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Franz Di Cioccio

Been born to Pratola Peligna in 1946, after to have passed infancy in the country natìo, with to the mother it catches up the father who worked to Milan. Franz, art son (the father played the Oboe), ecclettico drummer and front-man of the group it is one of most authoritative representatives of the rock Italian. Its name is legacy to the PFM (Rewarded Forneria Marconi) one of the groups of greater I enunciate in the musical panorama of the last ones trent' years for which speaking about the PFM it means to speak also about Franz Di Cioccio. E' be the founder of the "Those", tenacious propeller of the history of the PFM and ispiratore of the tournè with Fabrizio De Andrè. The Rewarded Forneria Marconi, has been the only more popular Italian group rock of years 70 and what it has had happened in Europe and the world.
He (with Franc Mussida, Flavio Prewharves, Mauro Pagani and George Public square, which in 1973 subentrò Patrick Dijvas) this group formed in 1970, than it became part authoritatively in the climate of the musical change, than from the beat of years sixty it carried to the rock progressive. In 1971, the PFM is exhibited like shoulder with succeeding to the Yes, Procol Harum and Deep Purple. It accompanies also Lucio Batistes in first show the television one played from the alive one and appears to the Festival Of vanguard and New Tendencies of Viareggio and introduce the material of their first album "History of a Minute", preceded from single "the Impressions of september". The album collects sweeping happening, salting to 1° the place of the classifiche. The repertorio is varied and of good effect.

Perhaps because, contrarily to many band then and today, the PFM did not sing songs: it played music, and they did good it very. And this is from always one its characteristic: the enthusiasm in trying new sonorous possibilities, new solutions for songs every time interpreted in various way. From them it begins the sweeping ridden of the PFM on the Italian and international scene that will continue with happening for all the decade. After 2° the album "For a friend" the PFM nozzle to the conquest of the English market with the album "Photos of Ghosts" witnesses of Pete Sinfield (King Crimson). The disc exits with eticchetta the Manticore of the Emerson Lake & Palmer, and enters in top the 200 of classifies American of Board Bile. The PFM leaves to the conquest of the international markets. In the 1973 sound to the Festival di Reading (England) with to the Genesis, Rod Stewart ecc..ecc... the musical reviews of the age gives much resonance to these events.

In the 1974-75 they play to the Festival King Knot of Lambro Park. In the same year sound, to the Olympia of Paris and the Festival di Montreux and the mythical Rainbow of London. After a tournè with to the Ten Years After, the PFM leaves for 2° the Tour in America that coincides with the escape of "Live in USA", published in America with the title it of "Pfm cook", material live gained from the concerts of Toronto and New York (Central Park).

The PFM, sound for beyond a month, touching the more important USA city and exhibiting themselves in places like the Madison Square Garden and to the Felt Forum, templi of rock the American. With the escape of "Chocolate Kings" in 1975, the PFM becomes a sestetto, with the insertion of a singer: Bernardo Lanzetti. The album obtains an optimal placing in the English classifiche a lot that carry the PFM to realize their quarter tournè in Great Britain, playing to the Royal Halbert Hall of London. In December 1975 the PFM, leaves for Japan and of it directly continues it for the United States, playing to the flank of Santana, Beach Boys, etc... In 1977 the PFM, returns in America for 4ª the Tournè.

In 1978 the album"Passpartù exits ". In 1979 the PFM makes brace with Fabrizio De Andrè for one fortunate tournè Italian from which the songs of the album "De Andrè and PFM in concert" are obtained. In 80 years ' Franz, works in the journalistic within leading the television rubrica "Punk and to head" for Teleradio Milan 2; it then cures one rubrica for the from Milan file of Republic and the salary "All". On ending of years ' 80 for issuing television "Italy 1" it leads the program

"Yo to speak" and "Leonardo".

PFM Concert of Pratola Peligna - 1998

PFM Concert of Pratola Peligna - 1998

After the album "Miss Baker" 1987, the PFM takes one pause of reflection. In continuous the Franz meantime sporadically to play from the alive one with the "Franz Di Cioccio band", and in 1988 it participates to the festival of Saint Remo, with the "Sons of Bubba", occasional group. In 1992 it records its first disc from solista "Lupus in fabula" and participates to the Cantagiro. With to Patrick Dijvas it opens a study of recording for the realization of sonorous columns and musics for the TV, for issuing the television "Italia1" it composes sonorous columns of dramatizes (the neighbors of house) and other programs to you; for "Channel 5"(music of the TG5) and other.

For the record productions, Franz is artistic director of "Alive Ferments", a label of distributed area rock from Sony Music.

In 1997, to ten years from the last album, the PFM is reconstituted with 4/5 of the formation originates them (Flavio Prewharves, Patrick Dijvas and Franco Mussida) and records the CD "Ulisse". It follows applauded tournè and a double album "PFM PFM". E' author of the Book "Two times in the life", that it is the history of the group. In 1999 he is artistic Director of Neapolis Destination, manifestation of juvenile groups inner to the "Neapolis Rock Festival" (Naples), the PFM will play with the "Jethro Tull" and Osanna. The PFM enters officially in the new millenium with the album "Serendipity" that has been published the 8 september 2000. With particular reference to Franz Di Cioccio, permane alive the memory of the evening in which he it has sung for before the time in the country natìo, in the course of the festivities in honor of the Madonna of the Free one, May 1998.

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