2004 – 2005

2004

Release of the CD and DVD of the megaconcert ’46664′ give one minute of your life to AIDS’

“Il Grande Baboomba” was broadcast on Italian radios as the first single of the new album, while around Europe “Everybody’s got to learn sometime” was the first to hit the airwaves

Guest at the ‘Austrian Music Awards’ he performed “Everybody’s got to learn sometime” with Sharon Corr on the violin

He took part in “BBC a beautiful day”, an event organized by the BBC to celebrate the entrance of 10 new countries into the European Union

He presented his new album “ZU & Company” in a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall, guests on stage were: Brian May, Mousse T., Jenny Bae, Tina Arena, Fher from Mana’, Paul Young, Dolores O’Riordan, Solomon Burke, Cheb Mami, Ronan Keating, Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, and Irene Fornaciari.

The album “ZU & COmpany” was released, in Italian and international versions, a compilation of all of Zucchero’s best songs sung in duets with world-famous artists such as: Miles Davis, Sting, Vanessa Carlton, Haylie Ecker, Mousse T., Macy Gray, Jeff Beck, Mana’, John Lee Hooker, Sheryl Crow, Dolores O’Riordan, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Ronan Keating, Cheb Mami, Solomon Burke, Paul Young, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. The “ZU & Company Limited Edition + DVD” was released, containing: The making of the album and the videoclips of Dune Mosse were done with Miles Davis and Mama with Stevie Ray Vaughan

He took part in the megaconcert “We are the Future”, organized by Quincy Jones that took place in the ‘Circo Massimo’, Rome. Zucchero sang “everybody-s got to Learn Sometime”, “Wonderful World” and “Baila Morena” with Fher from Mana’

Guest at the “Women’s World Awards”, he presented, along with Gorbatchev, a prize to Whitney Houston

“ZU & Company”, the album, was released in France. This version included the duets with Tina Arena and Johny Hallyday

He started the European tour in the big rock festivals, the accompanying band was: Mario Schiliro’ (guitar), Polo Jones (bass), Adriano Molinari (drums), Matteo Maggese (keyboards), James Thompson (sax, harmonica, vocls) and Lisa Hunt (vocals)

Solomon Burke’s guest at the “Montreux Jazz Festival”, they sang “Diavolo in me” and “Georgia on my mind” together

The new single “Everybody’s got to learn sometime” was released, which included a live version sung with Queen and Sharon Corr for the event 46664

He won the Festivalbar competition

Release of the DVD “ZU & CO. Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 6th May, 2004”, the recording of the concert at the Royal Albert Hall for the presentation of the new album.

2005

“ZU & COmpany” was released in Holland. In this version the song “Blue” was sung with Ilse De Lange

He took part in a number of Dutch and German television and radio programmes with Ilse De Lange, with whom he sang the song “Blue”.

Guest at the Edison Award Gala. Performed “Blue” with Ilse De Lange and Toots Thielemans.

Took part in the “Night Of The Proms” event, playing in the 12 French concerts, accompanied by a big orchestra conducted by Maestro Robert Groslot. Performed “Everybody’s got to learn sometime”, “Senza una donna (Without a woman)”, “Il volo”, “Baila (Sexy thing)”, “Diavolo in me” and then sang “Let it be” with various guests.

Took part in the “Music For Asia” event as main guest and sang “Dune mosse” and “Così celeste” with Cheb Mami

The DVD version of “Live at the Kremlin” was published.

The only 46664 ambassador appearing at the “Festival 46664 Comunidad de Madrid” event which took place in the Spanish capital. Performed as main guest of the final night. Sings: “Everybody’s got to learn sometime”, “Senza una donna”, “Asì celeste” with Sergio Dalma, “Baila Morena” and “Diavolo in me”

The piece “Who will the next fool be”, recorded in 2000 with Mark Knopfler, Scotty Moore, Jools Holland and D.J. Fontana at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, was released as a B-side of the new “Senza una donna (Without a woman)” remix

He was the first Italian artist to have his entire discography released on the new phonographic system: superaudio cd

During an important film festival, handed over the career award to the director Francis Ford Coppola

The CD “WE ARE THE FUTURE”, the recording of the concert organised by Quincy Jones at the Circo Massimo, was released in the American Starbucks chain. Zucchero appeared with the piece “Everybody’s got to learn sometime”

Performed in “46664 Arctic” which took place in Tromsø in Norway. Sang “Senza una donna”, then “Così celeste” and “Everybody´s got to learn sometime” in a duet with Brian May, accompanied by Brian May on the guitar and Sharon Corr on the violin. The evening ended with all the artists on the stage singing the song “Asimbonanga” by Johnny Clegg

Personally invited by Bob Geldof, performed in the “Live8” event that was held at the same time in major world cities. Opened the event in Rome with a band composed of: Mario Schilirò (guitar), Adriano Molinari (drums), Matteo Saggese (keyboards), Livingstone Browne (bass), and Peter Vitesse on the Hammond organ, singing: “Everybody´s got to learn sometime”, “Overdose (D´Amore)” and “Diavolo in me”. After the performance in Rome, flew to Paris to play in the evening with a slightly changed band composed of: Mario Schilirò (guitar), Adriano Molinari (drums), Matteo Saggese (keyboards), Livingstone Browne (bass) and Elaine Jackson (backing vocals) played: “Everybody´s got to learn sometime”, “Il Volo” and “Diavolo in me”

The “ZUCCHERO & Co.” Record was released, immediately entering the Billboard chart

The Live 8 Rome and Paris concerts were released in DVD form. In the Rome concert Zucchero sang “Everybody’s got to learnsometime”, “Overdose (d’amore)” and “Diavolo in me”, while in the Paris concert he played “Il volo” and “Diavolo in me”.

Release of the album “ZUCCHERO & Co. THE ULTIMATE DUETS COLLECTION”, a box packaging containing a dvd of the mythical concert at the Royal Albert Hall, the cd “ZU & COmpany” and another cd featuring twelve new duets with stars the likes of Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King, Bryan Adams, Randy Crawford, Sinead O’Connor, and more.


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