Paisley Daily Express
April 4, 2012
THE proud parents of singing star Paolo Nutini are set to enjoy front-row seats as their chart-topping son lines up his very own Italian job.
The Paisley crooner is heading to the land of his forefathers after confirming a tour of Italy this summer.
Paolo will perform in front of thousands of fans at a packed-out festival in Pistoia in July and will then follow that up with a whistle-stop tour of the country.
And it will be an emotional experience for his dad Alfredo and mum Linda when they jet out to Italy to see their boy perform.
A family friend told the Paisley Daily Express: “Alfredo and Linda will be heading to Italy for their annual summer holiday and they are planning to see one of Paolo’s shows.
“It’s always special for them when they see Paolo perform – and even more so when it is in Italy.
“They are already looking forward to the tour as Paolo seems to have a really large following over there. The Italians have really taken to him.”
Former St Andrew’s Academy kid Paolo has previously told of his close links to his late grandfather Jackie, who told him all about life in Italy.
And it will be a ‘homecoming’ of sorts for the singer-songwriter as he takes centre stage at shows in Milan, Rome, Verucchio, Pescara, Villafranca and Tarvisio.
Meanwhile, the news of Paolo’s summer tour is proving to be a big hit with his Italian fans.
Désirée Baucia took to Twitter to say: “Paolo Nutini will be in concert in Milan in July. I am already there! Can’t wait.”
And Diamante Guion said: “Paolo Nutini has confirmed a date in Rome. There is a God!”
Many of Paolo’s British fans are also expected to travel to Italy for the gigs.
The tour will start on July 12, when 25-year-old Paolo appears at theFestival Villa Arconati in Milan.
The following night, he will be in action at the Pistoia Blues Festival.
Then, on July 16, he will entertain fans at the Cavea Auditorium in Rome before following that up with a gig at the Music International Festival in Verucchio the next day.
Shows have also been confirmed for the Teatro d’Annunzio in Pescara on July 19, Castello in Villafranca on July 20 and the No Borders Music Festival in Tarvisio on July 2.
Back in 2006, Paolo played an emotional gig in Barga, where the Nutini clan hail from.
He sang to a 300-strong audience in the Tuscan town’s Opera House, with dozens more fans gathered outside the packed venue.
Paolo paid tribute to his beloved grandfather Jackie, who had introduced him to music.
Tickets for the majority of Paolo’s Italian gigs can be booked online at www.ticketone.it
For the Rome concert, visit www.listicket.it, while briefs for the Pistoia Blues Festival are available from www.pistoiablues.com