the 1980-s.
His solo career still needed some polishing and success. The song “Donne”, which he recorded with the help of his old pal in San Francisco, became an Italian classic. The same applied to “Come il sole all’improvviso”. In 1987, things got crazy, when Zucchero’s album “Blue’s” became the best selling album in Italian history, until he did his next album in 1989, meaning he broke is own record. While touring, he shared the stage with fellow artists, such as the late Joe Cocker, the late Ray Charles and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
‘More Like Bukowski’
Countless solo albums, tours and a lot of collaborations followed. One nice example for the latter: With the Brazilian hero Sergio Mendes, Zucchero recorded an Italian version of “Puzzle of Hearts” on the album “Oceano”, a composition by Djavan, yet another Brazilian legend. That stunning version was entitled “Un ozeano di silenzi”.
Zucchero has an issue, when it comes to singing in English: “When I do the English version of a song, I lose something. I would like to find a way to translate my songs from Italian to English better, because my lyrics are very personal and I use a lot of slang, the typical Italian way to say something. When they translate this, you lose the sarcasm or irony. People in England and America only know me for ballads, but my fast songs are very sarcastic. I’m really more like Tom Waits or Charles Bukowski than Whitney Houston”.
His career has been going on for four decades by now. And, luckily, no end is in sight. The latter also applies to his tour which had to be revised because of Corona.
Zucchero’s 2020 German tour plan:
November 19th, 2020: Leipzig
November 20th, 2020: Hamburg
November 21st, 2020: Berlin
November 24th, 2020: Stuttgart
November 25th, 2020: Munich
November 27th, 2020: Frankfurt
November 28th, 2020: Düsseldorf
December 2nd, 2020: Lingen
Then, after playing Verona a gazillion times in a row in May, Zucchero is scheduled to hit London on May 13th and 16th, 2021, Manchester of May 14th. Glasgow, Bucharest, Podgorica (Montenegro) and Zagreb are listed on the touring plan. So is Ljubljana.
On June 1st, 2021, the Italian master will be in Vienna before heading to Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Nice (!!). Sierre (Switzerland), Brussels, Luxemburg, Amsterdam and Paris are next. See? Zucchero’s tour never ends.
It is Graz’ turn on June 30th, 2021, Innsbruck and Zurich are to follow on July 2nd and 5th, 2021. Finally, in mid-July of 2021, they will be in Barcelona and Madrid. Amen.
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