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Adelmo Fornaciari was born in Roncocesi on 25th September 1955. He later moved to Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany where, between 1970 & 1978 he formed his first R&B bands: ‘Le Nuove Luci’, ‘Sugar & Daniel’ and ‘Sugar & Candies’. By that time, he was already known as Zucchero, a ...

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  • 01/20/201704/15/2017
  • Houston, TX

The Biggest Selling Italian Artist of all Time, Blues Master Zucchero’s Black Cat Mixes Flawless Songwriting with Special Collaboarations

Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen.

With wit and flair, with grit learned from the blues and R&B--Zucchero has been a devoted student of this music since his start in the 1970s--the singer and songwriter builds on...

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04/15/2017, Houston, TX, The Heights Theatre, 8:00 p.m.
01/20/201704/15/2017, The Biggest Selling Italian Artist of all Time, Blues Master Zucchero’s Black Cat Mixes Flawless Songwriting with Special Collaboarations
Event
04/15/2017
Event
04/15/2017
Ticket URL
https://www.prekindle.com/find-tickets/id/24796391415571281
Ticket Phone
214-272-8346
Ticket Price(s)
$22 - $368
Venue Zip
77008
Venue City, State
Houston, TX
Venue St. Address
339 W 19th Street
Venue
The Heights Theatre
Concert Start Time
8:00 p.m.
Doors Open
7:00 p.m.
Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen. MORE» More»

Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen.

With wit and flair, with grit learned from the blues and R&B--Zucchero has been a devoted student of this music since his start in the 1970s--the singer and songwriter builds on a life’s worth of playing, thinking, and troublemaking onBlack Cat (Wrasse Records; US release: February 24, 2017). Black Cat’s first single, the Elvis Costello-penned and T Bone Burnett-produced “Turn The World Down,” opens with a traditional bluesy four-to-the-floor kick, quickly followed by a heavy chugging guitar and a strong drum beat.

Elvis Costello isn’t the only big name to appear on the album, Zucchero also teamed up with Bono for "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)” in tribute to the Bataclan Paris tragedy of November 2015. Legendary Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler also contributed to the record, playing on both "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)" and “Ci Si Arrende.” In a career spanning three decades, Zucchero has achieved international success, not least through his collaborations with artists including Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Bono, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli.
 
Best known Stateside for his single with Paul Young, “Senza una donna,” Zucchero, born Adelmo Fornaciari, may be one of the few artists to work with both Luciano Pavarotti and naughty filmmaker Tinto Brass. He’s toured with Miles Davis, rubbed shoulders with everyone from Mandela to Dan Ackroyd. His past and current collaborations read like a who’s who of rock, intelligent pop, jazz, blues, and classical:  Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli. (His fun, freewheeling autobiography chronicling these adventures is due out in 2017.)
 
Zucchero wanted to return to some of his own roots when putting togetherBlack Cat, to the devil-may-care days when then music was his first and only obsession. “When I started writing this album, I thought I wanted to be more liberated. When you do this job you always hope that your record is liked and that it can be a success. But I remembered Oro, Incenso & Birra [Zucchero’s 6th album]. In those days I was not interested in the radio charts or how much the album was liked, I was free and freewheeling because I had less to lose,” he muses. “At the time I could get up at 4 am with a phrase in my head, and start working on that phrase. With Black Cat, I wanted to go back to that state of mind as much as possible, trying to give a damn about the music that you hear about and moving in a more anarchic way.”

Yet the A-list glitter belies the raw and raucous heart of Zucchero’s most recent offerings. “Hey Lord” rattles with rough gospel vocals, suspended over a pulsing, buzzing bass. “Partigiano Reggiano” pounds with juke-joint piano and rock drive. “Terra Incognita” moves into more touching, ethereal territory, hinting at country ballads. Toughness and vulnerability, cleverness and spontaneity entwine on wildly catchy tracks.
 
Zucchero was inspired by America’s Afro-diasporic musics, a touchstone reflect in the album’s title. It sprang from the notion he discovered in some African-American communities: That the black cat, far from being an ill omen, was a symbol of good luck.
 
“I decided to give this name to the album because, more than the others, is a black album, with its roots in Afro-American music. The album is as free and wild as a cat,” reflects Zucchero. “ The sounds are rough and rotten, and anarchistic – cats are not as domesticated as dogs. I loved the sound of the words Black Cat and I felt it was in tune with the album.”

Zucchero will be touring the US for the second time in spring 2017.
Event
04/15/2017

04/14/2017, Lafayette, LA, Vermilionville Performance Center, 8:00 p.m.
01/20/201704/14/2017, The Biggest Selling Italian Artist of all Time, Blues Master Zucchero’s Black Cat Mixes Flawless Songwriting with Special Collaboarations
Event
04/14/2017
Event
04/14/2017
Ticket URL
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-zucchero-tickets-29963571850?aff=aff0songkick
Ticket Price(s)
$45 - $75
Venue Zip
70508
Venue City, State
Lafayette, LA
Venue St. Address
300 Fisher Road
Venue
Vermilionville Performance Center
Concert Start Time
8:00 p.m.
Doors Open
7:00 p.m.
Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen. MORE» More»

Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen.

With wit and flair, with grit learned from the blues and R&B--Zucchero has been a devoted student of this music since his start in the 1970s--the singer and songwriter builds on a life’s worth of playing, thinking, and troublemaking onBlack Cat (Wrasse Records; US release: February 24, 2017). Black Cat’s first single, the Elvis Costello-penned and T Bone Burnett-produced “Turn The World Down,” opens with a traditional bluesy four-to-the-floor kick, quickly followed by a heavy chugging guitar and a strong drum beat.

Elvis Costello isn’t the only big name to appear on the album, Zucchero also teamed up with Bono for "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)” in tribute to the Bataclan Paris tragedy of November 2015. Legendary Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler also contributed to the record, playing on both "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)" and “Ci Si Arrende.” In a career spanning three decades, Zucchero has achieved international success, not least through his collaborations with artists including Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Bono, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli.
 
Best known Stateside for his single with Paul Young, “Senza una donna,” Zucchero, born Adelmo Fornaciari, may be one of the few artists to work with both Luciano Pavarotti and naughty filmmaker Tinto Brass. He’s toured with Miles Davis, rubbed shoulders with everyone from Mandela to Dan Ackroyd. His past and current collaborations read like a who’s who of rock, intelligent pop, jazz, blues, and classical:  Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli. (His fun, freewheeling autobiography chronicling these adventures is due out in 2017.)
 
Zucchero wanted to return to some of his own roots when putting togetherBlack Cat, to the devil-may-care days when then music was his first and only obsession. “When I started writing this album, I thought I wanted to be more liberated. When you do this job you always hope that your record is liked and that it can be a success. But I remembered Oro, Incenso & Birra [Zucchero’s 6th album]. In those days I was not interested in the radio charts or how much the album was liked, I was free and freewheeling because I had less to lose,” he muses. “At the time I could get up at 4 am with a phrase in my head, and start working on that phrase. With Black Cat, I wanted to go back to that state of mind as much as possible, trying to give a damn about the music that you hear about and moving in a more anarchic way.”

Yet the A-list glitter belies the raw and raucous heart of Zucchero’s most recent offerings. “Hey Lord” rattles with rough gospel vocals, suspended over a pulsing, buzzing bass. “Partigiano Reggiano” pounds with juke-joint piano and rock drive. “Terra Incognita” moves into more touching, ethereal territory, hinting at country ballads. Toughness and vulnerability, cleverness and spontaneity entwine on wildly catchy tracks.
 
Zucchero was inspired by America’s Afro-diasporic musics, a touchstone reflect in the album’s title. It sprang from the notion he discovered in some African-American communities: That the black cat, far from being an ill omen, was a symbol of good luck.
 
“I decided to give this name to the album because, more than the others, is a black album, with its roots in Afro-American music. The album is as free and wild as a cat,” reflects Zucchero. “ The sounds are rough and rotten, and anarchistic – cats are not as domesticated as dogs. I loved the sound of the words Black Cat and I felt it was in tune with the album.”

Zucchero will be touring the US for the second time in spring 2017.
Event
04/14/2017

04/13/2017, New Orleans, LA, The Civic Center , 8:00 p.m.
01/20/201704/13/2017, The Biggest Selling Italian Artist of all Time, Blues Master Zucchero’s Black Cat Mixes Flawless Songwriting with Special Collaboarations
Event
04/13/2017
Event
04/13/2017
Ticket URL
http://www.civicnola.com/listing/
Ticket Phone
(877) 435-9849
Ticket Price(s)
$35 - Orchestra $30 - Balcony $25 - Gallery $65 - Opera
Venue Zip
70113
Venue City, State
New Orleans, LA
Venue St. Address
510 O'Keefe Ave
Venue
The Civic Center
Concert Start Time
8:00 p.m.
Doors Open
7:00 p.m.
Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen. MORE» More»

Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen.

With wit and flair, with grit learned from the blues and R&B--Zucchero has been a devoted student of this music since his start in the 1970s--the singer and songwriter builds on a life’s worth of playing, thinking, and troublemaking onBlack Cat (Wrasse Records; US release: February 24, 2017). Black Cat’s first single, the Elvis Costello-penned and T Bone Burnett-produced “Turn The World Down,” opens with a traditional bluesy four-to-the-floor kick, quickly followed by a heavy chugging guitar and a strong drum beat.

Elvis Costello isn’t the only big name to appear on the album, Zucchero also teamed up with Bono for "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)” in tribute to the Bataclan Paris tragedy of November 2015. Legendary Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler also contributed to the record, playing on both "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)" and “Ci Si Arrende.” In a career spanning three decades, Zucchero has achieved international success, not least through his collaborations with artists including Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Bono, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli.
 
Best known Stateside for his single with Paul Young, “Senza una donna,” Zucchero, born Adelmo Fornaciari, may be one of the few artists to work with both Luciano Pavarotti and naughty filmmaker Tinto Brass. He’s toured with Miles Davis, rubbed shoulders with everyone from Mandela to Dan Ackroyd. His past and current collaborations read like a who’s who of rock, intelligent pop, jazz, blues, and classical:  Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli. (His fun, freewheeling autobiography chronicling these adventures is due out in 2017.)
 
Zucchero wanted to return to some of his own roots when putting togetherBlack Cat, to the devil-may-care days when then music was his first and only obsession. “When I started writing this album, I thought I wanted to be more liberated. When you do this job you always hope that your record is liked and that it can be a success. But I remembered Oro, Incenso & Birra [Zucchero’s 6th album]. In those days I was not interested in the radio charts or how much the album was liked, I was free and freewheeling because I had less to lose,” he muses. “At the time I could get up at 4 am with a phrase in my head, and start working on that phrase. With Black Cat, I wanted to go back to that state of mind as much as possible, trying to give a damn about the music that you hear about and moving in a more anarchic way.”

Yet the A-list glitter belies the raw and raucous heart of Zucchero’s most recent offerings. “Hey Lord” rattles with rough gospel vocals, suspended over a pulsing, buzzing bass. “Partigiano Reggiano” pounds with juke-joint piano and rock drive. “Terra Incognita” moves into more touching, ethereal territory, hinting at country ballads. Toughness and vulnerability, cleverness and spontaneity entwine on wildly catchy tracks.
 
Zucchero was inspired by America’s Afro-diasporic musics, a touchstone reflect in the album’s title. It sprang from the notion he discovered in some African-American communities: That the black cat, far from being an ill omen, was a symbol of good luck.
 
“I decided to give this name to the album because, more than the others, is a black album, with its roots in Afro-American music. The album is as free and wild as a cat,” reflects Zucchero. “ The sounds are rough and rotten, and anarchistic – cats are not as domesticated as dogs. I loved the sound of the words Black Cat and I felt it was in tune with the album.”

Zucchero will be touring the US for the second time in spring 2017.
Event
04/13/2017

04/11/2017, Atlanta, GA, Center Stage, 8:00 p.m.
01/20/201704/11/2017, The Biggest Selling Italian Artist of all Time, Blues Master Zucchero’s Black Cat Mixes Flawless Songwriting with Special Collaboarations
Event
04/11/2017
Event
04/11/2017
Ticket URL
http://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0E00517597212683?f_tmol_checkout=true&f_listview=3&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&ab=m_efeat4280Mainv1desktop#efeat4212
Ticket Phone
404.885.1365
Ticket Price(s)
$19 - $29
Venue Zip
30309
Venue City, State
Atlanta, GA
Venue St. Address
1374 West Peachtree St NW
Venue
Center Stage
Concert Start Time
8:00 p.m.
Doors Open
7:00 p.m.
Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen. MORE» More»

Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen.

With wit and flair, with grit learned from the blues and R&B--Zucchero has been a devoted student of this music since his start in the 1970s--the singer and songwriter builds on a life’s worth of playing, thinking, and troublemaking onBlack Cat (Wrasse Records; US release: February 24, 2017). Black Cat’s first single, the Elvis Costello-penned and T Bone Burnett-produced “Turn The World Down,” opens with a traditional bluesy four-to-the-floor kick, quickly followed by a heavy chugging guitar and a strong drum beat.

Elvis Costello isn’t the only big name to appear on the album, Zucchero also teamed up with Bono for "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)” in tribute to the Bataclan Paris tragedy of November 2015. Legendary Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler also contributed to the record, playing on both "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)" and “Ci Si Arrende.” In a career spanning three decades, Zucchero has achieved international success, not least through his collaborations with artists including Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Bono, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli.
 
Best known Stateside for his single with Paul Young, “Senza una donna,” Zucchero, born Adelmo Fornaciari, may be one of the few artists to work with both Luciano Pavarotti and naughty filmmaker Tinto Brass. He’s toured with Miles Davis, rubbed shoulders with everyone from Mandela to Dan Ackroyd. His past and current collaborations read like a who’s who of rock, intelligent pop, jazz, blues, and classical:  Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli. (His fun, freewheeling autobiography chronicling these adventures is due out in 2017.)
 
Zucchero wanted to return to some of his own roots when putting togetherBlack Cat, to the devil-may-care days when then music was his first and only obsession. “When I started writing this album, I thought I wanted to be more liberated. When you do this job you always hope that your record is liked and that it can be a success. But I remembered Oro, Incenso & Birra [Zucchero’s 6th album]. In those days I was not interested in the radio charts or how much the album was liked, I was free and freewheeling because I had less to lose,” he muses. “At the time I could get up at 4 am with a phrase in my head, and start working on that phrase. With Black Cat, I wanted to go back to that state of mind as much as possible, trying to give a damn about the music that you hear about and moving in a more anarchic way.”

Yet the A-list glitter belies the raw and raucous heart of Zucchero’s most recent offerings. “Hey Lord” rattles with rough gospel vocals, suspended over a pulsing, buzzing bass. “Partigiano Reggiano” pounds with juke-joint piano and rock drive. “Terra Incognita” moves into more touching, ethereal territory, hinting at country ballads. Toughness and vulnerability, cleverness and spontaneity entwine on wildly catchy tracks.
 
Zucchero was inspired by America’s Afro-diasporic musics, a touchstone reflect in the album’s title. It sprang from the notion he discovered in some African-American communities: That the black cat, far from being an ill omen, was a symbol of good luck.
 
“I decided to give this name to the album because, more than the others, is a black album, with its roots in Afro-American music. The album is as free and wild as a cat,” reflects Zucchero. “ The sounds are rough and rotten, and anarchistic – cats are not as domesticated as dogs. I loved the sound of the words Black Cat and I felt it was in tune with the album.”

Zucchero will be touring the US for the second time in spring 2017.
Event
04/11/2017

04/09/2017, Tampa, FL, Centennial Park , Festival Hours from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
03/08/201704/09/2017, The Biggest Selling Italian Artist of all Time, Blues Master Zucchero’s Black Cat Mixes Flawless Songwriting with Special Collaboarations
Event
04/09/2017
Event
04/09/2017
Event Notes
http://www.theritzybor.com/
Ticket URL
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festa-italiana-the-main-event-20th-anniversary-feat-zucchero-tickets-29982099266
Ticket Price(s)
$ 5 to $25
Venue Zip
33605
Venue City, State
Festa Italiana, Tampa, Fl
Venue St. Address
1800 E 8th Ave
Venue
Centennial Park
Concert Start Time
Festival Hours from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen. MORE» More»

Italy’s bluesman and maverick pop star Zucchero knows how to put together an album: Work with legendary producer Don Was. Write with Elvis Costello and Bono. Collaborate with Mark Knopfler and top rock and blues players. Crank out forty frenzied songs, then whittle it down to the strongest fifteen.

With wit and flair, with grit learned from the blues and R&B--Zucchero has been a devoted student of this music since his start in the 1970s--the singer and songwriter builds on a life’s worth of playing, thinking, and troublemaking onBlack Cat (Wrasse Records; US release: February 24, 2017). Black Cat’s first single, the Elvis Costello-penned and T Bone Burnett-produced “Turn The World Down,” opens with a traditional bluesy four-to-the-floor kick, quickly followed by a heavy chugging guitar and a strong drum beat.

Elvis Costello isn’t the only big name to appear on the album, Zucchero also teamed up with Bono for "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)” in tribute to the Bataclan Paris tragedy of November 2015. Legendary Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler also contributed to the record, playing on both "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)" and “Ci Si Arrende.” In a career spanning three decades, Zucchero has achieved international success, not least through his collaborations with artists including Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Bono, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli.
 
Best known Stateside for his single with Paul Young, “Senza una donna,” Zucchero, born Adelmo Fornaciari, may be one of the few artists to work with both Luciano Pavarotti and naughty filmmaker Tinto Brass. He’s toured with Miles Davis, rubbed shoulders with everyone from Mandela to Dan Ackroyd. His past and current collaborations read like a who’s who of rock, intelligent pop, jazz, blues, and classical:  Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, B.B King, Sting, Jeff Beck and Andrea Bocelli. (His fun, freewheeling autobiography chronicling these adventures is due out in 2017.)
 
Zucchero wanted to return to some of his own roots when putting togetherBlack Cat, to the devil-may-care days when then music was his first and only obsession. “When I started writing this album, I thought I wanted to be more liberated. When you do this job you always hope that your record is liked and that it can be a success. But I remembered Oro, Incenso & Birra [Zucchero’s 6th album]. In those days I was not interested in the radio charts or how much the album was liked, I was free and freewheeling because I had less to lose,” he muses. “At the time I could get up at 4 am with a phrase in my head, and start working on that phrase. With Black Cat, I wanted to go back to that state of mind as much as possible, trying to give a damn about the music that you hear about and moving in a more anarchic way.”

Yet the A-list glitter belies the raw and raucous heart of Zucchero’s most recent offerings. “Hey Lord” rattles with rough gospel vocals, suspended over a pulsing, buzzing bass. “Partigiano Reggiano” pounds with juke-joint piano and rock drive. “Terra Incognita” moves into more touching, ethereal territory, hinting at country ballads. Toughness and vulnerability, cleverness and spontaneity entwine on wildly catchy tracks.
 
Zucchero was inspired by America’s Afro-diasporic musics, a touchstone reflect in the album’s title. It sprang from the notion he discovered in some African-American communities: That the black cat, far from being an ill omen, was a symbol of good luck.
 
“I decided to give this name to the album because, more than the others, is a black album, with its roots in Afro-American music. The album is as free and wild as a cat,” reflects Zucchero. “ The sounds are rough and rotten, and anarchistic – cats are not as domesticated as dogs. I loved the sound of the words Black Cat and I felt it was in tune with the album.”

Zucchero will be touring the US for the second time in spring 2017.
Event
04/09/2017