Electronic “party’s over” music drones from the speakers on stage. The football stadium's floodlights transform night into day. The stands, which had been packed until just a few moments ago, and the playing field, which had also been full, begin emptying. The crew starts dismantling parts of the stage. Meanwhile, a throng of screaming fans wave two American flags. One has large, letters scribbled on it: STEF.
To them, he’s a star. He starts throwing guitar picks from the stage. Some he winds up for, others he doesn’t. One he tosses over his back, another he aims like a dart, always with a big smile as he watches the crowd lunge for the pearl-white triangles that bear the band’s name in glittering letters: Vasco. The group is named after frontman Vasco Rossi, Italy’s biggest rock star. But by the time his guitarist begins showering his admirers with picks, Vasco has long since disappeared. On the back side of the picks is the name Stef Burns, the lead guitarist, a man who has performed with some of Rock ‘n Roll’s biggest stars - Sheila E, Prince, Berlin and Alice Cooper. When Burns plays a chord, a tinge of those legends is audible. In the 1980s, he toured with them around the world. He was along for the ride when Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” became a chart-topper through the film “Top Gun," just as he was for Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Alice Cooper’s “Poison.”