Mario Zanni, the bartender of ‘Certe Notti’ and ‘Bar Mario’ of Luciano Ligabue is dead

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He died at 80 Mario Zanni, the manager of ‘Mario Bar’ of San Martino in Rio, in the province of Reggio Emilia, made eternal by the songs of Ligabue. He is, in fact, the manager of the ‘Mario Bar’, a song from 1988 and the same as ‘Some nights’ 1995. Thanks to the success of the songs Ligabue the ‘Bar Mario’ had become a meeting place for many fan of the songwriter. Even today, despite the fact that the restaurant had changed management, many visitors and onlookers make a stop in the restaurant in via Forche.

Il Resto del Carlino he says that Ligabue had started to know the bar with his band, the Orazero, which had turned it into a fixed stop after the tests in a former stable nearby, in Lemizzone. What happened on those evenings, when he was late with fried dumpling and drinks, are the stories that have become immortal from the song ‘Mario Bar’: “Mario with a rag at the bar counter … Mario spits and pulls out the accounts of the bar … Mario sends everyone to bed and then closes the bar”.

Mario’s figure had also appeared in the first Ligabue film, Radiofreccia (1998). The director-songwriter had wanted to represent him as the bartender who philosophized from the counter, with the face and voice of Francesco Guccini.

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