September 25, 2014 by Italians in Chicago
by Valeria Fanelli –
Renowned Italian singer, songwriter, film director and author Luciano Ligabue caps a record breaking quarter-century career with his first-ever concert appearances on the American continent. Taking off from Manhattan’s Terminal 5 on October 19th, the iconic performer makes stops in Los Angeles – October 22nd – and San Francisco – October 24th – before touching down at Miami’s Grand Central on October 26th. This U.S. run of dates is a continuation of Ligabue’s “Mondovisione Tour – Mondo 2014” in support of the acclaimed artist’s 10th studio album “Mondovisione,” released in November 2013 and certified Italy’s top selling album of that year within four weeks of release.
The Emilia-Romagna born Luciano Ligabue spent his young adult life working jobs in the region’s agricultural factories, while simultaneously moonlighting as a radio DJ and cutting his teeth as a bandleader on the local rock club circuit. Ligabue released his first record at the relatively late age of 30 with an eponymously titled album in 1990. Arguably the most successful debut in the history of the Italian music business, Ligabue’s life experiences proved central to the formation of the artist’s narrative as a songwriter and in his ability to intimately communicate as a storyteller on a national level. “Ligabue” the album went platinum connecting him as a solo artist with millions of fans in a way not previously seen in Italy, playing some 250 dates up and down the Italian peninsula over the next 3 years, including a pair of opening slots for U2 on their “Zoo TV Tour” at stadium’s in Naples and Turin. By 1997 Ligabue had confirmed himself as a stadium headliner in his own right with the first of 11 appearances at Milan’s temple of football and music San Siro. In 2005 Liga, as he is commonly known, set the still unbroken European record for tickets sold in a single concert in the form of a “hometown” gig at Campovolo in Reggio Emilia. The US trade publication Pollstar registered a staggering 165,264 fans in attendance at the event. As a musician Ligabue has released 10 studio albums, 4 live albums, 2 greatest hits albums, 1 soundtrack album, all certified multi-platinum in Italy.
Ligabue has taken part in many of Italy’s seminal events of the past generation including 1996’s Pavarotti and Friends concert in Modena (the legendary tenor also an Emilia Romagna native), 2005’s Live 8 concert in Rome (Italy’s part in 10 simultaneous benefit concerts held in as many countries and organized by Bob Geldof), 2012’s Italia Loves Emilia benefit concert for relief in the earthquake-struck region, and 2014’s Sanremo Festival where Ligabue appeared as a special guest.