I don’t believe we have seen many reviews from the June 9th show in San Diego, but Jen was there. 🙂 Certainly looks like a gorgeous setting! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks to Myron’s wonderful review I didn’t need to keep a list of the songs and was just able to concentrate on the beautiful music. We did have Mattinata and not Per Te, though. The outdoor location was crowded, with a great cross-section of ages and types. The chairs were folding metal ones and not staggered but the stage was higher so the view was good, and the evening was warm.
Unfortunately, the sound system was not balanced for the first couple of numbers – their voices were drowned out in parts by the music – but after some of the audience yelled that they couldn’t hear, Ignazio asked the tech to adjust their volume and it was great from then on. Gianluca (yes, Gianluca!) was playing around after that and whispering instead of talking, then laughed and continued normally. He is so much more relaxed on stage this year and at one point, I thought he was in danger of being pulled off the stage by fans!
The comparison from last year to this year is huge, especially with Gianluca whose voice seems to have a mellower musicality to it. If you get an opportunity, listen to his first part in “We Are Love.” It’s beautiful and I hope someone will post a video soon. He also knocked “Can’t Help Falling” (loads more expression and feeling than Andrea Bocelli singing the same song), and “Night and Day” out of the park. Ignazio was really strong in Memories and displayed more passion and emotion than I have seen before. Piero, well, also incredible with his range that seems so effortless but is so professional. Their fooling around on stage was smoother this year and they made us laugh a lot.
I can’t wait for their new album release. The friend who accompanied me had seen them once on the Jay Leno show and was interested but not a real fan. Now she is! They even did the two encores, so all in all, a magical evening!