On Saturday, February 27, LACUNA COIL was among around 130 Italian artists and venues who participated in an initiative dubbed “L’Ultimo Concerto?” (Last Concert) to highlight the increasingly uncertain future of music venues.
But instead of delivering live performances, each artist was filmed taking the stage at a different venue and then standing there in silence as a way of commemorating the one-year mark since the first Italian venues closed.
LACUNA COIL explained in a social media post: “You were expecting to see a live show while we just stood in silence,” the group said. “It’s not a bad joke. This is the situation of live clubs in Italy. Places where we got to meet many of you.
“It is with this bitter taste in our mouths that we’re asking for your support. For them a live show with no music is not a live show. A silent live club is not a live club.
“Thanks for being part of this, for your support, and for being there in this very moment which hopefully will be a turning point.
Band later added: “For those watching from all over the world, we’re sorry you guys didn’t get to see the show you were expecting. We just stood in silence, showing our support to the live club scene.
“Unfortunately, live clubs in Italy and the rest of the world have been closed for a year now, and there’s no sign of re-opening anytime soon. We believe they should get the right attention and recognition, because that is what they deserve: to be considered as cultural spaces. Hopefully, this initiative will bring their uncertain situation to everybody’s attention.”
“From now on, we just want to talk about the next live show.”