Turn On the Lights!
Il Volo fans are not like any other fans in the world. To them Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are family! To the older fans, they are our children. They are very much a part of our lives. Family!
I started writing my articles back in March because I realized that these fans were truly concerned about these three young men. They worried about them going home to Italy where we were hearing horror stories about Covid and how it was killing Italians. So, everyone went into panic mode. It seemed their departure was so sudden. They turned off the lights and went home! They canceled their last three performances and the next thing we knew they were on their way home. But being true to form, what did they do? Like good children, they checked in with us as soon as they got home and told us they were safe and, they needed to be with their families now.
Over the next three months they went into quarantine but, they stayed with us and shared their lives with us. A day didn’t go by that one or more of them appeared on Instagram and Facebook to cheer us up. They shared conversations with their friends and, they shared their everyday lives with us. We joined Piero at 4:00 PM every afternoon for his singing lessons. Ignazio brought in singers and comedians to entertain us and let’s not forget he took the time to introduce us to Nico! As to Gianluca, we watched him play piano and sing beautiful songs to us! And then there were the special songs of prayer by each of the guys and who can forget Ignazio’s “Almeno tu nell’universo.” No, they never left us.
And what did we do? Over three and a half months we learned about them, their childhoods and their private lives by sharing, every Sunday, an episode (total 17 episodes) in one of their lives.
Then the quarantine was over and, they left their houses. But the messages continued, go out but wear a mask.
The one thing they wanted more than anything was to get back to work. Well they did have the commitment with Dolce & Gabbana which gave us a spectacular Sunday event. And there was the concert in Monte Carlo but, something was missing.
Saturday night they showed us what was missing!
But let’s step back a minute! When the guys were entering the Arena on Friday, they were stopped and asked about the situation of Covid. Ignazio answered. “It’s time for us to leave our houses, start having fun again but with responsibility.”
Friday afternoon we watched them at sound check give a performance to those present at the Verona Arena that would rival most concerts. And then later in the evening they returned to the Arena for light check. Ignazio and Gianluca were making videos with their phones, while Piero was wandering around. Ignazio got his attention.
Ignazio to Piero: What are you doing?
Piero: What are You looking at?
Ignazio: The light that is there.
Gianluca: It’s Beautiful.
Ignazio: The gorgeous light. Gorgeous! Gorgeous!
Of course, Piero pulled out his phone and started to video.
But what was it about the lights that got Ignazio’s attention? Well they were as Ignazio said, “La Luce Stupenda! “The lights were gorgeous,” but I think he was thinking about the last lights that he saw on stage.
Saturday night when the guys were entering the Arena before the show they were stopped and asked this question by a woman reporter:
Reporter: You are International entertainers therefore you know how much the live dimension is missing. But above all you have defined the stage as your natural element. So, how is it for you to return to a live performance tonight?
Ignazio: It’s like giving candy to a baby. We are happy because we missed it. We missed it to die for but not only for our personal thing but because this is to me the music slowly restarting with the safety measures. But we are restarting it all with Italian music. It’s like I am starting again to grow up on stage and hope that it can be a message of hope for the groups, in the cities, in the emerging local areas who want to start making music. We have to continue making music and we hope that by 2021 full concerts and full live.
It was an absolutely beautiful statement that said it all! What I liked best about this statement was Ignazio saying “It’s like I am restarting it all with Italian music. I’m starting again to grow up on stage…” What did he mean? This time he is starting in Italy not America. He finally feels like he is at home! Bravo Ignazio! You are home.
When the guys arrived on stage, they had a message for the world and all people in the industry:
Ignazio: 2020 will be remembered as the year where the world would be constrained to be turned off.
Gianluca: For the music employees the verb turn off means the end of the show, when the curtains close and it is the waiting moment for the next show, but this time the waiting lasted more than expected, the silence was unavoidable.
Piero: Now, the world is getting ready to start again! Now the moment has arrived to raise the curtain! Now, we will turn on the music!”
This beautiful statement was followed by the performance of the evening. Their choice of “Nessun Dorma” sent an even stronger message. It’s says we may have to perform under these new world conditions, but we don’t have to change who we are or why we’re here. In this ancient Arena we look to the past while following the path to the future. From their first note the whole arena lit up. Their voices were clean and crisp. Their presence was illuminating. Their notes rose above the Arena into the night sky to let the world know music is back! The final note of their song sent the final statement. All three voices rose in unison and their voices sent forth a note that took our breaths away! It said We Have Returned! ”Turn on the Lights.”
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