Almost a year after the death of George Michael, Francesco Gabbani is releasing his new single, the fourth from his latest album Magellano, accompanied by a video remake of "Last Christmas" by Wham!, one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.
"The desire to hole up in the mountains surrounded by snow and high peaks has always been strong in me," explains Gabbani. "When my team and I began to think about the new video, I thought about how I could combine my love for the mountains with a story for the video. Given that the single was scheduled for a pre-Christmas release and I liked the idea of filming on snow, the video of Last Christmas immediately sprang to mind and I realised, watching it again, how the theme of the song bore similarities with La mia versione dei ricordi, an emotional ballad, a torch song about the end of a relationship."
Tiziano Russo filmed the video in various locations in Alta Badia www.altabadia.org (specifically in San Cassiano and Armentarola) for the Puglia-based production studio Passo Uno. The idea was to recreate the same atmosphere and drama as the Wham! video with a contemporary style of filming, costume and direction. As well as Francesco, who takes George Michael's original role, the video also features his brother Filippo Gabbani in the role of Andrew Ridgeley and other members of the band: Giacomo Spagnoli
(bass), Lorenzo Bertelloni (keyboard and piano) and Davide Cipollini (guitar).