We know that our Il Volo guys love their fans–they show it in their interaction with them, both when performing and when off stage. Piero says, “every time a new audience and new emotions I can’t wait to find out. A smile, always, in my heart and in my mind.”
They seem to love the fans of every nation equally, generously bestowing smiles, hugs and kisses to all who reach out to them. We, in the USA, believe that they must love us a little more, since we were the first to embrace them when they were just starting their career. But actually it seems to be the Mexican fans who really get their adrenaline pumping due to the fan enthusiasm and participation.
Case in point: see the DVD Mas Que Amor–one of the most endearing performances ever.
Remember the girls with the flashing red bows in their hair? Their enthusiastic arm waving, participation in the songs, and the utter joy on their faces when gazing in adoration at the boys? Their emotions were so contagious that it had Gianluca leaping across the stage like a Mexican jumping bean, and Piero throwing kisses all around. Ignazio, not usually the quiet one, showed his appreciation by smiling angelically. I’m guessing that this year was no different. The Mexican girls are CRAZY about these guys, and the fact that the concerts had to be postponed to the end of the tour due to weather conditions, no doubt made it all the more meaningful to them.
The guys seem to jump right into the Mexican culture, taking the roles of the Three Caballeros in stride.
One can just imagine Piero tossing his sombrero on the floor and going into an exciting performance of the Mexican Hat Dance. We’ve seen him salsa, dance on the Italian version of Dancing With the Stars, and perform numerous other dance moves, so we would expect him to be totally comfortable with the Hat Dance.
And Ignazio would seem right at home throwing a serape over Walter and riding off into the sunset strumming a guitar and singing Cielito Lindo.
Gian, with his newfound excitement, would give new meaning to a rousing rendition of La Cucaracha.
Piero seems to have made a hit in his black sombrero with this lovely senorita. He seems a bit unnerved by her ardent desire for a kiss, but knowing our Piero, we can be sure that he could and would deliver.
Of course the guys tribute to Jose Jose at the Latin Billboard Awards in 2013 performing the beautiful El Triste had to have had further cemented the bond between them and the Mexican people. That moving performance brought down the house. (And Gian’s blue suit didn’t hurt,either.)
This year’s concert shows them, true to their sweet and generous natures, showing their affection for children by bringing them up on the stage and including them in the fun.
We can’t close the book on the love story, “Mexico Loves Il Volo” without mentioning the concert in Puebla. What an exuberant show– the excitement, the energy, the joy of that night. Fans and the guys pulled out all the stops and made it an ebullient close to a fabulous tour.
And so, as the Mexican tour comes to a close, we see the Three Caballeros making the flight back to their homeland with fond memories of their Mexican fans, and calling back, “Hasta la Vista, amigos. Vaya con Dios, until we meet again.”