Like Cher or Bono, the use of a single name is often the sign of greatness. There's no exception for Luciano Ligabue
, known across the globe by his surname only. In Italy's singer-songwriter Ligabue, many things meet: alternative rock, film, and politics. This is a man who has been doing what he loves, and more, since the mid-80s. It's hard to resist using the term "renaissance man," in fact -- it is pretty apt. Ligabue is an old school artist, supporting what he believes in and writing truths for fans around the world. Authenticity is the name of the game, and that has garnered him fans...lots of them. We're talking Taylor Swift numbers. In the United States, he may only be a cherished singer-songwriter from across the sea -- but in his native Italy, he's a bonafide rock star on the same plane as those aforementioned one name users. His deep voice is reminiscent of Enrique Bunbury, another European star of a certain age, but for most US residents, there is no closer comparison than Bruce Springsteen. Soothing, deep, passionate -- like a younger, exotic Neil Diamond drenched in 90s alternative rock. Expect both acoustic and electric performances from Ligabue and his backing band. It might be odd to picture the flannel wearing, acoustic guitar playing, harmonica blowing, long haired man singing from grand stages -- but in Europe, that's Ligabue's main stomping ground: huge theaters with lush red curtains and box seats. Luckily for enthusiasts of Ligabue living the US, he's hitting our land for the first time. EVER. And you don't need to go to a stuffy opera house to take in the living, breathing force of nature that is Ligabue.