TURN ON THE LIGHTS! by Susan

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.”

Credit to owners of all photos.

37 thoughts on “TURN ON THE LIGHTS! by Susan”

  1. Beautiful piece on my favourite singers, you are right they have allowed us into their private lives so generous to let us in. They have maintained there fan connection on a daily basis in these times of uncertainty. I know from Australia we have been told it will be 2-3. Years before we will be able to travel overseas safely. I had planned on being in Italy for the Giro Rosa this year which is taking a few stages in Sicily so combining seeing the race and seeing Naro and the many beautiful areas there has been put on hold so I appreciated seeing what Sicily has to offer in many of Pieros pieces it is stunning. Again Thankyou for your observations greatly appreciated from Australia🦘😷

    1. Thank you Ros for your comment! It is greatly appreciated! I’ve been to your country! I love it! Hope to return soon!

  2. Dear Susan , once again you have outdone yourself, your ability to express our feelings is always right on point, and I always look forward to reading your articles
    Be well 😍

  3. Beautifully said and I thank you for sharing. I’m personally also happy when Ignazio said “It’s like I am restarting it all with Italian music. I’m starting again to grow up on stage…”. Italian singers, Italian young men, their magical Italian country, (north and south) and their Italian songs. Introducing us to the wonder of Italian music, songs we’ve never heard before (unlike American songs which many have recorded) with voices that transport us to the heavens or make us smile with joy!
    10 years ago, I could not have imagined how three young men from Italy could take me to a new world of travel, to a new world of passion, to new world of musical beauty and awe, To a new world of friends and countries I thought I would never see. The excitement we all feel for Il Volo and for us in 2021 is palpable and we are ready! Yes, turn on the lights ~~ we’ll be there! ❤️

  4. Susan. Another excellent review concerning Ilvolo thank you. And I thank the heavens about for allowing us to have the prevelidge of hearing the voices of these three wonderful young men. There is no day that goes by that I spent time after my daily prayer session that I listen to Ilvolo. They always put a smile on my day. Thank you Susan and as always we are pleased to know you through your work of sharing Ilvolo with us. Barbara

  5. As usual this was beautiful to read. Since I have found il Volo they have lifted my spirits everyday I listen in my car. Watch their videos. God willing I want to get to Italy to see them I. Concert next year and hopefully they will be back here in America ❤️❤️❤️🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🥇🥇🥇

  6. Susan, this is a beautifully written testimony to our young men. They are very wise for their young age. They kept me going for the last few months with their connections to their fans, which we looked forward to everyday..
    Unfortunately I don’t believe the USA is quite ready to turn on the lights yet. But most of us are trying, so hopefully we will be able to flip the on switch soon. I really am looking forward to Taormina next year,

  7. How beautifully expressed!!
    I agree with all comments above.

    A heartfelt ❤️, Grazie!
    Wishing you all good health.

  8. Thank you. Love hearing
    about them. What nice young men. Their voices are the best. I will continue to pray for them. Glad they are back.

  9. Susan, how well you said it, they are not like any other group, we like and respect Three tenors, Bocelli, Others, like to listen to them , but we would never said we love them , Never felt like they are part of our families, Like our three boys, when we followed them from very young age to watch them grow, Follow their success, Pray for them….
    so happy for them to be and sing together again, to feel finally home in Italy. But please, do not forget, that America was at your birth, started your success, accepted you as our own, We would like you to feel always, that America is your home too….
    Please, keep writing,
    Thank you.

  10. Only once in a lifetime will I ever see a phenomenal performance such as I saw on March 1, 2020 in Mesa, AZ. I am a great granny and I love these guys like I love my grandchildren. They mean so much to me not only for their singing but their manners when performing, they give so much of themselves to us both in singing and at Sound check, and after the performance for picture taking. I wish I was 20 years younger, I would be at every performance I could. Each has their own style of singing individually, and when they sing together it is pure heaven. I wish for my years on earth to include one more performance. I’d love to see them in Italy where they will perform for those who missed the concerts here in America. I will never forget them and I will always love them and their music. You are America’s Sweethearts also. Thank you for your kindness, your antics, your music and most of all “your smiles”, they send me to heaven and back. Hugs and love IL Volo men!

  11. So happy when I see you have written another article about the guys. I agree with you that they are like family I have watched them over the years and cannot get enough stories, videos, photos. They have been a real help through the dark days and I am so thankful I have them in my life Don’t miss a day without watching a concert on my TV or an interview, hopefully one with English subtitles. Enjoy your articles so much, thank you

  12. Again thank you to all who brought this expression of our Il Volo. To me this forced pause has caused us all to make a reset (including Il Volo) about what we truly value. I believe even they realized who each one of them is-they are Il Volo. Ignazio, so expressive about what is important. They are in Italy, they are Italian and they are singing Italian music. How special is this. Thrilling.

  13. I BELIEVE THAT CHOOSING NESUN DORMA HAS AN ADDITIONAL MEANING : THE LAST WORD IS “VINCERO” IN ITALIAN “I SHALL OVERCOME ” OR CONQUER, GET VICTORY.

  14. Susan, thank you so much for such a moving article. The inspiring words of Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero and the smiles on their faces at the conclusion of their performances really inspired us with hope and excitement that they are truly back. Let’s now look forward to new music as they move forward.

  15. Susan, you always bring something special into my life when you write about the boys. My eyes light up when I see that there is a new article. Many before me today have expressed my thoughts well already but I must add that the guys are family to us. In some ways I know we feel like family to them, never so much as to replace their true families. Many of our faces are familiar to them and for those that aren’t they see the love in our eyes. Together, “We are love” and when we finally get back to concerts in person it will feel like a rebirth. Tears will flow freely!

  16. Thank you so much!! I have been following them since they went home. So great of them to share their quarentine with us!! Looking forward to their concerts again. Dont forget everyone to look at Ignazio’s instagram about donating to Italian research on Covid. IlVolo is supporting it. Thanks again. Donna

  17. Thank you so much for sharing information about these three singers who are for me incomparable. They are sweet, lovable, incredibly talented, and with an amazing work ethic! I pray that soon the “lights will go on again” everywhere and we can see them in person and hopefully with a very nice “Meet and Greet” session. They all three have amazingly insightful and mature comments about this awful virus. Thank you, Susan, for this lovely article! Dena Pitchfork, Mercer Island, Washington U.S.A.

  18. Without a drop of Italian, sometimes I feel a little left out of the geographical discussions. BUT – I am an Irish defector learning so much from lovely photos and descriptions. Thank you. I have loved IL Volo and their music since 2009. Call them The Holy Trinity!!

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