Heineken Jamming Fest 2010 - Luca meets Steve Tyler


Heineken Jamming Fest 2010

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This time nothing will get in the way of the Aerosmith flight on route to the attractive territory of the city of Venice.

The Bad Boys of Boston came back once again with heart and determination to demonstrate their excellent shape after 11 years of absence from Italy. Thousands took part in the amazing show but this time there were some very exceptional spectators in the front row. Stevens cousins along with the Mayor and head of tourism of Contronei, the birth place of Giovanni Tallarico (Steven Tyler’s grandfather) who had arrived directly from Calabria to fulfill a dream…

And on this occasion many previous meetings overlapped….After two years of preparations, the Major of Cotronei Mario Scavelli, councillor of tourism Giuseppe Pipicelli (curator of the project), some of Steven’s cousins including Tony Grassi (Legal consultant for the project) , in collaboration with Luca Celletti (Singer and founder of the band Eurosmith, the first Italian tribute to Aerosmith) were all there to meet Steven Tyler to personally grant him the honorary citizenship of Contronei. On the afternoon before the concert, Tony Grassi managed to get in contact with Steven back stage. It was a chance for the Tallarico family to introduce themselves and show him the family photographs with Steven as a child together with his mother and his aunts and , along with letters that had crossed oceans from America, keeping the family who had emigrated at the end of 800 in contact for years with those who had remained in Calabria. Giovanni Tallarico, Steven’s grandfather, was the first to emigrate to the USA and was followed immediately after by three of his brothers, all of which were musicians. From there the Tallarico band was formed.

Personally speaking, I was able to meet Steven Tyler on different occasions but this time I was able to get to know him on a deeper level. Our meeting took place after the concert in the hall of the hotel where Aerosmith were staying. It was wonderful to see Steven and his beautiful partner Erin Brady return from their intimate Gondola ride straight after the show. It was truly romantic that he had improvised as a gondolier for a while for his woman.

Having met him after many years and having spent some time with him, I was able to rediscover a person with a profound spirit and an exceptional depth of feeling. It was like meeting an old friend thanks to his availability and his interest in my private life and the journey of Eurosmith. A sign of appreciation on his part which I very much appreciated. His simplicity, irony and humanity really touched me.

After speaking about some important subjects and sharing some funny anecdotes, we also spoke about the recent meeting with his family and his imminent awarding of honorary citizenship.

The appointment to meet with his cousins, the mayor and the councillor of tourism was to happen the following day.

The emotions squeezed Steven’s heart who more than once was unable to hold back the tears of happiness and surprise which I was able to personally witness. It does great things to the soul to see that even a world famous Rock Star of Steven Tyler’s caliber can be moved in such a way and that he too has such a strong sense of family values and ties to his origin. It was a real pleasure and a great honour to participate in such an important moment in his life. It would be lovely to meet him again on the occasion of his visit to Cotronei…who knows!! A dream come true again.

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