Vasco Rossi is Italy’s very own Bob Dylan


Pubblicato il 17/01/2018
Ultima modifica il 17/01/2018 alle ore 17:08

Vasco’s eyes are shining bright, with a glimmer of mischievousness. Sitting at his office desk in Bologna, the Italian singer-songwriter reminisces about performing at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and talks about his upcoming tour. “It will be a bit like Modena Park, very 80s. I got stuck in that decade, in that spirit of short trousers. We’ll be touring from North to South. I’ve thought about it and decided. We’ll continue to host concerts because I realized people like this, and I do too. Bob Dylan does it, so could I.”  


This afternoon, Vasco is granted honorary citizenship by the commune of Modena. The municipality will grant him a key to the city, after 225,000 people gathered at Enzo Ferrari Park on July 1, 2017 to celebrate his 40 years of musical activity. For three and half hours, Vasco transformed a city known for Pavarotti and race cars into an international hub for rock music. The event broke the world record for the most successful ticketed concert.  


In the last few months, Vasco has grown even more determined and proud as a musician. Following his latest world record, the upcoming tour is reminder of his drive and adrenaline. Vasco will perform in cities from Turin to Padua, then Rome, Bari and finally Messina.  


It’s the first tour without Guido Elmi, your longtime producer...  

“Vince Pastano, the guitarist who used to collaborate with Elmi, will be helping me. He’s a great talent, full of energy and ideas. But Elmi’s spirit will always be with me.”  


Your music still tops the charts, ahead of “Oh Vita” by Jovanotti for example.  

“The power of songs is that a story is imposed on a new production, even if its composed with an expert producer. Lorenzo is the happy part of his generation, and he’s always admired and respected me. But we each tell our own story.” 


The honorary citizenship adds a new dimension to the authenticity of your work, Vasco.  

“At first the people in Modena were a bit shocked, but it’s a city that appreciates a good challenge. The councilor told me that they went around the city in June explaining our project to the citizens. In the meantime, I was preparing myself: Every day for a year long I would run 7 km. It was a battle that I would only overcome that night on stage, feeling fresh and dressed to the nines. In front of all those people, without a guitar.” 


In the meantime you overcome other hurdles. Live Nation, the ticket master, was embroiled in a huge secondary ticketing scandal,and to prove your honesty to all those 225,000 ticket holders, you cut ties with them after the broadcast by le Lene.  

“It was a disaster. We had to start from the beginning. We identified Best Union, a multinational from Bologna, among others, who sells tickets worldwide. Through Viva Ticket, we created nominal tickets that were transparent and traceable. Then everything went smoothly. This year Viva Ticket will have the same exclusivity. But I’ll remind you that the only one being cheated in this exchange is the artist. Because if you bought the ticket for yourself but can’t attend anymore, you’ll still sell it but at the same price. Politics still has to solve the problems of peddlers.” 


Roberto de Luca, your publicist, is another longtime collaborator who still works with you but is not particularly liked by colleagues.  

“He’s been with me for the last 20 years. He’s always worked perfectly, without causing any damages or hurting anyone. He grew up with me. I took away his opportunity to sell tickets. Why would break ties with him and Live Nation when from an organizational point of view there was never any issue!” 


Is rock only a heritage for rebellious men of a certain age?  

“It has that appeal. It’s a very powerful music genre. Rock will always be reborn among younger generations, as if for the first time.”  



*Translated by Talia Abbas  



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