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Concerts Lecce – Marco Masini

Marco Masini - Politeama Greco Theater - 22 May 2020

The debut in Sanremo

Despite making many pieces, Masini had difficulty finding a record company that supported him.

A debutant Masini (second from left) rewarded as winner of the News section at the Sanremo Festival 1990 with Disperato. Thanks to Bob Rosati, arranger and owner of a studio in Sesto Fiorentino, Masini began making the first auditions: he met Beppe Dati, composer and poet with whom he made some pieces. In 1986 the important meeting with Giancarlo Bigazzi arrived; Masini then collaborated in the creation of soundtracks (Mediterranean, Mery forever, Boys out), was the guiding voice of Si can give more, brought to Sanremo by the trio Morandi, Ruggeri and Tozzi, and live concert performer in Tozzi’s tour at Royal Albert Hall in London.

He left for the first tour in 1987, then was still on tour with Raf, whose album What will remain … he was responsible for the realization and arrangements. In 1988 a 45 rpm car was released entitled Men on the initiative of Mario Ragni, with which Masini was supposed to participate in Sanremo of that year, but was later replaced.

Also in 1988 a 45 rpm came out containing the song From your eyes on, sung in duet with Rosita Celentano. In 1990 he participated in the 40th Festival of the Italian Song of Sanremo with the song Disperato, written with Bigazzi and Dati, coming first among young people in the News section. The album that makes it follows a great sales success stationing in the highest positions of the sales chart until the whole summer of 1990.

Second album

He participated in the Sanremo Festival 1991 with the song Why you do it, which came in third place, after Riccardo Cocciante and Renato Zero. The song should have been sung by Umberto Tozzi, with another title and another text, but that year Bigazzi preferred to give the song to Masini, while Tozzi sang The Others are Us. In that year the second album was also released, entitled Malinconoia (word coming from the union of the terms “melancholy” and “paranoia”), and in the spring, starting from April 18, the singer made his first solo artist tour , who saw him perform in several stages of such great success that he had to repeat the concerts of Florence and Rome respectively. For the latter city, the first performance took place at the Tendastrisce Theater, while the second at the Palazzo dello Sport.

His accompaniment group was made up of Mario Manzani and Massimo Rastrelli on guitars, Marcello De Toffoli on keyboards, Bruno Illiano and Cesare Chiodo on electric bass, finally Alfredo Golino on drums; [1] Andrea Corsellini figured as a sound engineer, role that from that moment he would have covered also in future tours. 

The following summer he participated in the Festivalbar, where he won the prize for the best album of the year, while the video of Malinconoia, recorded in a concert at the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome, won as the best videolive of Riminicinema ’91.

Masini on tour in Turin (Colosseo Theater) on April 24, 2015

Successes and controversies

On January 14, 1993, Masini published T’innamorerai. The album contains the piece Vaffanculo, which sparked controversy and censorship on both television and radio. The disc sees the collaboration of the Bolognese director Stefano Salvati. The album is also released in Spanish (Te enamorarás). In Italian it also came out in Germany and France, obtaining good sales results.

In January 1995 the fourth album, Il cielo della vergine, released in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and, in the Spanish version (El cielo de virgo), was released in Spain and Latin America. Also this album was the subject of criticism, for the two songs Bella stronza and Principessa, both very direct and explicit.

1996-2000

In 1996 L’amore sia con te was released, a compilation of some pieces by Masini, with the addition of the unpublished song that gave the title to the collection and of Meglio solo, an old song from 1989 recorded on the B side of the 45 rpm of Desperato . The collection was published simultaneously in Spanish-speaking countries under the title Mi amor allí estará and with a slightly different tracklist. In the summer the tour Love with you started. In 1997, Enrico Ruggeri called Masini to interpret the song La gente di cuore with him, contained in the album Domani è another day.

In 1997 he recorded a new version of We would like the sea in duet with Montserrat Caballé, present in the Spanish soprano’s album Friends for Life.

After almost four years of silence, on 12 November 1998 the album Scimmie was released, released by the Ma.Ma. label, founded by himself and by Mario Manzani and Marco Poggioni. The album, although critically appreciated, was a commercial failure.

In 1999 he released the single Il più più trivale, and in 2000 he participated in the Sanremo Festival with the song Raccontami di te, finishing second to fifteenth. At the same time as the event, the album Raccontami di te was released on 22 February 2000, containing the song presented in Sanremo, Il Giorno più trivale (re-titled Il Giorno di Natale) and nine other songs.

Masini and his band today

On March 27, 2000, Masini also began the new tour Tell me about you, which took place in two sessions: a spring, theatrical, and a summer one, in the squares of many cities in Italy. After the tour ended, on January 26, 2001 he released Exit of Security, a disc containing 14 new songs, written throughout his career.

 
 

Withdrawal and return

On April 17, 2001, Masini announced his retirement from the songwriter career, justifying him with what he called a fury of criticism and censorship that would have reserved persecutory treatment towards him, preventing him from divulging his albums in the main promotional channels. Masini however left in late April for his 2001 tour.

Autumn 2003 marked the return of Marco Masini with the independent label MBO Music of Mario Ragni, his discoverer at the time of Dischi Ricordi. The work, presented to the press on October 7, 2003, has as its title … my journey, retraces its history with new arrangements and opens with three new songs (Generation, I will not marry you and Welcome).

From 2004 to today

Masini on stage during a concert

Masini appeared, for the fourth time, on the stage of the Ariston Theater of Sanremo for the 54th Italian Song Festival with the song Flying Man, which will win. In conjunction with the event, the Masini album was released on the record market, or a new edition of … my journey with the addition of 2 unreleased tracks, precisely Flying Man and And I love you, which came out as a single in the May. From the end of September, with the publication of Masini, he began his international tour in European countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

2005 saw Masini participate in the 55th Sanremo Festival with the song In the world of dreams. On June 10, 2005, after 4 and a half years from its last publication, the album Il giardino delle api was released. On November 11, a single extract from this album came out in stores, Stay like this, containing the theme song of the cartoon Shaman King, broadcast on Italia 1, composed and performed by the same artist. In 2006 he recorded a song exclusively for his fan club, titled What remains, written by Andrea Amati as a dedication by the same fans several years earlier.

After a two-year tour, held in the summer in the squares and in winter in the Italian theaters and clubs of Central Europe (Switzerland, Germany and Belgium), in November 2006 Masini was engaged with Umberto Tozzi in the production of the album Tozzi Masini, containing three new songs written in four hands, a duet on T’innamorerai plus six pieces by Tozzi reinterpreted by Masini and six by Masini reinterpreted by Tozzi. On October 27, 2006 the Dear Father collection was published.

Masini during the 2012

tour In 2008 Masini promoted a tour in Italian theaters to present his recited show, written together with Beppe Dati, entitled Il brutto anatroccolo. Inspired freely by the fable of Hans Christian Andersen, Masini retraced his life, linking to each moment the songs that best matched the narrative thread.

In 2009 he presented himself at the Sanremo Festival with the song Italy, reaching the finalist. Later he released the album Italy … and other stories, which contains the song of Sanremo and 9 other unpublished works, 8 of which written in collaboration with Beppe Dati, while Gli anni che non hai was written in collaboration with Giorgio Faletti . On April 17 in Rome the 2009 songwriter tour began.

In 2010 he returned to the Ariston stage accompanying Povia on the fourth evening of the 60th Sanremo Festival in an acoustic version of the song La truth. On November 23, 2010, to celebrate the songwriter’s 20 years of career, the live collection Un palco lungo … 20 anni! Came out, containing the recording of the concert held on May 14, 2009 at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence.

In 2011 Masini announced the temporary interruption of the collaboration with Beppe Dati, who signs only two tracks from this new 2011 album, and at the same time, the beginning of a new collaboration with the composer Antonio Iammarino. On September 27, 2011, the new album entitled Nothing important came out, which debuts directly at the 8th position of the FIMI Album Rankings. In July 2012 he received, in Marina di Carrara, the Lunezia Prize for the tribute to Giancarlo Bigazzi and special mention for the musical and literary value of the album Niente d’Importante.

In 2013 he was part of the cast of the artists in challenge in the Special Canzonissima of the transmission The best years on Rai 1 of which he won the final with an interpretation of What will remain of the 80s by Raf. In April 2013 he released his new album entitled La mia storia piano e voce, containing the first single Io ti volevo, which debuts at the 81st position of the FIMI Album Ranking, but which rose the following week to position number 15. In the month of April the new tour started.

He participated in the Sanremo Festival 2015 with the song Che giorno è, placed in 6th place. In February 2015, under the Sony Music label, the artist published Cronologia, a collection to celebrate his twenty-five years of career. The three disc album contains 5 unreleased tracks including the singles Che Giorno è and Non è vero che amore changes il mondo, the latter published on April 10 of the same year.

In February 2017 he participated in the sixty-seventh Sanremo Festival with the song Moved by one second, reaching the final and placing in thirteenth place.

On 29 September 2017, Marco Masini in concert was released, the live album containing the cover presented at the Festival Signor tenente (single launched on radio on 15 September) and his version of the song written for Noemi La Borsa di una donna.

In February he participated in the Sanremo Festival 2018, during the evening of duets, for the reinterpretation of Everyone has his story, a song in the race interpreted by Red Canzian.

In June 2018 he was sworn and coach of the first edition of Ora or never again on Rai 1, conducted by Amadeus.

On December 31, 2019, his participation in the Sanremo 2020 Festival is announced.

On January 6, 2020 announces the title of the song in the race: The confrontation. The piece is ranked 15th. The “Masini + 1 30th Anniversary” collection is released on February 7, 2020.

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Concerts Lecce – Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani - Politeama Greco Theater - May 15 2020

Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar teacher. Many of his alumni have gained fame, such as: Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan and Alex Skolnick. Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as a solo guitar for his first solo tour. In 1994, Satriani went on tour with Deep Purple. As a guitarist he collaborated with a number of guitarists during the G3 Tour, which he founded in 1995. His G3 collaborators included Vai, LaLonde, Timmons, Steve Lukather, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Patrick Rondat, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, Steve Morse and Robert Fripp is currently the guitarist for the Chickenfoot supergroup. Satriani has used their signature guitars, the Ibanez JS Series, which are sold in music stores around the world. He also collaborated with Vox to create his own wah, delay, overdrive and distortion, as well as a collaboration with Marshall Amplification for the creation of his own signature series head, the JVM410HJS.

Satriani performs in Aarhus in 2016

His first real album (Not of This Earth) was released only in 1986, moreover at first financed directly by the guitarist. Finally, thanks to his former student Steve Vai, he will find an agreement for publication with Relativity Records. The success comes with the second album produced by the same record company and titled Surfing with the Alien, then elected best guitar album of the year, for which the artist receives the platinum record. Around those years he played in Italy with professors of classical and rock music such as Al Di Meola and Luca Accogli.

In 1988 Satriani was called by Mick Jagger to replace Jeff Beck as guitarist for his first tour without the Rolling Stones. After the tour, a very important experience as Satriani himself will declare, in the same year he made his third album Dreaming # 11 (with studio tracks and live tracks) for which he received the gold disc and the following year he made another album Flying in a Blue Dream, where in some tracks we also have his voice, followed in 1992 by what is still his most appreciated album by critics: The Extremist.

In 1993 he released Time Machine (live record plus studio record). In late 1993 until early 1995 he was with Deep Purple to replace Ritchie Blackmore who had left the band halfway through a tour, also in December 1994 he recorded with them a song in the studio “Purpendicular waltz” which following the recordings of that album will be concluded in the summer of 1995 with their definitive guitarist Steve Morse. In early 1995, after leaving Deep Purple, he released Joe Satriani, an album with a more bluesy sound and which stands out from his previous works. In March 1998 Joe Satriani recorded his eighth album Crystal Planet. In 2000 the album Engines of Creation comes out with clear influences of electronic music. As Satriani himself will say, “one cannot fail to consider Prodigy’s music”.

Since 1996 Satriani has started the G3 project, a series of tours in which Steve Vai and Eric Johnson perform with Satriani. Subsequently, together with Satriani in the G3 project, other guitar virtuos alternated such as Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse. The concert usually includes a first part in which each guitarist proposes his own pieces, followed by a jam in which the three give free rein to their verve improvising on very famous pieces such as Voodoo Child or Smoke On The Water. During his career Satriani has also collaborated with many other artists including Blue Öyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Stuart Hamm, Pat Martino, Spinal Tap and Ian Gillan. In 2009 he founded the Chickenfoot group together with Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen. The superband released their debut album in Europe on June 5, 2009 for the earMusic label (Edel group). In the summer of 2010 he enters the studio to record his thirteenth album, which will be released in October of the same year with the title “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards”. On February 20, 2013 with a message on its official website announces the release of the fourteenth album, entitled Unstoppable Momentum, anticipated on April 9 by the song A Door Into Summer, released in May. The 12 May 2015 announces the fifteenth studio album Shockwave Supernova, anticipated by the homonymous single. In 2017 he collaborates with the German musician Marco Minnemann in some songs later included in the Borrego album.

 

 

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Concerts Lecce – The Vibrations

The Vibrations - Apollo Theater - March 24 2020

Vibrations are an Italian pop rock band formed in Milan in 1999.

After years of apprenticeship spent playing for the Milanese clubs, the group managed to make its debut in early 2003 with the single Dedicato a te, certified platinum after a few weeks. The single was pulled by a video shot on the Milanese canals; the Elio e le Storie Tese group and the rapper Frankie hi-nrg mc have subsequently made some parodies. In the same year, Le Vibrazioni released their first album, Le Vibrazioni, whose sales exceeded 300,000 copies [2] and from which they extracted the singles On a summer night, Come to me, I’m more serene and … E He goes away. The latter will be included in the soundtrack of the film Three meters above the sky.

In 2004, after their first successful tour, they released a live DVD, Live at Alcatraz recorded on 27 September 2003 at the same Milanese club on the occasion of the last tour date of their first album promotion that year. The DVD contains the complete movie of the concert and some video extracts related to the backstage.

On 30 June 2017 the group announced its return to the music scene with the original line-up during a performance at the annual RadioItaliaLive. On December 15, 2017 they are announced among the participants of the Sanremo Festival 2018, with the song So wrong. This is the group’s second participation in the Italian song festival after that of 2005. V was released on February 9, 2018, the group’s fifth studio album. On May 25, 2018 the unreleased single Amore Zen was released, in collaboration with Jake La Furia, while on 28 September 2018 it was the turn of a second unpublished, Think of me like this. The single Change was released on January 18, 2019, which pays homage to Dedicated to you in 2003. In the summer of the same year the single Love is hurting, released on radio from June 21, is released. On February 5, 2020 they released the single Dov’è, presented at the 70th Sanremo festival and ranked fourth at the end of the event.

Joe Satriani - Politeama Greco Theater - May 15 2020

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