Cologne/Modena May 28th 2002 Pavarotti &
About the true magic
- I haven't been there live, I just sat at home and
watched TV, still I feel I have been a witness of an
It was the re- celebration, re-incarnation, re-birth of
that song which opened new ways - new ways for music, new
ways for benefit events, new ways for an Italian rock
musician, new ways for the most famous tenor in the world,
new ways for a young Tuscan Piano bar player, who dreamed
of making a life with music and new ways for thousands of
people, who learned to dream and feel in music again. A
true magic song.
Miserere was a new idea of music, a mix of rock and
classic, new in its way for the Italian rocksinger
Zucchero, who invented it, new for Maestro Luciano
Pavarotti, who was supposed to sing it. When he had heard
the demo, which was sung by that unknown Tuscan piano bar
player, he said "You don't need me to sing that song. You
have already an excellent tenor to sing it." Thus it
happened that the young piano bar player had to leave his
silent life in Tuscany to become a world famous tenor
himself, and he went out there to make thousands of people
happy to give them force and hope, just by hearing his
voice. The classic/rock mix of Miserere gave birth to
Maestro Pavarotti's idea to create an annual benefit
concert against the suffering in the world.
Today, ten years later Miserere reunited Maestro
Pavarotti, Zucchero and Andrea Bocelli on the stage of
Pavarotti & friends for Angola. Three magic voices united
in one magic song.
At least I felt so, this is why I sat to write this down,
though it isn't exactly what I would call a concert
report, it is just the feeling, I have to share, that song
was born to create great things, that song is destiny and
it is the proof of Andrea's thesis that there nothing
happens by chance in life.
The crowd cheered as we all would have cheered, if we
would have been so lucky to be there, when they had heard
the three giants of music celebrating Miserere. Zucchero
sat at the piano and sang his rock part, Andrea and
Maestro Pavarotti alternated singing the classical part,
demonstrating the equal force of their unique voices.
Nothing can describe this. Actually I was glad I wasn't
there, probably my heart would have exploded with mere
feelings. What a power, what a sky shaking event.
Right after that, Andrea sang his Mille lune, mille onde
in an extremely sentimental way, obviously also he
inspired himself by the great performance before.
The later medley of "My way", "Parlami d'amore Mariù" and
"O surdato'nnamurato" together with Maestro Pavarotti once
again reunited the two most wonderful voices in the world
- at least to my, maybe not very objective opinion.
At the end all the artists, from Sting to James Brown, to
Lou Reed to Grace Jones, to Elisa and Gino Paoli and Raf
together sang with the masters of Miserere a sensational
"Hey Jude". And the magic went on. Thousands of happy
spectators raising their hands, swinging and singing
along. And on stage radiant artists among them smiling his
incomparable smile, Andrea Bocelli.
I hope you soon all can see this. Surely Pavarotti &
Friends 2002 will be released as video and CD all over the
world. Surely a lot of TV stations will repeat this event.
Whatever you do… if you have any occasion to see or hear
it… don't miss it