Ave Maria and the Duchess

Well, America now has a real live Duchess.   What a beautiful wedding!  What outstanding hats!  Besides the dress (!) and that Tiara (also a !) was some magnificent music the last number, performed by Cellist Sheku Kanneth-Mason and the orchestra, was “Ave Maria.”  That, of course, reminded me of when our Guys sang the hymn in 2014 at the Senate Christmas Concert.  Remember?  We wish Harry and Meghan (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex) lots of love and laughter.   We wish our Guys the same.  Here is what I was dreaming during that hymn…

MAGNIFICA!

How about an even more recent Ave Maria?  “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”…Appropriately performed at the London Royal Albert Hall on May 23, 2017.

Again, Magnifica…Always Magnifica!

~Marie

IL VOLO to Marostica by Daniela

Every day, there is a special announcement that makes us happy.

After the news of the participation in the

WIND MUSIC AWARD on June 5th and RADIO ITALIA LIVE – THE CONCERT on June 16th

we hear of another very important date:

The trio, IL VOLO arrives at the Marostica Summer Festival.

IL VOLO 2016

Marostica – The billboard of the fourth edition of Marostica Summer Festival is still enriched. After the announcement of the presence of Alvaro Soler, on the stage on 18 July, the next day, Thursday 19, in the chess square, IL VOLO will return. Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and Gianluca Ginoble, will in fact present their project, on tour since 2016, which is titled “NOTTE MAGICA – A Tribute to the Three Tenors”. After the two lucky events of 2014 and 2015, sold out in every place order, the three tenors, who in these years have won successes in all corners of the world, with their typically Italian voices and a repertoire ranging from Opera to pop music, thanks to Due Punti Eventi they announce a new concert, in the Scaliger town, which has always responded with generosity and affection.

Piazza degli Scacchi

The beautiful Piazza degli Scacchi, where the concert will be held.

The one scheduled for July 19th, beginning at 9:30 pm, will be a show in which the successful melodies of the Neapolitan, Italian and international repertoire will alternate with pieces taken from great musicals and with the most famous opera arias.

On the stage with the orchestra, the trio will also present some pop-inspired pieces and other surprises.

Pre-sales of the “IL VOLO” concert will be available shortly online and in the Ticketone and Vivaticket circuits.

On 1 July 2016 in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence Il Volo brought on stage for the first time “NOTTE MAGICA – A Tribute to the Three Tenors”, broadcast in prime time on Canale 5; the show has seen the participation of Placido Domingo and marked the beginning of a world tour that debuted on March 4 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, registering sold out. After 15 stages in the United States, the tour arrived first in Europe (29 dates) and then in Latin America and, finally, in Japan.

Marostica Summer Festival

Marostica Summer Festival is organized by Due Punti Eventi, with the artistic direction of Valerio Simonato, in collaboration with the Municipality of Marostica and with the patronage of the Veneto Region and the Province of Vicenza. The event supports Woman For Freedom, donating a number of tickets to the shows to support the association’s activities.

Here the original article:

Vicenza Report – Click Here

Ok, I think it’s great news, a whole concert, I think I’ll do everything to go there.

There will be Magic Night songs, but also pop songs and some surprises (maybe the new single), moreover, from Roncadelle where I live in Marostica, it’s only 100 miles, and then I’ve never seen Marostica and the famous Piazza where every year plays the Chess Game with real people.

No, I can not miss, Marostica, wait for me!

How many of you would like to be here, at that time ??

Meanwhile, as we wait on 19 July, we enjoy this piece of concert taken at Marostica in 2014, beautiful CARUSO.

THIS NEWS JUST IN!

Il Volo returns live in Italy in July with five dates in the following cities:

July 15 – ASTI – Piazza Cattedrale
July 16 – CODROIPO (UD) – Villa Manin
July 19 – MAROSTICA (VI) – Piazza Degli Scacchi
July 26 – CERVIA (RA) – Piazza Garibaldi
July 28 – TAORMINA (ME) – Teatro Antico

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Eurovision Song Contest by Daniela

The Eurovision Song Contest took place on May 12th. It had beautiful singing performances from all over Europe and beyond.

To us lovers of IL VOLO, the Eurovision brings to mind memories that couldn’t be much nicer.

Published by OGAE ITALY, is a beautiful article that talks about Eurovision, it is very interesting and I will translate it for you.

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The televoting: power to the people!

Just a few hours before the end of the 2018 edition, let’s take a brief analysis of the voting system currently in force and the results obtained.

Since 2009 the final result of the Eurovision Song Contest is formed by 50% of the votes of the expert juries and the remaining 50% of televoting votes.

The juries have always played a primary role since the first edition of 1956. But times change and even Eurovision needs to make the public interact from home, thanks to the televoting.

It was 1998, although a first trial with only five countries was successfully completed in 1997. With the increase of the countries in the competition are introduced semi-finals but we realize that to pass the turn are always the same countries, the strongest on televoting thanks to the various diasporas around Europe and neighboring countries that they vote among themselves because of the various cultural affinities.

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As a result, in 2009 there is a fair compromise and it is decided to entrust the verdict to 50% + 50% between juries and televoting.

Everything runs smoothly and many countries are finally able to access the long-awaited final even if only in alternate years. Obviously a lot also depends on the quality of the song presented.

But with the passage of time the juries learn to do the good and the bad. As in any self-respecting jury, the jurors can decide which country to push to the top and which to go down to the last so as not to assign the fateful 12 points and other points available for the top 10.

Some countries are favored on the eve of the festival and some are sunk by the various European jurors because they do not fall into their tastes or simply because of favoring their favorite.

Every year the same Hamletic doubt: yes or jury no? Impossible to say …

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We have fun pretending that the result from 2009 is still that of televoting as the prevailing method. We note however that it would not have changed much except in two editions: that of 2015 and that of 2016.

And it is precisely that of 2015 that interests us more because just the Italy represented by IL VOLO with “GRANDE AMORE”, third classified, wins televoting! Oh yes, that’s right! Italy would have added a gold medal in its trophies of Eurovision victories. Obviously it is not a great consolation but it is Italy in 2015 to have the highest percentage of votes received from a country in contention since the voting system exists with televoting.

In 2016 the Russian Sergey Lazarev would have won the televoting role, but only sixth for the juries. Also for him a good third overall place and the winner Jamala who wins the crystal microphone for Ukraine.

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Below is the top 10 of the most televised countries since televoting was introduced.

1 Italy 2015: “GRANDE AMORE” IL VOLO 78.21% (366 out of 468 available)

2 Norway 2009: Alexander Rybak “Fairytale” 76.83% (378 out of 492 available)

3 Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral “Amar pelos dois” 76.42% (376 of 492 available)

4 Estonia 2001: Tanel Padar & Dave Benton “Everybody” 75.00% (198 of 264 available)

5 Russia 2016: Sergey Lazarev “You are my only one” 73.37% (361 of 492 available)

6 Austria 2014: Conchita Wurst “Rise like a phoenix” 71.99% (311 out of 432 available)

7 Denmark 2000: The Olsen Brothers “Fly on the wings of love” 70.65% (195 of 276 available)

8 Sweden 2012: Loreen “Euphoria” 69.72% (343 of 492 available)

9 Bulgaria 2017: Kristian Kostov “Beautiful mess” 68.50% (337 of 492 available)

10 Russia 2012: Buranovskiye Babushki “Party for everybody” 67.48% (332 of 492 available)

In fact, the average of televotes on the result that would have decided the winner of IL VOLO is 15.78%. In second place we find the Norwegian winner Alexander Rybak (also competing this year in Lisbon) with 15.52% while the third is the last winner in 2017, the Portuguese Salvador Sobral, with 15.44.

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And the juries? What would they do? Even here our regret is called Raphael Gualazzi and the year is 2011. In fact in the year of our return, the juries reward us with an excellent first place that then earned a second overall behind Azerbaijan. Nothing changes until 2016 when Australia with Dami Im wins the jury’s preferences but she has to settle for second place in favor of Ukraine.

And here is the top 50 of Eurovision:

ORIGINAL ARTICLE – CLICK HERE

So, this article was not written three years ago, it was written today, in 2018.

This confirms that the disappointment of us fans was not dictated just because we wanted our favorites at the top, but it was because they DESERVED the first position.

The song HEROES that won that year, no one remembers any more, and in the final video is in twentieth place.

GRANDE AMORE  – remember it and everyone is singing it.

If you can read the comments under the video of the TOP 50, you understand how much affection and admiration have excited the boys that evening.

For those who can not do it, I copy only two comments, and they were not written three years ago, but they are recent.

 

Sebastyanov

Sebastyanov Eurofestival – 11 months ago

I still think that juries robbed Italy in 2015…

 

Raginis

Władysław Raginis – 3 weeks ago

Totally, in my opinion the best entry I had ever listened to! With 15 years I cried that night, even not being Italian!

 

Furthermore, the TOP 50 video also takes into account the last two editions, after the one of the boys, and the result does not change.

Therefore IL VOLO had to be first.

Let us console ourselves, looking once more at their beautiful performance.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Wind Music Awards 2018 by Daniela

Of course you all knew the news:

IL VOLO will be present at the Wind Music Awards 2018.

WMA June 5

The event will take place on June 5th at the Verona Arena, which on its historic stage will resound the notes of the greatest hits of recent months with the performance of the stars of Italian and international music. There will be many guests, and like all, even IL VOLO, will perform a single song.

The question arises: What song will they sing ?????

Since the WMA audience is essentially a young audience, that wants to move and dance, I hope that for that date, the new single has been published.

I think that making the new music would make us feel, in an evening like this, over the top. Moreover the boys have warned us several times that with that Latin rhythm, they will make us “dance.”

So, I hope we will all be ready to dance with them!

Credit to owner of the WMA photo.

GIRO D’ITALIA by Daniela

On May 9th Piero was very busy. The GIRO D’ITALIA, stopped in Agrigento, and who lives near Agrigento? PIERO.

For those who do not know what GIRO D’ITALIA is, it is a cycling race in stages, very renowned internationally. This year the race started on May 4 from Jerusalem.

On Wednesday there was the fifth stage, starting from Agrigento.

And here’s who was at the start, who congratulated the cyclists.

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Piero says that the Sicilians have a unique way of welcoming people and cyclists will not forget this stage.

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And here is Piero in the company of our esteemed Marino Bartoletti, who is an excellent sports journalist.

Here’s what Bartoletti wrote on his Facebook page:

“Even the champions of music, accustomed to the audiences of the world, when they live close to a beautiful reality involving the Giro d’Italia become almost children with wide eyes. It happened to Piero Barone of IL VOLO in his Agrigento. He wanted to photograph himself with the pink jersey, shaking hands with dozens of runners, admiring their availability and humility, which are also its characteristics. It was missing only, that Piero asked the autograph of Aru. I think I gave him a little gift that he will not forget.”

And here is the video of Bartoletti’s interview with our Piero.

Translation:

B=Dear Piero, great member of IL VOLO, do you know what this is? It is the “WITHOUT END” trophy, welcome to GIRO D’ITALIA.

P = Thank you, thank you, it’s an honor for me and a truly, a living experience.

B = I see you almost excited, you who live the great theaters, the great masses, the great moments.

P = To know new things is always a pleasure, it is good for everyone. When you phoned me to invite me, I had to free myself from some commitments, but it was really worth it.

B = Do we want to say that we are in Agrigento, and therefore at your house?

P = Yes, I’m from Naro, a village near here, but Agrigento is my land, I was born and raised here, and I keep coming often.

B = Do you love your land a lot?

P = I am in love with my land.

B = Then Piero, an unpublished day for you, what impression did you have of this GIRO D’ITALIA, now that the cyclists are aligning at the start?

P = Definitely I will bring it in my baggage of experiences, I am excited because the GIRO D’ITALIA belongs to everyone, all the riders will not forget this stage and we Sicilians, Agrigentini above all, we will not forget this great experience.

Very good Piero, with your presence you have done a great job!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO TO “AMICI” by Daniela

Really with very little notice, this news appeared two days ago:

Canale 5 IL VOLO photo

Immediately followed by the announcement on the official page:

IL VOLO MUSIC LOGO

Ieri alle 15:45

Piero, Ignazio e Gianluca saranno ospiti speciali al serale di Amici di Maria De Filippi domani sera! Tutti sintonizzati su Canale 5 dalle 21.10.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will be special guests at the evening of Amici di Maria De Filippi tomorrow night! All tuned to Channel 5 from 9.10pm.

It seems that two of the girls finalists will have a duet with IL VOLO, in an elimination trial. The two girls are Carmen and Emma.

Here we are at the evening.

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And here is the performance with the two girls: 

 

Amici 02

Amici 03

In the next video, Maria de Filippi asks the guys what they are doing in this period and Piero answers as follows:

“We are working on new projects.”

Ignazio intervenes, joking:

“I’m learning to dance because I do not want to make a bad impression with Celentano (dance teacher), even if I’m not in shape, but I’ll try”.

Gianluca continues saying:

“We are working on many projects, especially for next year there will be many surprises, perhaps even unexpected.”

Below you will see a test of lip syncs to which the boys had to undergo.

Prepare to laugh!

Here is a second video where you can hear the Bee Gees song if you are unable to hear it in the one above.

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Luca Tommassini, dancer and choreographer, had this to say about working with IL VOLO on the show:

“It was wonderful to embrace Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, after many years … nice to remember their first / our first tour in the United States of America … the long bus rides … the first dialogues tried on stage …

I dressed them with my clothes … the many laughs with their parents who discovered America … the first applause …. I love them!” 

Luca Tommassini with IL VOLO

Luca Tommassini with our guys

This video was recorded in the backstage of the program, where the boys joined the chorus of wishes to celebrate the birthday of one of the participants.

Really very nice.

Ok, the lights go out, the program is over and has made the record of plays, consider that on another channel they broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest.

It seems that the guys had fun, they were at the game and they made people laugh.

Honestly I would have preferred to hear another song.

We fans cannot get enough of them!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

A Mother’s Prayer For You
~ Anon

I said a Mother’s Day prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
for blessing me with a lifetime
of your tender-hearted love.
I thanked God for the caring
you’ve shown me through the years,
for the closeness we’ve enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears.
And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you’ve done for me
and I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

to the amazing Il Volo mothers and mothers of The Flight Crew!!

 

 

Desire of the Sea by Daniela

We are all here in a frenetic wait for the new single, but the days go by and nothing new for now on the horizon.

But what are the guys doing???

SEA, SEA, SEA, desire of the sea.

We start from the oldest: Piero

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SEA Cap d'antibes

SEA Piero

He is located in France, on the Côte d’Azur. How lucky he is in the company of friends.

How sweet that you are Piero!

 

But where is Ignazio ???

Here he is playing on the beach at LIDO DELLE NAZIONI, on the Adriatic Sea in the province of Ferrara.

He too is with friends, I would say that it seems very happy, how nice to see him like that.

 

And the youngest, where is he???

Gianluca too is at the sea.

He is also on the Adriatic Sea, in San Benedetto del Tronto.

He is the most poetic of all, he wrote on social media: “The smell of the sea, the sand under the fingers, the air, the wind ….”

Also Gianluca here in the company of friends.

Ok guys, you had fun and also in good company.

But now we want to see you together again in your new project.

You have rested and we are very happy with this, but now give us even more happiness by letting us listen to your last new single FINALLY.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

TORPEDINE THANKS EVERYONE by Daniela

The sales of Torpedine’s book go very well, he wanted to thank everyone with this message:

IT IS A GREAT SATISFACTION THAT IN A LITTLE TIME “RICOMINCIO DAI TRE” IS AMONG THE BOOKS MOST SOLD BY FELTRINELLI.

THANK YOU ALL.

Feltrinelli Screenshot

Certainly it is a great satisfaction, considering also the beneficial purpose of selling the books.

Several newspapers have written reviews of the book and there have been many interviews.

This, which I translate, is taken from the article of Optimagazine, written by Red Ronnie and explains very well why this book was made.

“Why did Michele write this book? Perhaps because he was tired of having to reply to artists who told events that concerned him by distorting or inventing parts, perhaps to close the chapter of the past and “fly” again very high, but above all to tell that those who take care of people who climb on a stage he is also an artist to whom not only the money of the percentage he collects is enough, but he would also like gratification.”

With whom Michele has re-found gratitude and the desire to move on?

You have some doubts?

But of course with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, in a word IL VOLO!

Michele and Guys

In an interview, Torpedine was asked if the guys at IL VOLO are grateful and he replied that not only the boys but also their parents, to the point that he had to ask to stop thanking him.

But here’s what he wrote about them when it all started.

“My new creature (creation), IL VOLO,  is challenging, of course, but it’s too fascinating to be able to invent, try, throw themselves together in projects that seem impossible and instead all are realized: theaters and arenas sold-out in every corner of the world; fans of all ages, because with them concerts come, whole families. “

We know that all this is true, during the concerts of the boys it is possible to see from the children to the grandparents, generations mixed in enjoying their music.

Eurovision RAI photo

Another very significant piece written by Torpedine, where he talks about the guys is this:

“They always follow me, even if they do not fully share the idea. They trust me. Finally someone has understood that it is not the gain that interests me, rather the satisfaction of showing that in music I can also make mistakes, but very little, very little.”

How true Torpedine is, you have not made a mistake in your judgment of the boys. Pearls rare, very rare, and you recognized them, even if they were crude.

Crew, what do you think of this? Michele had a nose?

Radio City Music Hall

But the boys grow up and the difficulties arrive and Torpedine writes about this:

“Yet the difficulties were not lacking even with them: they came, above all, when the world realized that he no longer had three prodigy children, but three mature artists aware of their potential. Suddenly, we almost had to start all over again. , with great perplexity of the media and professionals, and we were not afraid to roll up our sleeves. 

We really have to thank Bruno Vespa, it was he who bet on IL VOLO on TV at a time when it was not so easy for us.”

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But I have to tell you, crew, that the piece that has me a little shocked, was this, and I would like to read your opinion on this.

“Nicoletta Mantovani (wife of Pavarotti) was the first to comment very negatively about IL VOLO, my last creature (the last artists created Michele), aiming to destroy the opinion of these guys, instead of encouraging them at their beginnings.

Obviously it is impossible, not only risky, to compare them to Pavarotti. Who does this is crazy.

Today, however, she also recognizes that they are unique guys: they sing well, they have passion and they believe in it.

Recently, all the media have documented that she strongly desired them at the inauguration of the Museum of Modena dedicated to Luciano.”

What to say, they did not deserve this, they were just kids … but maybe she did not know them and when she finally got to do it years later, she changed her mind.

In fact we say that, “Those who know them can not help but love them.”

Guys with Pavarotti Foundation

I think Michele really loves Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca and it is widely reciprocated by the boys.

I believe that the difficulties have not been few and will continue to be there, but the team is strong and the road, even if tortuous, can be leveled.

Surely talent, education and gratitude are not lacking in our guys.

What do you think?

Credit to owners of all photos.

 

~~ We Laugh A Little ~~ by Daniela

Time ago talking to the pirate of our crew, we both remembered having seen this montage of photos of our beloved Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.

Connie, I finally found again. I dedicate it to you.

And all of you, what do you say about these combinations of characters?

To me they seem very apt.

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But, since our boys make us dream, we remain in the world of fairy tales.

Which of you would not like to have a prince like these?

Really nice, are they not?

Which one do you prefer?

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And in a comic version? Also nice here, they could interpret a whole comic!

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What to say, these guys, we like in every way, but what I prefer, is this !

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IL VOLO ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY HEART.

***************

Credit to all owners of photos.

The Afterthoughts of Red Ronnie by Daniela

A few days ago we witnessed the four hours of live IL VOLO conducted by Red Ronnie.

For those unfamiliar with Red Ronnie, he is a music expert. He is often invited in to comment in broadcasts where the subject is music and he also keeps radio broadcasts, such as ROXY BAR, RED BARONE, and broadcast via internet on TV.

He never talked a lot about our guys, and the few times he had the opportunity to say something about them, they were never beautiful words. So we Italian fans, we were not very happy with this transmission, we were rather skeptical of the new pleasant words of Red Ronnie.

Red, Gian, Piero and Ignazio

But we must say that Red did not know them at all. Notwithstanding he is a connoisseur of music, he NEVER followed IL VOLO and NEVER interested in them, so it was as if he saw them the first time.

Red Ronnie met the boys during the presentation of Michele Torpedine’s book, and they must have made an excellent impression, so much so that they almost immediately decided to make this transmission together.

But here we are at the evening of four hours of live.

Red continued during the evening to tell the guys that they were really nice, he was amazed at their skill and also their simplicity and perhaps one last thing that aroused his astonishment was to see for himself how much they are loved, these boys.

Red with Notte Magica Album

How many times we fans have said that, “Those who know them can not but love them.” And finally Red has known them.

Immediately the morning after the broadcast, or rather after a few hours from the broadcast, Red has published this video on his Facebook page, with this dedication:

“With the taste of a fantastic night still live with IL VOLO, with incredible results.”

He says in the video:

“I’m listening to the vinyl of IL VOLO, mamma mia!, that night that we spent live, it was incredible! We have reached 200,000 people and 34,000 posts and interactions, only on my Facebook page, not counting the other pages.”

This clickable video link below is an interview of Red Ronnie on the RTL radio 102.5 on the evening of May 4, the day after the broadcast with IL VOLO. Red starts talking about the Flight around 52:50 minutes.

https://www.rtl.it/rubriche/red-ronnie-live-in-vinile/puntata-del-4-maggio-2018/

I translate what he says:

Last night I had IL VOLO as my guests, and I thought about one thing, but we (Italians), that we have the habit of listening to the blues, from Chicago, and Austin, Texas, or the country-music coming from Nashville, and we NEVER take, in the slightest consideration, the music we export from Italy. I was amazed, we’ve had 300,000 interactions, a crazy thing, from all over the world. I watched as the chat numbers went up, I looked at the posts and thought, but we are not considering three guys, who are sprawling (whose fame is spreading) all over the world.

And because last night they came here and signed their vinyl album for the fans. A copy remained glued to my fingers . . . this is NOTTE MAGICA that they did in Firenze, in Santa Croce, on the 1st of July 2016, with them was also Placido Domingo, who sang with them a song that we now listen to, but above all he wrote with his hand, this on the CD:  “I am very happy to lead Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in this evening. Many people began to listen to classical music thanks to me, Luciano and Josè – these three guys continue our idea.”

It’s a beautiful thing, and the song is a classic, NON TI SCORDAR DI ME, and is a gem, because it is sung together by IL VOLO and Placido Domingo.

 (You hear: NON TI SCORDAR DI ME)

Notte Magica Album

The show host goes on to say: “They hit you, these three guys. You remember we interviewed them several times and then we were at their concert (sponsored by Radio RTL102.5) at the Milano Forum, supported by Radio 102.5, and said that there was a large audience participation. So Placido Domingo is right to write those things in the Notte Magica CD, because these guys are so young, they manage to involve their peers, and it is a moment of musical awakening that deserves to be acknowledged.”

The woman presenter confirms that it’s all true, and that she agrees with Paolo Giordano (another Italian journalist ), who instead now compliments Red Ronnie.

Red goes on to say that he spoke to the guys at RTL 102.5 and they told him that this is the only one of the Italian radio stations that has always supported them. Look, it’s not easy in Italy, we disdain this music, only to find out that abroad it is very good.

Last night something incredible happened, Ignazio at one point he made a very sweet song, Pino Daniele, at the piano, he did it in an incredible way, and Red said that today’s guys are competing to get the voice, higher, but you have to give emotions, not only have the high tones …… and this thing (which Ignazio said) struck me a lot, really.  I spent a wonderful evening.

Red and the guys

And here is the post that Paolo Giordano, journalist who at the time of Sanremo had had no nice words for IL VOLO, but who then repented, and began to speak well of them (remember the interview made by him to Gianluca, in Bisceglie?).

Paolo Giordano was listening to RTL102.5 radio and he heard live Red Ronnie, so he posted this comment on his Facebook page:

Paolo Giordano

DICIAMO LE COSE COME STANNO

Bravo Red Ronnie a dire una cosa che agli italiani spesso sfugge: i ragazzi del Volo portano nel mondo la grande tradizione melodica italiana. È un merito, non un demerito. 

Paolo Giordano translation:

WE SAY THINGS LIKE

Bravo Red Ronnie to say something that often escapes Italians: the guys of IL VOLO bring the great Italian melodic tradition into the world. It is a merit, not a demerit.

I would say that the meeting with Red Ronnie, was more than positive, and Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca have left their mark this time too.

But we fans were sure of this. These guys have a charisma that goes beyond mere artistic skill.

They also conquered Red Ronnie who, after Sanremo, when asked what he thought of the victory, said that his choice was that Nek had to win.

Even Paolo Giordano has repented, and I would say that since May 3, IL VOLO has another extra fan: Red Ronnie.

Video by Piero and Red announcing the broadcast.

What is your opinion on the repentance/change of heart of Red Ronnie?

We Italian fans, we are very happy with this new opinion of Red Ronnie and we are happy that our guys are supported by the beautiful words of Red (which remains a great connoisseur of music). Maybe other critics now will have second thoughts.

However, it must be acknowledged that Red had the courage to admit that he was wrong. BRAVO! very good Red!

And you, what do you think of this change of mind?

Tell me your opinion.

Daniela

P.S. This last video has always been published by Red Ronnie before the broadcast, you watch it to the end, because in the second part, I would say there is a nice recognition to the 2012 American tour.

Credit to owners of all photos and videos and Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo.

IL VOLO LIVE on Roxy Bar TV by Daniela

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It was a good 4 hours live, but they flew by with our beloved IL VOLO!!

They showed themselves to the public for what they are, three adorable boys next door, simple guys, with no pretense. They are lively boys, sometimes unruly, noisy, very good friends. They did not put up masks or false behavior, they appeared very natural and true to themselves.

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I must tell you that Red Ronnie was never an admirer of them, he never had kind words for them, but as usual, he did not know them, he spoke only to “hearsay” from others, people who do not know them, and who like to denigrate them.

Red was able to get to know them during the launch of the Torpedine book. It seemed strange to us Italian fans that Red wanted them for a live show, as I said he was never particularly kind to them. But last night, during the live, Red has repeatedly said that “he did not know them at all” that now that he got to know them he saw that they are not at all haughty guys, but they are very nice and simple. Red also recognized their artistic value and marveled at the following of fans from around the world who love them. In fact, the official fan club site went haywire, due to too many requests.

The girl that sat next to Red and ran the laptop is Alice, the one who keeps active the official Fan club of IL VOLO.

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Now, I will summarize some of the important things that were said:

As for the new CD, unfortunately they said immediately, that they could not reveal anything for a contractual issue, which for them is difficult but not to say anything, neither the title, nor what it is, not even the date of publication , they only said that the record is ready and will be published soon.

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They answered several video phone calls throughout the show, but most did not have constructive questions, they were talking like friends. Among the calls, the one made by the only male was beautiful because he asked an interesting question. He asked if they could bring a friend around the world, where would they go. Piero replied that he would lead him to PIER 39, which is a pier in San Francisco, in front of Alcatraz. Ignazio replied to Chicago, which is beautiful to him. Gianluca instead says that he would take him to run in Malibu on a beautiful sunny day.

One girl told Piero that he did well to leave his red glasses behind, because he no longer needs them to be recognized.

I liked it when Red asked them if they were engaged. Piero immediately said NO. Gianluca did not answer but smiled. Ignazio has not confirmed but not denied, as if there was a sympathy in place. Ignazio said that he was very faithful for two and a half years to a girl, faithful to the end, because he said that when you’re in love you have to show it even in attitudes. When Red asked how the love affair was now, Ignazio said that it was over, that things had slowly intervened that they faced and that it was more him wanting to interrupt the love affair.

Then Red, asked Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, to which person in their family they are more close to and here are the answers: Piero said his mother and father. Gianluca replied it was his grandfather. Ignazio said his sister and this surprised Red. Ignazio explained that he is very close to his sister because when he was little, she was like his mother, when his real mother was in hospital. And he also said that even now they are bound by a strong affection. “I will always be grateful to my sister, because she too was little more than a child at that time, and the task was burdensome, she could refuse this role, but she agreed to use her time to look after me when I was smaller.”

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Another important topic was when Ignazio said that some boys often contact him to make their vocal talents heard, and when singing they shout so much, however, Ignazio said that having a very high voice is not synonymous with skill. He explained that so many songs must also be whispered and interpreted.

They cannot be serious while running GRANDE AMORE. Piero begins one of the high notes so high Ignazio makes a gesture because he knows he has to climb a lot with his voice (Gianluca laughs). They are all spiteful !! At the end, Red says  he is a little surprised by the power of the voices, “Who will repay me of all the my eyeglasses you broke?”

For the rest were all chatter with friends, nothing new, they talked a little bit about everything, even the luck of having met on the same day at the same broadcast.

Red says that Piero is the most serious, Gianluca the most fussy and Ignazio the funniest. Red specifies that Gianluca is picky in a good way, that is he is precise, one that puts the dots, on everything. Gianluca responds that this “mania” sometimes makes him become uncompromising to the point that, when there are discussions (he says that yesterday they discussed a lot), even if he is right, with this way of being fussy, it makes you almost unpleasant therefore he understands that his attitude is too strong and will try to change.

At the end of the video, Gianluca stops and says that certain songs are untouchable and must be sung well.

Red asked how friendships are made up. Ignazio answered that he feels more connected to Piero, also because they are both Sicilians. Piero confirmed.

Red asked what their favorite song is. Ignazio and Gianluca said Smile. Piero replied My Way.

Magnificent SMILE

Then he asked if they see themselves in their solo career and Piero immediately answered NO, Ignazio NO, Gianluca SI.

Ignazio also said this really beautiful thing, he said that thanks to their music teacher he understood that everyone must follow their inclinations, Ignazio wanted to make music, he did not want to go on television or become famous, he was interested in making music, because it makes him feel good.

Then he was also lucky because he met them (Piero and Gianluca) on the same TV show. Gianluca then says that their parents have not pushed them but have always adapted to their needs.

At the end, Red Ronnie congratulates Ignazio for his performance.

Therefore Red confirms:

1) You have talent

2) Fortunately, they met in a broadcast

3) There was Cenci who understood to put them together

4) Torpedine accidentally saw them on TV

5) Torpedine was a friend of Renis who opened the American market to the guys

At this point Red says that in front of them they had an open highway, but even if you’re on a highway and you cannot run (that is if there is no talent), you do not do anything.

Red confirms that IL VOLO has been famous for some time, but he did not know them at all, he admits that he knows them better now and thinks that they are really good and pleasant, not like many journalists make them appear.

(This is the greatest satisfaction for us Italian fans: Daniela)

Red asks how many songs they have in their repertoire and Piero answers by producing a sheet on which he has written all 116 of them. Then Red sees that L’IMMENSITA’ is written twice and then Piero says 115.

The “TIRICHITOLLA” could not be missing

They said that for the tenth year of their career they will do beautiful things that they are already thinking about. At one point they took 10 vinyl records of IL VOLO, NOTTE MAGICA and signed them, these records will be delivered to 10 girls of the fan club, they will later say how to get them.

The guys have just made a short video published on the official IL VOLO fan club page where they thank all the fans who followed them last night and they say that there will be many surprises coming.

(This video DOES NOT play upside down! 🙂 )

The following day Red Ronnie thanked everyone for the beautiful night live saying that they have reached 200,000 people with 34,000 interactions and contacts only on his Facebook page.

I tried to translate the most important things, but if you have any questions about the video, ask me, and I will translate to you what they were saying.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos and Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo.

I’m Smiling Because ….

Hello Everyone!

It’s kind of rainy here, but I was  thinking of a couple of reasons to smile…

1.) My new nephew, Garrett, arrived safe and sound last week.  I absolutely can’t wait to meet him!

2.) Though it is rainy, it’s 70 degrees, and the trees are  blooming, so I think winter is finally over!!!

 

What about you?

 

~~ Kelly

LAST HOUR!!!! by Daniela

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This video from Red Ronnie at Roxy Bar TV just appeared.

TRANSLATION:

Tomorrow evening from 10:00 pm, until 02:00 – 03:00 in the morning, in this studio, there will be IL VOLO.

The three guys from IL VOLO, will be here, and we will interact live with all the fans of the world.

In fact we aired late at night, from 10:00 pm onwards, to allow even those who follow us, will follow us from South America, United States, etc., to be able to connect.

There will be opportunities for interaction, to ask questions, to call via Skype, to interact via Facebook, so we will be on my Facebook page, on the facebook page of IL VOLO, on roxybar.tv, on my YouTube, Periscope page and so on.

It will be an experiment that I believe has never been done, that is, without term, in continuity, to be able to interact with all the fans of the world.

IL VOLO are artists who have a crazy following, all over the world, and so tomorrow evening we will do this experiment.

This experiment, all over the world, I believe has never been done, that is, being in a studio and interacting, answering the questions of the fans from all over the world that connect, for 4 hours, 5 hours, I do not know how long it will last.

We are not preparing the event, it is something that comes naturally, spontaneously, and it will be something special.

Do not ask to come, because it is impossible, the studio is this little you see, so you can interact from home, clearly the fans registered to the official fan club IL VOLO, will have a priority, so they will be the first who can ask questions, then, we will be open to everything.

Like a big party.

I’ll show you this trailer that has just arrived of IL VOLO and that explains who IL VOLO is.

Here, this is a video that shows what they have done, and so they will be here and answer all the questions.

The thing that I like, I say in an ironic way and I refer to Antonella Mosetti, who asks me (Red Ronnie while talking, he receives questions live and is answering a question posed by Mosetti):

“Hi Red, I would like to know what they did in that hotel in Switzerland.”

Antonella, I’m showing you a video of the enormity of things IL VOLO has done, and your only curiosity is to know what they did at the Locarno hotel in Switzerland ??? Guys, get over it!!! Go beyond this television that now is just a scandal, where we talk only about bad things, negative things, to look for …….. but have you seen what they have combined these guys here? Have you seen the success they have had???

However tomorrow night will be here, we will connect and answer all the questions, it will be an experiment, believe me, it will be a very interesting experiment, because it is the first time that the Internet is used in such a global way, for the total interaction, so I think be nice.

I’ll see you tomorrow night.

There will also be Torpedine.

See you tomorrow.

Credit to Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo and to Red Ronnie for the Facebook video.