His gravelly voice and international hits (Diavolo In Me, Senza Una Donna, Il Volo, Baila Morena etc.) have made Zucchero one of the most popular Italian artists in the world. Since his fourth album sent him into the stratosphere 30 years ago, the Italian’s gritty vocals and signature hat have crossed paths with Joe Cocker and BB King (his idols), Miles Davis, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Zucchero’s dozen albums have seen him collaborate with international blues and R&B legends such as Ray Charles and Rufus Thomas, the pillar of the Stax label. Adelmo Sugar Fornaciari gradually made duets with big stars his speciality and has paired up with Paul Young, Bryan Adams, Bono, Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John and Tom Jones. His duets were compiled on the Zu & Co album in 2004. In 1987, the Blue’s album rocketed the singer to the top of the pops in disc sales on the Peninsula. Emilia-Romagna’s Zu (born in 1955) has sold over 60 million albums! After his triumphant tour in 2013 and a raucous return to the Olympia in November 2016 (Black Cat Live tour named after his latest album: Black Cat), the Italian R&B icon has made it to the Roman Theatre.
Polo Jones (b/dir), Kathleen Dyson (g), Mario Schiliro’ (g), Doug Pettibone (steel pedal/g), Nicola Peruch (k), Andrea Whitt (v/steel pedal), Brian Auger (org hammond), James Thompson (s), Minoso Amuey (tb), Carlos & Lazardo Oviedo Dilout (tp), Cora Coleman-Dunham (dms) & Adriano Molinari (dms)