Abstract Entertainment is proud to announce Italian superstar Zucchero will be returning to Australia for a tour in May 2017. Making a welcome return to Australia (he was last here in 2013), he will be bringing his acclaimed Black Cat World Tour that has seen him perform across Europe this year - including two sold out shows at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall in October 2016 and a record breaking 11 shows in Verona, Italy.
Zucchero (born Adelmo Fornaciari) is among the greatest interpreters of the Italian blues. He is best known in Australia for his hit single Senza Una Dona with Paul Young - released in 1991. Whilst a top 40 chart hit in Australia, the track went top 5 across the world - including the US where it peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts and #4 in the UK.
In his native Italy, across Europe and Latin America he is a superstar. In his four decades as a recording artist, he sold more than 60 million albums . His album "Oro, incenso e birra " sold more than eight million copies. He was the first Western artist to perform at the Kremlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Zucchero is widely regarded as one of the best blues & roots performers and described as Italy's Santana. Influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, his music collaborations read as a who's who in music royalty. His international breakthrough was in 1988 when he recorded the million+ seller Blue and featured performances by Clarence Clemons, from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Memphis Horns. His music and influence spread across genres and borders and included numerous collaborations over the years with international artists such as Bryan Adams, the Blues Brothers, Bono, Jeff Beck, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Iggy Pop, Alejandro Sanz, Sting and many others.
Zucchero was the only Italian artist to participate at the 1994 Woodstock Festival, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute in 1992 and at all the Nelson Mandela 46664 events. He was the only Italian artist to be nominated in 2006 for the Grammy Awards alongside Billy Preston and Eric Clapton for best "R&B Traditional Vocal Collaboration." His December 2012 concert, held at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, is considered to be the biggest concert ever held by a foreign singer in Cuba.
His current album BLACK CAT was released in April 2016 and features the song Streets Of Surrender ('S.O.S') - with lyrics written by Bono and guest appearance on guitar by Mark Knopfler and is dedicated to the victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks. The single Turn The World Down was written by Elvis Costello. Both songs are performed in English.