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



“Ardour for ladies is the gasoline that drives the engine of songwriters and extra: loving and being beloved, taking off your armor, decreasing your defenses and giving your self to the grace of affection, weakens and strengthens. However from that second to saying that I’m a womanizer … I believe it is a large phrase. Who did you’re taking me for, D’Annunzio? What we write within the songs is in fact the results of actual experiences. And I nonetheless do not perceive if we influenced our love songs or if it was the songs that influenced us. However then you definitely go on stage and also you see women taking a look at you and listening to you, however I’ve by no means been a womanizer ». In October, Riccardo Fogli will blow out 75 candles. However its appeal stays unchanged. Now that he’s celebrating 40 years since his victory in Sanremo with the milestone of “On a regular basis Tales”, former frontman and bassist Puchatek has determined to inform his life on the CD “Predestinato (metalworker)” launched by Azzurra Music.

What’s it prefer to look again?


«Till yesterday, everybody known as me Riccardino. Out of the blue, I discovered myself on the Island of Celebrities, the place I used to be known as “Grandpa”. Oh then? Anyway, my outdated buddies in Pontedera and Piombino nonetheless name me … Riccardino.

Let’s begin once more from there, from his hometown, after the warfare.

«I’ve all the time and all the time been in love with Pontedera. Ever since I used to go fishing beneath rocks as a baby within the Period. I went again there simply earlier than Covid for the live performance and it virtually felt like a metropolis. There is no such thing as a trip or journey I’ve made in a world the place I’ve not met a fellow citizen who would cease me from telling me that his grandmother knew me or that I used to be going to high school along with his grandfather. Right here, there I started to grasp that possibly they noticed me a bit outdated “.

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. Whereas knitting, she listened to the radio: she took a sack of sweaters from the corporate and made stitches that weren’t made by stitching machines on the time. Once we lived outdoors the church, I used to be an altar boy after which I spent the afternoon on the oratory like a standard youngster. Within the oratory, you start to attend the older, first curses, good and fewer. I lived beneath a glass dome and nobody taught me proper from incorrect. “

You’ve gotten been a really poor household, what can your expertise educate new peoples who say we stay in a decaying society?

“The time distinction is that we did not know wealth, this type of poverty didn’t scare me. I used to be a cheerful youngster. I by no means had a wealth and poverty advanced, what I ate was all the time good as a result of my mom knew methods to cook dinner from what was there. However I do know that if as we speak we faraway from our kids and grandchildren the iPhone, the newest know-how gadget, stunning attire or 20 levels of air-con at house, I’d even have hassle. ”

He labored as a Piaggio worker and tire vendor in Maremma. Professions which might be mentioned as we speak that no person desires to do anymore …

«Within the manufacturing facility from 14 to 18 years, sure. And I attempted to do as a lot additional time as potential to enhance my high quality of life. They did not even ask for them, I even recommended on Saturdays to have the ability to purchase a scooter to go to the Santarnecchi music instructor in Montecarboli, which was 5 kilometers up the hill. After eight hours of labor within the manufacturing facility, I’d go house, eat a snack, and take my bike with my little guitar in my arms with out so and no strings to virtually develop into the bass that he instructed me to check on. However I gave all the cash to my mum who at some point discovered me a fifty which price 10,000 lire and used extra oil than blends, making plenty of smoke, however that made me comfortable. ”

What was the lifetime of a Piaggio employee?

«It was like gents, with a set wage. Later, after we gave up residing in Piombino, my father regretted it: who made us do it? He mentioned. You do not have the cash to pay the payments right here. We arrange a tire store, nevertheless it was so small that we labored with a jack in the midst of the street ».

Household ties are of nice significance to her.

“Very very a lot. After I gave my moped again to my father – who was already 60 years outdated – and noticed him with glittering eyes, it was an necessary second. As a baby, he loved this basket with which he went buying:” Son, you gave me the very best reward in my life “, he instructed me. In Piombino we had hassle within the retailer, my older brother and my mother and father have been held hostage, in order that they requested him in the event that they needed to return to the start, right down to the bottom, with two chickens within the hen home. My mother mentioned it was the very best a present on the earth, so I took them right here, 18 kilometers away, and constructed a rooster coop and a vegetable backyard for them with a properly, utilizing the wasp motor to attract water from the properly. We grew tomatoes, she mentioned ours are the very best tomatoes on the earth. ”

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

“To at the present time, I’m divided between San Lazzaro in Bologna, the place my son lives, and Campiglia Marittima, to which I moved after my marriage ceremony 12 years in the past.”

C.how do you relate to cash Usually occasions, those that had a tough childhood have a distinct imaginative and prescient than the stereotypes of pop stars.

– Cash channels. Level. However compulsive possession is shit. Proudly owning a house has all the time been my household’s dream they usually by no means made it a actuality. My mother and father taught me two issues about cash: to not be in debt and all the time stroll together with your head held excessive “.

How about creativity? Over time, what evokes you, the place do you look, how do you dream?

“I began writing poems to impress the blonde with the braids that made my coronary heart beat in school: they have been infantile, affectionate phrases, however even then I used to be paying shut consideration to choosing the proper adjective. Then I began to be impressed by what I learn: the studying you meet, like music, is rarely unintended, it’s addressed to the center and head, it modifications the trail of your sensitivity, you discover religion, goodness, sweetness. I graduated from accounting on the age of 60 to please my mom and needed to re-learn methods to study. However I’ve all the time lived surrounded by books, first Tex Willer and Mickey Mouse, then more and more advanced readings that impressed me to put in writing the occasional Melancholy or Every day Tales, the latter of which have been made after studying “A stage by Totò”. I’ve all the time been satisfied that it’s the concepts that in the end prevent and information you, and truly even as we speak, once I learn, I all the time maintain a pen in my hand to take notes and feed on what another person wrote “.

His first musical expertise was with Slenders, a band of “hair metallic artists” as he known as them, one thing like “Piombinesi Maneskin”.

“The Maneskins comparability was in fact a sport with the utmost respect for the extraordinary Maneskins, on account of the truth that in 1964 we turned with the socket in hand, put it within the amp and began enjoying with none frills. We weren’t as cool as they have been, however we have been undoubtedly the good group of metalheads in Italy, and possibly on the earth, after the Beatles… as a result of I think about they too will breathe plenty of coal in Liverpool ”.

Then, in fact, Puchatek. With which he went down in historical past.

“Everybody aged 50-60 grew up with Puchatek’s songs and mine. And now that the group has handed, they continue to be in your coronary heart and aid you stay. We have all had at the very least one love story that appears like a pooh’s track. There was a prophetic potential in talking of affection {that a} author should do: to learn you into his soul. Regardless that a few years have handed between us, we nonetheless name ourselves “brothers,” regardless that as brothers there are occasions after we suppose in a different way. I nonetheless keep in mind hundreds of determined folks after we broke up, they’d have given up a chunk of their lives simply to persuade us to remain collectively. “

It was his romance with Patty Pravo that sparked the band.

“Our producer thought my love for Patty may harm us. However that did not occur. After I instructed my brothers that I would not let anybody else determine which ladies I ought to exit with and with whom I should not, the world collapsed. It price me lots to start out over, to lose my property for 7 years. However my freedom was extra necessary, I do not let anybody stick me to the wall and inform me what to do with my life: “Take into consideration your girlfriends, not mine,” I instructed him. Then I made a decision to depart and good evening. On this recording studio, I left success, cash, and safety to search out my story. However I missed the boys lots and possibly, I hope, they missed me too ».

What do you consider the warfare in Ukraine?

“It makes me consider the mid Eighties, when Ricchi e Poveri, Toto Cutugno, Albano and Romina, Pupo, Matia Bazar, all of us went on a tour in Russia: the journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow and Kiev was like touring from Milan in Bologna and Rome. Then the Soviet Union collapsed and also you didn’t even want a visa to enter Ukraine. Ten years in the past I took half within the Russian “Tales and Which Present” in Moscow, they invited me as a result of there was a competitor who imitated me. And he was Ukrainian. So good he was higher than the unique me. They known as me and to shock him I dressed like him and allowed myself to be on stage. We turned buddies that evening. Now I’m wondering the place my buddy Vadim is. I’m wondering if our Russian and Ukrainian buddies are taking pictures one another. And if their kids develop into like Palestinians and Israelis. I do not know what folks like me can do, however I might love to do my half. “

“I’m afraid that within the morning I’ll go to heaven with out with the ability to repair all the things on earth. I want my little lady was prepared for school. I wish to rearrange my backyard and alter the tractor engine. I might like a personality like Brad Pitt to come back to me in Meet Joe Black. I might like to inform me how a lot time I’ve left to stay, at the very least a 12 months earlier than, so I am organizing. I’m not a really spiritual individual, however I imagine in God as a result of my mom believed and I’ve all the time trusted her. Pray no matter you need: to god, science, Bach, Mozart or Vasco Rossi, simply pray to somebody. It hurts to not imagine in something. When I’ve anxiousness, I settle down listening to The Wall Pink Floyd, 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 mentioned it in full, there may be nonetheless one thing to hope for. So I will begin Pink Floyd ».

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