So, yesterday, this happened here, in my hometown of Modena:
A crowd of 220,000 (seems to be the all-time, worldwide record for a single artist-single date-paid tickets) attended the concert of Vasco Rossi
, who celebrated his 40-year long career where he started back in 1977 (he's actually from Zocca, a very small town in the hills above Modena).
Just to give you an idea, the total population of Modena is about 185.000
:drill . The concert took place in a park (the Enzo Ferrari Park) just a mile distance from downtown, right in the middle of the city, basically (and no, we're not talking a park the size of Hyde Park or Central Park, for example :P)
Everything went perfectly smooth, and I'm quite proud right now (I haven't attended, but listened to the soundcheck 3-4 days ago from outside the park
). Unlike Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Zucchero or Ramazotti, you probably never heard of Vasco Rossi. He never wrote a song in english and...because of his peculiar way of singing, expressing himself in italian, connecting with the crowd etc, it just can't work in any Language but his native one, believe me.
Three songs of him: one difficult to categorize, a ballad and a more upbeat one (all three in italian of course...choice wasn't easy). Two of them are live, because he's just fantastic in front of a crowd:
"Colpa d'Alfredo" (1980): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7pIPxd99Xg
"Sally" (1996): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvbkI9yCgW4
"Gli Spari Sopra" (1993): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmkQkTFQ5oU