None other than the Italian Blues and Rock hero Zucchero is scheduled to do eight gigs all over Germany soon. He won’t forget the rest of the world either.
Berlin, February 2nd, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — 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 66, but he tours as if he was 34. The man is about to hit stages, many of them, all over the place.
Vet on Stage
The Italian master was in the process of warming up for his Australian and American tour in the spring of 2020, when Corona hit. Thanks to the virus, he had to cancel as many as 22 gigs. One thing is certain: Zucchero will raise the roofs of all venues he enters, including at 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 his goal. 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. He also 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 brilliant 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 master composer, arranger and pianist Sergio Mendes, Zucchero recorded an Italian version of “Puzzle of Hearts” on the album “Oceano”, a composition by Djavan, 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 like Whitney Houston”.
His career has been going on for four decades by now. And, luckily, no end is in sight. The tour he was going to kick off in 2020 had to be changed twice because of Corona. Now, he finally wants to hit countless stages.
‘D.O.C. World Tour’
Zucchero, the man himself, is scheduled to kick off his tour in the United Kingdom on April 18th, 2022. Glasgow, Manchester and London are on the tour plan. Guess how many times in a row he will perform in Verona (Italy). How does fourteen sound? France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands are next. Will the tour be over on May 24th in Amsterdam? No.
On May 26th, Zucchero and his travel party are supposed to reach the Federal Republic of Germany. Munich and Frankfurt will be covered first. On May 29th, he will join Eric Clapton on an open air stage in Berlin. Innsbruck (Austria), Stuttgart and Zurich (Switzerland) will be experiencing Italian Blues too. So will Sierre (CH), Vienna, Salzburg and Ljubljana (Slovenia).
By June 19th, 2022, the band is supposed to be back in Germany, where Lingen, Leipzig, Hamburg and Düsseldorf will be rocked thoroughly. Graz and Dornbirn (Austria), anyone? How about Croatia, Montenegro, Romania and Spain? Is this guy going to sit down, have a cookie and relax, at some point? No. That is because he will be touring the United States of America and Canada like crazy in September.
Later, on November 15th, 2022, Zucchero, the Italian Blues phenomenon, is expected back in Berlin. By then, he will be 67 years old.
Zucchero’s webseite can be accessed here. Tickets for his gigs in Germany, Austria and Luxembourg are available here.
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