Pino Scotto


1980-1996 Vanadium - vocals  
1992- Pino Scotto - vocals  
2002-2008 Fire Trails - vocals  

Personal information

Born on: 11.10.1949
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Real name Giuseppe Scotto Di Carlo

Pino Scotto, singer, undoubtedly represents the most important figure on the national rock scene. This lombardy-born artist holds this glorious title recognized by every rock lover.The charismatic and powerful singer, who has been greatly influenced by blues and has a deep gravely voice, is the most significant rappresentation of Rock Italy has ever seen. His carreer officially starts at the end of the 70s when he records his first single with Pulsar. After a short while he becomes Vanadium's frontman, the most important rock band on the italian rock scene. It's with this band that he releases 8 great albums (7 of which he releases annually, quite an achievement for an italian rock band) touring all over the country and throughout Europe. With the debut "Metal Rock" (1982), an instinctive concept influenced by the sound that made Deep Purple appreciated all over the world, Vanadium sell 8000 copies. The following work " A race with the devil" receives great reviews and sells succesfully but it's with the album "Game over" (1984) that the band sells 45000 copies, surprising the entire italian record industry. With the following album " Live on the streets of danger" (1986) Vanadium shoot two videos regularly scheduled on Videomusic. "Easy way to love" from the album "A race with the devil", recorded in London, becomes the soundtrack of the music show Discoring and "You can't stop the music" unpublished track included in the live album, is the first video clip ever shot by an italian rock band. After the bankrupt of their label Durium the band sees the sudden stop of their new studio release "Corruption of innocence" (1987), produced by Jim Faraci (Ratt, Poison, Guns N' Roses) but they find a way out. With a lot of courage and determination they sign up with Green Line/Ricordi releasing "Seventheaven" a single greatly produced by Guy Bidmead (Motorhead, Tina Turner, Wratchild) with a more "american" sound. In this single Pino Scotto's voice sounds softer and smoother, proving his versatility, giving emphasis to the A.O.R (Adult oriented rock) tunes, specially in tracks as the popular "Take my blues away" and "To be a number one". The distribution and promotion of this record are badly managed by the new label that doesn't support the band properly. After this disappointing experience the band decicedes to take a break. From 1990 through 1992 Pino Scotto releases his first solo album, this time in italian, "Il grido disperato di mille Bands". with the collaboration of Andrea Braido, axe-man of Vaso Rossi, Luigi Schiavone Enrico Ruggeri's guitarist, and the harmonica player Fabio Treves). At this point Pino Scotto starts his tour with his Jam Roll Project where he performs on stage with Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera and Testament. Soon afterwards he receives a Grammy at the Spazio D'autore event for his album and for his true personality. In 1993 he's back at work with artists as Luigi Schiavone, Antonio Aiazzi (Litfiba), Fabrizio Palermo (Clandestino ex-band of Ligabue) and his everlasting friend Lio Mascheroni, to give life to the project "Progetto Sinergia" and to release the album wih the same name in 1994. In 1995 Vanadium re-unite and release a great album in italian "Nel cuore del caos" followed by a long tour that ends at the end of February 1996. Soon afterwards Vanadim publish a compilation "Segnali di fuoco" containing tracks from Pino Scotto's last three albums: "Il grido disperato di mille bands", "Progetto Sinergia", "Nel cuore del caos" . The compilation also includes some unpublished tracks (produced by RIMA record) in which not only Vanadium but artists as Ronnie Jackson and the above mentioned Andrea Braido and Fabio Treves give their contribution.The compilation (sold at special price as requested by Pino Scotto) also contains a track by Giuseppe Galliano and the first 1000 copies also contain a comic-strip by Giacomo Balosu, from the monography "Standing rock (Lo Scotto Da Pagare)". The Last album released by the charismatic singer is "Guado", eleven great tracks for a deeply felt work in which we find artists as Norman Zoia, members of bands as Extrema and Timoria , international artists as Aida Cooper and Claudio Pascoli. Once again we find in Scotto's lyrics a great ability and sensitivity in writing about social topics, characteristic of his music. For years the historical importance of this artist (member of the register of journalists as publicist ) are officially recognized by specialized magazines: Tutto Musica e Spettacolo and Hard!. In each number of Hard magazine we find an article "Way to rock" where the Milan-born artist speaks his mind about the music business and different actuality matters. His artistic choerence and choices, against everything and everyone, his power and strength make Pino Scotto a legend, an artist without whom italian rock wouldn't have a meaning. To confirm this in 2003 comes the news of a great return. With this new band Scotto is ready to make all italian stages "quake" with his new band: Fire Trails.
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