Past Event19 May


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Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall


Zucchero (born Adelmo Fornaciari) is amongst the greatest interpreters of the Italian blues. He is best known in Australasia for his hit single Senza Una Dona with Paul Young – released in 1991 – which was an international  Top 5 Billboard chart hit.

In his native Italy, across Europe and Latin America he is a superstar. In his four decades as a recording artist, he sold more than 60 million albums, including  Oro, incenso e birra, which sold more than eight million copies. He was the first Western artist to perform at the Kremlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Widely regarded as one of the best blues and roots performers in the world,  Zucchero  has been described as Italy’s Carolos Santana.  Influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, his musical collaborations read as a who’s who of music royalty.  His international breakthrough was in 1988 when he recorded the million-plus  seller Blue, which featured performances by Clarence Clemons, and The Memphis Horns.  His music and influence spreads across genres and borders and includes numerous collaborations over the years with international artists such as Bryan Adams, the Blues Brothers, Bono, Jeff Beck, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Iggy Pop, Alejandro Sanz, Sting and many others.

Zucchero was the sole Italian artist at the Freddie Mercury Tribute in 1992,  at the 1994 Woodstock Festival, and at all the Nelson Mandela 46664 events. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and his December 2012 concert at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana is considered to be the biggest concert ever held by a foreign singer in Cuba.

His current album BLACK CAT was released in April 2016 and features the song Streets Of Surrender (‘S.O.S’) – with lyrics written by Bono and a guest appearance on guitar by Mark Knopfler . It is dedicated to the victims of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks.  The single Turn The World Down was written by Elvis Costello. Both songs are performed in English.

Zucchero New Zealand 2017

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Platinum - Concession
Senior 65+, Student (with valid ID), Child 12 & under
Gold - Concession
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Silver - Concession
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