Italian guitarist Marco Iacobini has been called, “a cross between Steve Lukather and Steve Vai with his own unmistakable style.” For his third release, The Sky There’ll Always Be Iacobini enlists an all-star line up of world famous musicians including bassists Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel/King Crimson), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/Steve Vai) and Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani); drummers Dave Weckl (Paul Simon/Madonna), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan/James Taylor) and Thomas Lang (Asia/stOrk) as well as saxophonists Bill Bergman (Stevie Wonder/Bonnie Raitt) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp) to showcase his unmistakable blend of jazz/funk tinged instrumental rock and technically masterful guitar playing.
A virtuoso guitarist and inspired composer, Iacobini took nearly three years to write, arrange and record his latest project. Together with his co-producer Francesco Desmaele, Iacobini recorded The Sky There’ll Always Be in his hometown of Rome at Forward Studios and also recorded in New York City at the legendary Avatar Studios.
Iacobini’s versatile and powerful playing captures listeners’ ears and minds in equal measure. Tracks like “The Great Rush” showcase Iacobini’s impossibly fast salvos of notes and dramatic whammy bar heroics while still retaining an immense understanding of music. Ferocious metal drummer Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen/Steve Lukather) guests on the track along with bassist Stu Hamm to create the rock solid sonic counterbalance to Iacobini’s aggressive soloing.
Written by Stu Hamm, "18F" is homage to Iacobini’s favorite airplane seat on the flight from the United States to Europe. Iacobini channels John Frusciante on this funky, fusion/rock track which also offers up a slap bass intro courtesy of Hamm and legendary drummer Dave Weckl’s deep-pocket playing is nothing short of perfection.
“Speed of Light” offers another take on Iacobini’s style – with its soaring guitar, sweeping melody, texture and lush production, the track brings to mind incomparable players such as Prince and Jimi Hendrix. Peeling away the layers of technical mastery and shredtastic skill, Iacobini reveals an achingly gorgeous side of his playing while bassist Tony Levin’s bass line anchors the track with a solid groove.
Iacobini wrote, "When the Angels Come Down" when his grandmother passed away. “In my life, only one person has given to me the certainty to be loved always without limitations. This person is my granny,” says Iacobini. “For this song I have asked the help of my friend Stefano Sastro on keys, Tony Levin on stick and Mike Terrana on drums.” Plush and textured, the song is fitting tribute to love without limits.
The title track, “The Sky There’ll Always Be” pairs soaring melody with intricate guitar work that alternates between languid, soaring riffs and intricate, powerful shredding. Huge and dynamic, the song creates its own gravity and pulls the listener in while Billy Sheehan’s flawless, bass line flows through the song like delicious, liquid sound and drummer Thomas Lang’s finesse and surprisingly delicate playing adds a splashy vibrancy.
The title for the song "A Cup of Shred Wine (Pt.1)" began as an inside joke between Iacobini and bassist Stu Hamm. Complex and inspired by fusion stars of the past, the track also features Dave Weckl on drums, and a magic minimoog solo by Italian keyboardist Stefano Sastro.
Iacobini is no stranger to collaborating with some of the music industry’s top artists. In 2009 he worked on the release Spirito Libero” from Italian vocalist “Giorgia” which also featured Herbie Hancock, Ronan Keating and Michael Baker among others. In addition, he opened for Tony Levin and Dave Kilmister.