Max Pezzali

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Max Pezzali
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Max Pezzali guest at Cartoomics in 2013
Background information
Birth nameMassimo Pezzali
Born (1967-11-14) November 14, 1967 (age 51)
OriginPavia, Lombardy, Italy
GenresPop rock, alternative rock, dance-pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1991 - present
LabelsWarner Music Italia
Websitehttp://www.maxpezzali.it/

Massimo Pezzali (born 14 November 1967 in Pavia), commonly known as Max Pezzali, is an Italian singer-songwriter.

He was the principal singer and song writer of the pop rock group 883. In 2004, he released his first solo album Il mondo insieme a te. The album was successful in Italy and since then Pezzali has remained a solo artist. Taking into account his solo work, as well as his work dating back to the 883 period, Max Pezzali has sold over 10 million albums, thereby becoming one of the most popular singers in the history of Italian music.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Max Pezzali was born on November 14, 1967 in Pavia, Italy. His parents owned a florist shop near the family home.[2]

During his high school years, Pezzali was held back for one year because he did not achieve the required passing grades. It was in this class that he met his friend and future band mate, Mauro Repetto. Pezzali and Repetto both shared a love for rock and roll music and it was this commonality that led them to the idea of starting a band. Together they went on holiday to the United States. During their stay they purchased a cheap synthesizer, a drumkit and some CDs, and upon their return to Pavia, immediately began writing music.

883[edit]

Being big fans of motorbikes, especially Harley-Davidsons, they decided to name the group 883 after the mark's Sportster.[3] Pezzali and Repetto started their singing career at the Castrocaro Music Festival in 1991, with the song "Non me la menare", which became a smash hit in Italy. Their first album, Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno ("They killed Spider-Man"), hit number 1 on the Italian charts, in 1992.[4] Their second album, Nord sud ovest est, produced the number 1 singles "Sei un mito" and "Come mai".[4] In 1993 Pezzali and Rosario Fiorello won the "Festival italiano" with the song "Come Mai"[5].

In 1994 Repetto left the band on good terms to pursue his dream of becoming a movie director in America. Pezzali recruited new members and continued the group. The departure of Mauro Repetto did not stop the group's productivity: The band continued to perform and in 1995 released the new album La donna il sogno & il grande incubo which sold over 1.200.000 million copies. In 1997, 883 produced La dura legge del gol, The collection Gli Anni in 1998, Grazie Mille in 1999, Mille Grazie in 2000 (released exclusively in Austria, Switzerland and Germany) and Uno in più in 2001. The band continued without him in 2002 when Pezzali announced his plans to begin a solo career and to take full credit for his songs. Over the course their musical career (1992–2002), 883 published six studio albums, released over 25 music videos and frequently toured throughout Italy.

Solo career[edit]

In 2003, Pezzali began work on his first solo album, Il mondo insieme a te, which was released in 2004. His style of writing differed very little from his music with 883. The main themes of his songs were still friendship, honesty, and relationships. In 2005, an 883 and Max Pezzali greatest hits album was released, which included a DVD with all of the music videos made to date; it stayed at the top of the album chart for 10 weeks. His second solo album, Time Out, was released during the summer of 2007. It proved to be a great success with its most popular songs remaining at the top of the charts throughout the summer. Pezzali is beloved by his fans for his friendly approach, charismatic stage performance, and his commitment to his music. In 2008 he came out with a new album Max Live 2008 which contained the greatest hits of his live performances and two unpublished songs ("Mezzo pieno o mezzo vuoto" and "Ritornerò"). In the summer of 2008, the Max Live Tour 2008 began in June and performed in more than 25 Italian cities. The first concert took place in Monza; Max followed with more 24 concerts and ending with his last stage performance on December 31 at "Castelsardo". Following this tour he decided to take a break, when he decided to place his musical life in the background in order to dedicate himself to his newborn son. During these three years of semi-time off, he found time to collaborate with other singers and even participated in some reality shows (for example, participating as a guest star on, X-Factor Italy in 2009). In 2010 he decided to take a year long sabbatical to write his next album that was released the following year. In 2011 he released his new album called Terraferma, while in 2012 comes a collection of his songs sung with the most famous rap of Italy, included in the album Hanno Ucciso l'Uomo Ragno 2012.[6] In 2013 he released his new album Max 20, which contains 14 old hits of Pezzali and 883 in duet with various Italian music artists and 5 unpublished[7] and in 2015 it comes out Astronave Max. In 2017 saw the release of his new single "Le canzoni alla Radio" featuring Nile Rodgers[8]. That same year Pezzali released his new album Le canzoni alla radio, which contains old hits of Pezzali and 883 and 7 unpublished.[9] In 2018 began his tour with Nek and Francesco Renga[10] and saw the release of Max Nek Renga, il disco, which contains live performances of Max Pezzali, Nek and Francesco Renga.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Max Pezzali is currently living in Rome where he used to live with Martina Marinucci, his ex-wife. Max and Martina were married on 2 April 2005. After 13 years together, they became officially separated in 2014.[13] They have a son, Hilo, born in 2008.[14] A few months after his separation, he became engaged to Debora Pelamatti.[15][16][17] Pezzali is a big fan of motorbikes, especially of Harley-Davidson models (his group was named after the 883cc Harley-Davidson Sportster[18]), and since 2000 he has been a partner of an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership in Pavia. He is a great fan of comics and his favorites are the superhero comics published by Marvel[19] and the Italian comic book series Rat-Man created by Leo Ortolani.[20] In fact he has a collection of over 1300 comics.[21] He is also a great fan of Bruce Springsteen, who represented an important source of inspiration for his music career.[22][23][24][25] Max Pezzali is also a supporter of Inter Milan and has even dedicated a song to his football team called "Sei Fantastica".[26]

Discography[edit]

883[edit]

Studio albums
  • 1992 - Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno
  • 1993 - Nord sud ovest est
  • 1995 - La donna il sogno & il grande incubo
  • 1997 - La dura legge del gol!
  • 1999 - Grazie mille
  • 2001 - Uno in più
Compilations
  • 1994 - Remix '94
  • 1998 - Gli anni
  • 2000 - Mille grazie (only released in Austria, Switzerland and Germany)
  • 2002 - Love/Life: L'amore e la vita al tempo degli 883
  • 2013 - Collection: 883

Solo[edit]

Studio albums
  • 2004 - Il mondo insieme a te
  • 2007 - Time Out
  • 2011 - Terraferma
  • 2015 - Astronave Max
Compilations
  • 2005 - Tutto Max
  • 2012 - Hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno 2012
  • 2013 - Max 20
  • 2017 - Le canzoni alla radio
Live albums

Other works[edit]

  • In 1998 he dedicated much of his time to writing a book. The book explained in detail the inspiration and details of his lyrics. It was titled Stessa storia, stesso posto, stesso bar. During the same year, he starred in the movie Jolly Blue along with his old band mates. The film featured many of 883's biggest hits, while the storyline was centered around the lyrics of selected songs from the band's repertoire.
  • In 2002 he was chosen to write the lyrics and record the vocals for the theme-tune of the Italian version of the movie Treasure Planet.
  • On April 8, 2008, he released his first novel, Per prendersi una vita.
  • In 2013 he released an autobiographical novel titled I cowboy non mollano mai - La mia storia.
  • He doubted in Italian Jack Taggert in Iron Man 3 [27].

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act[28] Himself Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Max Pezzali al Gff, così sono rinato". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Max Pezzali racconta in un libro la sua storia (e quella degli 883)". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Pezzali: "Sognavo l'Harley 883. La sera andavo in via Niccolini"". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b 883 at Allmusic.com
  5. ^ Max Pezzali in 20 anni 100 premi!
  6. ^ "Max Pezzali: L'Uomo Ragno vent'anni dopo". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Max Pezzali, a fine maggio nuovo album". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ Max Pezzali - Le canzoni alla Radio (Official Video)
  9. ^ "Max Pezzali, ecco l'album Le canzoni alla radio: 7 inediti, 1 remix, 30 hit". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Nek, Max Pezzali e Francesco Renga insieme in tour: "Noi tre, Duri da Battere"". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Max Pezzali, Nek e Francesco Renga: in arrivo l'album. Stasera al Festival con "Strada facendo"". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Max Pezzali, Nek e Renga: «Ora siamo diventati una vera band»". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Max Pezzali si separa: matrimonio finito con Martina Marinucci". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Max Pezzali, papà felice: «Hilo mi ha cambiato la vita»". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  15. ^ Max Pezzali volta pagina con Debora
  16. ^ "Max Pezzali e il suo nuovo amore: "Lʼha attratta il mio senso dellʼumorismo"". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Max Pezzali: se mi baci, ti «aggancio»". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Moto Hit 2# - 883 "Un giorno così"". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  19. ^ MAX PEZZALI: "LA MARVEL NON MORIRÀ MAI"
  20. ^ "Max Pezzali e Zerocalcare al Circolo dei Lettori di Torino". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Max Pezzali: non hanno ucciso l'Uomo Ragno! E neanche Iron Man..." Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Max Pezzali: «L'eterna giovinezza di noi pop star»". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  23. ^ "I cowboy non vincono mai". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Max Pezzali: «Io gravemente malato? Ma quando mai...»". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Pezzali e il sogno ricorrente: «Suonare con Springsteen»". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Max Pezzali at dinner with Inter". Corriere della Sera.
  27. ^ Arriva "Iron Man 3 ", Max Pezzali è la voce di Villain"
  28. ^ "MTV EMA: svelate le nomination, in testa Justin Timberlake e Macklemore" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 17 September 2013. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013.

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