Riccardo Foli: “They requested me to decide on: Pukhov or Patty Pravo, and I selected love. However what a ache…



“Ardour for ladies is the gas that drives the engine of songwriters and extra: to like and be beloved, throwing off your armor, reducing your defenses and indulging within the grace of affection, weakens and strengthens you. However from right here to the truth that I used to be a womanizer … It appears to me that it is a massive phrase. Who do you’re taking me for, D’Annunzio? What we write in songs is, in fact, the results of actual experiences. And I nonetheless do not perceive if we influenced our love songs or the songs influenced us. However you then get on stage and also you see women taking a look at you and providing you with consideration, and I’ve by no means been a womanizer.” Riccardo Foli will blow out 75 candles in October. However its appeal stays unchanged. Now, as he celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his Sanremo victory with the discharge of “On a regular basis Tales”, former Pooh frontman and bassist has determined to speak about his life within the “Predestinato (Metalist)” CD-ROM guide revealed by Azzurra Music.

What’s it wish to look again?


“Till yesterday, I used to be nonetheless referred to as Riccardino. And out of the blue I discover myself on the Island of the Well-known, the place they referred to as me “grandfather.” Oh then? In any case, my outdated mates in Pontedera and Piombino nonetheless name me … Riccardino.

Let’s begin once more from there, from our native metropolis, after the warfare.

“I’ve at all times and at all times been in love with Pontedera. As a result of as a baby, I used to go fishing within the Age underneath the rocks. I went again there shortly earlier than Covid for a live performance and located it nearly like a metropolis. There was not a single trip or journey on the planet the place I didn’t meet some compatriot who would cease me to say that his grandmother knew me or that I went to high school together with his grandfather. Right here, there, I started to appreciate that possibly I used to be seen just a little older..

What was Riccardo Fogli like as a baby?

“I grew up tied to my mom’s skirt, as a result of in my home there was nothing however poverty: no toys, no bicycle. She listened to the radio whereas she knitted: she took a bag of sweaters from the corporate and made buttonholes, which at the moment weren’t made by stitching machines. After we moved to stay close to the church, I used to be an altar boy, after which I spent the day within the chapel like a standard little one. In public talking, you begin visiting seniors, first swear phrases, good guys and juniors. I lived underneath a glass dome, and nobody taught me to differentiate good from evil.

You have been a really poor household, what can your expertise educate the brand new poor, those that say that we stay in a decaying society?

“The distinction with time is that we didn’t know wealth, such poverty didn’t frighten me. I used to be a cheerful little one. I by no means had a wealth and poverty advanced, what I ate was at all times good, as a result of my mom knew easy methods to cook dinner from what was. However I do know that if at the moment we have been to take an iPhone, the newest technological gadget, lovely attire or a 20-degree air conditioner in the home from our youngsters and grandchildren, I’d have a tough time too.

He labored as a Piaggio employee and tire supplier within the Maremma. Works that at the moment say that nobody else desires to do …

“On the manufacturing facility from 14 to 18, sure. And I attempted to work as a lot extra time as potential to enhance the standard of my life. They did not even ask me for them, I provided myself, even on Saturdays, simply to have the ability to purchase a scooter to go to Santarnecchi’s music instructor in Montecarboli, which was 5 kilometers uphill. After eight hours on the manufacturing facility, I’d go dwelling, have a chunk to eat, and choose up a motorcycle with my little guitar in hand, with out strings and sure, in order that it nearly turned the bass he made me study. However I gave all the cash to my mom, who as soon as discovered me a fifty kopeck piece, which price 10 thousand lire and consumed extra oil than the combination, producing loads of smoke, but it surely made me comfortable.”

What was the lifetime of a Piaggio worker like?

“It was like gents, with a hard and fast wage. Then, after we give up and moved to stay in Piombino, my father regretted it: who made us? He stated. Right here you do not have cash to pay your payments. We opened a tire store, but it surely was so small that we labored with a jack in the midst of the highway.”

Household ties are of nice significance to her.

“Very a lot. Once I gave my father a moped, who was already 60 years outdated, and noticed him with shining eyes, it was an necessary second. He was comfortable as a baby, with that basket on his again with which he went procuring: “Son, you gave me the perfect reward of my life,” he informed me. In Piombino we had issues within the retailer, my older brother and my mother and father turned hostages, in order that they requested him in the event that they want to return to their roots, to the earth, with two chickens within the hen coop. My mother stated it might be the perfect reward on the planet, so I took them right here, 18 kilometers, and constructed them a hen coop and a backyard with a effectively, utilizing a wasp engine to attract water from the effectively. We grew tomatoes, she stated ours are the perfect tomatoes on the planet.”

However that a part of Tuscany remained in her coronary heart…

“Even at the moment I divide myself between San Lazaro in Bologna, the place my son lives, and Campiglia Marittima, the place I moved once I received married 12 years in the past.”

FROMwhat’s your relationship with cash? Typically those that had a troublesome childhood have a special imaginative and prescient than the stereotypes of pop stars.

“Cash feeds. Dot. However compulsive possession is hell. My household’s dream has at all times been to personal a home, however they by no means realized it. My mother and father taught me two issues about cash: to not be in debt and to at all times stroll with my head held excessive.”.

And the connection with creativity as a substitute? Years go by, what conjures up you, the place do you look, how do you dream?

“I began writing poetry to impress the blonde with pigtails, who made my coronary heart beat at school: these have been infantile phrases stuffed with tenderness, however even then I paid shut consideration to selecting the best adjective. Then I started to be impressed by what I learn: studying, which you meet, like music, is rarely unintended, it speaks to your coronary heart and your head, and adjustments the trail of your sensitivity, you discover religion, goodness, sweetness. . I graduated from bookkeeping at 60 to please my mom, and I needed to relearn easy methods to study. However I’ve at all times lived surrounded by books, first Tex Wheeler and Mickey Mouse, after which an increasing number of troublesome readings to encourage me infrequently to jot down “Melancholia” or “On a regular basis Tales”, the latter conceived after studying Toto’s “Degree Degree”. I’ve at all times been satisfied that it’s concepts that finally save and information you, and actually, even at the moment once I learn, I at all times have a pen in my hand to take notes and feed on what another person has written.”.

His first musical expertise was with the Slenders, a bunch of “bushy metalheads” as he referred to as them, a type of “Piombinesi Maneskin”.

“The comparability with the Maneskins was clearly a recreation stated with the best respect for the extraordinary Maneskins, resulting from the truth that in 1964 we have been used to twisting the jack in our palms, inserting it into the amplifier and beginning to play with none frills. We weren’t as massive as they have been, however we have been by far the best metallic band in Italy and probably the world because the Beatles… As a result of I feel they have been charcoal inhaled in Liverpool too.”

Then, in fact, Pooh. With whom he made historical past.

“Everybody who’s 50-60 years outdated grew up on Pooh’s songs and on mine. And now that the group is not any extra, they continue to be in your coronary heart and allow you to stay. Every of us has had not less than one love story much like Pooh’s music. There was a prophetic skill in speaking about love, which is what a author ought to do: to learn you into your soul. Even when a few years have handed between us, we nonetheless name ourselves “brothers”, even when, as brothers, there are occasions after we assume in a different way. I nonetheless bear in mind 1000’s of determined folks, after we broke up, they’d give a chunk of their lives simply to persuade us to remain collectively.

His romance with Patty Pravo impressed the group.

“Our producer thought my love for Patty would harm us. However that didn’t occur. Once I informed my brothers that I did not let anybody determine which ladies I dated and which I did not, the world fell aside. It price me dearly to begin yet again, to surrender 7 years of marriage. However my freedom was extra necessary, I do not let anybody pin me to the wall and inform me what to do with my life: “Consider your girlfriends, not mine,” I informed him. Then I made a decision to go away and good evening. In that recording studio, I left success, cash, safety, to go looking for my story. However I actually missed the boys and possibly, I hope, they missed me too.

How do you are feeling in regards to the warfare in Ukraine?

“It makes me bear in mind the mid-eighties, when Ricchi e Poveri, Toto Cutugno, Albano and Romina, Pupo, Matia Bazar, I all went on tour in Russia: from St. Petersburg to Moscow and Kyiv it was the identical as from Milan. in Bologna and Rome. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and a visa was not even wanted to journey to Ukraine. Ten years in the past, I participated within the Russian “Skazka and Which Present” in Moscow, I used to be invited as a result of there was a contestant who imitated me. And he was Ukrainian. So good that he was higher than me. They referred to as me, and to shock him, I dressed like him and let myself go on stage. That evening we turned mates. Now I ponder the place my good friend Vadim is. I ponder if our Russian and Ukrainian mates are taking pictures at one another? And if their youngsters grow to be like Palestinians and Israelis. I do not know what folks like me can do, however I want to contribute.”

“I am afraid that within the morning I’ll go to heaven with out having the ability to repair every little thing right here on earth. I would like my little woman to be prepared for college. I want to redo the backyard and alter the tractor engine. I want a determine like Brad Pitt would come to me in Meet Joe Black. I want to inform me how a lot I’ve left to stay, not less than a yr forward, so I manage myself. I am not a really spiritual individual, however I imagine in God as a result of my mom did, and I at all times trusted her. Pray no matter you need: God, science, Bach, Mozart or Vasco Rossi, simply pray to somebody. It hurts to not imagine in something. Once I get anxious, I settle down by listening to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Chopin’s Nocturnes or Procol Harum. Additionally as a result of I do know solely two true prayers: “Our Father” and “Hail Mary.” And when I’ve stated all this, there’s nonetheless a lot to wish for. So I am going to begin Pink Floyd.”

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