02/23/10

Al Di Meola Puts on a Smokin’ Show

One hour into the set, firefighters crashed the stage of performance in Largo, Fla.

Known for his energetic and passionate performances on stage, guitarist Al Di Meola’s recent concert was interrupted by a legitimately fiery distraction. While performing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Largo Cultural Center in Largo, Fla., on Feb. 5, nearly a dozen firemen marched down the isles toward the stage after the fire alarm was triggered erroneously.

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Francesco Cabras

Al Di Meola

The firefighters waited patiently until the musicians finished their current song, and then instructed concertgoers to leave the building so they could check out the venue. Once outside, many patrons were overheard chuckling about the realistically “fiery” nature of the evening’s performance.

When no imminent danger was detected and the building was deemed safe, patrons were allowed back inside and the band picked up where they left off—fittingly, with the song “Fireflies.”

Di Meola and his band are in the midst of an international tour that began in January to promote their latest album World Sinfonia: Live From Seattle and Elsewhere. The Largo concert was the group’s second to last East Coast performance, at which point they moved west across the United States and into Australia and New Zealand in early March.

For more information on Di Meola visit his Web site or Shore Fire Media.

Remaining U.S. Tour Dates

Feb 22 - Exeter, CA - Orange Blossom Junction
Feb 24 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
Feb 25 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
Feb 26 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
Feb 27 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Jazz Festival

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