Time ago I saw and shared this old video of IL VOLO, then I thought, maybe some of my friends did not see it or maybe they do not know what was said so I thought about translating it for you.
The interview is conducted by Enrico Lucci of the Iene. Le Iene in Italy is a different type of interview, often very pungent.
Ignazio = You know every morning I wake up and I have to think about what happened to me, because sometimes I do not believe it, it’s like a dream.
Lucci = When the dream becomes reality, it happens like for IL VOLO, the trio born of a talent show. IL VOLO has remained almost unknown in Italy, but it has exploded abroad. (Keep in mind this is an old interview.)
Caterina = It’s an emotion behind each other, we still do not believe it.
Ignazio = Over one hundred concerts around the world.
Vito = For me it was a dream why I find myself in America so …..
Caterina = We were both in Washington, we looked us in the face and said, “but do you realize that we are in Washington?”
Lucci = From the outskirts of Marsala, grown up in arancini and panzerotti.
Vito = I was mason, now I’m unemployed (I think he is forced to be unemployed for to follow Ignazio)
Lucci = (to Caterina) and what job did she do?
Caterina = Pizzaiola.
Lucci= A mason and a pizzaiola, how you’ve come to classical music?
Ignazio = I do not know. I was three years old and singing LA DONNA E’ MOBILE.
Lucci = Ignazio never stopped.
Vito = We tried to find a teacher to follow singing studies.
Ignazio = See 20,000 people at Barclays Center in New York with Barbra Streisand, who applaud you and stand up, means that all sacrifices were worth it.
Caterina = In Barbra Streisand I was lucky to shake hand, I was hugging to Ignazio and trembling.
Lucci = And between one event and the other has changed everything.
Do you have the terror that everything can end?
Ignazio = Yes, like everyone else.
Lucci = Meanwhile, however, for any prediction, did the money put them under the mattress? (Did they put their money under the mattress?)
Catherine = Yes, of course!
Lucci = Ignazio, the first thing you bought?
Ignazio = Television, the one with the surround effect.
Lucci = But behind the lemon field there was also a recording studio. (Ignazio had accompanied Lucci outside the door at the back of the house, cross a small lemon field and enter a room where Ignazio made a recording room.)
Ignazio = And then for my dad’s birthday I gave him the BMW.
Vito = Not new, specify.
Ignazio = Not new, used.
Lucci = You wanted new, did you feel bad?
Vito = No, I did not want new, I specified why I want to make it clear to people that he did not buy me the new BMW so they not think the money got our heads ( that we now spend all the money.)
Lucci = The village always murmurs in Abruzzo at Montepagano, where from the Central bar Gianluca has arrived in the world.
Gianluca = That’s my grandfather, he also came to New York to see the concert with Barbra Streisand.
Lucci = In three years your life has been overturned.
Gianluca = Yes, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur.
Lucci = There is nothing to talk about in the village.
(Ask people at the bar) Are you all near Gianluca? Are you envious?
(Answer) NO, NO, is the Maradona of Montepagano.
The trio photos with famous characters are everywhere.
Gianluca = Here with Clinton
Lucci = What did Clinton tell you?
Gianluca = “Hey men, your voices are amazing.”
Yesterday a fan came from Australia.
Lucci = From the Central Bar tables, nothing is more like before, especially among the friends of the heart who think of him continually.
(Addressed to two friends of Gianluca) How bored are you of this country ……
Friends = It is weird, he was with us playing here in the country and now he goes to America, sooner or later he also takes us to America.
Lucci = Are you envious? You are still here, and Gianluca knows the best women in the world.
Friends = No, we are not envious.
Lucci = When the dream becomes real like the screams of fans, everything in the family is overwhelmed. (Nothing in the family is more like before.)
(Addressed to Leonora) Did you expect such a success?
Leonora = No, so no.
Ercole = It has changed our lives in dizziness, I’ve been 13 times in the United States, I left the job to follow him.
Lucci = And what do your colleagues say?
Ercole = Maybe even say “What a hit you got lucky”
Lucci = Certainly it’s a big blow of luck ….
Ercole = Impressive.
Lucci = The grandfather then did not understand something.
Did you know Barbra Streisand, did you give her your hand? (Did you shake her hand?)
Let me see , gave her his hand of a worker and that she understood the value of this hand?
Grandfather (looking at his hand) I think so, beautiful ( his hand), true !!
Lucci= Also in Naro near Agrigento where Piero lives, the third of the group, there is another grandfather at the base of success.
Grandfather = Sorry, I just do not see you, I have the atrophied optic nerve.
Lucci = Does not change anything, but you saw far away with this grandson. (As in into the future.)
Piero = I was 4 or 5 years old.
Grandfather = I put him on this table and made him to sing.
Lucci = You have never seen your grandson?
Grandfather = NO, I touch him, I hold him, kiss him, I’m 28 years old I do not see, he has 20.
Lucci = You know he goes to America, sings with Barbra Streisand?
Grandfather = It seems to me a dream, what I feel, I can not even say it, as if I wanted to break my eyes, for me it is like seeing him.
Piero = My grandfather helped me, he paid all my piano lessons for 6 years, every Monday night we went to lesson walking under arm. (Arm in arm)
Grandfather = Because he was afraid of dogs and then we walked under arm.
Lucci = But if you did not see the dogs as you did to defend him ?
Grandfather = Look, if they had to attack him, I was able to throw myself, I went to the dog’s voice.
Lucci = Go and tell in California, where in front of the hotel there is the siege of the fans for photos.
Fans = I love IL VOLO.
Lucci = Do you like IL VOLO?
Fans = Oh my God, oh my God, they are part of my life.
Lucci = Enrico Lucci of the IENE, do you want the picture as well? Ah, should I do it for her? She does not want to take the picture with me. I am very humiliated, I accompany them as a grandfather at the press conference.
Gianluca = We are 18 and we are in Los Angeles in a limousine.
Lucci = (to Piero) Think of your grandfather at this time.
Piero = I think of him under the tree in the armchair, who thinks and is waiting for my phone call, he writes poems, of songs, of course since he is a blind man can only do it with a recorder and every time I return, he makes me listen to all he has done.
Lucci = Now recorders are those of American journalists.
You know the English well!
The manager hopes well.
(Turned to Torpedine) Are not you afraid they say a lot of nonsense? (Jokingly)
Torpedine = The fact is that with my English it’s hard to control them. (Meaning their English was better than his.)
Lucci = But there is evidence of the concert.
Piero = These are our trucks, there is the stage and all of our production here.
Lucci = The Gibson Theater, inaugurated by Frank Sinatra, and already set up with gadgets and shirts of the long American journey, nearly 6,000 seats and inside … “O sun, or my sun,” Paul Sorvino waits for them and this evening he will sing a song with them.
Paul = They are good, they are phenomenal, because they all love this IL VOLO in the United States.
Lucci = An artist as important as you, what do you try to sing with talented but young guys?
Paul = It’s a great pleasure for me, first of all in America you can come from under a train, but if you have the talent ….
Lucci = What advice do you give them?
Paul = To stay with your feet on the ground, you must always stay with art, always seek the truth.
Gianluca = Who could imagine that at 18, an orchestra played for me.
Look here, 6,000 people in Los Angeles.
Lucci = In the evening there really is the line of fans to take the picture outside, but also in the dressing room.
Ignazio = They are our Los Angeles friends.
Lucci = To see them today is Quincy Jones who produced Michael Jackson, and Elvis’s wife, which is one in the room.
Ignazio = Thank you Priscilla.
Lucci = IL VOLO manager discovered Zucchero, Bocelli and Giorgia.
How much is the ticket?
Torpedine = Average of $ 90.
Lucci = If one has a great talent, is it safe to come out?
Torpedine = Yes, I believe who has the numbers, eventually comes out.
Lucci = Torpedine noticed IL VOLO at a talent show.
Are the talent shows a thing about or cheating thousands of kids?
Torpedine = They would also be positive because they give the opportunity to promote new voices.
Lucci = Do they really have talent?
Torpedine = These are really phenomena.
Lucci = The public goes crazy, and for every song, there is applause, and standing ovation, between banners and fans, who want to touch them, as when a dream really comes true.
Fans = I love IL VOLO, I keep a lot of love in my heart.
Piero’s grandfather = When I’m alone and I close my eyes, I can believe it, if I could see, maybe it would not happen.
Lucci = Why?
Grandfather of Piero = I could continue my work, my way, without stopping on him. (He means if he had not become blind, he would continue to work, so he would have less time to notice the qualities of his grandson.)
Lucci = And secondly, is it worth the loss of sight for such a giant success?
Piero’s grandfather = This is a question too important, because if I tell you it is better not to see my grandson would be a lie, and vice versa it would be a bigger lie.
(He can not answer because in either case his grandfather loses something important:
To see his grandson, but Piero would not have become famous,
or not to see his grandson, but so Piero has become famous.)
Credit to all owners of video and photos.
Thank you, Daniela, for this wonderful translation!