You’ll probably agree with me that Andrea Bocelli is one of the world’s most successful musicians. In case you don’t, let’s quickly rundown his accomplishments.
Andrea Bocelli concerts sellout all over the world.
The singer has sold more than 80 million albums during his illustrious career.
His 1999 release, Sacred Arias, is the bestselling classical crossover album of all-time.
His duet with Sarah Brightman, “Time to Say Goodbye,” is one of the bestselling singles of all-time.
He has performed for Pope Benedict XVI, Italian president Silvio Berlusconi, the British Royal Family, and U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
He has performed with dozens of big name artists including Céline Dion, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, Katharine McPhee, Valery Gergiev, Renée Fleming, Gianna Nannini, and Sesame Street’s Elmo.
While it’s easy to sing the praises of the Italian singer, it’s unlikely that many will place him in the same category of popular music icons like Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Harry Styles.
After all, Bocelli sings music of the classical and operatic persuasion. Those kinds of tunes are supposedly stuffy and banal. Sure, he’s extremely successful, but he doesn’t have “rock star” status, or even pop star credentials.
If that’s your opinion, you might want to reevaluate. That’s because a recent Daily Mail article shows Bocelli living the rock star lifestyle.
The article I’m referring to is: “Andrea Bocelli, 58, enjoys romantic beach day with bikini-clad wife Veronica Berti, 33, during Italian vacation on the Mediterranean.”
The story contains about a dozen images of Bocelli, and his smoking hot wife, having fun on Italian sands. Thankfully, Berti was the only one scantily clad—Bocelli had a shirt on.
If frolicking on the beach with someone half your age, and who’s nearly naked, is not part of the “rock star” lifestyle then I don’t know what is.
“Getting chicks” has always been the main motivation for young boys to pick up guitars and teach themselves to windmill power chords. After seeing that article, maybe some will learn to sing Puccini.
Sure, being accepted into the realm of Rock Valhalla was also on the minds of these burgeoning musicians, but their immediate goal was making themselves attractive. Teens hold shiny new guitars and glide their hands over its curves because they hope that if they master the instrument they’ll be able to glide their hands over another kind of curves.
Looking at Bocelli and his betrothed, the genre of music doesn’t matter—although it probably does matter if you’re playing polka or sing in a barbershop quartet. Andrea Bocelli proves that if you can make beautiful music, you can land a beautiful cohort.
Up until now, my tongue has been firmly planted in my cheek. While no one is going to object to the attention of an attractive suitor, Bocelli, and countless other musicians, are serious artists committed to their craft.
Bringing attention to the article was meant to highlight the age-old notion that musicians land chicks. Thanks to some very smart Canadians, there might be something to this notion.
There is new scientific evidence that shows a connection between music and sex—beside the one fostered by seven decades of rock and roll.
A recent study conducted by neuroscientists at McGill University in Canada found that music and sex stimulate the same chemical system in the brain.
To discover all this, researchers blocked, in seventeen test subjects, the natural opioid substances the brain produces when “having a good time.” Then, they had their guinea pigs listen to music.
The test subjects knew they should like the music, some even said it was beautiful, but none were moved by it. In other words, the music didn’t stir their emotions.
McGill University’s test was a bit of history. It was the first time the brain’s opioids had been shown to be directly involved in the enjoyment of listening to music.
Since these opioids are also produced by food and drugs, researchers hope to use their findings to help treat addiction.
The implication of all this, besides showing that young boys forming rock bands are amateur neuroscientists, is how big of a role evolution has played in our enjoyment of music. The ability for music to affect our emotional state didn’t happen overnight. It took a long time.
So, “chicks,” and more specifically Andrea Bocelli’s wife, are drawn to singers, guitarists, and the like because music makes them feel good and they associate those positive feelings with the individual musician.
If you want to woo a potential paramour, or force your brain to release opioids, all you have to do is become a world-famous musician or attend an upcoming Andrea Bocelli concert.
The Italian tenor has several dates on the books for the waning months of 2017 in Europe and North America.
In October, Bocelli has two shows planned in Verona and one in Amsterdam. The following month, look for Bocelli in Kaunas at the Zalgiris Arena on Nov. 4; in Riga at the Riga Arena on Nov. 7; and in Krakow at the Tauron Arena on Nov. 11
In the second half of the month, Bratislava hosts Bocelli on Nov. 19 and Budapest rolls out the welcome mat at the Papp Laszlo Sport Arena on Nov. 25.
Bocelli has eight dates planned for December in the United States. On Dec. 1, Bocelli will perform at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. On Dec. 3, the crooner is set to perform at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.
Staying in the Midwest, and getting away from awfully-named arenas, Bocelli has a concert plotted for Chicago and the United Center on Dec. 6. Two days later, he’ll wow fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. greets Bocelli on Dec. 17.
New York City is the site for Bocelli’s final two performances of 2017. Both are organized for Madison Garden and they’ll happen on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.
The classical crossover artist already has ten dates planned for 2018 including shows in Zagreb, Munich, and Prague.