Here’s how Tippy spent her 85th.

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On Aug 28, 2013, my 85th birthday, I celebrated at the We Are Love concert in The Gibson Theater, Universal City, SO CAL!

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The very best birthday of my life!!

Four of us went. My dear friend, IlVolover Marlene, my dear Grand Daughter, Dara, & her friend, Polly.  Our seats were good, I thank PBS. All of the crowd around us were there for a great evening! To share Il Volo love!!! Edgar Cortazar & his sweet family sat in front of us! He & Mark Portman composed We Are Love! He autographed our Il Volo booklets & wished me a happy birthday! Dara chatted with him the most. He told us our guys are great to work with! On time & prepared!

Word got around our seats & people were stopping by to wish me a happy birthday!

This was my first time to see the guys, Marlene & I were in seventh Heaven!! Dara & Polly (long time concert goers) said it was the best concert they had ever seen!! It was a magical, wondrous, enchanted evening!!! This was the concert where they seemed to be on upper stage singing behind the screens! Piero appeared on the unlit stage first, followed by Gianluca, & Ignazio! Realizing they were there, in front of us, we were all on our feet applauding as the lights came up! So wonderful to see them in
person! We were a great audience, clapped as each new song started! Standing ovation at each song’s end! Their performance was perfect, as always! I fell more deeply in love as the music unfolded! I felt like my heart would burst with the magnificence of their voices!! The Maria with the girls was such fun!! Toward the end of the concert Gianluca & Piero took off their jackets & laid them on the piano.
Ignazio said if they were taking off clothes, he was taking off his shoes! He did & performed a few songs in his socks. It was a beautiful concert!!!

We had M&G tickets! There were only 20 of us with PBS M&G tickets. Live Nation had a lot of people & went in first. They seated us all in upper theater seats as we waited! A happy crowd & waiting was comfortable just chatting with those around. I knew if I told the Boys it was my BD they would sing to me! Finally it was our turn, just the 4 of us, one on one! A big room with the banner Il Volo In Concert on the back wall. They were standing waiting for us for the photos!

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I get brain fade in their presence!!! So don’t know exactly what happened! I went up first & did manage to tell Ignazio that it was my 85th BD! The photo taken show them singing to me in our group pic.

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Maybe they sang twice. Ignazio looked down at me, I’m not very big, & said. Your birthday, hmmm, as tho he was considering a world problem. Then they all started to sing. I did not tell them how wonderful they & their amazing music are! My granddaughter said that didn’t matter, all they had to do was look at my face, it was radiant!!! The photographer said we were photogenic & took 8 photos when since there were 4 of us, she was only supposed to take the 4.

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Marlene is from England & had a purse with London double-decker bus on it so Ignazio remarked to her that he has gone to London many times. We got our photos taken & as I got to Gianluca I did tell him my husband was Italian & had family living in Italy. He asked where & I said Fondi, he said it was a beautiful region. Then we were outside & it was over!

We walked around their big white buses 2 & found we were close to the performers entrance. Not wanting this wonderful nite to end we tried to decide who would go to get the car. I need to throw in here, PBS stayed with us until we got into our car & started home! I was very impressed with that! We could see into the entrance & saw Gianluca & Ignazio walking down the hall. Polly went to get the car. Before she came back Piero popped out the entrance! He was with an older woman who was on the
phone. At that time I didn’t realize you can talk to our guys anytime you meet! I did have enough wits to call over to him that they were wonderful & his voice magnificent! He said thank you very much!

We all had the time of our lives, the concert being much more than expected!! It was an enchanted evening! We got to my Granddaughter’s home late, going up to bed at 1:50 AM. Beautiful memories for us all!!! August 28th was my 86th BD. I plan to go to next year’s Concert & anywhere here when they return to the States! The more you see our wonderful guys, the more you want to see them again!!


15 thoughts on “HAPPY 86TH BIRTHDAY TIPPY!”

  1. Oh tippy, what a beautiful 85th birthday present it was. Yes, our guys are one in a million. Very easy on our old eyes. I too saw them the night before you did in Concord, Ca on 8/27/13. The Sleeptrain Pavillion. What a night to remember indeed. I am 69 years old but acted like I was 18 years old. The M&G was much more hurried for us because it was late and about 90 people were waiting. I, however, made it a point to squeeze each of their cheeks and kissed them. Just had to get a whiff of their cologne. They all smelled so wonderful. Then we were told to keep moving which I thought was so rude. The boys were not very happy with that at all. That was with VIP LIVE NATION. It was not cheap but worth it. We sat in the 2nd row center. (4 of us). IGNACIO kept waving to us and at the M&G he remembered the crazy ladies who were screaming their names. I am so happy once again for your wonderful meeting with our boys. We are so proud of all their accomplishments.

  2. Tippy, you’ve got that right. The more we see them, the more we want to see them again. And a very Happy Belated 86th Birthday! What wonderful memories you have! May you have many, many more concerts ahead of you!

  3. I love your story! Magical, indeed! What a birthday gift you received. What more could one ever want for a birthday gift than to be in the presence of these three amazing young men! Happy belated Birthday to you!

  4. Tippy, what a wonderful experience for you, and your pictures are beautiful! How wonderful to have “Happy Birthday” sung to you by Il Volo! Thank you for sharing your story.

  5. What a great story Tippy, it sounds like you really had a wonderful time, hope you had a Happy Birthday on the 28th, these guys touch so many people with their music and their love!!!, Thanks again for sharing.

  6. I don’t believe it. You cannot be 85 years old; I’m 66 and you look younger than I do. Jesus must be blessing you mightily, giving you a long life AND allowing you to be with Il Volo on your birthday. May you celebrate many more birthdays with The Guys! (It sounds like your M&G was a much better exoerience than mine.)

  7. This is not my day, I had a lovely comment written & moved my IPad slightly & it all disappeared!! Dumb Apple mini IPad does that on occasion! Also I never get sick with a cold or anything but Sun nite when I went to bed my throat was scratchy! Got up yesterday not well & ended up at urgent care as my Dr. didn’t have any appointments! Saw a nice caring Doc who said I have a bug & gave me a ZPac as meds. They work well & feel a bit better today!
    To go on. Thank you for all Birthday wishes! I could never have a better birthday than I had last year! I will treasure those memories the rest of my life! I have seen our guys twice since then! We went to the CD signing at Santa Monica Courtyard Mall last Nov. 23. You buy a CD & they give a short concert & then you get in line for the CD signing! It was the Christmas CD so they sang their Xmas songs& it was fun except I couldn’t see much the of the stage! At the signing they remembered us & I actually was able to talk & tell them how much they & their wonderful music have enriched my life! I am so proud & happy that their beloved Italy is giving them the recognition they deserve!!! We also saw our guys at the Greek on 6/7 & that is another story I will share at another time. We IlVolvers have had a beautiful summer with all their Concerts & successes!!!
    We Are Love 💕 💕 💕

  8. BUON COMPLEANNO TIPPY!! Your story is wonderful…thanks for sharing it. You are so right, once anyone sees them live in concert, they just count the days before being able to see them again. <3

  9. (stupid me…I hit the wrong key! Will finish this) I truly LOVED your story! What a fantastic birthday you had! I so enjoy all the Il Volo stories and experiences we’ve had at Our Boys’ concerts. I can’t wait to hear about your last concert! Happy, Happy, Belated Birthday!!!

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