Il Volo – “THANK you #phoenix! What a wonderful show!!!”

Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero have a few days off before the Chicago concert on September 4 – who knows where they will be until then?  We heard they may appear on Windy City Live, does anyone know for sure?   See Piero’s keek with fans outside after the concert!

Il Volo tweets, before during and after the Phoenix concert:

“Gianluca Il Volo @GianGinoble  Look at me carefully…??

“Il Volo @ilvolo   Live!! And having fun. #ilvolo  #ilvolotour2013 #wearelovetour @piero_barone piero_barone @IBoschetto…

“Piero Barone Il Volo @piero_barone   With the fans in Phoenix!!!UF3edab

“Piero Barone Il Volo @piero_barone  #ilvolo Love the #little #girl that was on the #stage with #me #tonight!! Had so much #fun.   #Buonanotte mondo”

“Gianluca Il Volo @GianGinoble  THANK you #phoenix ! What a wonderful show!!!”

43 thoughts on “Il Volo – “THANK you #phoenix! What a wonderful show!!!””

  1. Oh, Myron, are you awake? Perhpas not since it’s only 5:30 a.m. West Coast time, but when you are able, tell us, how was the Phoenix show? How did “Maria” and the “couch ladies” work out this time? Thanks.

    1. Christine, I am almost awake. I have written more below. The meet and greet was wonderful last night – better than before. This time I got Barbara Vitali to stand in the photo with they boys and me. They joked about it and we all had a lot of fun. Took some time to talk a little but security guard wanted everyone to move it along. I am not sure why – he got frustrated when I took that extra time to get Barbara and to chat with they guys. (you’ve heard this before) – they were charming, funny and reaching out for hugs all around – very caring. They actually remembered me from the last time.

  2. Yes, I have a friend who works at Windy City Live. They have been trying to get our boys on ther show with no response as to what day they will arrive in Chicago. She promised to let me know and get tickets if they come. Windy City program will be on air in an hour, I’ll see if they mention it today. But she will e-mail me if that will happen. Did my best.

  3. Il Volo mundial has a video of Beautiful day, sung at Gibson Amphitheater. The guys are great, but take a look at the crowd 40-50 year old men are clapping in the audience, along with their wives, and along with young girls. That’s the effect Our Boys have on everyone!

  4. Gianluca’s solo, Aranjuez, is absolutely breathtaking. Such a haunting melody and his voice as always is wonderful. I have watched and listened to this many, many, many times already. For those not familiar with this piece, you must listen to Gianluca. You will never forget it. It stays in your mind and soul. Thank you, Gianluca!!!

  5. Good morning and happy Labor Day everyone.

    There is nothing better than waking up to Il Volo music, having a cup of cappuccino, and a chocolate croissants. I found two videos of Gianluca’s solos on YouTube by Katie Hairgrove. I have been watching them ever since -night and day! Gianluca is stunning on both songs. I am going to enjoy my morning very much. Life is good!

  6. Just found “Night and Day”!!!!!!!! Sinatra would be so very proud and thrilled to hear Gianluca. Am so anxious for Boston!!!!!!!!!

    1. Gianluca, are you here reading this?!
      Totally… you made Sinatra proud!

      Your fans so appreciate you and Piero and Ignazio!

      ~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway


    “It remains just a song
    Of a love which doesn’t die.
    Take my hand
    dance with the wind
    I stretch my wings.
    I can only love you this way.
    Come, come
    Come away with me.”

    Lyrics from?
    Last two lines are a give-a-way!

  8. I attended the Concord CA Il Volo concert. Airline lost my luggage, so I had to buy a new outfit for the show, glad I did because we had FRONT row seats!! Beautiful venue, beautiful weather. They were remarkable. Every song was perfect and the sound was fantastic. We went to the meet and greet and I wish I had a video of me meeting them, it was a blur to me. I know I talked to Piero, he had a white scarf on and I said “oh Piero you have a scarf on like your mamma told you”. He is so kind, he rubbed my cheek and smiled. I shook hands with Gianluca, he looked beautiful and so fine featured. He seemed a little reserved. Ignazio was smiling and warm (my friend kissed him!!!). I told Piero that my father (age 90) cries every time he hears them. I think when they took the photo Piero’s face was against mine. I’ll have to check this out when the photo comes online. One side note, a beautiful lady was in line for the M&G and photo, she didn’t have the correct ticket and the host said she couldn’t enter the area. Ignazio heard this and came over and said “She can come in and take a photo”. How nice was that!!! She was thrilled. I want to go to another concert!!
    Gerri XXXX

    1. Gerri, glad to see that you enjoyed the concert as much as I did. Yes, it was wonderful with nice weather and fantastic sounds. My seat was on the 4th row but it was more on the left hand Side. So they seems far if they were on the center of the stage. Luckily, Gianluca and Piero covered my side pretty well and I was able to see them up close most of the time. The M&G sounds exciting. I should have…could have done it. I can kick myself another thousand times for that!

      1. Elaine yes Gianluca and Piero did stay near the left side. I was sort of on the left also. Next time be sure to meet and greet. Very worth it. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    2. They are a delight in person and close up in M & G – Gianluca has a history of being very shy and reserved. He works at it all the time and tries to be more out-going. That is why the Maria routine with a new girl each night is just a little stressful for him. re: features – He does seem to have that classic roman face structure.

  9. Oh, Gerri, thank you! Wonderful review! These Angles are more than amazing! Their gentle kindness runs deep. I’m lucky to have fallen in love with such a nice guy!

  10. Ahhh… Gerri, you have me in tears. I am so grateful for our amazing boys and all of you!

    ~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

  11. I was also in Phoenix last night. What a wonderful concert – one note for other cities – they used full orchestra (including full string section, woodwinds in L.A. but not in Phoenix – they use their basic 5 instrumentalists plus pre-recorded intrumental track for the show. Evidently some cities will get the full orchestra and some will not. I don’t know what dictates that. I see Concorde did not. I was told that Radio City will have full orchestra ( makes sense ). I hope that Chicago gets the full thing. The only tiny bit of a slip up was each boy has his turn at some time or another of getting the words wrong ( switch a line around with another verse). Ignazio did it in one song and then sang the same line again to catch up. Piero in the third song. Ginaluca lost a line in Tous les visages de l’amour – This is not a complaint because these boys sang their hearts out for us and they went on like troopers. It seemed that there were jitters just a little bit in the beginning but after that they were absolutely solid. Every singer drops words now and then. Sinatra did it a lot. Elvis did. Streisand uses a teleprompter to help her. I just feel sorry for the boys – I have been there and done that and it really unsettles a person. At meet and greet a few of us were able to meet Ignazio’s mother and Gianluca’s mother ( Man is she stunning looking ! ) There was not warm-up act here as in L.A. but they started on time. Chicago is supposed to get the warm-up act.
    I did the meet and greet again and they were loose and funny and charming and delightful. Wonderful show and love those boys !

    1. Myron:
      What a GREAT review! You always have insight into The Boys’ performances that most of us would miss. On some of their songs, I wouldn’t know the difference if they made a mistake in the lyrics!

      Now…… About “Maria”……..I’m dying to know how it went! Was it serious or funny this time? I feel so sorry for Gian when it doesn’t go right because he gave up a solo showstopper, and what he says is his all time favorite pop song, for the good of the cause. Funny once, fine. Funny again, absolutely not unless it’s purposely planned. So let us know, please!

      1. I forgot to mention ” Maria” – I wish they would just sing it but they tried the routine again with bringing people from the audience up. This time they lucked out: Gianluca had the only adult (I am guessing about 19 or 20 yrs.) and she was sweet and attentive and romantic and delighted to be sitting there holding Gianluca’s hand (and he is still a little shy about this sort of thing which endears him us all) Both Ignazio and Piero chose little girls this time !!! – one about 6 or 7 yrs. and another about 9 or 10. They were both so cute that it did not distract from the song so much. Piero’s girl sat in his lap for part of the song and sang all the words with him – kissed him on the cheek. that made the moment very special for all of us. I still wish they would do the song straight forward, but this was much better than Fresno or L.A.

      2. Wow, so great to hear how the Phoenix version of “Maria” went. It sounds pretty successful and adorable!

        I just watched. Couldn’t see much from the distance, but how sweet it sounded.

        I understand your perspective, Myron. And another way to look at it… those three girls will remember that experience forever! And I wonder how many others will try to attend a second concert hoping to be chosen! ^_^

        Remember when they sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” to 2 or 3-year-old Mia? That was so precious!

        ~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

    2. It is not easy to sing live and be perfect on every songs. A slip here and there is understandable. On the PBS taping, there were several retakes. Some were for corrections on the singing and some were for technical adjustments.

      1. Elaine, I agree. These moments actually give some extra “heart” to the evening. We are with them and love them and know what it is like to forget a word or two. Didn’t make any difference – the song was sung so perfectly and another standing ovation well- deserved.

    3. Oh my gosh I didn’t know the moms were there. Concord didn’t have the orchestra. I’m sure that would be extraordinary! I wanted to go with them. ♥

    4. Wonderful reflection, Myron! Thank you so much!

      I’m curious as to whether you felt it went better with or without Nikki’s warm-up. I discovered a song of hers (popped up on YouTube after watching IL VOLO):
      Nikki Yanofsky – Bienvenue Dans Ma Vie *Live in HD
      and I felt that if she had sung songs of that nature (not so rock) that she might have been OK *for me* as an opener. In this 2012 video, she looked a lot more naive and less “hard”, as I experienced her in BC.

      Then again, I wonder if IL VOLO has considered singing for an hour and 10 minutes, then taking an intermission, and finishing off with the next hour plus. I’ll bet you can speak to the flow or the logistics of this idea, Myron. Is it hard to start up twice and easier to just keep on rolling all the way through? Or is it easier to have a breather. Or is that a very individual aspect of performing? If you’re willing to respond in detail, perhaps your response might turn out to be a blog about performance experience in the Music section.

      Thanks for letting us draw on your experience and insights, Myron!
      Sounds like it was a wonderful concert!

      Oh, and as far as I could tell, BC only had the 5 instruments. I was wondering what happened to the full orchestra. Appreciate the background insights.

      ~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

      1. In LA, the warm-up was very helpful because so many of the audience was rather late to the concert (and they started on time) – In Phoenix The audience mostly got into their seats on time but I would have still liked to have some kind of buffer so that late-comers don’t disrupt Il Volo ( I know that is kind of rude of me but that is the time-worn tradition of warm-up acts. re: choice of music for Nikki – yes, I wish she would have sung more jazz and not the rock. In Phoenix they had no warm-up, the audience was on time and they sang for about 1 hr 15 minutes and did an intermission after “El Triste” Then came out and did the remainder of the show. I think they need the intermission to rest voices. In LA the intermission was after Nikki while they changed the stage for Il Volo and then they came on and sang the entire 2hrs and 20 minutes non-stop – whew ! re: orch – if you go on Mundial or Team Il Volo where they have photos, check out the photos from LA compared with photos of Concorde or Phoenix and you will see the large orchestra on either side of the center stage area. In LA they had 29 instrumentalists on stage – full string compliment, woodwinds, brass, even a harp and timpani plus their regular set of 5.

      2. Thanks for the very helpful reply, Myron! It never occurred to me that concert-goers would be coming late. That would certainly be a reason to be grateful there was a warm-up performance and that IL VOLO was not interrupted.

        I’m surprised ushers don’t hold late comers at least until the end of the song. Although they flowed quickly from one song to the next.

        Maybe IL VOLO management will encourage Nikki to lean towards her jazz pieces for the remainder of her performances. I know, I make it sound so easy. That might be impossible logistically in the middle of a tour, especially considering that means the band needs to be prepped for the changes, too.

        Here’s hoping you have an easy day tomorrow, Myron, since you spent so much time sharing with us this evening. Thank you!
        ~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

  12. Since they sing for better than 2 hours without a break, they can certainly be forgiven a memory lapse or 2. I saw a video of Tous les visages de l’amour from Phoenix, & you can’t really tell who was supposed to be singing in that empty spot. The important thing is they kept on going

    1. I agree – I only mentioned it out of “insider – that’s us” curiosity. The show was not “mechanical and wooden” it had heart and that is what happens sometimes.

  13. I found a video showing the couch ladies “Il Volo Maria live in Phoenix 2013”. It is not very close up, but you get the general idea of how it went. So cute. And listen to what Piero says after the song.

    1. That was great! He talks about his grandmother and the way she kisses him on the phone, right? And Piero does his Love Story rendition differently from last year. I like it better

  14. I am on a treasure hunt for new videos & found the first posting of this song from the We Are Love tour-Il Volo Love Story live in Phoenix 2013. The arrangement seems to be a little bit different from last year’s tour-softer & not a lot of drumming. Piero is wonderful!

    1. I didn’t see your post. Yes, I like it better because the music doen’t drown him out and it is sweeter and, yes, softer

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