Luciano Ligabue returns to enchant the city of Reggio Calabria with the first of two concerts planned at the PalaCalafiore (February 21st and 22nd). For the first time his tour begins in the south as a swelling of his vocal cords forced the rocker from Correggio to postpone his opening concert in Rome of the “Made in Italy Palasport Tour.” After the first three debut dates in Acireale, Sicily, Ligabue landed in Reggio Calabria after a long waiting period. It’s been since 2011 that Luciano Ligabue has performed live on the shores of the Strait as part of his theater tour, but now eighteen years has passed since his last performance here in the PalaCalafiore stadium of Reggio Calabria, as part of the “Miss World Tour.”
With his fans waiting impatiently for their idol, it became clear to event organizers that the quickly sold out February 20th show warranted a second evening.
Ligabue is here presenting his new album Made in Italy, which came out last November and in a few short days won him a Platinum disc. To greet the Calabrian public is a more sedate Ligabue, measured, which is always expressed more in his music and not in words. Without a moment’s pause he begins singing one after the other unreleased songs that tell a story, that of Riko and his troubled life, in a kind of crisis that affects the scope of his employment, but also emotional. Riko, whose name has been included in the title of a song (Mi Chiamano tutti Riko) is a kind of alter ego of the rocker, the man himself, according to Ligabue, who he would have become if he had not embarked on a musical career. That Riko is an alter ego of the artist it is also discernible from the fact that his middle name is Riccardo.
It starts with “La Vita Facile,” where the protagonist describes a country that has no more excuses, “pretending to change but in the meantime just a bystander.” Ligabue continues the first part of his concert with the remaining thirteen songs on “Made in Italy,” an album in which it is clear, in fact, there’s a “frustrated love for one’s country” and an increasingly precarious work such as the “G come Giungla” e “Meno male” where Riko is found to be pleased when to be others are fired because this means that his turn hasn’t arrived.
Naturally leaving space for sentiment like in “Made in Italy,” where a boundless love for the his this beautiful country emerges, crossing from north to south with a photographic tribute to Reggio Calabria.
On stage there is also a bit of fun, as with the song “È venerdì, non mi rompete i coglioni” (It’s Friday, don’t break my balls) That time of the week when everyone tries to leave behind their daily problems.
After singing the first six songs without interruption, Ligabue walked down the walkway of the stage and introduces the seventh song of the album “Ho fatto in tempo ad avere un futuro” (I had time to have a future). “The song where Riko – says the rocker – has had time to believe that politics could make the world a little more ‘just’ and, all in all, although now testing a profound disappointment, is glad to have had time to have a future that was not for him.”
The second part of the concert is dedicated to great classics like “I Ragazzi Sono in Giro“, “L’Odore del Sesso” e “Questa è la Mia Vita” (The kids are running around, The smell of sex and This is my life) – where Luciano literally embraces the fans below the stage – and the more recent songs like “Per Sempre” (Forever) which echoes in every verse the love of family and the everyday life of a child that her had.
The the acoustic moment arrives. Ligabue turns again to the public stating that “there are many young people and that make me happy, but now I’m going to take a step back in time, back to when many of you weren’t yet born. We are in the 90s, the years in which the concerts used to have an acoustic break. This is what’s going to happen now.” Guitar, drums and vocals led the way to the third part of the concert with “Non è Tempo per Noi” e “Lambrusco e Pop Corn.”
The last part is devoted to must all live Ligabue: “Piccola Stella Senza Cielo” this year 27 years old, “Balliamo sul mondo” and Tra Palco e Realtà. After two hours of intense music there remains only time for presentation of the band, the timeless “Certe Notti” and for a final farewell, the one with which Ligabue closes his concerts, always “Urlando contro il Cielo.”
The second show kicks off this evening, the last of the two live shows in the city of Reggio Calabria.