We’ve had several reviews of the concert in LA, but we have one more from Victoria. Enjoy!
Here are my thoughts about the Greek Theater concert.
This was almost a disappointing “non-concert” for one of my friends. Half of our group agreed to meet in the parking structure of where we work and drive in one car to the concert venue. On our way there, one friend checked her bag and realized that she left her ticket in another bag. We had to drive back to her car, and she was going to go home and not go to the concert anymore. We tried to convince her that there was still time; it was 6:40, the concert started at 8:00, and she only lives a 30 minute drive away. Thanks to the youngest member of our group who volunteered to drive home with her to get the ticket, they came back on time for the second song. We work night shift, and she worked very hard Friday night. She would have been depressed for days had she missed this concert we all have been looking forward to. The lesson here ladies: I know we change handbags to match our outfits, but please make sure you have your tickets in the right bag !!!
About the concert……………..
I have just read Myron’s review and I agree, the concert was great! I have better appreciation of Gianluca’s beautiful baritone with the songs that he sang; so perfect for him. Last year, “Night and Day” did not affect me the way it did the other night. I realized that this a difficult song to learn and sing; it does not have a very “singable” melody, and yet he sang it perfectly.
The songs that all three sang as solos really showed off their great voices. Ignazio and Piero sang their solos better than the first time I heard them on the PBS special. Ignazio’s voice sound fuller without losing its sweetness, Piero’s voice is even more powerful. All the solos received standing ovations.
There were a lot of funny moments, and Gianluca was no longer a bystander; he was now a part of it . Piero even joked about his ears.There was some dancing too, mostly from Ignazio and Piero.
“Maria” was one song that brought a lot of laughs from the audience. They started by saying that they were in love with somebody whose name starts with “M.” This year there were no love seats nor Marias picked from the audience. On one side of the stage, Gianluca started singing with right arm stretched out, one girl started walking towards him. [I think Gian was on his knees, my view was partially blocked] and other girls followed. Ignazio was in the middle of the stage, and when Piero started singing, I looked his way at the other side of the stage, and a girl was on the stage with him, her arms around him. In the past concerts, a girl might stand next to Piero, and he would have his arm on her shoulder. This girl acted like she would not let him go, and the audience just kept laughing.
On one side of the stage Gian had a group of girls close to him, on the other side was Piero with this one girl clinging to him; this was better than M & G for this girl (from reading comments on M&G, one is allowed to hug them only briefly). This girl had her arms around Piero for the whole length of the song, that’s a good 3 minutes !!. So to the ladies who are going to the coming concerts, watch out for your hug opportunity from any of the guys. You might get lucky like this girl!
They announced that the last song was “Il Mondo”, after which they left the stage. The audience was on its feet, and they came back for “Il triste” and “O Sole Mio.” I would have loved to hear “Painfully Beautiful,” “Ultima Volta” and “El reloj”, as well as the song they sang with Toto, “L ‘Amore.” Maybe next time.
Before the start of the show, I looked around and there was hardly an empty seat. I found out yesterday that this was a sold out concert. This theater has a seating capacity of 5870 according to Wikipedia. The guys looked as handsome as ever. They gained new fans among my friends, some of whom heard them for the first time. 2 of them want front row seats next time they come to town. They will have to start working hard to pay for those tickets. 2 friends are in love with Piero, 1 with Ignazio, 1 with Gianluca and the rest are like me, in love with all three.
I’m sorry that I did not meet any of the fans from flight crew. I did not see anybody with a flight crew badge. Maybe I walked around that gate that Myron mentioned at the wrong time.
I’m already looking forward to the next concert. Maybe Myron could arrange one or several for Vegas after their Latin American tour, won’t that be nice ? wishing…………..