ROMA, MY FIRST CONCERT by Xinjie

June the 26th 2019

after months of waiting,

finally, this day came.

It was very hot the weather. And because I need to go to the soundcheck and my home is not a little near the Auditorium Parco della Musica, so I had to depart early. I was worried but everything went well I got the train->metro->tram smoothly and arrived at the place without trouble.

As I arrived early, I had time to greet a lot of Volovers that I met on the internet, on official FC, Twitter and Facebook. Moments full of love.

Then finally we could enter for the soundcheck! When we were still waiting outside, the soundcheck was already began! Heard the voice of Ignazio, then Piero, then Gianluca, from the stage not so far away, I was already so excited, almost to cry.

Then we got in. I got me a seat at the right side of the 1st row. Then sun saw almost gone but at my seat there was still sunshine! So, thanks to the sun I think maybe I was the shiniest one in among the fans XD. The position was like: me->stage->the sun, almost the same angle of the pictures Piero and Gianluca put on the Instagram. you can imagine how splendid the scene was when I was looking at the boys on the stage! Alessandro Quarta arrived later, so we were able to watch him play violin too!! For me, my seat at concerto was a little far away so thanks to the Fan Club I could watch them at a place close like this…

It was my first real concert, literally, not only for Il Volo, but the first time in my life. I had no idea what would happen but I made a fan with messages, precisely, it’s a 团扇(in Chinese “Tuán Shàn”, in Japanese “Uchiwa”, that means rounded fanBecause I think it is much more beautiful and easy to take in hand than a paper. (a designer’s insist) One side is “Io Sono Il Volover”, a message for all people, and another side “Piero❤26”, yes, it’s for Piero’s birthday.💕

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It worked well I think! Everyone saw it, and many told me it was beautiful! And during the soundcheck, Ignazio asked the foreigner fans where are they from, I said I’m Chinese, and he began to talk to me in Chinese “你好!你好吗?” (Hello! How are you?)I was so happy (and amazed by his Chinese pronunciation, again) so I was smiling and nodding to him. Ignazio: “Why you don’t talk? You don’t speak Chinese?” At this moment, arrived the voice of Piero from another side of the stage: “She wrote Piero! She does not talk to you!” You two are fantastic!!!! I thought maybe Piero did not see it, but in fact he saw it clearly!

The soundcheck was short, they sang some songs, had fun, and then when they were done, the greeted each one of us and then left.

I was able to give Piero my little drawing as his birthday gift!! He took it, smiled (you all know how beautiful his smile is!), and carefully read the little message I wrote in. Liked it (?? maybe, I was too nervous to catch his reactions, but I want to believe…) Softly he said “Thank you”, then kindly asked the staff to take a picture of him, my work, and me! Ohh maybe he liked it!!

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(me, my work. I hope Piero looked into the details, so that he can know how much love is inside…)

Then we got out, waited to re-enter. And I found the official shop! And when we got in I went there immediately! So I got the lovely designed T-shirt! Which Piero wears at every concert! I loved it when the first moment Piero posted it in a story on Instagram.

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(I got two T-shirts, one for me, one for my dear Japanese friend. She got me a cap from the Japanese concert too!)

The sunlight turned gold, and we went in the Cavea Arena.

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I thought my seat would be far away but in fact it was not! Cavea Arena is a lovely place that every seat is never too far! I can see the stage very clearly. Then the lights were on, and they started to test them, wonderful!

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(Do you see the three rounded lights? I was so excited when they began to appear there!)

Lights on, then came the familiar sound of airport, it was so emotive, it was “Il Mondo”!! The first song of the first album, a flashback, it is absolutely the best song for the beginning of this 10th anniversary concert.

The setlist of the concert is perfect! As I imagined before, it was a Musica + 10 years best setlist. I felt many times during the concert that this list was designed for me. Many old songs, I dreamed many times, but never expected that I can really hear them live. For me, they are “Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te”, “Ancora”, “No Puede Ser” etc. Now when I think of it, I’m really not sure if it was my illusion. And the collaboration with Alessandro Quarta was obviously epic! It was the best performance at Sanremo, so great that they do it again at the concert! They really know their fans well.

Solo songs! Solo songs are more than wonderful! Their choices really fit them best. Their characters, their voices, their worldviews…And it was deluxe to have 2 solo songs for each one. I waited to hear the solo songs, and then I heard them, so beautiful, I cried.

It was absolutely a very special concert, with a special date and special location. So we heard Happy Birthday to Piero in their beautiful harmony and “Arrivederci Roma”, in Rome.

I really want to mention the scenography. We all agree that Il Volo’s performance is always perfect. Just like the boys say, it’s not only they three that do this job. And the part of scenography, sometimes mentioned less, is a very important. I always love their stages, not exaggerated, not noisy, simple and elegant but with carefully chosen colors emotional lights, everything is just right for them.

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(When they sing, every color of the world turns beautiful…)

And the most important part…the Voices!! I knew…I knew they would sound much greater than the videos and CDs, but they still gave me this huge impression and emotion… All their voices in that night were in gold condition! For the first time I really realized how beautiful human voices (maybe I should say angels’ voices) can be… There’re something very special, powerful and magical that touches your heart softly. And I found out again how I am addicted to these beautiful voices. I held my breath, I heard, I shed tears.

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(I didn’t take videos, but some photos, maybe this is my favorite shot.)

A very short night. For every fan like me, it would be always too short. It was a date that finally came after loving them for more than six years. With every song, my memories of the days with the songs and with Il Volo flashed back. But everything passed too fast. When it ended, I didn’t feel so sad but only amazed at that moment. But now, the date that I works hard and waited for months became the past, I feel some empty in my heart. It’s cruel that when a concert ends it ends. But I believe we’ll never stay too far, because we are always “Vicinissimo”. Also I have another date to wait, beyond the summer, in Verona…then all these sweet memories will revive.

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ROMA, A MAGNIFICENT CONCERT AND OTHER by Daniela

Nonna Maura went to the concert in Rome, I waited for her report of the day, and here it is, read and rejoice.

It is the seventh concert of Il Volo I am about to attend. At the Auditorium of Rome I arrive for the second time. In 2015, my first time, the boys had recently won the Sanremo Festival. I found myself in the middle of a stream of people heading towards the auditorium, and I well remember the feeling of enormous satisfaction I felt in seeing how many people shared my same feelings of admiration towards my beloved Magnificent Three. 

Four years have passed and many things have happened …. But the emotion is always the same, perhaps greater.

It is around 18:00 when I arrive with my friend Patrizia, and already a large group of fans is waiting in front of the still closed gate to watch the tests. In the meantime, we know a Japanese couple, she speaks enough Italian … They came to Rome specifically for the concert, after having participated in three of their concerts in Japan. Patrizia gives us a video in which our young Chinese friend Xinjie, who lives in Rome and we already know, joins us. Among many almond-shaped eyes, I feel transported to the Far East!

Power of Il Volo, more and more … ecumenical! Once you enter the auditorium, the boys are already on stage and I immediately run into grandfather Ernesto and Francesca, Gian’s girlfriend, sitting in the front row. I greet them and … with my usual nerve, I sit next to them. The first is very well known to all, the second not so much because Gianluca administers it very sparingly, I would say with the dropper .. And it’s good! 

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Despite having exchanged a few words with her, I can tell you my impressions. She is a girl with delicate and sweet features, a discreet beauty, not showy, elegant in the way she behaves. In line with Gian’s tastes. In her features she struck my imagination, something that brought to mind a famous painting by Parmigianino (Italian painter). She is aware of her particularity, even if this artistic combination has arrived new, and, on the contrary, precisely for this reason she is taken fondly around, by those who perhaps ignore that it is a great aesthetic value, a sign of distinction .. She was very hot, and fanned herself with a cardboard. So I give her one of the two hand fans I have available.

The guys on stage sing small pieces of songs and sometimes go down to say hello to those they know. All three of them take turns to greet me too.

Later we settle in the seats corresponding to the tickets purchased. On the ground floor, …. they are not very beautiful, but we have not found anything better.

The lights go out and at the first notes we all recognize “IL MONDO”, one of the three songs, with “O Sole Mio” and “Grande Amore” emblematic and representative of their career, at least in my opinion. The ending of this song is of such beauty that they sing it a cappella whenever they ask it to give an example of their “singing in harmony”. But what does it matter if they sing other people’s songs, if they sing them SO?

Just like King Midas, they turn all the songs they “touch” with their voices into pure gold … The audience, which has already applauded their individual releases, explodes in liberating applause. In fact, it frees us from abstinence from this “soft drug” (cited by Patrizia Ciava .. 😁.) Of which we cannot, indeed we do not, want to do without.

The songs are running away fast, and everything ends too soon, as always.

The participation of the super-violinist Alessandro Quarta is amazing.

The boys are tender and charming, during the interpretation of “Vicinissimo”, for their to the little ones. And as if to close the circle of life, an elderly lady, a little wavering, appears at the same time in the powerful arms of Ignazio.

Only later will I find out that she came from England just for them. You are 99 years old … How I understand her! No concert is expected, at least for now, from its parts, and wanted to give itself another moment of happiness. These are the miracles of Il Volo. The vision of little Emma (the youngest child in Ignazio’s arms), next to the unknown centenary is the perfect demonstration of the transgenerational value of this group.

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In fact I saw a different audience than the one of 2015. Many more young people, many more children, many more foreigners and many more men … active in the version of convinced fans and not only of passive companions .

In this regard, I quote a middle-aged couple, sitting right in front of us, who at one moment stood up, without sitting down again. Holding hands, they sang and waved here and there to accommodate the rhythm of the music. I, little one, was swaying behind them, but in the opposite direction, to be able to see a segment of the stage …. 😥😥. Less problems for the handsome and high Patrizia!

Final assault on the stage … a déja vu that is repeated always and everywhere and that makes me rejoice even if I can’t participate. An enthusiastic crowd, in a blaze of handshakes, selfies, bunches of flowers and small gifts ..

When we are about to leave, Gianluca gives me a last smile, a hug and a red rose.

And now I’m already waiting for the next big thrill! 😘

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And here is the photo of Grandma Maura’s living room with the beautiful red rose in the vase on the table.

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In this photo Grandma Maura with Gianluca, holding a sheet where it was written, to give a kiss to Gian by a fan named Rosanna. This fan published the photo on her Facebook page, thanking Maura with these words:

“Dearest grandmother. Maura, ….. thank you so much for what you did last night at the concert … you made me really happy … A kiss from my tvtb (I love you so much). Rosanna”

Dear Maura, we thank you for giving us your advice and for opening your heart to us.
I bet you will jealously guard that beautiful rose, and in your memories Gianluca’s beautiful smile that greets you.
Thanks: Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

BATTITI LIVE 2019 by Daniela

And the BATTITI LIVE show has also been archived.
But what a splendor, at PUGLIA, that with its people has participated in a very affectionate way, as regards the performance of our boys.
They only sang two songs, “A CHI MI DICE” and of course “GRANDE AMORE”.
But here immediately the video of the participation of IL VOLO.

We have to thank Xinjie who managed to record this video, then published on our fanpage.
The exhibition is wonderful !!!!

The boys have been stellar, but I want to bring to your attention their words at the end of “Grande Amore”, when they are joined by the presenters.

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PR = Wonderful !!! Guys, you’ve made me shudder, you’re PAZZESCHI (extraordinary).
G = Thank you
PR = Il Volo in Battili live, the heart of music.
G = It’s always nice to hear our songs sung by heart!
I = It is the first time we have come here, especially to Vieste and we will return to Puglia on 27 and 28 July, to Barletta and Lecce. We can’t wait, because in any case Lecce is wonderful and maybe we do even a little bit of the sea.
PR = We will certainly come to hear you.

Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, we immediately hear Maria Sole (their delegate among the people) and your audience, you can talk directly with them.

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MS = Guys, what to say, congratulations for everything, really. For us it is a great pleasure, to have you here, for the first time at Battiti live, not only for me, but also for Alan and Elisabetta (the presenters on stage), but especially for our audience, and I bring them to you now.

GIRL = Guys, you were crazy, I ask you this question, you are always traveling around the world, how do you find the time to do your things?
P = We don’t find it.
G = It is not true, there is always, because fortunately the important thing is to have next, A FAMILY, FRIENDS, AFFECTION, and when we come back, we can’t wait to be with them.

MS = Very true, and we have another question.
BOY = You are three, how do you come to an agreement, even when you don’t have the same ideas?
I = Just beat them (Piero and Gianluca)
P = This year we are celebrating 10 years of career, being together is like a marriage, if all goes well, you are happy, fortunately we are celebrating 10 years of music but above all of FRIENDSHIP and we thank each other every day, because WE WANT US WELL.
PR = These are universal values. Thank you. IL VOLO.
G = Thank you.

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Guys, I have no words, you are really great artists, but also guys who give really positive messages, during these performances, where there is the maximum presence of your peers.
Really, all of us, your fans, we are very proud of you.

Thanks: Daniela

Some shots

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RADIO ITALIA LIVE, THE CONCERT by Daniela

A beautiful flight of IL VOLO and we arrive in Palermo, there is the great concert of RADIO ITALIA LIVE.

Here, instead, there is the advertising of the concert, really very nice and the boys are very strong.

 

P = You must come to the Radio Italia live concert, because …
I = Why Radio Italia, it’s just Italian music … and then it’s not an advice …
G = And what is a fennel? However, to get all the information, swipe up. 

Here is the video of the show’s rehearsals.

They try “MUSICA CHE RESTA”, but is someone missing? Ignazio did not arrive, but he will certainly be there for the evening.

Immediately after the rehearsals for the show, Piero and Gianluca are interviewed by Radio Italia.

Radio Italia News Article – Click Here

Radio 01

IL VOLO TO RADIO ITALIA LIVE. 10 YEARS OF CAREER: “AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE BEST WILL COME.”

Gianluca and Piero anticipate a new project.

Radio 02

Among the protagonists of RADIO ITALIA LIVE – IL CONCERTO in Palermo is IL VOLO: Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone did the rehearsals and went to visit us at our Foro Italico for a live interview with Mauro and Manola. Ignazio Boschetto is absent, but tomorrow (29 June) he will be on stage. “Sometimes it happens that due to unforeseen events we are not immediately present all three. Once, in 2012, we were guests at The Voice Portugal, but there was a snowfall and I couldn’t move from home,” explained Gianluca.

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Celebrate 10 years of success around the world … “For us this is a special year, we were waiting with much anticipation 2019. The first song we sang together in 2009 was ‘O Sole Mio’. This year we celebrate 10 years of music, friendship and loyalty. A project will arrive at the end of the year, the best.”

Radio 04

Did you ever think or hope as a child that this would happen? “The important thing is never to lose being children, which sometimes helps you to keep your feet on the ground. We still have that desire to make music and have fun, especially on stage, where we are still those children who want to break everything.”

Radio 05

Did you ever think about the Japan tour and the Arena? “No, we just sang, just. We didn’t know each other, it was the producer of the program TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE  that has united us. Thanks to our manager Torpedine we are fulfilling our dreams.”

You were small but you already showed great self-confidence “This is a little fun … Have you ever seen videos in Locarno where we forgot the lyrics?”

Radio 06

We are finally in the evening, everything takes place in the beautiful Sicily, in Palermo, we are at the Foro Italico, at the marina. There’s a lot of people.
And here’s the short videos of their performances …

A CHI MI DICE

MUSICA CHE RESTA 

GRANDE AMORE

Great people participation!

 

Immediately after the performance, a small, nice interview.

PR = At Radio Italia Live the concert, IL VOLO, welcome.
G = Thank you, welcome back.

PR = Welcome back, very good, but it is also a welcome home, especially for Piero and Ignazio, because they return to Sicily. What is it like singing at home in Sicily?
I = It is always beautiful, it is always nice to come back to Sicily, our land, our origins, especially to Radio Italia, the people are crazy, in today’s slang “fighissimo”. Then we will be back on July 21st here in Palermo.
P = And also in Taormina on July 23rd.

PR = What did you give Piero for his 26 years?
I = Do you really want to know?
P = You know, they went to the greengrocer, they bought a broccoli and they gave it to me, in Sicily they say “broccoli roses”. (I think it’s a way of saying that they gave him nothing, Daniela)
G = Sometimes we give ourselves little thoughts and gifts, even if there is no particular occasion.

PR = It is the best thing.
(addressed to Piero) but is this really the gift?
P = No, no, they are thinking about it ….. I hope !!
G = First we must have the money.
P = Yes, those of Mahmood.

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PR = This year you celebrate 10 years of career, the best moments of these 10 years, maybe one each.
P = When they met me.
I = You know it’s hard to get one, maybe when we won Sanremo.
G = Perhaps our first concert at Radio City Music Hall.
P = I must say, the performance before Pope Francis in Panama for WYD.

PR = Three beautiful moments. You are international artists, we know you well, you are on tour all over the world, who better than you, knows the world.
Three countries, those of your tour are also fine- which would you recommend for the summer 2019.
G = To go on vacation? For summer? I, summer or not, would go to Japan immediately, it’s one of my favorite countries.
I = We Italians, usually, for the holiday, we always try to go abroad, in Greece or the Maldives, but I think that in Italy, there are really beautiful places, starting from Puglia, the coast of Salento, even the Calabria, Sardinia, Sicily.
G = Sicily is implied.
I = Sicily, rightly, is implied.
P = I advise you to go to Google and look for Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, my house!

Radio 19

 

PR = Gianluca said Japan. You have great success there too, you have just done the concerts, but do you know how to sing something in Japanese?
(Piero and Ignazio begin to sing a nursery rhyme in Japanese)
G = For two weeks they did so all the time, it’s a nursery rhyme, it would be like ours “If you are happy you know it, clap your hands”. The beauty is that we sang it even in concert, suddenly …
P = After the Nessun Dorma
G = …. and the people … (he claps his hands, very composed, like the Japanese do), beautiful.

PR = Since I see you a lot, the very last thing … I saw that for the advertising of the concert of Radio Italia, Ignazio made the dab (???)
P = What is this dab? (Ignazio and Gianluca do, a pose)
PR = I wanted Il Volo to greet Radio Italia with your dab.
P = Do you know which would be our dab? (He moves his arms as if he were flying.)
PR = You are right there is the personalized one for Il VOLO.
IL VOLO, thanks !!!

Radio 20

And finally the whole video of the evening.

More photos – remember to click on each photo to view it at a larger size.

It was a good concert, the people of Palermo responded with great affection, they all sang “GRANDE AMORE” with every possible voice.
This song has entered everyone’s heart.

Thanks guys: Daniela

And tomorrow in concert at Battiti Live !!

 

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ROMA, MUSICA TOUR 3 by Daniela

Here we are at the third concert: Rome, Cavea della Musica, a beautiful outdoor space in the Eternal City.

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Here are the boys signing the wall of the participants of the Cavea.

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P = Guys, we have just arrived at the Auditorium 4 of the Music of Rome.
G = The MUSIC TOUR continues and we have arrived, finally also here in the capital city.
I = They said everything, so …… hello !!

But let’s go immediately to the photos of the evening, by Ercole Ginoble.

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It is sold out! Really nice to see how many people are waiting for their songs.

In the left corner, we can see Grandfather Ernesto, who has come to see the Volo and in particular his beloved Gianluca.❤❤

They interpret songs belonging to the classical Italian and international tradition, with modern style and arrangements, and pop songs in a classic key … they are @lvolo and are live from the Cavea of the #RomaSummerFest!

IL MONDO

A CHI MI DICE

 

MY WAY

MUSICA CHE RESTA

CORE N’grato

ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO

 

VICINISSIMO (how sweet this video is)

L’AMORE SI MUOVE

 

LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO

NO PUEDE SER

LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI

SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN

ARRIVEDERCI ROMA

IO LAVORO E PENSO A TE

MARIA

MI MANCHERAI

 

 

 

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Speaking of Alessandro Quarta, here’s what he said in an interview, talking about IL VOLO:

“It is very rare to find artists in the non-classical world who have a great mastery of multi-style, musical and major important stages, and I believe that Ignazio Piero and Gianluca are part of those rare artists who help art and musical culture to make it loved and wanted by everyone. And that’s exactly what I do in my music through the violin, undressing it from the tailcoat to embellish it with emotions, art and culture and innovation.”

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What a great concert, and other songs, there are no videos.

This meeting instead took place before the concert.

In this short video, you recognize Nonna Maura, in the middle of the Japanese couple.

The couple came from Japan to attend the concert. They also went to three concerts in Japan.

At the end of the video also Xinjie (the girl from the Capri video) is added with a friend, who is one of the three selected to watch the preview of the concert with the boys.

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On the sheet it says:

FOR TEN YEARS ALWAYS WITH YOU, THANK YOU! 

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Some beautiful photos of the evening. (Click on each photo to view a larger version.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sense that it was a fantastic concert.
There was a strong pop footprint, but how much talent, how much love, how much interpretation.
Lots of interaction with the public.
They love people and people love them.
I read a short comment from one of our crew, she wrote “the best concert ever”.
Guys, but this way, how can you resist until next year ???
The next appointment is in Palermo for the great concert of Radio Italia.

See you soon.
Daniela

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