Fifty-year old Luciano Ligabue, or “Liga” (as he’s also affectionately called by his adoring fans) put on a highly energetic and sold-out show in Trieste’s wonderful PalaTrieste arena in front some 6,000 fans. And not surprisingly, given also his rather rugged and cool good looks, most of the fans were young (and not so young) women! Between him and his fellow compatriot Vasco Rossi, you could say that Liga is also about the closest it comes to an Italian version of “The Boss”!
Thanks to the folks over at Azalea Promotion, the singer from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy made his way through a great repertoire of 24 songs, including your correspondent’s favourite, “Ballando sul mondo” (Dancing On The World). A great version of it can be found on YouTube. Another lovely and poignant song is “La verita’ e’ una scelta” (Truth Is A Choice). A memorable rendition of this song can be seen during his concert in Verona’s ancient Arena. During his Trieste concert Liga was joined on stage by six other great musicians.
The concert itself came shortly after the November 30th release of his ninth album, “Arrivederci, mostro” (Bye-bye Monster). Together with making wonderful music and putting on great live shows, Ligabue has also become a rather good movie director with already a few movie titles to his name.
He concluded his dynamic Trieste show with a three-piece encore, the last song being “Il meglio deve ancora venire” (The Best Still Has To Come). Indeed a wonderful musical Christmas present for the thousands of Liga’s fans out there!