Scialpi turns 60: “I live thanks to a pacemaker, at the end of the year I get married to my boyfriend”


Scialpi turns 60: “I live thanks to a pacemaker, at the end of the year I get married to my boyfriend”
Written by aquitodovale

from Laura Zangarini

The iconic singer of the Eighties celebrates his first 60 years at the sea with friends. Then he goes back to pedaling: on his bike and on stage, with a tour starting in the fall

I turn 60, but I don’t calculate zero at all. Ask him for a tricycle as a birthday present. Witty and ironic, Scialpi, an iconic singer of the Eighties between Rocking Rolling and Pregherei, with whom he won Festivalbar 1988, born in Parma on May 14, 1962. Today endless phone calls and messages, I answer everyone – he assures -, as I taught Franco Migliacci (lyricist, record producer and talent scout, the meeting with which he marked the professional destiny of the artist): “Morandi does this” he told me, and Gianni still maintains a very close relationship with fans, especially on social.

How will I celebrate this day?

I am in a seaside resort with a couple of friends, I will spend the day alone with them. Tomorrow instead other friends will join us, we will have an aperitif on the beach. After leaving for Rome, I take home my two beloved bicycles, which have remained here in Parma since my mother passed away four years ago as a result of Alzheimer’s (the mother of the singer, Giuseppina Orsatti, who died in June 2018, ed), are the only two things left of my life with her, besides the ruby ​​around my neck.

Are you planning to start pedaling again?

Yes, I have already done some good laps here by the sea. I take advantage of it before leaving for Los Angeles, I go to see my boyfriend who I haven’t seen for a year. I have to restart a mechanism that stopped first with the death of my mother, then with the pandemic. I want to get back on stage, I want to work, not for the money but to have fun ..

In March, the episode of Sara Bertone’s program, Oggi another day, went very well with her as a guest …

I raised the share by two points. I am an artisan of music, outside the great “system” of music which in our country lives from messes. Elsewhere merit counts, skill; in Italy, marketing dictates the law. “As long as the boat goes”, as the great Orietta sang (Berti, ed), which is experiencing a “rebirth” after years of darkness. I’m really happy for her, do you see how her wheel turns? I am a bit like Orietta, I “disdain” when I am pushed aside. But who knows, I hope the wheel turns for me too.

She said she’s going to Los Angeles to find a boyfriend she hasn’t seen in a year …

In reality we talk every day, on video call. We are sixty years old, we have abandoned our youthful fury, a relationship at our age has different needs, it thrives on other things. This year Leo cannot come to Italy, so I will go, stay two weeks and then come back, I have a series of “guests” and concerts. I sing my successes in the squares of the municipalities that call me. At the end of September, on the other hand, to make the “zero date” at the Auditorium in Rome of what will be a tour of the theaters, where I have not been for ten years.

You had already been married …

Yes, with Roberto Blasi, we were married for six years, an overwhelming love for me. Today we are on excellent terms. At the end of the year, as soon as we get a divorce, we plan to get married with Leo (who is actually Uwel Bankston, Leo because of the sign of Leo). He would like me to go to live in Los Angeles, I think maybe we should look for a place where life is cheaper. Like Malaga, in Spain … He has an ex-wife to whom he owes alimony for life. They divorced seven years ago, she’s changed her life ever since – she changed everything. The daughter made him a grandfather, but young, like me. He has to keep up with me ….

She really still looks like a boy …

Recently a person told me: “You know Giovanni, your eyes have the same expression as when you were a boy”, Bertone also confirmed it to me, whom I love very much. like me, true, instinctive ….

A few years ago he had heart surgery, he had to have a peacemaker implanted …

happened after “Beijing Express”, I came back rather battered, after all if you have health problems while you are in the rainforest where do you go? I do not drink and I do not take drugs, I would say that I am an athletic type. But 80 percent of my heart no longer beats, more precisely 35 percent of a ventricle, 40 percent of an atrium. I am alive thanks to the peacemaker … The last exams I did last week went well, the cardiologist who follows me was thrilled, my heart made a heartbeat by itself, what happiness !.

Does he have a limited life?

Of course, I have limits, I can no longer go at the same speed as before. For on La8 I participated in “Name That Tune – Guess the song”, I was the mysterious singer, after the performance Enrico Papi, the conductor, exclaimed: great energy! Heart disease “shortens” your breath, so more training is needed. On stage I have not yet experimented: one thing to do a one-off song, another thing to face an hour and a half of concert. But I think with good training I can handle it.

Last March he confessed to having problems of poverty. Outdated?

No, but I’m not the only one living in conditions of poverty. The stop to all activities imposed by the lockdown has made matters worse. It should not be the multinationals that receive aid and “refreshments” from the state, but the smaller, independent labels. I count on concerts to be able to return to having a “normal” life and to be able to afford to go to the dentist. Like all. And if that really fails, well maybe I will open a little place in Malaga.

May 14, 2022 (change May 14, 2022 | 13:26)

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