The Italian pop tenor, Andrea Bocelli, performed at Philips Arena on April 5, 2000. Bocelli released his debut album titled Il Mare Calmo Della Sera in 1994 and has since recorded over a dozen albums, as well as eight complete operas. In 2010 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bocelli was not always a musical superstar. He practiced law and had no formal musical training until his adult life. Growing up, Bocelli had problems with his eye sight and at the age of 12 he was completely blind. Music was the only thing that comforted him. Through his talented combination of pop music and traditional opera, Bocelli entertains the masses. His performance at Philips Arena drew record crowds and record ticket prices. The Philips Arena performance came at a significant time in Bocelli’s life as his father passed away 25 days after his Atlanta visit. Bocelli honored his father May 1 by singing for the Pope in Rome.