Un mostro sacro della musica sbarca in Italia e, in particolare, a Villa Bertelli come tappa del suo tour: ecco alcune domande in inglese:
Could you please describe the new tour in a few words?
We managed only two concerts in february 2020 before Covid, and had to wait eighteen months for the opportunity to do some concerts in the latter part of 2021. There were twenty shows last year which then did go ahead but we face again now in the latter parts of 2022 the prospect of more postponements due to the current upsurge of the new BA5 Omicron variant. However, I am still confident that we can fulfil most of the contracted shows in 2022 and on into 2023. I am still cautious regarding the health of all the band and crew as we depend on each other to avoid Covid and cancellations of shows. So, it is more stressful touring and travel is also affected post-pandemic due to the economy and airlines' problems with available crews and ground staff after the two years of relative inactivity. But I'm glad to be back to Italy once again!
You'll be in Italy soon... How does it feel to be coming back to Italy? What do you know/think about our country/culture?
I have played regularly in Italy for 50 years and worked with a few Italian bands and artists, past and present. PFM and classical flautist Andrea Griminelli, both recently, for example. And I have appeared as a guest on records with some less well-known younger artists too. I have also visited as a tourist in more recent times to better understand Italian people and the historical culture of the nation.
What's happening next, is there anything upcoming and in the works already?
I am rehearsing and recording over the next few weeks for a new album to be released in April 2023. We have recorded four songs already so we are well on the way. Plus, of course, many concerts in various countries. Busy, busy!