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I suspect this is a reference to the Greenpeace Ship of the same name, which was famously bombed by the French Intelligence Service. It caused quite an outrage, and has been referenced by a lot of real musicians.
He's explicitly stated to have been an '80s star, and considering Sky's probable year of birth, it would have been likely even so. It's still silly by modern standards, admittedly.
Tear Jerker: Lucien's Earth death in the first book - and the funeral - and Rodolfo's visit.
Luciano's brief reunion with his parents in City of Secrets.