Since there is no interesting news on Il Volo, I searched through the old videos, and I found one of June 2017, recorded in Taormina.
The speech that precedes the song is very hilarious, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are really three nice rascals, who know how to entertain us.
I hope that the translation reproduces the nice atmosphere…
GIAN = Here we are! (applause)
IGNA = Sorry I’m late, but tenors pee too. (laughter from the audience) (he clears his throat)
I wanted to make a serious speech ….. we are fond of Italy, in particular Sicily, two of us are Sicilians, (he sees a white cloud from the audience) … but who smokes? What happened? Is there white smoke for the new Pope? (many laughs)
This cigarette hurts you, throw it away!
GIAN = DO NOT SMOKE!
IGNA = (he resumes the speech interrupted by cigarette smoke). However, we are mainly linked to Taormina. Taormina is very special for us, because we think it is one of the most beautiful towns in the world, (applause) but above all because we met some real friends here.
To name a few, like Saretto Bambar who makes wonderful granitas ….
Piero = Hi Saretto
GIAN = We love you!
IGNA = … then Giovanni of LA BOTTE (restaurant near the Bambar), then all our tennis friends ….
GIAN = Even the Metropole Hotel, who always treat us like royalty.
IGNA = The promise I want to make to the people of Taormina is to spend my summer here in Taormina. (applause) ….. but it’s not that now that you know, this summer everyone come to Taormina !!!!! I come around day 32 …. (lots of laughter)
GIAN = of December !!
Well, let’s move on to the next song.
IGNA = Yes, sorry.
GIAN = Maybe many of you know that our journey, indeed, our flight together, started more than eight years ago.
The first time we sang together was April 25, 2009. The years go by quickly …..
PIERO = Eight years old … you must understand that we spend most of the year together, so when we go home I happen to call my brother or sister, by their names. (Ignazio or Gianluca)
IGNA = It can happen, but one thing worries me, I don’t mean for your brother, but to call your sister by our names ….. (lots of laughter).
PIERO = It can happen, but the real problem is that when Ignazio comes home, he calls his dog, by our names (lots of laughter).
IGNA = It’s details …
PIERO = But I say, have I ever replied “bow wow?”
IGNA = No, but you must know that dogs become like children and …..
GIAN = This is a show of affection!
IGNA = Exactly.
And then Franzino (Franz, Ignazio and Alessandra’s dog), looks a little like you, has your features, look I’m complimenting you.
PIERO = Thank you, what a brother!
IGNA = Maybe even the cut of the eyes, the tuft ..
PIERO = Do you have a dog with a tuft?
IGNA = It’s hairy ..
PIERO = And am I hairy? (he refers that everybody knows Ignazio to be the hairiest of them three). Hairy me?
IGNA= (At this point, Ignazio speaks in Sicilian dialect. He is the hairiest of the three and I think this causes him a little embarrassment, since the current fashion involves smooth male chests. That summer, Ignazio shaved his chest, but the result was that his skin was not smooth at all, but full of small rashes, I believe that the meaning of the sentence said by Ignazio is this …)
And then, the hair removal must be done only on the legs of the women and not the men on the chest …. then I become a meteorite! 😁😁
Let’s move on.
GIAN = The first song we sang together that day, you know it true, you remember it, you saw that famous episode (of Ti Lascio Una Canzone).
Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll all sing together O SOLE MIO !! (applause)
Did you like their comedy?
They are good singers, good guys, good entertainers, what more do we want.
Attending one of their concerts is a real experience, but now we are in a crisis of withdrawal from concerts.
We hope that the situation will return to normal soon, so that we can once again enjoy your voices, your beauty and even your antics personally.
See you soon guys !!
Credit to owners of all photos and video.