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Mick Hucknall

Italian News / Music - December 15

Excitement is mounting for this Sunday's concert in Acireale by the British pop group Simply Red, whose flame-haired singer Mick Hucknall has a vineyard on the nearby slopes of Mt. Etna. The Sicilian date is the group's only concert in southern Italy during Simply Red's current Italian tour. The band opened it tour in Padua on December 14, moves on to Rome on the 15 and after the Acireale concert will close in their tour Milan on December 21.

Simply Red last played Sicily in July 2003 when they performed in the ancient theatre in Taormina, a spectacular event recorded and sold on DVD. This time around Hucknall will be bringing with him a ten-man band as well as a 12-member string sections to perform material from his latest album 'Simplified', including the new single 'Perfect Love'. They will of course also play as such Simply Red classics as 'Holding Back the Years' and 'Something Got Me Started'.

Hucknall, who lived in Italy during the 1990s and still has a house in Milan, bought a vineyard several years ago on the slopes Mt. Etna, near the town of San Alfio, and became seriously involved in winemaking , with the help of Veronese wine producer and connoisseur Carlo Nerozzi.