This weekend Italy’s premier hard rock band, Lacuna Coil returned to Boise for the first time in two years. The band’s first matter on the agenda was not setting up equipment, soundchecking, or washing off hours of being on the road, but rather heading to Boise’s best burger spot, Big Juds.
Big Juds ginormous and fantastical gastrointestinal delights are legend around the Treasure Valley, but it was the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food that put their name on the global map. When host Adam Richman came to town and took the Big Juds challenge he opened international floodgates into the City of Trees. Perhaps that is an exaggeration, but at least one global challenger has made the trip.
Lacuna Coil hail from Milano, Italy, and when the band hits town, bassist and primary song composer Marco Coti Zelati makes his way to Big Juds. The last time around Marco entered the one pound burger competition, which comes with fries or tater-tots and a large drink. Last time around he missed beating the challenge by three tater-tots according to bandmate and guitarist Cristiano Migliore.
This Saturday, April 14, just hours before the band’s brilliant two-hour Dark Legacy performance at The Knit, Marco took the challenge one more time. This time the ever-smiling bassist walked away a champion. One might imagine with a stomach so full that 120 minutes of rocking under the hot lights might be the death of a weaker man. However, Marco the carnivore transcended his taxed intestines to perform like a warrior. The show must always go on.
Perhaps the next time Lacuna Coil come to Boise, Marco will double up with the two-pound challenge. Hey, it’s only rock and roll, right?