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Meeting Michael Jackson


Il 25 giugno 2009 si spegneva a Los Angeles Michael Jackson, noi lo ricordiamo insieme a Chuck Rolando, voce storica di Speak Up, che Michael l'ha proprio conosciuto: a un evento in cui c'erano anche Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida…
By Mark Worden - LANGUAGE LEVEL C1 (ADVANCED)

Chuck Rolando (Standard American accent)

Some of the people I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and there are... there are some funny anecdotes. I actually sang and jammed with Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper. I’ve met Michael Jackson ‘cause I organized part... I was part of the organization of his world tour that started in Rome one year.

I had a brief meeting with Michael. I was more the people that surrounded him. I organized 600 journalists from around the world to come see him, and I met Michael very briefly with Quincy Jones, and he was polite and... and nice. Actually, it was... it was an interesting evening because we were in the Rome Embassy and both Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren were present at this cocktail party for Michael, and there was this antagonism between the two of them that, I believe, has always existed! But it was a fun cocktail party. How often do you get to go and sip Prosecco with Sofia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, where Michael’s over in the corner? So it was interesting, to say the least!

(Chuck Rolando was talking to Mark Worden)


SPEAK UP EXPLAINS

I sang and jammed with Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper. Ho cantato e ho suonato con Billy Joel e Cyndi Lauper. Si usa il verbo slang to jam to per dire suonare musica (pop oppure rock) improvvisando. Vi ricordate la canzone di Bob Marley Jammin’? Si dice anche jam session per indicare il fatto di suonare (e improvvisare) assieme.