19-5-2009 There was a full house at the Teatro Goldoni on Sunday night for the first public showing of Paolo Virzì's documentary film - L'Uomo che aveva Picchiato la Testa - about popular local singer-songwriter
Bobo Rondelli. But the audience was really there to see Bobo himself, this much-loved Livornese character who performed for another hour after the film , promoting his latest album Per Amor del Cielo ('for the love of God').
Bobo Rondelli has been writing songs and performing live for nearly two decades. His songs are irreverent, soul-searching, all-out Livornese stories that maybe only locals can really understand. In the early 90s his performances with his band the Ottavo Padiglione were exhilarating, fast and loud, full of caustic humour and dialect. A couple of decades on, Bobo's tone is darker, nostalgic even, often reminiscent of Tom Waites, but his humour is as brilliant as ever, leading from one song into the next. His stories touch the hearts of all his followers. Everyone seemed to understand his sentiments.
There was a surprise appearance by Bobo's ten-year-old daughter who accompanied her dad on an up-beat number. His excellent backing musicians - Espinoza on sax, Steve on violin - added to the great atmosphere.
And Bobo's perfectly intoned voice, like good wine, just gets better and better.