The rocker awarded by Gualtieri, between anti-prohibitionism and musical sovereignty: “I gave credibility to Italian rock, with me foreign artists have learned to knock”. And on civil rights he says: “I’m in Pannella of the Italian song”.
The first trip to Rome for a girl, the meeting with De Gregori who wanted to greet him and for him it was like winning “a Nobel Prize”, the relationship with Marco Pannella of which he has always appreciated and shared “the defense of civil, social and individual rights”, then the stages of the great live rise, from the Palasport to the Flaminio and fromOlympic to the Circus Maximus to the sound of attendance records that made him the artist who “gave credibility to Italian rock” and in front of whom “foreign artists”, who previously dominated the big concert scene, “learned to knock when they come in Italy”. For Vasco Rossi there She-wolf of Gold received today in the Campidoglio becomes an opportunity to celebrate the primacy of Italian artist with the largest live following, confirmed this summer by a tour with 701,000 admissions, 120,000 of which totaled in the two Roman concerts at the Circus Maximus, which have become a presented docufilm premiered on Tuesday at the Moderno cinema in Rome and arriving in about 300 cinemas from 14 to 16 November throughout Italy.
Expected by hundreds of fans also in Capitolthe Blasco was entertained first in the room of the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieriwith whom he created a surprise musical duet on the notes of ‘Clear dawn‘, with the mayor who accompanied him to the guitar. Then in the Julius Caesar Hall before the awarding of the award, Vasco made his speech to the sound of anecdotes about his relationship with the capital. There first trip to Romewhich “it was for a Roman girl I met in Zocca”, then the promotional ones began with the first satisfactions, like being stopped by Francesco De Gregori “who for me was already a teacher and his recognition for me was like having won the Nobel Prize “.
But, added Vasco, “I also came to Rome for my private reasons, because here I have friends, relatives, children and grandchildren. Among these there was also Pannella whom I came to visit many times. He is always active in the defense of civil rights and individual, I am always tied to him. I am like him. I am the Pannella of the song, civil and social rights are important to me “, said Vasco, also remembering his first son Davide lived in Rome and he came to visit him and spend time with him.
Retracing his rise live, Vasco then said: “Rome seemed impregnable. Really even Florence then. But I did hundreds of concerts a year, even the Unity parties. In the beginning we played for 100 people. The next year it was 150, then 200, then 1000, then 10000, then it became 100000. Which thing 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 credibility to rock in Italian. I sing in Italian, I sing ‘like the great’, whoever understands understands, whoever does not understand. I have no problems “, Vasco joked, underlining that he has repeatedly refused the invitation to record pieces also in Spanish.
Vasco also recalled that after his concert of 1993, the Flaminio Stadium “They didn’t give it to anyone anymore, because the sound was quite powerful”. Thus, “from the following year I have occupied the Olimpico”, she underlined between the applause. “I got to do four concerts at the Olimpico in a row. No foreigner has done it”. Yet, she added, “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 ugly nightmare even if we still have big problems. We hope to get through this winter and that it is not a nuclear winter”, continued the rocker who, “proud to receive this recognition. important from such an important city “, he then dedicated the honor received by the Municipality of Rome to his father“who – he said – brought fruit to the General Markets with the truck and was unable to see this wonderful adventure that I experienced”.
After the delivery of the Lupa d’Oro, in a Julius Caesar hall crowded with councilors, councilors and town hall presidents all Blasco fans, the rocker underwent selfies and autographs so much that he was almost trapped together with the mayor in the tide of people present.
by Antonella Nesi