2014 has to be the luckiest year for me! I am fortunate enough to attend my second back to back concerts. And I don’t have to go far, both concerts are held within my area. Mountain Winery is situated on a hilltop overlooking the famous Silicon Valley, and reaches as far as the beautiful City of San Francisco. The weather and temperature was just right and with a slight smell from the winery, yesterday was bound to be a perfect night! And it was. Our guys were AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!!!
I was also able to meet up with several of our Flight Crew members. These are the pictures we took before the concerts. I am so surprised and amazed to meet two of our Crews from Guatemala – Agnes and Marisse. This was their second concert just like me. But unlike me they will also be going to their third at LA’s Greek Theatre! Bravo to them, what true Il Volovers!
Flight Crew’s in house Pirate -Connie had such a memorable experience she can’t wait and send me her concert story already. I thoroughly enjoy her story as I share much of her feelings as well. Connie also shares her M&G adventure and hopefully this will give us some pointers as to what to expect.
I finally got to see IL VOLO in concert! Wow, it was even better than I expected it to be. This is one happy old pirate. Jeanine and I traveled all the way down from Portlandia, Oregon to Saratoga, CA just to see them. On the day of IL VOLO I felt excited and yet calm. Did I mention how close we were….CLOSE! Jeanine and I were in row C seats 1 & 2 right in front of the stage with NO one to block our view. Happiness.
They were so close…and so handsome! I was struck by how Gianluca walks in a very deliberate way as he comes onto the stage. Piero was next and my heart lurched and my eyes got reaaaaaaaaallly wide. I am amazed the world still rotated in that moment. Then Ignazio, the handsome Ignazio. It suddenly occurred to me that Ignazio would look really good on a pirate ship, but then the vision of Piero pulled me back (he is really good at that!) I also have to note that the crowd cheered and applauded when each guy came out, BUT I do believe it was Ignazio who captured the loudest applause and cheer.
What can I say to you about the music? That it was divine is something we all know. I wish I could have kept track of each song they sang. Piero has such a wonderful, GLORIOUS voice, I think I sort of, kinda, maybe quit breathing during his solos. I have heard many versions of “Memory” before, most of which were blah, but Ignazio sang it with such passion, I could tell by the emotion he invested in that song that it is clearly one of his all time favorites and he made me fall in love with it all over again. Gianluca did the Elvis solo – “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, beautifully but I so loved his rendition of “Night & Day”. No one can ever say that IL VOLO sings without passion and great meaning to each of their songs. It was simply thrilling to hear them sing live.
Then came the Meet & Greet, suddenly I began to feel a bit like I was in a cattle drive with one of their handlers moving us along. However, I kept my eyes on Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio and you know, as much as I like how spiffy they look on stage, I think I like seeing them look casual more. So eyes on the prize I watched them meet all the crazy fans and then…..came my moment: Arms wide, I advanced toward Piero and Ignazio and said ” ABBRACCIAMI” which means “Hug Me!” in Italian (Gianluca was busy talking to another fan who Did Not Realize This Was My Moment). I grabbed Piero and I heard him say to me, “Oh so sweet of you”! Then while I still had him in my grasp, I laid my hand on his chest and looked into those red glasses and said to him “You are my ThunderBaron, your voice is like that to me”. He looked a bit surprised and I saw Ignazio get closer. I turned to him with Piero right beside me and I told them, ” You make my heart sing”. Ignazio looked confused, so I repeated myself but this time I said ” IL VOLO makes my heart sing”. Right now I can see the moment and their faces but I can’t for the life of me conjure up the words that describe the moment . Instead I looked at them and said, “ok, time for my photo’ and put my arms around both of them. Finally Gianluca turned around and gave me a radiant smile, then CLICK- and it was over.
Now I have to figure out new ways to make plenty of loot so I can afford to chase them around concert after concert. I wish…
That was quite an adventure! Thanks for sharing, pirate style!