Ornella Vanoni, then Marco Mengoni for the first time in Piazza S. Giovanni The chronicle

from Laura Martellini

Ambra Angiolini and Bugo present the concert in Piazza San Giovanni. From 3 pm Carmen Consoli, the Lista Representative, Marco Mengoni and many others perform. Big Mama and body shaming: «They called me fat. But today I feel beautiful ”

The Ukrainians Go-A with that hymn to peace which is John Lennon’s «Imagine» sung with refugee guests from different countries opened the May Day concert. A cheering, colorful, screaming crowd of very young people, with different accents. From North to South Italy. An image that has not been seen for three years, and was missing, in Piazza San Giovanni. At 2 pm thousands were already crowded on the lawn in front of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano for the big concert presented by Ambra Angiolini. They became tens of thousands in mid-afternoon, so much so that the Police Headquarters stopped the flow. All access gates closed.

Since the morning many had already earned the first places under the stage. Blankets on the lawn and beers in hand. Despite the prohibitions. However, the police checks are accurate, even if the party atmosphere dominates. Few flags, zero slogans, at least in the audience.

As if it were finally music that had to speak: expected among the big names Marco Mengoni, Tommaso Paradiso, Max Pezzali, Ornella Vanoni, Luca Barbarossa and Extraliscio, And the idols of the very young Gemitaiz, Rkomi, Sinkro, The representative of the list, Ranzore, Psychologists . Everyone brings their own thoughts to the stage – this is directed by 2022 – with the (fifth) conducting of Ambra Angiolini, who appeared to incite the crowd in jeans and a white T-shirt with black sleeves. Then she wore the blue and yellow striped t-shirt already exhibited at the last live in attendance. And she was moved by the human tide. Tears she hid with her back to the audience for a moment. At work for peace ”the subtitle of the event, full of hot topics that will also be entrusted to the“ thinkers ”expected on the scene, from Claudio Santamaria with Francesca Barra, to Stefano Massini, Marco Paolini, Riccardo Iacona.

already a controversy has arisen, even before the beginning: «Happy 1st May and good Concertone to all. I wanted to be there but I think my invitation got lost “: like this

Fedez ironized on Instagram referring to his participation in the 2021 edition of the concert accompanied by a flood of controversy for the rapper’s attack on politicians who had spoken out against the Zan bill and for the accusations of an attempt to censor the organizers.

Among the first messages launched from the stage, also the fight against body shaming: «Chubby, you suck, they said to me as a child – recalled the singer Big Mama -. Go hide! How sad .. But now I’m a great f …. ». An applause like a roar welcomed the technicians who went on stage. Stories: like that of Mille, real name Elisa Pucci, from Velletri, near Rome, winner of the 1m Next, the May Day youth contest: «My model is Raffaella Carrà – explained the very young girl in a retro pink suit, and a green shirt with a bow -. And I love Gino Paoli. Artists capable of writing lightly by telling weighty topics. Divas of today, yesterday and tomorrow. I am a woman of other times, not only in the outfit ». She, founder of Museek, she went from writing in English to Italian, obtaining the victory at the concert with “Sì, signorina”.

He made his debut with a monologue by Fasma, a Roman rapper who successfully investigates youth malaise: «We young people pretend not to suffer – so deciphered the new single from the title Lost children – but pain is the fuel of the human being. We need to find the strength to break a taboo: ask for help if necessary. My inspiration is Peter Pan ». Mr. Rain touched on a similar topic, depression: “The bad thing about when we are fighting with ourselves, slaves to our fears, is that we are convinced that we can do it alone. But this is like being in quicksand, the more you try to escape, the more you sink, lunge and lunge. Mental health is just as important as physical health. I speak from personal experience: do not be afraid to ask for help, it is an act of strength ».

The theme of the conflict in Ukraine broke out with the conductor and author, on this occasion musician, Valerio Lundini, in an overbearing way: «The war is bad», and he staged the gag of a telephone call with Vladimir Putin ended in a paradoxical way, the tsar announcing the end of the battles and the comedian who takes note: «Thank you president».

The evening live broadcast and the big names

The second part of the Concertone, in full swing, opened with the count of women killed by male fury – passing through the drama of Manuel Bortuzzo and Marco Vannini killed at the age of twenty –

then The representative of the list: «Which of you is an alien? Squares like this can change things ». With them a “Hello, bye-bye to all fears, and go for this war!”, Shouted by Dario Mangiaracina from the walkway projected onto the crowd. There
lap of the big names: followed by Max Pezzali who sang a cappella in the commercial breakia

television, out of the cameras, giving a moment of collective joy. The tide of Piazza San Giovanni is the protagonist. Then the reporter’s testimony Riccardo Iacona, accompanied on stage by the notes of Russians by Sting, from 1985: «The musician used to say ‘Wars can never be won’». Warm square. Coez in a fluo green suit and hair she talked about love with notes and work in words: “I think of all those who worked on the construction of the stage, thanks to those who spend their time to make the event possible ». He knows it well, who made his debut as a stage technician at a very young age. Music was then just a dream. From Aries, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, a message of love, free, young. A further nuance, little investigated by a live dominated by two common threads: “I started talking about peace – she commented backstage – then move on to my favorite themes, adolescence, sexuality. I would like people to love as they want, and who they want. ”

Ornella Vanoni, very elegant in white and Saharan Africa, recalled the deaths at work, that eighteen-year-old boy who died falling from a scaffolding: «With death in my heart», this is how he commented on his performance of a piece by Chico Barque, «Construction». One song. So she had asked to be included in the lineup.

Rai Radio2 in collaboration with Siae, Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, tells live on radio (and visually on the Radio2 channel, on RaiPlay and on the siae.it site) everything that happens from a studio set up in the backstage. Starting at 7 pm, Valerio Lundini & the Vazzanikki, also guests of the stage, bring their combination of surreal sketches and good music behind the scenes: a show that anticipates the summer tour throughout Italy. And it was Siae to bring Go_A, who represented Ukraine last year at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. «Music brings peace. Music is peace ”they underlined in favor of a camera in a total black look. Charismatic and hypnotic. “We need to convince Russia to leave our land free – they explained at the end of the exhibition -. We want to be able to live where we were born. Impossible? There are several ways to push Putin to make his decision. Music is one of them ».

May 1, 2022 (change May 1, 2022 | 21:34)

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