Luciano Ligabue and his musician mates are back on the road for four electric gigs in Europe in four of the coolest capital cities: Barcelona, London, Amsterdam and Paris.
Ligabue is one of the most loved artist both by fans and critics in Italy. His career began in the far 1990. He wrote and sang songs for 12 album recorded so far (including lives and soundtracks) and every record has gone straight to the heart of more than a generation. The energy given from the stage always come back multiplied by his fans. The live performances have always been a strength , most of the time sold outs no matter where He is playing.
On September 10, 2005, Ligabue held a concert in a airport area in Reggio Emilia to celebrate his first 15 years of activity. This gig attracted the record audience paying for a single artist concert in Europe, with a crowd of about 180,000 coming to listen to his songs.
He is also author of three books and a couple of films, all of them really much appreciated from public and critic.
What are we waiting then? “Balliamo sul mondo”! (“Lets Dance On The World”- a famous hit-)
Ligabue was born in Correggio, in the province of Reggio Emilia (Emilia-Romagna in northen Italy). Before becoming a successful singer, he held various jobs, working in agriculture and in factories. He entered the music world in 1987, when he founded the amateur band Orazero. For this band he wrote several original songs, with which they participated in several local and national contests. The following year his fellow Emilian singer-songwriter Pierangelo Bertoli was the first to discover Ligabue’s writing talents, and included one of Ligabue’s songs, “Sogni di Rock’n'Roll” (“Rock’n'Roll Dreams”), in his new LP.
The following year Bertoli introduced him to producer Angelo Carrara, to finish an LP of his own, Ligabue, which was released in May 1990. Ligabue soon gained fame as one of the most successful Italian rock stars, finding fans mainly among younger audiences. His most famous hits include Balliamo sul mondo (Let’s Dance On The World), Ho perso le parole (I lost my words) and the most successful of all, Certe Notti (Certain Nights), which was voted as “Italian song of the 1990s” in a poll held by a popular music magazine. He also collaborated with another famous singer-songwriter, Francesco Guccini, who also had a part in Ligabue’s first movie (see below).
Ligabue directed his first movie, Radiofreccia, in 1998, a semi-autobiographical story of a local radio station. Critics acclaimed it as surprisingly well shot for a newcomer, and the film received 3 David di Donatello (the highest award in Italian cinema). He also composed the soundtrack. Four years later he shot DaZeroADieci (“From Zero to Ten”): however, it was not as well received as the first work, by both critics and fans.
On September 10, 2005, Ligabue held a concert in Reggio Emilia to celebrate his first 15 years of activity. This attracted the record audience for a single artist pay concert in Europe, with a crowd of about 180,000 coming to listen to his songs. However, due to technical problems with the audio system, several thousands of people were unable to listen to the music and left the concert. After the event, Ligabue publicly apologized for the inconvenience.
Ligabue has also published a short story collection, Fuori e dentro il Borgo (“In and out the village”), which won several literary awards, a science fiction novel La neve se ne frega (“Snow doesn’t care”) (2005), and a collections of poems Lettere d’Amore nel frigo (“Love Letters in the fridge”) (2006).