We are happy to present you an exclusive interview for Amanda Lear's Fan Magazine "Love Story" and this website. This interview was conducted in the end of 1997.
Q : You have recorded 10 Albums. What is the one you're the most proud of?
"Sweet Revenge" of course. I've put so much of myself into it. I wrote the lyrics, created the double cover, chose the pictures. I've tried to tell a story. So, at least for me, it is the best one.
Q : How do you explain the continuous success of " Follow Me " 2O years after its release ?.
I think it's an ageless, eternal song that talks about Love, Seduction in an unreal and mysterious mood. Everybody still keeps on loving it and
want to hear. For instance in Moscow where I have recently performed.
Q : What's happened to your "alter ego" Anthony Monn ?
He has disapeared! After 5 albums with me, he has earned quite a lot of money and after some other productions, has run an hotel I think. Then
he has had to face some money problems, a divorce. He's no longer in the music business.
Q : Why BMG-Ariola did not release all your 5 first albums in the CD format. I am not counting "Sweet Revenge" that was released on CD as well as your compilations (i.e. the most recent one in 1998 "Queen Of Chinatown"?
My relationship with BMG Ariola is not very good. I personally am not interested in releasing "best of " stuff and I have not given my permission. You release best of packages when you're a "has been" and have nothing new to offer. Concerning my albums they were not all so good at the time so they will not be good today either.
Q : What is your best stage experience ?
It was in the end of 70's in Italy in the Verona arenas. There are huge classical arenas. Each year it is a place for song festival. I was in a
strass dress in front of 15 000 peoples. I kept an excellent memory of it. Also RAI TV (Italian National TV Network ) filmed it.
Q : Do you have some plans to return to sing on stage ?
Absolutely not. I also decided not having tours.
Q : TV has brought a huge popularity for you in Italy, Germany and France. You have hosted many Tv shows. Which is your favorite one ?
Favorite one? Again, the one I had the idea to make. It is called: "Ars Amanda" (in latin it means the "art to love"). It is my talk show that takes place in bed in Italy. Even if it was not so well filmed, the idea was coming from me. All together there is not too many TV shows that I remember with nostalgy. Why? TV is so bad nowadays!
Q : Your passion for painting is well known! What are the technics beside oil painting you use?
No. Only oil painting, gouache and water colors on paper or canvas.
Q : What do you think of your home page on internet?
It's very nice. You should make your paper magazine on it now and use more recent photos !!!
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