An Extra Hour with Il Volo!

We in the USA gained the extra hour this weekend, although Europe fell back last weekend.

This is what I did with my extra hour, ok, maybe a little longer than an hour…. but what did you do?

Ok, I challenged all of you a few years ago to do this.  Now, I challenge you again!  Gather all of your Il Volo memorabilia and/or all things Italy and make a space on a shelf or in a room and devote it to the Guys!  🙂 

I’d been wanting to do this for quite some time now, and I finally did it!  🙂

It’s not perfect and I still have some ideas, but that is most of it!

We want to see your pictures!  Please feel free to send to jvandela524@gmail.com.

Take care all – they are coming – I’m sure of it!

Jana

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SEVEN VIP’S THINKING LIKE US- by Valeria Bosch

I point out to you the beautiful analysis of this video. Analysis made by Valeria Bosch, who has been able to capture every nuance and describe everything with clear and accurate words that we immediately make ours.

Congratulations, as always to Valeria, for the wonderful work.

Daniela

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Waiting for the new chapter of the artistic life that Il Volo will write, when in 2019 they will celebrate ten years of their careers, like many IlVolovers I too go looking for Youtube videos of their performances, of the important and beautiful moments, of the interpretations that will always be remembered, of their trips, of their triumphs. So I found a video, made from “Il Volo performances” published on January 4, 2018 with the title “Il Volo. Top 7 Celebrity Audience Reactions”, seven moments of the career of Il Volo that show the enthusiastic, amazed reaction of many celebrities, listening to the three incredible Italian boys. They are (not in chronological order, but as flowing in the video):

1) BARBRA STREISAND – performing with the boys, in October 2012, in various American cities, a tour which was a milestone in their still young career. The big international star, certainly one of the greater singers living, had asked to be accompanied by the very young men: a clear declaration of admiration and respect for Gian, Ignazio and Piero, that Mrs. Streisand acknowledged, providing them, for the future, a passport of recognition worldwide. 

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2) LAURA PAUSINI – meets with Il Volo on the prestigious stage of the Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 6, 2014, and sings with them “In absence of you”, and then “Il Mondo”. During this second exhibition it’s palpable the astonishment of Laura for the singing of the boys. She looks, stops, listens, embraces them and at the end, raising arms, announcing “Italiani!”, that, if translated graphically, should written with hundred exclamation points! Laura expresses her pride for those young men of her country! Today it can easily be claimed that Laura and Il Volo, with Andrea Bocelli, form the short list of Italian singers most famous in the world.

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3) SHARON STONE – in December 2017 the famous American diva, is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, for a charity event and attends a gala organized in her honor. She meets with Il Volo who performs for her. The boys sing a piece that is the flagship of Italian music in the world, “O Sole Mio”, and Sharon literally goes “crazy”: seduced from their beautiful singing and from the gallantry of the three boys, embracing them with kisses, singing with them. Her joy for meeting them is rousing and all the public participates with applause and enthusiasm for the three young Italian singers. 

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4) JENNIFER LOPEZ – and the same song, “O Sole Mio”, Il Volo sang at the edition of “American Idol” in 2011, with the three swans that were still ducklings, but with one voice that was already stellar: opposite to them one diva, the amazing Jennifer Lopez, applauding energetically, the public giving a standing ovation. And the next day a tweet from Britney Spears says… “Did you all see @IlVolo on Idol last night? SOOOOO cute… I loved them! Such talented little men. -Britney

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5) JOSÉ JOSÉ – but, between those performances, the event that moves me most is that of “El Triste”, interpreted by the boys in honor of the legendary José José, during the Billboard Awards 2013. The old lion, that the Mexicans have always called “El Principe de la cancion”, now aged with years and from health not so vigorous, sits in the first row and listens to the first notes with curiosity, then with growing interest, then transformed in an amazed expression and finally in overwhelming enthusiasm with a vigorous applause and standing ovation! 

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6) GENTE DE ZONA – at the Latin American Music Awards 2015, Il Volo performs “Grande Amore”, the song that won the Festival of Sanremo. The audience enthusiasm is skyrocketing and is demonstrated with an interminable standing ovation and in the front row to applaud there is “Gente de Zona”, with whom the boys duetted in “Noche Sin Dìa” and Maria Arraras, famous Puerto Rican journalist of Telemundo.

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7) The JURY OF AMERICA’S GOT TALENT 2017 – it’s the final evening of the famous American talent, guests of honor are the singers of Il Volo that performed in a lyric piece, “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini, a piece that could seem out of place on that stage, but the skill of boys is such that the public gave them an interminable standing ovation, also the jury! The jury was formed with supermodel Heidi Klum, singer Mel B, television star Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell, famous English record producer and creator of the format “X Factor”.

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I think this video shows, for sure, how vast the enormous support for Il Volo is. I don’t think that celebrities like Barbra Streisand, José José, Laura Pausini would have expressed such enthusiasm and such unconditional admiration, if they had not recognized in the group a true musical talent, an interpretative and emotional ability, an air of freshness seen in the boys that was very unusual! In short, three excellent voices if listened to together, and great also if evaluated individually. Three boys who in years have continued to improve, with application of study and sacrifice, without escaping from the effort of long trips and continual travel, and without shying away from new challenges, especially with the new project “Notte Magica”!

Now we are waiting for them to test the ten years of collaboration. They’ll demonstrate the maturity reached, the ability acquired, the love for the music, ever stronger and more rooted. We know that they will always win their battle, they will surprise and still again conquer the world, all… children, young and adults, in Italy, in Europe, in America, in a word all over the world!

For the video, credits to “Il Volo Performances”.

Translation by Judy Paullin Thurman. 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH PIERO 2013 by Daniela

I got to see this old video of an interview of Piero in 2013.

It’s a very nice interview, made by the beautiful and nice Marcella Lattuca for the transmission Agrigentini Bella Gente.

It’s a long interview, made to a very young Piero, but interesting to hear and read his answers.

I noticed that there was the possibility of the automatic translator, but I read some passages and sincerely, there is not much sense in what is automatically translated, so I hope the length does not bore you, but I preferred to translate it for you.

ML = Dear viewers, welcome to this new episode of Agrigentini Bella Gente (Inhabitants of Agrigento, beautiful people).

This episode is very special because I have the privilege to talk with a real star of international music, you think, he has only 19 years, Piero Barone, whom I thank for intervening, has reached goals that perhaps, artists can not reach, over a whole career.

Thanks Piero, for being our guest.

P = It’s a pleasure. We did the chorus together and today we are here to do this fantastic interview.

ML = It’s true, you and me started in parallel, with a fairly considerable age gap, alas.

You start from Naro, you were born in Naro, you have a family from Agrigento, and you start with the Little Cantori di Santa Cecilia. (a choir of Agrigento).

Tell us how you approached music.

P = I have always pursued this dream of music, I grew up in the middle of music with my grandfather, grandfather Pietro and thanks also to my father’s constancy, because you know, sometimes there are moments, when you’re little, you play piano and you want to give up everything, but thanks to the constancy of my father, I always, always pursued this dream, first with the chorus of Santa Cecilia, studying with private teachers, and now fortunately, I’m here.

Piero 01(Piero with his grandfather Pietro)

ML = Anyway, your career was born a few years ago, when you were really a child.

What was actually this turning point, which made you feel you wanted to do something more? What was the spring?

P = In fact there was not, because I always wanted to sing, but there was luck, thanks to my father, always, thanks to my father, to do a summer festival in Cosenza.

My father called me and told me “Do you want to do this festival? Let’s go and come back in 24 hours (by car), let’s go and come back”.

I replied, “Dad, are you crazy?” and he “Come on, let’s try, I drive and you sleep in the car.”

For that selection they did not take me, but they gave my name to the editorial office of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, Antonella Clerici’s program.

One day I was returning from the piano school and I found my father on the phone with a lady Isabella Abiuso, and from there it all started, in fact my father asked me if I wanted to do that program and I replied “Why not, let’s try.”

ML = You started as a soloist at TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, and then maybe fate played a special role.

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P = Oh yes, we started this program as three singers, and now I, Ignazio and Gianluca are the group IL VOLO, and the fourth episode, the producer Roberto Cenci, had the idea to join our voices, and from there started … the three tenors …. the Tryo, we changed name, but in the end we decided to call ourselves IL VOLO.

Immediately after the program, we signed a program with Universal Music in Los Angeles.

ML = A little thing of nothing…..

P = They wanted a short Italian name.

IL VOLO was a metaphorical name, IL VOLO, to fly

ML = Anyway, what I understood from your words, the one that followed you the most, was your dad, also because, being a minor, you could not go around alone.

P = My father and my grandfather – my grandfather discovered my voice, my father helped me. He is great and he has been a great support.

ML = So immediately after TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, you signed this contract with Universal, and you started your flight.

P = Yes, we signed a contract with Universal, with our producer Tony Renis and Umberto Gattica and our manager Michele Torpedine, and from there, the first TV, the first album, with the first album we sold 1 million copies. And now the new album WE ARE LOVE has been released, where there is also a duet with Eros Ramazzotti and with Placido Domingo.

ML = But when you tell these things, do you realize where you’ve come from and all the way you’ve come in such a short time?

P = This is nothing, we made this new album, but behind this album we have done lots of experiences, like, a tour with Barbra Streisand, 12 dates with her. She was a great teacher for us and we learned so many things from her, like from many other great artists.

(the video is not a good recording, but it’s still fantastic !!!)

ML = I can afford to mention some reviews I read on the internet.

EL PASO TIMES: Electrifying: the name of the group means the flight in Italian, perfect name for a trio of young tenors who conquers ever higher peaks”, just to name one, another: “Beautiful and intense voices accompanied by beautiful harmonies that enchant the public by giving strong emotions “, this is the enthusiastic comment of the NEW YORK JOURNAL.

You are a trio, so you are dealing with two other guys who are the same age.

P = Ignazio and Gianluca

ML = Perfect. What is the relationship between you three? Is it really difficult to keep united, even if you go in one direction only?

P = This project was born as three friends, you know, living every day together, we have established a great relationship, we are like three brothers, because we share everything ….. not everything. There is a great relationship, a great agreement.

ML = But you also perform individually?

P = No, no, our concert is the concert of IL VOLO.

We have just finished a tour of 48 dates in America, this is the fourth tour. We have done an American tour, a South American, a European and another American just finished and now in 2013 we will do another South American, American and European.

ML = But for a boy of your age, you have spent most of your adolescence ….

P = On the plane

ML = In fact, and what effect does it make, having left your friends, your country, was it tough? Then you had to approach even with a language that was not yours, you had to learn English.

P = English is fundamental and we also had to learn Spanish.

ML = You have learned Spanish because now, however, you will start a tour, if I’m not mistaken in South America.

P = The second tour, and now there are great future projects, but I’ll tell you what we did in the last two months. We started the Rockefeller Center in New York, with the lighting of the Christmas tree, the Christmas season opens all over the world, the Christmas Time. We were there, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, everyone was there.

Immediately after we sang for the Nobel Prize presentation in Oslo. We represented Italy, because the Nobel Prize was given to the European Union.

There were Jennifer Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gerald Butler, Sial, it was a great experience.

ML = Informing me on the internet, I read that you have also become a style icon, because your fans have adopted this red eyewear look, is your brand?

P = If you come to our concerts, find all the girls with red glasses, it’s really nice !!

ML = And then you also have some very important fans, like for example …. say you …

P = We were in Panama and a friend called us and told us “Guys, read the interview about LA REPUBBLICA”, we go on the internet and we read that at Placido Domingo, they asked him what music he is listening at the moment, and he replied: “I listen to IL VOLO, they are three jewels that the whole world should know.” And the nephew of Pacido Domingo, is a wild fan, crazy about us, he wears red glasses, the vest, the tie ……. and from there was born the duet with Palcido Domingo.

ML = In fact, because in the last album, in addition to the duet with Ramazzotti, you also have one with Placido Domingo, which is one of the three historical tenors.

P = Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti. We dedicated the song we sang together with Placido Domingo, IL CANTO, to Pavarotti.

ML = It’s an extraordinary thing, and tell me, you said that you met so many famous people and I would like to know if any of these gave you advice, if they made you a “mentor” in addition to your grandfather and your dad.

P = The advice, be yourself, because the key to success is only one, talent and humility, because all the great artists are great people.

ML = The real ones.

P = Real ones, like Barbra Streisand, 70, and every night she entertains 25,000 people in America’s biggest arenas.

Now we have to start the tour with Barbra Streisand, in Europe. (pity that has never been done)

P = American Idol, as jurors were: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Steven Tyler is the singer of Aerosmith and we in our new album we sang “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, but we did it in a classic Italian “Questo Amore Splendido” (Piero begins to sing the song), just beautiful.

ML = Nice to even hear it live.

P = We did Jay Leno, it’s the third time, Jay Leno is America’s most watched Tonight Show, Jay Leno and Larry King are the most famous, we sang “Beautiful Day” two weeks ago, which is the cover of U2.

Let’s say that of our album, people ask us, but your kind of music, what is it? We did two duets, one with Ramazzotti which is the top of pop and Placido Domingo, which is the top of classical music.

ML = So you are versatile, you have shown your versatility and even those who gave you a kind of emulation of the TRIO of Tenors, like a bad copy of the trio, in the end it was denied.

P = This problem was, and there is, only in Italy, but you know, Italy is a very, very difficult country, but …. let’s do everything at the time.

But the thing that makes us angry, and I have to say this, we participated in the Nobel Prize, we have represented Italy, the whole world talks about it, who does not talk about it: Italy.

ML = It seems we are a little xenophilous.

P = But we love our country, so we love it as it is.

ML = With the merits and the defects.

You said you spent most of your teenage years on the plane, but how did you stay in touch with your friends and study?

P = I always say that what we do is what we like to do, so if you love what you do, everything becomes easy.

ML = But how did you study?

P = I study again, because I lost a year with my work. But this year I graduate, study in hotels, on airplanes.  (in reality, he will only get his diploma this year in 2018).

I took the license. I did the theory in August and the guide in November.

ML = Even if in America? It’s not like you travel by car there.

P = Yes, I do. I drive my producer’s car. Sometimes I hire a Ferrari, or a Porsche, I like driving.

ML = And can you orient yourself? You are now a citizen of the world.

P = But the beautiful thing … “beautiful”, so to speak, because sometimes you lack freedom, especially in South America, we walk with the escort, in South America we have five bodyguards at the baggage claim because at the exit of the airport there are a thousand girls.

ML = They recognize you on the street, it is shocking!

P = We travel with cars darkened and armored because unfortunately South America is a dangerous country but we love it and they love us, the girls chase us with taxis…. and shout, it’s nice !!

ML = Are you afraid of this thing?

P = No, no fear, it fills you with pride and satisfaction because you understand that what you are transmitting reaches people.

ML = But this life is so stressful, how do you recharge? What is your secret to recharging?

P = It’s my family. Many people tell me “you have traveled the world”, and it is true, I miss only Japan and Russia, because they are two very strong markets and we leave them ….. Everyone asks me “What is your favorite city? ? Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Paris? “ , my favorite city is Naro, Naro is my world.

ML = What’s your relationship with Naro?? After singing in far away places, with immense crowds, when you arrive at Naro, do you have to re-program again?

P = No, Naro is my homeland, so every time it’s always a party.

ML = What is your relationship with Naro’s inhabitants?

P = Fantastic, I love them!

ML = Welcome you?

P = Yes, I go to buy fruit, I go to the hairdresser … it’s very nice !!

ML = Perhaps paradoxically your country is the only place where you can roam freely.

P = With my little car, now I go around with my friends, I greet everyone, I am a very open type.

Piero 03(Piero photographed in Naro)

ML = It is a practice of our program, to ask what advice would you give to a person who has become a public figure, like you, to the Agrigentini boys who want to approach the art of singing, in this case.

P = My advice is always to follow your dream, never give up, there will be people who will say, “But come on, change jobs, change profession.” Never believe in them, believe in yourself, but when you arrive, stay where you are. Returning to the previous speech, I learned this from Barbra Streisand, and from all the great artists.

For example, we were on tour with Barbra Streisand, we were in the dressing room and we hear a knock, I go to open and there is Sting, or Michael Buble, David Beckham, Tom Hanks, all these great artists who knock on our dressing room, to have a photo, to greet us.

ML = This proves the fact that these great artists that have such long careers, it means that they remained what they were, it means that goodness of mind pays, beyond talent.

P = And then the humility even if it is really difficult to stay what you are, if you do not have great people behind, like a big family, I am doubly lucky because I am a person that could follow his dream and get there. Yet we have not arrived, but we are working, we study a lot, and my second fortune is my family – a moral support, a daily support, my father travels with me only when there are concerts, because the tour is very stressful. But for promotions, I travel alone, and you know, in the morning, when I call home, they give me the charge to start the day.

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ML = As a good Sicilian you have left the roots here, however you continually feed from your family.

P = When someone tell me “You know, when you speak, we hear the Sicilian accent, the Italian accent”….. let it be heard !!

ML = On the other hand your pride, it is this and, I can say, you are also our pride and I believe I also interpret the thought of all the inhabitants of Agrigento who followed you.

Last question, what do you dream of doing “when you grow up?”

P = I’m studying lyric now, because that’s my dream, that world, it’s my dream, the lyric is another dimension, but you have to study … too much … and now I’m studying, thanks to my possibilities, I am studying in Bologna, with my teacher Sergio Bertocchi, a great teacher, and he is a great person. I’m studying an opera setting, however, always with IL VOLO, Il VOLO is always …. the group IL VOLO …. IS IL VOLO. And so my dream is that one day maybe, to do the Premiere to La Scala or in some theater.

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ML = And we really wish you to stand out even more in this flight.

P = Before closing I have a gift, I brought you the new album of IL VOLO, WE ARE LOVE, this is the deluxe version, where over eight unpublished songs, including two duets, and four covers, there are five songs of Christmas.

ML = This is the advantage of interviewing these characters, but I accept it only if you sign it.

I wish you all the best.

P = It was really a huge pleasure.

ML = For me too.

P = When my father told me that they had called for this interview, I immediately said yes, let’s do it.

ML = I confirm it, because you have remained what you are.

Piero, thank you very much, AD MAIORA.

Thank you very much for following us and the next installment of AGRIGENTINI BELLA GENTE.

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I had not seen this video interview until a few days ago and I must say that I was pleasantly content to hear the really wise and mature responses of a young Piero.

Still I was very happy with this, and you?

I await your impressions.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

THE BEAUTIFUL BARITONE by Daniela

Today I definitely want to tease the female consensus.

We all know that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are very good, and it is for all that we admire them a lot. But today I want to confirm another thing that is obvious to all ……. BUT HOW BEAUTIFUL IS OUR GIANLUCA ???

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He is a very sweet and sensual beauty, but it is not only an end in itself, because all of us know that behind that beautiful face there is also an incredible voice, which goes deep into you and amazes you.

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In reality, IL VOLO are all three handsome guys, but Gianluca has a style and elegance, for which he could be also a beautiful model or even a handsome actor.

These days, then, were published beautiful black and white photos that show Gianluca in all its beauty.

The shots were made by photographer Pier Costantini.

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Those eyes, so beautiful and sincere, that can scrutinize you but that have also been often witnesses of warm tears coming from emotions that come from the heart.

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That smile, perfect and disarming, blazing with perfect teeth.

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These beautiful shots, have managed to make a very serious image of Gianluca, a thoughtful but charming man.

 Who does not know it, seeing these shots could immediately think “what a magnificent photo model …. is he an actor ???”

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In reality, even when Gianluca lends himself to a simple selfie or to some shots made by fans, the photos are just as beautiful, perhaps less artistic but very natural and the beauty of Gianluca does not suffer at all.

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This is Gianluca, a really nice guy, but also sincere, elegant, proud, sweet, sensual, generous and affectionate.

Congratulations Gianluca.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos.

IL VOLO to DON FRANCISCO TE INVITA by Daniela

These days, Telemundo has published a wonderful interview with IL VOLO, made this summer, for the television program Don Francisco.

When I saw it, I laughed a lot, the boys were simply adorable and nice.

The interview is in Spanish. I do not know this language, but being similar to Italian, I understand everything that is said, so I will make a rough translation of what is said.

The first video is a complete collage, the following videos are fragments of the piece I’m translating.

DF 01

Let’s start with a trio of young Italians. They already hold 10 years of international success and are: GIANLUCA, IGNAZIO and PIEROa loud applause, IL VOLO.

DF = By the way, you are doing 10 years of business and are promoting new material.
G = Everything started in 2009, next year will be 10 years.
DF = Next year, we met seven years ago.
G = It was 2011
I = 35 Kg ago (77 pounds!)
G = (pointing to Ignatius) He was fatter.
DF = A nice difference 35 kg less.
(Piero dishevels the hair of Ignatius)
G = These guys are spiteful, maybe because they are Sicilian.
DF = And you are not?
G = Not me, I live near Rome.
I = (to Gianluca) Hey Roman, be careful how you speak.
P = How is your Italian? (asks Don Francisco)
DF = Very smashing …… Once, while we were shooting a singing video, grace and breathing are important (and he intones with his deep voice) “Where’s IL VOLO ????”
G = (intoning IL MONDO), “and the day will come ….”
GIP = “Tonight love I have not thought of you anymore ……. to you !!!!” (applause)
DF = You Piero studies lyrical singing.
P = YES, I study every day, because my passion is the opera and my dream is to be able to sing one day at La Scala in Milan or at the Metropolitan in New York, a whole opera.
I = And have us in the first row.
DF = He holds talent, because he comes from a humble family, Piero’s father was a car mechanic, his grandfather made him taste the music, Piero imitated Pavarotti
P = Always, even my motorcycle was called Pavarotti.
But I have the same voice as my grandfather, identical.

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DF = You are promoting a new record, which will be published when?
G = For now we publish a single, because it differs a little from our usual genre, turns to Latin music, is a tribute to Latin music, we made this record with Emilio Estefan, who is the producer of this album.
DF = You will sing this Spanish record with Estefan.
I = No, Emilio Estefan is the producer.
DF = Of course, Emilio does not sing anything, that sings is his wife.
G = Yes, of course, she is Gloria.
DF = And are you happy with the work and the result?
G = Yes, we are young and we wanted to do something different, the duet is with Gente De Zona, IL VOLO and GENTE DE ZONA.
DF = (asks Ignazio) do you have problems with the microphone?
I = No, is that I thought it was cold but now I feel very hot. (and he takes off the denim jacket and then asks Don Francisco)
“I saw that here are all women” (the band that plays is all women and then Ignazio begins to sing) …. Don Francisco like women !!!!! (and Don Francisco responds by singing)
DF = The flutist is not engaged ……
I = Hello flutist, I’m not engaged too ….. (Ignazio says always singing)
DF = And now it’s time to play !!

At this point a nice game begins that involves the boys and the public. The public will have to answer some questions about the boys and if they guess, they will have a cash prize.

DF = Our Jessica receives a kiss from Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca because she has to go.
I explain the game, we will ask questions about Gianluca Piero and Ignazio, we will ask one person the answer, another person can give a different answer, which of the two will have guessed, will win money (500 dollars?). The person who has won will also be able to answer the next question. Do you agree?
Who wants to win money?
Let’s start with you, stand up, what’s your name?
Salia. Well Salia, the first question for $500 dollars.
Which one of them worked on the ears to make them smaller: was he Gianluca, was Ignazio or was he Piero?
(Salia replied Piero, another woman answers Gianluca.)
Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, who of you was operated on the ears?
P = It’s me.
DF = Meanwhile, I give the money, explain why you did the operation to the ears?
I = (addressed to Salia) but Don Francisco explained to you that you owe us 10% to us?
DF = And why not, look, I’m giving her $500 money. So why did you operate your ears?
P = At the age of five I kept them like that (he opens his hands like Dumbo) and riding a motorbike, the wind attacked them.
DF = A applause to Piero.
P = Bella, keep the money that we then go to dinner.

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DF = Second question, which of them three to five years gave their first kiss, under a sofa? (Salia answers Ignazio, another woman answers Gianluca). Who was three?
I = It was me.
DF = Ignazio, but really at 5 years?
I = Yes, I had 5 but it was a very tall sofa, otherwise I did not pass under it.
DF = Under the sofa, and how old was the girl.
I = Two years older than me, she was 7 years old, I enjoy women older than me ……. hello flautist (he greets the woman playing the flute)

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DF = Another 500 dollars to Salia.
Third question: which one of them has the shortest foot? Look at the feet, which of them three has shorter feet?
(Salia answers Gianluca), what do you say, will he?
G = It’s me.
P = What a fool.
G = Why ?? I did not have to tell him ??? (Gianluca has not given the time to another person to give an alternative answer, for this Piero verbally takes it, but Gianluca did not understand that he had to wait to confirm …….. Ignatius amused, he throws himself into the ground and laughs out loud !!!!)
P = You did not give the second option !!
DF = What Italian shoe size do you wear?
G = 41
DF = And you Ignazio?
I = I hold the Titanic, 46
P = Yes, but only foot, keep 46
DF = And you Piero?
P = I lost my bill.
DF = What number do you wear?
P = 42

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DF = Salia wins 1500 dollars !! Fourth question: which of them burned his father’s car, when he was 4 years old, and sent her against a wall?
(Salia responds Ignazio, then changes and says Piero, another woman answers Ignazio ….. the boys, create a little suspense.)
I = It was me!

DF 06

DF = Two hundred dollars for you (the woman who said Ignazio) and now who wants to answer for the last question? Jennifer, here’s the last question for $ 300.
Which of them has realized his dream of making love on the plane? (The woman answers Gianluca, a man answers Piero.)
I = Wait a second, I do not hold the face of one who could do this thing? You all said Piero or Gianluca ……. flutist … vamos … (everyone laughs)
DF = Sit down, so who created this fantasy? (Suspense)
P = It was me.
DF = Well, $ 200 for you (to the man, and then to Piero), now you have to tell me quickly how the experience was.
P = Very rapid! (laughter)
I = Was the Rabbit Airlines. (laughter)
DF = A big applause, for the sympathy to Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.

Change scene, Don Francisco is interviewing a young singer and IL VOLO.

DF = I wanted to ask you something, why do not you do a tribute to a singer, would you do it?
G = Yes, now?
DF = Could you sing EL TRISTE? Josè Josè, is watching this program, this song is for you. (start this beautiful song)
G = It all started when we were 14, we thought we were singing and we met in this contest, the first time we sang together was April 25th 2009, and we sang O SOLE MIO, the strength of the three of us was incredible because you imagine three children singing with the voice of adults.
DF = And who won the competition?
G = Me.
DF = You won the competition. And now what are you going to sing?
P = Now let’s sing NOCHE SIN DIA, which is our last single.
Produced by Emilio Estefan, we will sing alone here, but in the first version we sang it with Gente de Zona.
DF = A big applause for IL VOLO: Noche Sin Dia.
(start Noche Sin Dia)

DF = Here is our next guest Stephania Duque. I was talking here with this singer and IL VOLO.
G = Hi Stephania.
DF = Do you like Stephania? But she has a husband.
I = Like how, do you have a husband? Flautist, ……. I did not want to betray you.
P = Stephania, ask if I can sing a song to your ear.
DF = Now IL VOLO must fly to Rome, Italy, because tomorrow they will have a concert.
P = yes tomorrow we’ll have a concert and now we’ll say hello (they sing O Sole Mio).
DF = I hope you enjoyed this program.
I = We like you a lot, because you have always been good to us, we love you, it is a pleasure for us to be here, greet you and tell you, that when we want we come here, for you, because you are the best of all.
DF = I do not believe, even if I like it very much, to be the best of all.
I = For us yes.
DF = Yes?
G = Yes, of course.
DF = I greet IL VOLO, a big applause, you are always welcome.
G = See you in Italy.
DF = Thank you all.

And here’s a short video taken during the shooting of the show.

I had a lot of fun watching these videos, first of all because the guys were amazing, they had fun and they enjoyed the audience. Their singing performances were perfect as usual, they were polite but also a little easygoing without overdoing too much. I saw them pleasantly relaxed, at ease, which is difficult when they are interviewed in Italy, because here every moment is controlled, for fear of the inevitable criticism of the day after.

Ignazio was very strong, funny and disrespectful, but with sympathy, also good Gianluca and Piero who were able to get involved with even a little embarrassing questions.

I hope the translation has served you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Tanti Auguri, Ignazio! October 4, 2018

Yes, once again, the Detroit Il Volo gals, celebrated Ignazio’s birthday!  It was a smaller gathering, just 7 of us, but we still had lots of fun!

Again, the day was threatened by rain and storms, but when the time arrived for the party to begin, the skies cleared and it was beautiful.  One of our last warmer 1-igna decweekends for the year, actually!

We did not grill outside, but had homemade lasagna, green bean casserole, tomato and basil salad, lots of appetizers and of course lots of wine and 2 special bottles of 1-igna foodNero d’avola from Sicily!

No games were played, but we did have some fun hanging Ignazio over the fireplace… the old joke comes to mind – “how many does it take to hang a canvas over a fireplace?”  A video was taken of this even and I 1-igna 2think it’s somewhere on Facebook, but I’m not sure where!  🙂

And of course, we had cake!  Chocolate with chocolate filling.  Always so good!  :)1-igna cake

Alas, that is all for the parties for this year – we always save the favorite one for last!  Happy 24th, dear friend! Haha!

Next year, will be Gian’s – maybe he’ll be spending it in New York?  We can only hope!

 

 

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