"My interest in the Second World War arose because of my father who was a fighter and saw it as a 'fair war': people wanted to overturn that awful thing about Nazism, oppression, racism and segregation. There was an almost romantic aspect of 'good versus evil' in the fight. I think the war was a justified because of that. My interest is precisely the symbolism of the Second War and not the warlike aspect itself", he explains.
Barone says that his father spoke very little about the war. One of the few stories he told, according to the musician, was about the day he brought ammunition to the Allied soldiers and had to run off with the Jeep, driving under enemy fire. "That stayed in my mind and when I had the opportunity, I decided I would buy a Jeep just like that one and restore it."
It was late 1990s. At the time, the Paralamas were already the most international of all the Brazilian bands of their generation, having crossed the country’s borders several times. Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and Mexico were a regular part of the group's tours. "In 1986, we were invited to participate in a rock festival in Buenos Aires and we came across the latest sounds in Latin rock", recalls Barone. "We were smitten".
In all modesty, he believes that Paralamas opened a two-way street between Brazilian and Latin rock. Along this road were Fito Paez and Soda Stereo, and the Mexicans from Cafe Tacuba. "One of the biggest audiences we had was in Venezuela, in an area that used to be an airport, right in the middle of Caracas, with 150,000 people."
Another unforgettable night, Barone recalls, was in Buenos Aires where the group opened for Keith Richards who was on tour for his solo career. "The stadium had more than 50,000 people and I'll tell you, it was bad for Keith to play after Paralamas because our show was a hecatomb!" he says, laughing.