“I did not know that both of them participated: I was positively surprised to know of the presence of both Gianni and Ranieri in Sanremo. I like their courage and the respect they show for the Festival. Of course, if I knew there were both Gianni Morandi and Massimo Ranieri, I also introduced myself … “. It is the regret, mixed with the “joy of seeing them soon on that stage and of applauding them” that Al Bano expresses at AdnKronos. Would you have liked somehow to complete the ‘trio’ of the ‘tenors of Italian pop music’? “I’m not hiding: my answer is absolutely yes, a nice round yes. Also to remember the periods spent together with the time of ‘Canzonissima’, I still remember a cover on ‘Domenica del Corriere’ between the sixties and seventies with a photo where Gianni Morandi and Massimo Ranieri, Claudio Villa and Domenico Modugno and … Al Bano are portrayed “. And in fact it is precisely from the time of ‘Canzonissima’ that Morandi and Ranieri have not competed with each other … “And I can’t wait to listen to them, to hear their voices and their songs”. Al Bano, on the other hand, for this edition of the Festival did not submit a nomination. “This year I excluded from the start being present in Sanremo, I did too much TV, I exposed myself too much in the media. But if I had known about the presence of Morandi and Ranieri, I would not have been sorry to be there too at the Festival”, he confesses . Instead, “the dream of doing a tour all three together, our voices and our songs remains: our trio, the son of a healthy proletariat that has been able to cross many eras and many fashions and reach the top starting from the bottom … it would be a real boom! “. (by Enzo Bonaiuto)
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