The Guys braved the cold in Wallingford…they seem to be managing well with the weather. :)
Diego has joined them in the US for several dates. Sadly for this girl, he won’t be in Vegas… :(
Music by Joe Hisaishi
“Birthday” ~ Freedom Piano Stories 4
WISH YOU A FANTASTIC BIRTHDAY AND SUCCESS ON YOUR 2016 TOUR. GINA FROM TEXAS
Just wanted to be one of your fans to wish you a Very Happy 21st Birthday!!! Also wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your concert in Orillia on Sunday especially when you sang to my Granddaughter and how wonderful it was to meet you after the Concert, I have been following you since you were only 14 and can’t believe you are 21 already. I hope you can enjoy celebrating with family and friends who are travelling with you and I’m sure there will be an even bigger celebration with family and friends when you return home.
wishing great fun touring and keeping safe on your travels, all the best for the future and hope to see you again in the Toronto area, you have a lot of fans here in Canada.
Love and best wishes,
Gianluca, your warm heart and magnificent voice inspire and uplift my life each day. May you have a beautiful birthday, truly feeling the love, gratitude, and admiration we have for you. I look forward to delivering your birthday hug March 25th in person! 😊 ✨Amore,
Gianluca——–your so fortunate to have so many lifes experiences at such a young age!!!
Seeing the world and meeting people from all over the world.
Keep up the good work with your 2 buddies.
I will be seeing you guys at the fanclub convention and concert in las vegas march 25
also, at the pechanga casino near temeculah
Look forward to meeting you guys
Big Bad John from Palm Springs, CA
Happy 21st Birthday to you, Gianluca!
Another big milestone in your life is achieved, with many more to come. Have a wonderful day!
Happy Birthday, Gianluca! 21 is a BigOne! We haven’t met, but I’m changing that on March 17 in San Antonio, Texas! Sincerely, one of your Nonna fans! Give your Mom and Dad a big hug and thank them for me….Dorothy Henderson. ..♡♡♡♡
To our adorable, sweet Italian prince, Gianluca,
Sincere birthday greetings. May you have a wonderful day. I hope you are enjoying your visit here. Stay warm. You are always in my prayers. I pray that the Good Lord keeps you safe and grants you good health and happiness. No matter how old you get I will still call you three “the boys”. Love you. ~ Phyllis Fenton
Happy happy birthday, Gianluca❤️Enjoy your time in the USA. Stat safe warm and happy. You are so loved. God bless you and your flight brothers❤️❤️❤️ ~ Teresa Carosi
Happy 21st Birthday Gianluca!
Celebrate it with as many family and friends as you can gather while on the road.
Don’t forget the cake, ice cream and of course Nutella. Maybe a cake made of Nutella?
Best wishes today and always,
Las Vegas, NV
Happy 21st birthday!! Have a wonderful day!! Hope this year brings more honors, awards, joy & happiness for you!! Your voice singing the beautiful new songs has given me much pleasure! Thank you! I am still very sick but the new album & Live From Pompeii always brighten my days!!
Sending love & best wishes,
Your English fan, Marlene Hoatland
You are a very special person and a gift to the whole wide world!! You spread your Grande Amore wherever you go with you sweet, compassionate heart, beautiful smiles and warm hugs which you so freely bestow on all of us who are fortunate enough to be within arms length!!
Everyday, my world is a happier place because of you and your magnificent baritone voice that I listen to all day long in the car, in the house on my iPad, and very soon, at five concerts!!! Yay!!!
Although I know you miss your father and brother, I am delighted that at least your beautiful mother is here to celebrate your very special birthday with you! Have a GREAT 21st Birthday!!!
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY GIANLUCA! YOU ARE COURTEOUS, KIND TO CHILDREN, FANS, AND
FAMILY. ADD TO THAT YOU ARE HANDSOME, ADORABLE, AWESOME, AND SO PLEASING TO THE EYE. YOUR STYLE, VOICE, PASSION FOR MUSIC AND TALENT MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE YOUR PARENTS PRIDE AND JOY FOR YOU.
GOD’S BLESSINGS FOR YOUR FUTURE AND ALWAYS. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MY FIRST LIVE CONCERT
MARCH 20. I CAN HARDLY WAIT ! !
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 21ST BIRTHDAY ! ! !
Dear Gianluca, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Started making 21st birthday wishes yet? Don’t forget to wish for more love, peace and happiness than you and the world will ever need. Tons of love and God Bless,
Ineke from KwaZuluNatal, SA.
Tanti Auguri Gianluca! It has been such an amazing year for you, Piero and Ignazio and for all your loving fans. Can’t forget your last birthday when you brought the audience to their feet after singing “Grande Amore” at SanRemo. It was fantastic and I am so happy they acknowledged that you were the best. I absolutely love all the new albums and play them constantly and it has been a great pleasure to see the videos of the beautiful concerts during the summer and now this past January. It is just wonderful that your beloved Italia realized how talented and beautiful you are and has returned your “Grande Amore”. Thank you for all the beautiful music and giving so much joy and happiness. It is so beautiful to see how loving and caring you are with your family, friends and fans. Looking forward to seeing you in Easton, Pa. God bless you and all your loved ones!
Love, Margaret Ladolcetta
Buon Compleanno!! 21 Anno!! Have a Wonderful Day!! 2016 looks like it will be another great year for you!! The new Concert music is fantastic! What I have seen of your solos & duets are so beautiful!! Thank you so much for the pleasure & joy your amazing voice with your Italian charm has brought into my life! Looking forward to seeing you at FC Fan Faire in Vegas, Dolby Theatre, LA & San Jose Concert!! Tanti Auguri!! Anne Quinto
Happy Birthday, Gianluca! May God bless you with many, many more!You are an amazing young man! GRANDE AMORE!
Charles and Anna Breeding
Buon Compleanno, Gianluca. I wish you a very Special
Birthday and continued success in your career. You have a silky voice
that would melt any woman’s heart, especially mine! Enjoy and be happy
always. God Bless You. Much love, Victoria Litizeto
Happy 21st. Birthday, Gianluca. May all your birthdays bring you happiness. You have brought so much of it to peoples around the World who have admired your beautiful voice since it first enchanted us when you were fourteen. We know how hard you all work and the sacrifices you have made but may the blessings ever flow.
With love, Lesley Newall, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Hey Baby! Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for all the great music and good luck to you and Piero and Ignazio! You are such a nice guy and you are very dear to us here on the Flight Crew blog. When you visit us please know you’ve come home!
Have a wonderful birthday with family and friends this year! You deserve it!!🎂
I have watched you mature over the years since you appeared in the early video singing “O Solo Mio” with Piero and Ignazio with the orchestra on the side of a hill in Italy. Someone sent me that video, and it was love at first sight for me! I listen to your music daily, and it brings me so much joy.
You are such a wonderful role model for the young people all over the world in the way that you treat your fans and care for the less fortunate who love your attention. You make your family and fans very proud by the way that you live.
Thank you for all of your hard work and bringing your tour back to TEXAS this year. We live 40km north of Austin, and have front row tickets along with Meet and Greet afterwards!😍 My birthday is that week so I am really looking forward to the concert and seeing you guys again.
(My husband and I followed you to Boston and Nashville after attending our first concert in Houston several years ago)
Texas grandmother who prays for you,
A very, very Happy Birthday from Minnesota, Gianluca! See you in March at the FanFaire in Las Vegas! Allene Shipman
May All Your Dreams Come True ~ Happy 21st Gianluca ~ And May God Bless You Too!
See You In Easton Pa. Grande Amore, Nona Pat
“When once you have tasted flight,
you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci
Most of us celebrate our 21st birthday as a “coming of age”. You have already accomplished that and stand on the threshold of a lifetime of flight with your music. There is no better name for your three voices than “Il Volo” – for you are flying high above the crowd.
I thank God for your talent.
I thank your parents for your upbringing.
I thank you for your willingness to share yourself with us!
Godspeed and fly high, dear one.
Happy 21st Birthday, Gianluca! May your heart and soul be filled with the same joy as you give to all of us.
Love from Minnesota,
Dear Gianluca – Just want to wish you the happiest of birthdays. Always remain as sweet and sensitive as you are today. The sign of a real man is the fact that he can show his emotions. You have the most beautiful voice – I love listening to you. I cannot wait to see you on February 13 in Atlantic City and again on February 21 in Easton. Also, I think your Martina is adorable – happiness to both of you. ~ Camille Greco
See You soon!!!
Happy Birthday Gianluca. Viva abruzzzo! ~ Antonella Carriero
Buon Complianno. Finally 21 has come at last. Have a wonderful day with family and friends and may there be many more birthdays to come. ~ Marion
Happy 21th Birthday Gianluca. May your life always bring you much happiness. You are truly are a lovely young man with big heart. ~ Jeanne Thomas
Happy 21st Birthday! I hope being with your mom, your Il Volo family and your loving North American fans make this special birthday, particularly memorable!
I can’t make it to as many shows as some of the others, but I can’t wait to see you in Vegas!
We all know change is difficult to accept. Yes, Il Volo started out as the 3 Tenorini, these 3 little tenors dressed up like adults because they sang music only old people knew and liked. The beautiful bel canto music of Italy. But we forget that they were boys dressed up like men. We wanted them to stay the cute, innocent, and cherubic-faced lads we grew to love – for some, love at first sight (or sound!) But time moves on and things change. The world is constantly moving, the universe in perpetual motion, if everything just stopped, we would all die.
The air we breathe, our own heartbeat, our very being is in constant flux. To quote the ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, “The only thing constant is change!” Our three young guys were just caterpillars feeding and feeding off of the fans, growing and growing fatter each day, nourished by our encouragement and constant praise, their very essence being shaped by our devotion to them until finally they were ready to make and form their own chrysalis, where they’ve been for the last several years, constantly growing and changing right before our eyes. In front of everyone, we watched them change from inside the ever protective watch of their parents and families. Many things we saw and yet some things changed without our realizing it. When Sanremo came around, that was when they started to emerge from their metamorphosis, their wings getting more color each day, each week, and month, that went by, on their way to Eurovision – then it really happened. Their wings burst forth and they flew for the very first time. I can still hear the crescendo of their wings on the last chorus of Grande Amore! Their wings were still a bit wet, but they learned to fly stronger and stronger each day. During their flight they ran into enemies and feared for those that wanted to eat them. They fed on the nectar of the crowds from their sold out concerts. Their wings getting a bit battered along the way; yet still staying strong and floating on the wind, as they traversed over the world with their successes.
We hope their flight will be long and never changing, but their flight paths will change with the wind, their fans may come and go, but still they will fly on, always seeking the energy from their fans that keep them going – young, old; tried and true. They will be who they are, their colors will not change. A little battered and bruised along the way, but they will find their destination, landing briefly on our hearts; staying forever in our souls, as they migrate the world in search of their needed and constant approval of themselves and from those that they love.
There are two quotes I found on the Internet, simply entitled “butterfly quotes and proverbs” and I think they depict our guys quite well…
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
They certainly gave up being caterpillars. With their first notes of “O Sole Mio,” they started changing into butterflies; giving up many things…in order to soar to unbelievable heights.
Beautiful? Our guys are so beautiful inside, as well as outside; and sometimes I really don’t think they know…?
♦ Il Volo – Sempre, per sempre,♦
p.s. thank you to Marie, for the beautifully suggested title of this post…
I have to concur with Jill about the lights and the music accompaniment. The lights were a real problem, they glared, they washed out, and even worse, they moved. Just as you framed a picture, a light would wash the whole thing out. I really think where you sit will have a big determining factor on the quality of pictures you get–and there is no knowing ahead of time whether you are in a good seat for pictures or not. All of my pictures save one was washed out by lights. A fellow two seats over got great pictures. The quality of the photographers certainly had some part in this! (lol) But I refuse to believe that is the sole reason my pictures were a flop.
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