A like Hugs (and kisses). The squeeze is reserved for the mother who on social networks, for the fans, is from the family. The snap in the mouth is instead for the girlfriend Jacqueline Luna. Topical moment: tour on the sidelines at the end of the concert.
B as Basil (San). Born on the edge of the suburbs (but Eros’s was Cinecittà), in the neighborhood that also saw the birth of Mannarino and Fabrizio Moro. From there, conquering stadiums requires will and tenacity.
This article is part of Leggo’s special about Ultimo’s concert on Saturday, July 8 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome
C for soccer. A captain, there is only one captain: and even for Ultimo it is Totti. When Roma won the scudetto, he was too young but Father Sandro brought him a lump of Olimpico wrapped in a yellow and red scarf. The young Niccolò even tried to walk on that grass, but he understood in time that it was not what. Better to sing about it, inside the stadium.
D for discs. 59 platinum, 19 gold and various other metals. He shares them with his piano.
and as Sold Out. In the sense of exhausted. The visual mantra of the sites a few weeks, in some cases even a few days, after the opening of the electronic ticket offices.
f for girlfriend. Jacqueline Luna Di Giacomo, second daughter of Heather Parisi. He dark and melancholic, she blonde and diaphanous. They swear it’s a great love, they got together even before they kissed. She from the former showgirl mother-in-law, questioned, without comment.
G for Journalists. Never a joy. There is no way. A relationship always in high tension, with the risk of short circuit. When he seems to calm down, a new controversy arises, a middle finger is raised, a “don’t count a damn” is heard.
H for Hotel. It was there that he took refuge after the first altercation with the press in Sanremo. Result: two sore knuckles from a punch on the wall and, for the first time in its history, the cover of “Sorrisi e Canzoni” that came out crippled with the photo of the first (Mahmood) and third (Il Volo) arrivals.
I eat cheated. “Sometimes words are tricks.” If a composer says so…
L for Limits. «Can you imagine if we were beyond our limits» (from “Alba”). On the morning of February 8, 8 out of 10 teenagers sang it (February 7, prime time of the 73rd Sanremo Festival).
M for man. They say: he is the only male singer of the new generation with a deep, masculine timbre. Pretty much a rarity in a world of falsettos.
no nude. «Those few times that I leave the house I have the feeling of being naked, the glasses or the hood of the sweatshirt are just an attempt to hide my privacy, those who know my songs have already seen everything about me».
Or as Shady character. That’s right, if you want. “Sometimes I’m sorry because it seems like I’m angry.”
P for piano. The trusted companion, the alter ego, appears in every photo, close-up or in the background, accompanies you in every video and, obviously, follows you or, better yet, precedes you on stage. He studied it at the Conservatory. Like predestined, when he talks about his job he says: “I had a piano and my words, that’s all.”
Q as quote. High travels there often, on her flights to America, for work or for love. But the quota of tickets sold for the current tour is also high, 300,000, of which 190,000 for the three Roman dates alone.
R like Ramazzotti. He did a duet with Eros in the last Sanremo and in “Adesso tu” lo “magnato”. He alone sang it, damn it. And she also saved her fellow veteran from a memory lapse.
S for estimate. He enjoys that of numerous historically more titled artists. The aforementioned Ramazzotti, Venditti (to whom he will never cease to be grateful for having agreed to listen to one of his albums when he was still Niccolò Moriconi), Tiziano Ferro (“you broke up little brother”, he tweeted after the performance at the last festival), De Gregori . Common judgment: the boy will do, in fact he has already done it.
T for talent. He has tried them all. Three times they said “no thanks” to X Factor, twice they did not receive him as a friend among the Friends of Maria De Filippi, a couple of times he also screwed Sanremo Giovani. But he… “de coccio”, as they say in his parts.
U for ultimate. Someone who chooses to be called that either really stays there or rises to the top. And in fact: «I chose to call myself Ultimo and try to win with this name to nullify the odds. I don’t know if I can already say that I won, but I can say that I am playing the game that I wanted to play. Well, mission accomplished, right?
V for Basque. His superhero. “Sally”, the song he wished he had written. There’s a video from ten years ago where she plays her hitting keys and turning up the volume. A little embarrassed, she confesses that she shamelessly imitates the Komandante, obviously only getting closer to the myth.
zero as zero. Like Renato, Mama Anna’s favorite singer. Who always made him listen to it, as a child. So much so that, by chance, when she had the opportunity to meet him, Ultimo sent her the tape of the song with which she had played Sanremo Giovani. Renato politely declined the request, only advising him not to give up. Last did not send any more signaling sentences. As for not giving up… it’s already written history.
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