So if you really want to have fun and you want to catch an entertaining concert, whatever you do, don’t miss out on Italy’s own version of Joe Cocker, that is, Signor Adelmo Fornaciari, better known as simply Zucchero (Sugar in Italian)!
He and his magnificent multinational band swayed nearly 10,000 fans in the splendid Villa Manin, situated some 15 kms from Udine (for history and rock buffs: the Iron Maiden boys specifically chose this venue last year when they found out that in days of old Napoleon Bonaparte slept a night in this wonderful villa. Also, years ago R.E.M.’s manager was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the setting!).
Zucchero’s one of the few Italian musicians that not only sings in English but also does his own great version of American blues. He’s also sung together with some greats of the business, such as the divine Miles Davis, Bono, Sting, Clapton and the remaining members of Queen. The stage for the V.M. show was quite impressive (it’s part of his current “Chocabeck World Tour”) and resembled an enormous piece of luggage, which opened exposing Zucchero sitting down and backed up by his excellent band.
After more than 2 hours of Zucchero’a music (he also paid homage to his good friend and fellow compatriot—they both come from the same region of Italy—Big Luciano Pavarotti, with the touching song that they once sang together, “Miserere”), it’s simply impossible to sit still and NOT get up and boogey to his music, especially when with that warm smile of his, the 55-year old singer invites you to crowd the stage right under his feet! And then the fun REALLY begins with such hits as “Baila (Sexy Thing)”, “Diamante”, “Diavolo In Me” (“The Devil In Me”, hence the devil’s mask!) and “Per Colpa Di Chi”. The very end of the show consisted of Zucchero taking his last bows as the luggage closed down on him and with a roadie symbolically “locking” the luggage. If the blues are really getting to you and you’re down and out you’ll certainly be uplifted immediately by Zucchero’s own invigorating brand of Italian blues!