Van der Graaf Generator, a progressive rock band that was formed in 1967 at the University of Manchester by singer-songwriter Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith, performed in front of a sold-out crowd in Udine.
Ironically, this British band didn’t experience much commercial success at home but instead became considerably popular in Italy during the 1970s (ditto for another great prog-rock band, Genesis, extremely popular in Italy, almost more than in Britain). The quartet subsequently achieved significant success in Italy with the release of Pawn Hearts in 1971. Udine instead had the privilege of seeing on the same stage Hammill, Guy Evans and Hugh Banton.
And the band’s particular name? It was based on a “Van de Graaff” generator, a mechanical device that produces static electricity (the misspellings are by the way accidental).