1992 – 1993

1992

He performed, on a television program dedicated to him, “Senza una donna” and “Diamante” together with Paul Young and Randy Crawford.

He was invited by Queen’s Brian May to perform at the “Freddy Mercury Tribute”, in Wembley Stadium, London. He sang “Las palabras de amor” (the words of love) and, along with the other guests, “We are the champions”. The event was broadcast live worldwide, and went on to be released some months later on video as the “FREDDY MERCURY TRIBUTE”.

As tenor for the new album, a young Andrea Bocelli was chosen, and among the chorists there was a very young Giorgia Trodani who, without her surname, would go on to be famous at the “Festival di Sanremo” some years later.

His first video single ever was released: “L’URLO”, from the new album.

He took part, as special guest, in the Bologna leg of the tour that Eric Clapton and Elton John did together in Italy.

He was invited to “Porretta Blues Festival” and sang “Soul Man” with J. Blackfoot.

The songs “Senza una donna (without a woman)” and “Diamante” became part of the soundtrack to the tv series “Baywatch”.

The track “You’re losing me” was included in the soundtrack of the film “Red shoe diaries” that was released in Italy as “Orchidea selvaggia 3”.

He performed “Vota la Voce” the song “Diamante” with Francesco De Gregori.

“MISERERE” was released worldwide, recorded in both English and Italian versions; the band was made up of: Zucchero, Corrado Rustici (guitar), Polo Jones (bass), Peter John Vettese (keyboards) and Michael Shrievie (drums); other musicains were: Carl Perizzo, Paul Rekow, U.K. Gospel Fusion, Mino Vergnaghi, Iskra Menarini, Antonella Pepe, Giorgia Todrani, Rosario Jermano, Tessa Niles, Lance Ellington, Linda Taylor, Carl Kenyon, Martin Beedle, Andy J. Forest, Ocarine di Budrio, Omero Da Fano and Franco Liguori; guests were: David Sancious, Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love, I Sorapis, Luciano Pavarotti, Con. Michael Kamen and Leo Ferrè; and the songwriters were: Zucchero, Moss, Brown, Costello, Ferrè, Buchanan, Musker, Lyon and Bono.

Zucchero discovered and launched Andrea Bocelli.

He took part in the “Pavarotti International” event performing: “Miserere” with Pavarotti, “Muoio per te” with Sting, “L’urlo” and along with various other guests “La donna è mobile”; the event was broadcast Europewide, and was released both as a CD and as a video, under the title “PAVAROTTI & FRIENDS”.

On Randy Crawford’s album, “THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE”, a duet with Zucchero, of the song “Diamante” was included and Zucchero also appears as songwriter for the piece “Like the sun out of nowhere”.

1993

“L’URLO” tour began, with Sports Stadiums and clubs as venues all over Europe, the group was: Corrado Rustici (guitar), Polo Jones (bass), Luciano Luisi (keyboards), Mike Shrieve (drums), Eric Daniel and Mike Applebaum (brass section), Eileena Dennis and Mino Vergnaghi (chorus).

The home video, “MISERERE STORY”, arrived on the shelves, a compilation of in-studio scenes.

The first leg of the tour ends, with a particularly memorable London date featuring as special guests Paul Young and Brian May.

A compilation called “CLUB TENCO” was released, including “Come il sole all’improvviso”, the version sung with Gino Paoli in 1986.

On the Beatles tribute album, “TRIBUTE”, released in France, the version of “Imagine”, sung by Randy Crawford and Zucchero in Moscow, was included.

He was presented with a prize by Carla Bruni and Jocelyn at the “Sporting Club”, Monte Carlo at “The 1993 world music awards” as the most sold Italian artist worldwide. On this occasion he performed “Diamante”.

He started the Summer leg of the “L’URLO” tour, which saw him in some of the most important venues throughout Italy; Jenny Bersolo, future winner of the “Festival di Sanremo” young artist section, became a chorus girl and Andrea Bocelli, the tenor, took part for the live version of live di “Miserere”.

He was invited at the “Porretta Blues Festival”, and sang “I can’t turn you loose” , “Have I told you lately that I love you” and “You are so beautiful” with Rufus Thomas, and appeared in the finale of the festival where all of the guests gathered to sing “Sweet soul music”.

Release of the remix “POVERO CRISTO”.

The first “Sugar night” in Forte dei Marmi took place: An evening dedicated to Zucchero and organised by Marco Macchiarini, an old friend and founding member of their first band “I Duca”, Zucchero arrived and, to everybody’s great surprise sang “Have I told you lately that I love you”, “Proud Mary”, “Diavolo in me” and “Unchain my heart”.

The tour ended with the Milan concert where Jovanotti appeared as special guest.

The record “WALZER D’UN BLUES” by “Adelmo e i suoi Sorapis” came out, the group was made up of: Zucchero Fornaciari, Dodi Battaglia, Fio Zanotti, Maurizio Vandelli, Michele Torpedine and Umbi Maggi.


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