Vasco Rossi - born on 7-2-1952 in Zocca (mo) - is Italy's
biggest rock music star.
Especially the last twenty years his concerts are sold out
completely and the stages turned from music halls into football
Rossi's first music release appears in 1977 with Ma cosa
vuoi che sia una canzone, followed by Non siamo mica gli
Americani in 1979. With the release of Colpa d'Alfredo in
1980 music develops more and more with independent and expressive
lyrics and an aggressive rock sound, initiated by the strong
presence from electric and distorted guitars from Maurizio
Solieri and Massimo Riva.
In 1981, Siamo solo noi is released and the title track
becomes an anthem for Italian youth. Additional albums includes
1982's Vado al massimo, 1983's Bollicine which tops the
Italian album charts. His star is rising with his performance
at the San Remo Festival in 1983, although he shocks the
audience by leaving the stage before the song 'Vita spericolata'
has been finished.
In 1984 he is arrested because of drugs possession. Among
intellectuals and conformists in italian society now he
becomes a dangerous enemy. This doesn't damage his career
at all...on the contrarary: young people crown him as a
real hero, someone who can represent their feelings and
their problems. Now also mass-medias start to pay more and
more attention to his behaviour and private life. In 1985,
Rossi releases Cosa succede in cittā , followed by C'e chi
dice no in 1987.
Rossi signes a contract with EMI Records and releases the
album Liberi Liberi in 1989. The single with the same tittle
reach the different european charts. Now his success is
established, showing his concert in 1989 in Milan - recorded
on the double live album Fronte del Palco - and his concerts
in june 1990 in Rome and again Milan, which are visited
by more than 100.000 fans, this time recorded on the mini
live album San Siro in 1991. It's time to expand his fan
base: the succesfull european tour in 1991 with concerts
in France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium.
Rossi releases Gli spari sopra in 1993. The gli spari sopra-tour
in Italy the same year is his best tour ever.
In 1995 Vasco gives act de presence at "ROCK SOTTO L' ASSEDIO"
with 130.000 people.
In 1996, Nessun pericolo per te is released and Maurizio
Solieri is replaced by Stef Burns because of disagreements
with vasco's art director Guido Elmi. Solieri now starts
his own band: 'Class'.
A new climax is reached in the 'Nessun pericolo per te'-tour
in Milan in front of 80.000 people.
Vasco Rossi releases Canzone per me in 1998. Later this
year the live-album Rewind ( released in 1999) is recorded
at the Heineken Jammin' Festival at the race cource of Imola.
This is the last performance of his friend Massimo Riva
(rhytm guitar), because a terrible tragedy will happen a
few months later: just a few weeks before the start of the
new 1999 tour in Italy he is found dead, probably killed
by a overdose of heroin. Solieri joins again but only during
October 1999 Vasco Rossi is nominated for a MTV Europe Music
Award for Best Italian Act. On the 6th april 2001 the new
album is released: Stupido hotel, and the fans are able
to visit another italian tour this summer! The old climaxes
are shattered: on the 16th of June Vasco sings in front
of 200.000 people at the Heineken Jammin Festival of Imola.
The complete tour is live broadcasted on the internet. Rossi
signs at the end of may 2002 a new contract with EMI for
another 4 albums.
In july 2003 Vasco Rossi gives 3 concerts in the San Siro
stadium in Milano. The concerts are completely sold out.
In november 2003 a compilation of these 3 concerts are being
released on DVD.
2004 is the year of "Buoni o Cattivi". The album
with the same name has been released, a italian tour with
the same name has been started
2005 is expected to be another massive year: first of all
Rossi opens the San Remo festival, the Buoni of Cattivi
Tour continues with another 10 concerts throug Italy and
he's expected to participate in the Live 8 concert in Roma.
for the rest of his career.