Dancing With Piero! ~~ Liz Vines

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MY IL VOLO CONCERT EXPERIENCE:  It has been exactly two months (Thursday, March 17th) since I saw Il Volo at Majestic Theater in San Antonio (and also in Dallas on Saturday, March 19th).  I’ve created several drafts, but haven’t been able to complete them.  None of them seemed special enough, and to be honest, I’ve been in mourning; just wondering if and when I will ever be able to see Il Volo face to face again.  It was just as everyone has said; all their videos are totally wonderful, but “Nothing” compares to seeing them LIVE.

A SHORT HISTORY: I first saw Il Volo on American Idol and fell in love immediately.  I started looking everywhere for information, shows they might be on, YouTube videos and of course, fan clubs.  I have followed them faithfully, viewed thousands of videos, performances on PBS, their first and second U.S. tours, Latin America, etc.  One of the best, most fun and enjoyable discoveries was finding Il Volo Flight Crew!  My salvation… “home” at last, where everyone was just like me!  Obsessed, crazy in love with these three most adorable young Italian men, whose voices lifted me to Heaven, even though I could not understand a word they were singing (I’m so thankful for the recent translations being posted).  I cannot go to sleep at night until I hear/view one, maybe ten – twenty of their music videos.

AND SO IT BEGAN:  As soon as I heard about their latest North American Tour, I KNEW, I had to make plans to see them.  I thought about Detroit, Florida, California or the big Las Vegas venue being planned.  Although I live in Dallas,and they were coming to Dallas;  I decided I did want more of a little get away, so when I saw the beautiful ornate San Antonio “small” theater, I knew that’s where I wanted to go (although the minute that concert was over, I thought I have to see them again when they are in Dallas, only two days later).  I looked at the “who’s going where” list to see what Flight Crew sisters might be attending the San Antonio concert, there was only one:  Dorothy Henderson, along with her daughter, Jennifer Roberts.  Perfect, just what I needed too, and asked my daughter, Angela Hranicky – who was not a fan “at that time” (more on that later), to drive down with me.   I watched closely for what day the tickets went on sale;  Jumped online as soon as they did and got FRONT Row seats!!  It was a LONG seven months wait from August to March 17th!

THE CONCERT:  We had a nice leisure drive down Wednesday afternoon, but I was so excited, I could barely sleep that night.   We stayed at the Sheraton/Gunter Hotel, which was right across the street from the Majestic; and I did request a window view of the theater.  So all day Thursday, the day of the concert, I kept looking down to see if I could see Il Volo going in for rehearsal. No luck.  We went out for a few hours, walking the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, full of restaurants & gift shops, then took a calming riverboat ride and had a nice lunch.  We took a trolley back to hotel around 3pm…I knew I had to rest a little and have Plenty of time to get ready.  I wore a sparkly green pant suit – in honor of St. Patricks’ Day!  We were ready by 6pm (concert at 7:30), but when I looked out the window, there was ALREADY a line!  It was all the fans waiting to get in for Meet & Greet passes, so we hurried down and thankfully when the doors opened, the line moved quickly.  While at the M&G table, I turned around and noticed a woman wearing the Flt. Crew badge; I said are you Dorothy?  It was her daughter, Jennifer, with Dorothy right behind her.   It was so much fun to chat with them.  I had brought a present for the guys:  M&M’s with a candy dispenser for each of them, which a M&G person took from me and said they’d give it to the guys.  I was glad I didn’t have to keep up with the big bag, but disappointed I didn’t get to personally give it to them.  I had white M&M’s printed with their names, Gianluca, Piero, Ignazio and Il Volo; red M&M’s with words: Love – as Il Volo is, Romantic – how Gianluca sings, Explosive – how Piero sings, and Passion(ate) – how Ignazio sings, then brought several bags at Christmas of red, white & green Crunchy M&M’s to mix in for the colors of Italy’s FlagCrazy huh!  Finally, the long walk down to our front row seats (Dorothy & Jen were right behind us, we exchanged Facebook contacts & chat frequently now).  As soon as Grande Amore music started playing and the lights went down, I was in a trance.   Then there they were;  so handsome, funny, and their voices so beautiful and more powerful than can be described: I was in heaven the whole evening.  I do love each of them for their own special personalities and magnificent voices, but have to confess:  Ignazio’s voice, his eyes and forever smile, just makes my heart do flips!  I had watched a few of the videos from their other concerts and knew it was close to the end when they started singing Surrender, so with tears in my eyes I was trying to enjoy every note and every move on that stage:   All of sudden I looked up and Piero was dancing on stage right in front liz 5of me, he locked eyes with me, jumped down from the stage, grabbed my hand, pulled me up and started dancing with me (while I am praying “Please God don’t let me fall!”)  What a delightful incredible experience.  Also, by the end of concert, my daughter, Angela, is now so definitely a huge fan.

THE MEET & GREET:  The guys were so sweet to everyone, and I anxiously awaited my turn; intending to tell each of them how much I love their music and, of course, to give Ignazio the biggest, tightest hug possible. I just froze and only said Hi, but DID manage to give a kiss to each side of Ignazio’s cheeks. Sigh………… Then they clicked my picture with them. It was over too too fast.
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My daughter was next and she walked right up and hugged Gianluca (I believe he makes her heart flutter a bit).  She now understands my obsession.  We ended the night joining Dorothy & Jennifer for drinks at the hotel bar.  What fun.

DALLAS CONCERT:   Again took my daughter, who was just as eager as I was to see them again.  We had second row seats.  Their performance was even more exciting, beautiful and overwhelming as our first concert had been two nights before in San Antonio. I stayed in the moment, was in heaven again, swooning & swaying to their indescribable magnificent voices.  I brought another gift; just one single Yellow Rose for Ignazio (letting him know I’m forever HIS Yellow Rose of Texas), which I gave to him after “Unchained Melody”.  He looked right into my eyes, smiled the sweetest smile and allowed me to again kiss each cheek!  A memory I’ll forever cherish. Too soon they were singing the final song “Grande Amore” while my teardrops flowed.

MEET & GREET TWO:  I  saw Barbara and asked if the boys had shared their M&M’s with her; she said they shared them with everyone, including the band.  That tickled me.  I “STILL” did not tell the guys how much their music means to me, what joy & comfort their beautiful voices bring to me every day.  All I said was Hi, I hope you enjoyed the M&M’s (have no idea if they knew I meant from San Antonio concert).  I did manage to give Gian & Piero a hug, plus AGAIN kissed Iganazio’s cheeks.  Sighing……..forever!  Angela again hugged up Gianluca.

THE END:  No this story has no ending, as I’m still obsessed, still listening, watching all the latest videos, reading the latest news from Il Volo Flight Crew, and WILL forever.

In closing, I want to share a couple of song titles and phrases to help describe my experience and what Il Volo means to me:   “I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE”….No, I never felt like this before.  Yes, I swear, it’s the truth and I owe it all to you. “YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS”… no one could ever miss you, not half as much as me.  The Yellow Rose of Texas will be yours forever more.

“YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE”…so many nights, I sit by my window, waiting for someone to sing me his song.  So many dreams I’ve kept deep inside me, alone in dark, but now you’ve come along. “MEMORIES” ….all alone in the moonlight, I dream of the old days, life was beautiful then.      Just so perfect that Ignazio sings this.  I believe it describes the exact reason Il Volo is so adored by all of us.  Their music brings back our memories; all those feelings of love, romance and when we were beautiful then.  Of course, we still have beauty, but it flows so much deeper now….into our souls. Il Volo IS LOVE.

~Liz Vines~



24 thoughts on “Dancing With Piero! ~~ Liz Vines”

  1. What a wonderful report, Liz, of your beautiful Il Volo experiences. I can only imagine what a thrill it was to have had Piero invite you up for a dance….that would be my dream come true. Of course the other two are pretty nice, too, but dancing with Piero would be heaven.

    1. Ahh, yes, for sure, Mary and Liz…a nod, a sweet smile, a hug, from Pirto…oh my….Your experience with your daughter, Liz sounded so thrilling. I understand, as we all do, how these boys effect us,,,even though it’s indescribable…I really enjoyed your ‘story’…grazie!!!! ♥

  2. Oh, Liz!! You did good, girl! That was a magical night! Meeting you two was icing on the cake! Circumstances being different. Jennifer and I would have followed you to Dallas!! Your song selections are perfect!! Keep in touch!!

  3. Wonderful story!

    You have helped prove, once again, that the more you see/hear them the more you NEED to see/hear them. We’re addicted!

    Keep dancin’, LIZ!

  4. Liz, your story is just marvelous! I can only imagine how your heart must have been throbbing while dancing with Piero!! I am so happy for you.!!

  5. Liz what a thrilling experience & what a thrill to kiss Ignazio’s cheeks on both sides the same as I felt when I got his special hug last year.
    Each thing they do, each step they take, each smile they give someone & each song they sing & when Ignazio’s waves to someone is etched in my mind each time I see a video & I am trying to stay patient waiting for them to return to USA & Canada. Crying is no good I want to see my sweetheart Ignazio.

  6. Liz, I am so jealous of your experience with Piero. He makes the tears flow whenever I hear him sing. I am trying to find words for his birthday this June. . A wonderful report Liz. Joanie G

  7. Glad you shared this. You seem to have a lot in common with Ignazio. Both of you seem to have the “fun” gene. My group and I sat next to you in Dallas and I ‘died’ of envy when you gave Ignazio the rose.

  8. Love Liz’s story – dancing with Piero – WOW!  I have purchased tickets to Il Volo’s concerts in Florence and Verona, July 1st and 4th.  Is there someplace I can post to ask if other Flt Crw members will be attending  Would love to meet up with them.  Thanks, Marie,  Bubby Young

    1. Lydka, thank you for this link and for all the other material that you find and share with the Flight Crew! My wife and I have tickets for the London concert and cannot wait for next Friday! We have all their DVDs and most of the CDs and we have seen them regularly on Italian television since 2009. My wife is Italian and we have satellite television that allows us to see over 60 TV channels from Italy. We did not know about the special release for the UK. I suspect that we have all the recorded material as a result of buying “San Remo Grande Amore” and “Grande Amore.” In addition, I recorded evey evening of the San Remo festival and the full Eurovision Song Contest. However, I fear that my resistance will crumble and I will buy this UK Special Edition, too!

      1. Bernard ,thanks for your nice words. 🙂
        I wish you and your wife very nice time at concert, enjoy it ! Surely it will be great and an unforgettable evening for you ! 🙂 I greet you both !

  9. Wonderful Liz!!! You have accurately described all of our emotions with the magic of the Concerts & the beauty of the M&G ‘s!!! I so love our precious young men!!! That said, would you believe I did not hug them at all!!! Three opportunities & I had brain fade each time!!! I had my walker & then the wheelchair at San Jose but I didn’t give them hugs!! I have pics from the Dolby. Piero has his arm around me with me close against him! No recollection of that!!! When I see them again I will practice what I will say & do before the event.

  10. Great article, similar story, different concerts. Have been in love with these guys since I saw them Live From Detroit Opera House on PBS and so that story begins. Can’t get over the love these guys bring to our lives as well as entertaining us from morning till night with their wonderful voices!!!!

  11. Liz, I loved your story. It has been 2 months since the concerts that I attended , and your description brought back all the feelings and emotions for me. You describe it well. I am envious that you got to dance with Piero. He is my favorite and would love the chance to have a dance. and I also am trying to think of a memorable birthday wish for him. At the Las Vegas Fan Faire I was standing right behind his left shoulder with my hand on his shoulder, but of course he was looking forward at the camera and was surrounded by fans. Hoping there is a next time.
    Your experience gives you wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing.

  12. It has been exactly 2 months since I saw our guys in concert in Las Vegas. It’s a funny thing that no matter how many concerts you have been to, you are left with a need to see them again. I have been following them since seeing them on the Detroit PBS Special in 2009, and I can honestly say that I can never get enough of them. Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca, I love you guys with all my heart. Liz, your story brought back such wonderful memories.

  13. Bernard, it is your turn now to experience our wonderful Guy’s in person. I hope you were able to get meet and greet ticket’s also. I know the flight crew will be happy for you and your wife, as it is your turn now. I was born in England( Liss, Hampshire) but live in Hawaii.
    I know those English girl’s are going to go crazy for the guy’s. Please write us a review when you have time. Please know that even though we are happy for you, we are a little jealous also( well 0.K.) a lot jealous!

  14. it was lovely to read your story of your time with the boys. I have 1 week to go and I will be in London to watch and meet and greet Il Volo with 8 family menbers. My 20 year old granddaughter Elle is joining me for the meet and greet and I am getting so excited. x  x  x

  15. Liz, what a beautiful account of your two evenings! Marie and I are just a bit jealous as you did not just kiss igna once, but twice as well as a few hugs!

    I’m alway amazed how everyone comes away with the same feelings after meeting the guys for the first time!

  16. So beautifully written! Couldn’t have voiced my feelings any better. Dee Mattern On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 7:26 AM Il Volo Flight Crew ~Share The Love wrote:

    > mariecrider posted: ” MY IL VOLO CONCERT EXPERIENCE: It has been exactly > two months (Thursday, March 17th) since I saw Il Volo at Majestic Theater > in San Antonio (and also in Dallas on Saturday, March 19th). I’ve created > several drafts, but haven’t been able to complete the” >

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