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For the last time: Simply Red in Rome

Our Blogger: Joseph

-The legendary British band will make a stop in Rome as a part of their farewell tour.


Simply Red fans, last chance to see Simply Red live in concert! Mick Hucknall and band mates have decided that 2010 will be, after 25 years, their last tour together. A decision taken from the lead vocalist to undertake the solo career. Founded around the mid-80’s with Mick Hucknall,  gifted with amazing singing voice, the group took its name from Hucknall’s nickname, Simply Red, that denotes the colour of his hair, his favourite football team which is the Manchester United, in which however made some political issues. On their twenty-five years of music career the group had several modifications, and fortunately Hucknall has succeeded regardless several obstacles and moments of difficulties, they always tried to keep their feet on the ground.

From their first tour in 1985, Simply Red has played in over 1,100 concerts in front of a total of more than 11 million people. They have sold 55 million discs, they made it 31 times in the top 40

Singles charts in the UK, conquering 3 Brit Awards, 2 Ivor Novellas, 2 first places in the US singles charts.


 After their first album debut “Picture Book” in 1985, Simply Red has produced an average of 1 album in every two or three years: “Men and Women” (1987), “To new Flame” (1989), “Stars” (1991), Life (1995), Blue (1998), Love and the Russian Winter (1999), Home (2003), Simplified (2005) and Stay (2007). The last collection came out in the 2008 entitled “25: The Greatest Hits” and is a double sided disc with 25 successful soundtracks that tells 25 years of their music career.

 The lead vocalist, Mick has a strong bond with Italy, in fact, he spends most time of the year in Sant’Alfio in province of Catania on the slopes of the Etna. He dedicates his time to the production of one of the most valuable red wine – DOC, and a sophisticated white wine – IGT and was nicknamed as “the singer”.

The venue for the concert is located very near Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel, your best options when it comes to accomodation in Rome!

In Short

When: July 274h, 2010, 21:00
Where: Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Viale Pietro Coubertin, Roma
How to get there: From Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the bus 910 from the Termini station

Serj Tankian and the Italian Symphonic Orchestra

Our Blogger: Jona


Perhaps the name Serj Tankian might not be that well-known to mainstream audiences but he is one of the most provocative and original American musicians. He is the lead singer of System of a Down, an American alternative band whose main characteristic is the combination of heavy Rock sounds and left wing political commitment.

Tankian will visit Italy next July to present his solo album Elect the Dead Symphony , a reinterpretation of the major successes of System of a Down. The singer will be accompanied by an orchestra composed by as many as 45 musicians from the Italian Philharmonic. This is, without a doubt a great opportunity for the fans of System of a Down, and for those curious to discover what classicaly trained musicians can do when offered material originally composed with the viscerality of hard rock in mind.

serj_tankian_2The two Italian dates are set for July 4 at Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan and july 5 at the prestigious Roman Auditorium Parco della Musica as a part of the annual review July Sounds Good.

Tickets for the date range from € 30 to Milan € 45 exclusive right to advance. The prices for the tickets of the Roman concert will be the same. If you are visiting Rome to attend the concert, don’t hesitate to make a reservation at Hotel Des Artistes, located only minutes away from the venue!

In Short

When: July 5, 2010
Where: Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale Pietro Coubertin, Roma
How to get there: FromTermini, Take the bus M (available only the days on which concerts take place) or 910.
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