Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Franco Battiato, Udine January 24th, 2013

Franco Battiato, one of the “deans” of the Italian musical scene, put on a splendid 2 hour-plus show at the “Giovanni Da Udine” theater, Udine, Italy.

Franco Battiato’s illustrious musical career now spans 41 years, including a personal repertoire of well over 34 albums (and with a multitude of singles too).  The 68 year-old Sicilian born artist (who was named in November, 2012 Sicily’s new regional “Minister for Tourism and Culture”, and at no compensation either), is a very prolific singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and also painter.  

Battiato's songs contain philosophical, esoteric, religious and exotic cultural themes.  He is and has been for decades one of the most popular pop singer-songwriters in Italy. 

Many of his songs also contain lyrics in English and, most notably Arabic, a language that Battiato had started to study after a trip to Turkey.  He was joined on stage in Udine by an exquisite ten-piece orchestra.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dr. Bobby Jones’s Gospel Choir, Rome January, 2013

A pleasant gospel concert in Rome by the “Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Choir”.  Songs also included everyone’s favorites, such as “Oh Happy Day” and “Amazing Grace”.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Charlie Chaplin's daughter and her particular brand of circus hits Rome!

"Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée’s “Le Cirque Invisible”'.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fuzztone, Rome December 26th, 2012

Garage-psychedelic rock band Fuzztones play in a small but packed venue, Rome, Italy.

America’s Fuzztones played in a front of a packed “Teatro Lo Spazio” audience, located right behind Rome’s majestic St. John’s Basilica.  

The current quartet is a garage-psychedelic rock revival band which was founded in New York city in 1980 by singer-guitarist Rudi Protrudi. The band’s unique name comes from the “Fuzz Tone”, the commercial name of a particular guitar-effect pedal which was invented in 1964. Its rather distinctive sound became world famous with the 1965 Rolling Stones hit song "”(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.

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