Duet with Gualtieri on the notes of ‘Albachiara, the mayor on guitar for the rocker from Zocca
Surprise duet between the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, and Vasco Rossi, before the delivery of the Lupa d’Oro to the rocker from Zocca. On his arrival at the Capitol, Blasco was in fact welcomed in the mayor’s room where Gualtieri, who always has a guitar with him, accompanied Vasco who sang ‘Albachiara’.
“In Rome I have also always come to see Marco Pannella, for me he remains a point of reference. Like him, I am always on the side of civil, social and individual rights”, said Vasco, who wanted to remember how the radical leader is was one of the reasons for his connection with Rome.
“With me, international artists have learned to knock when they come to Italy, to ask for permission. Before, it wasn’t like that, only foreign artists did big numbers, I changed the paradigm”, he then underlined, receiving recognition and retracing the salient stages of his career and his concerts in the capital, his uniqueness in the panorama of live music in our country, which led him also in the summer of 2022 to total 701 thousand spectators in his concerts, 120 thousand of which attended the two Roman dates at the Circus Maximus. Vasco also dedicated a passage from his speech to the fact that he had never recorded songs in other languages: “I have been offered several times to sing in Spanish but I have always refused. I am Italian, I sing in Italian, whoever wants me listening listens to me as I am “.
Retracing his rise live (even if the first trip to Rome “was for a Roman girl he met in Zocca”), Vasco said: “Rome seemed impregnable. Really, even Florence then. But I did hundreds of concerts a year, too. the Unità parties. At the beginning we played for 100 people. The next year they were 150, then 200, then 1000, then 10000, then they became 100000. Which I never thought “.
“I finally arrived in Rome for the first time in 1986, then in the 90s the turning point: finally an Italian made more people than foreigners. It had never happened, it was just a paradigm shift. Now the foreigners who come in Italy must knock. I gave rock credibility in Italian. I sing in Italian, I sing ‘come magno’ – joked Vasco – whoever understands understands, whoever doesn’t understand. I have no problems “.
Vasco also recalled that after his 1993 concert, the Stadio Flaminio “didn’t give it to anyone anymore, because the sound was quite powerful”. Thus, “from the following year I have occupied the Olimpico”, he underlined amid applause. “I got to do four concerts at the Olimpico in a row. No foreigner has done it. We are always xenophiles and a little provincial”. Finally, the apotheosis of the Circus Maximus after two years of hiatus due to the pandemic. “The enthusiasm of finally being together. Of having come out of this terrible nightmare even though we still have big problems. We hope to get through this winter and that it will not be a nuclear winter”, added Vasco who, “proud to receive this important recognition. from such an important city “, he then dedicated the honor received by the Municipality of Rome to his father,” who brought – he said – with the truck the fruit to the General Markets and was unable to see this wonderful adventure that I experienced “.