Luciano Ligabue

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Ligabue
Liga in ascolto.jpg
Ligabue during a press conference in Verona, Italy
Background information
Birth name Luciano Ligabue
Born (1960-03-13) March 13, 1960 (age 54)
Origin Correggio, Province of Reggio Emilia, Italy
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, film director, writer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bouzouki (used douring 2011 acoustic tour), Banjo (used during 'arrivederci mostro - acoustic' recording session)
Years active 1986–present
Website www.ligachannel.com
Notable instruments
Gibson SG, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster(used during concerts between 1991 and 1994)

Luciano Ligabue (born 13 March 1960), commonly known as Ligabue, is an Italian singer-songwriter,[1] film director and writer.

Biography[edit]

Ligabue was born in Correggio, in the province of Reggio Emilia (Emilia-Romagna in northern 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've lost 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. The audience of around 180,000 set a European audience record for the one, non-free event for a single artist. However, due to problems with the audio system, several thousand people were unable to listen to the music and left the concert early. Ligabue later apologised for the problems.

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).

Political involvement[edit]

In the 1980s Ligabue was member of the communal council of his native Correggio, elected for the Italian Communist Party. Though he no longer assumes a public high level political position, Ligabue, together with Jovanotti and Piero Pelù, released in 1999 the single "Il mio nome è mai più" ("My Name Is Never Again"), a song against the Kosovo War to collect funds for the Italian NGO Emergency.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Ligabue discography
  • Ligabue (1990)
  • Lambrusco coltelli rose & popcorn (1991)
  • Sopravvissuti e sopravviventi (1993)
  • A che ora è la fine del mondo? (1994)
  • Buon compleanno Elvis! (1995)
  • Radiofreccia (1998)
  • Miss Mondo (1999)
  • Fuori come va? (2002)
  • Giro d'Italia (2003)
  • Nome e cognome (2005)
  • Primo tempo (2007)
  • Secondo tempo (2008)
  • Sette notti in Arena (2009)
  • Arrivederci, mostro! (2010)
  • Campovolo 2.011 (2011)
  • Mondovisione (2013)

Tour and live[edit]

NAME TOUR YEAR/DATE LOCATION
Neverending tour 1990–1993 square, club, palasport, theatre
Buon compleanno Elvis! Tour 1995–1996 palasport
Il Bar Mario è aperto 1997 stadium
Buon compleanno Elvis! Tour - Europa 1997 club (Europe)
Miss Mondo tour 1999 palasport, Verona Arena
1990-2000: 10 anni sulla mia strada 2000 stadium
LigaLive 2002 stadium
Fuori come va? Tour 2002–2003 palasport
Ligabue in teatro 2002–2003 theatre
Campovolo September 10, 2005 airport "Campovolo" in Reggio Emilia
Nome e cognome tour 2006 2006 club, palasport, stadium, theatre
Ellesette November - December 2007 PalaLottomatica, Mediolanum Forum
ita|European tour 2008 club (Europe)
ElleElle Stadi 2008 stadium
...Sette Notti In Arena, Orchestra e R'N'R! September - October 2008 Verona Arena
Live 2009 2009 club (Europe)
Ligabue con la sua band
Solo Rock'n'roll
September 19–20, 2009 Verona Arena
Ligabue
con la band e l'orchestra dell'Arena di Verona
Sette notti... non bastano!!
September - October 2009 Verona Arena
Stadi 2010 2010 stadium
Tour Teatri "Quasi Acustico" 2011 2011 Theatre

Filmography[edit]

  • RadioFreccia ("RadioArrow")(1998)
  • Da Zero a Dieci ("From Zero To Ten")(2001)
  • Niente Paura ("Have no Fear")(2010)

Ligabue wrote the screenplays of Radiofreccia and DaZeroaDieci and acted in the film Niente Paura. He also played the music for the film Niente Paura.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fuori e dentro il Borgo ("In and out the village")(1997)
  • La neve se ne frega ("Snow doesn't care")(2004)
  • Lettere d'amore nel frigo ("Love Letters in the fridge")(2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ligabue: da oltre un mese con dieci dischi in classifica". La Voce d'Italia (in Italian). 13 August 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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