MOMENTS TO REMEMBER by SUSAN

Over the last seven months I’ve been writing about the lives of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca from the day they were born to the present day.  As I wrote each story, there were certain highlights in some stories that I thought should be put aside and revisited in another article. These were, what I consider, Moments to Remember.

If I asked you “What would you consider to be a memorable moment in the career of Il Volo?” I’m sure you could come up with at least 10 if not 50 moments. So, I needed to take these moments and decide what I thought were the most memorable and I actually got it down to 13 memorable events.

So where do we begin? Well you might say the night the three won first, second and third place (Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero) of Ti Lascio Una Canzone. Yes, that certainly was a memorable moment but, I think there was a moment before then that was more memorable. Gianluca points to that moment, “I thought there were three hundred thousand boys singing like me, and instead that night I discovered that there are only two: Ignazio and Piero.” Of course, Gianluca was referring to the night they sang together for the first time on Ti Lascio Una Canzone.  So, let’s begin there!

Ti Lascio Una Canzone, Night 4 and Michele Torpedine – I have to put these two together because one wouldn’t happen without the other!

It is the fourth episode of Ti Lascio Una Canzone and the boys are given the music for “O Sole Mio.” They walked out on the stage, sang “O Sole Mio” and walked off stars!  

Alone in his apartment, Michele Torpedine was sitting on his sofa with the volume off on his TV. The show he was watching was Ti Lascio Una Canzone. He keeps looking at the screen and he suddenly thinks, Ignazio reminds him of Luciano Pavaroti, Gianluca seemed similar to Jose Carreras and Piero is similar to Placido Domingo. He still had not heard them sing. Out of curiosity, he raised the volume and Michele says, “Here I am aware of another element, that is even more important than the first. The three casually put together to sing a song of the program possess an incredible vocality for their age.”

At this point Michele’s head is spinning. He’s thinking these guys are good and again repeats it to himself, they’re good! He thinks, “What if I try to put them together seriously? A trio, he tells himself.”

The rest is history!

“We Are The World for Haiti”  – In 2010 shortly after arriving in America, the guys were invited by Quincy Jones to join “We Are The World for Haiti,” together with 80 international artists such as Celine Dion, Bono, Lady Gaga, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Natalie Cole. Il Volo were the only Italian artists to be invited. The three voices from the background caused such a sensation. “Who was that?” Everyone present couldn’t believe what they were hearing but, “Who were they?” Soon they would find out!

Barbara Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn Tour – In 2012 Barbra Streisand invited the guys to be an integral part of her “Back to Brooklyn” tour. They performed with her in America and Canada. They were not an opening act, no, they shared the stage with Barbara. To the guys this was a dream come true!

2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards – In 2013, “Más Que Amor” was certified “Gold” in Mexico and Argentina. And this catapulted the guys into the Latin market. From that day on they took the Latin market by storm.  In February 2014, they receive two nominations at the 2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards, as “Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group” and “Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.” At the awards show they were awarded as “Best Group of the Year in the Latin Pop Album” category and they also won the “El Pulso Social Award,” as the artist who dominated interactions on social networking sites during the Billboard Awards. This is unheard of! Three Italian kids taking over the Latin market! What a win!

The Christmas Concert at the Italian Senate,  December 21, 2014.  Ignazio wrote in their book: “We want to talk about the thrill of singing in front of the highest offices of state! What twenty-year-old boy has something like that happen? It happened to us, and it seems to me a beautiful result, an honor. You cannot imagine the emotional feeling to be called “guests of honor” inside the Senate. We were accompanied by the, fantastic, Filarmonia Orchestra Veneta conducted by Diego Basso. Half the beauty of the song is in the orchestra.

The most exciting moments? Everyone! But the hymn of Mameli was the heart-pounding one, the first song, singing in that place, with everyone singing along with us, including Giorgio Napolitano, (President) and Pietro Grasso (President of the Senate). It is one thing that I cannot explain.

And then, of course, the pleasure of shaking hands with the President of the Republic and of feeling that he knows Marsala, he has been there.

Sanremo Music Festival 2015 – On February 14, 2015, the guys participated in and won the Sanremo Music Festival with “Grande Amore.” This is the top award in the Music Industry in Italy. With this win the guys really came home. They were finally recognized by the Italian people. This win also gave them the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. 

Eurovision 2015 – As Italy is a member of the Big Five, Il Volo went straight into the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Vienna on May 23, 2015. Grande Amore came in 3rd with 292 points but, they won the televote with 366 points and won the Marcel Bezencon Press Award, as best song according to the collective voting of the accredited press. The extended play Sanremo Grande Amore was released in Italy on February 20, 2015 and it was certified triple platinum by FIMI. At the Latin Billboard Awards, they dominated the social networking sites and now, they win the televote and the best song according to collective voting by the accredited press. The people speak!

Ignazio’s Accident in Tampa March 7, 2016 – While they were singing in concert in Tampa, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca brought 3 children on to the stage. The stage was narrow and, Ignazio picked up a child and carried him in his arms to take him to the center of the stage. There were electric cables on the ground and Ignazio tried to avoid them, but he tripped, and fell on the stage with the baby in his arms. To defend the child, who in addition to the fall would also have Ignazio on top of him, Ignazio twisted his body, so that his shoulder hit the ground and the child was protected. The two of them immediately got up and Ignazio finished the song.

When Ignazio began the next song, it was clear he had a problem with his arm but, he managed to finish the concert. He did not stay for the final greetings instead Barbara immediately took him to the hospital. At the next concert he had a splint on his arm and for the next two concert his arm remained in the splint. It was also recommended that he rest. Fabio Ingrassia, Ignazio’s dear friend, was in Miami, and he immediately came to help Ignazio. Ignazio was disheartened by the experience and Fabio remained with him to help him through it. Fabio made a nice drawing to dedicate to the fans with two hands that clasped. What a Friend!!!

Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, July 1, 2016 “Notte Magica” – 2016-2017 were the years dedicated to the “Notte Magica” project, the tribute to the 1990 event where the Three Tenors, Josè Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, enchanted the whole world from the stage of the Baths of Caracalla. On July 1st in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence Il Volo presented on stage “Notte Magica – A Tribute to the Three Tenors,” which was broadcast in prime time on Canale 5.  The guys were joined by Placido Domingo who conducted the orchestra. This marks the beginning of the world tour of “Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors” which debuted on March 4, 2017 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The show was sold out. After 15 stops in the United States, all sold out, the tour is extended to Europe from May 5, 2017 for 29 performances and from September it extended to Latin America. The concert “Notte Magica – Tribute to the Three Tenors” was filmed and broadcast in the United States by the national television network PBS, and in Italy by Canale 5 and, starting in June, it was broadcast in over 500 cinemas in Italy and around the world.

Ignazio Conducts the Asti Symphony Orchestra while the guys sing with Marcello Rota Jul 5, 2017 – During the rehearsals of the last date of the Notte Magica Tour in Naples, Ignazio steps in as conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Asti while Maestro Marcello Rota sings Ignazio’s tenor part! They sang “Libiam ne lieti calici.” Ignazio had everyone in awe of his performance as a conductor. The guys enjoyed singing with Marcello who usually conducts for their Concerts. Gianluca enjoyed it so much that he hugged Marcella in the middle of the song! All good sports! They all had lots of fun! A unique performance!

Mexico Earthquake September 8, 2017 – On Thursday evening September 8th, at 11:49 PM Mexico City time, (in Italy it was 6.49 on Friday) an earthquake of 8.2 on the Richter scale sowed panic in the country. The earthquake, defined by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as “the strongest since 1932”, had its epicenter off the south west coast of Mexico, but its strength reached the capital where the guys had just finished their concert at the Theater Metropolitan. Gianluca gave Facebook a short message shortly after the earthquake: “Thank you all for the messages, we are fine despite the strong shock that hit Mexico a little while ago.” Read the full story here!

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World Youth Day Jan 27, 2019 – If you ask the guys after winning Sanremo, which truly brought them home, “What was your greatest performance,” they would probably answer, there were two. Singing for the Holy Father at World Youth Day was one of the most amazing events in their life!

Por Una Cabeza, Il Volo at Luna Park Buenos Aires October 30, 2019 – So I will end by going back to the beginning. This last moment tells me how far the guys have come and how the strangers became brothers.

When these three young men started out, they were 15 and 16 years old. Think of being 15 or 16 years old and you have a dream, and someone tells you that that dream, needs to be shared. To fulfill that dream you have to leave your family, your friends, your home, you have to go to another country and you have to share this journey with two people who you really know nothing about except that they had the same dream you did. You have to trust that the decision that was made by you and your family, was the right decision. If not, it’s back to square one! You’re going to be lonely and you have to learn to survive without the people you love. So, you learn to lean on one another. That dependence turns into a friendship and that friendship into a brotherhood. It enabled them to trust enough to collaborate and perfect something truly amazing. Something that revolutionized the music industry. Let me go further by showing you a collaboration by these three amazing, very, very talented, young men that is so unreal that it boggles your mind. This is a collaboration of love. You will notice that the whole Orchestra is in awe and Giampiero Grani can’t stop smiling. Stop and listen to this performance of “Por Una Cabeza”.

Look at how they smile at one another during the performance. A smile that says yes that’s it! Their faces are ablaze! Their expressions let one another know that it works. And, finally, when it’s over, they are so excited they can hardly contain themselves. Look at their smiles, their faces are lit up in joy and their embrace says it all! They are brothers who love one another! This is truly a Moment to Remember!

Credit to owners of photo and videos.

42 thoughts on “MOMENTS TO REMEMBER by SUSAN”

  1. What can I say that I haven’t already said before, except to add that this is a work of love and we appreciate and enjoy very much reading about our Guys much .Thank you very much👏👏👏😍

    1. These fine three men are so handsome respected and loved by so many people bless 🙏 them thank you guys.🌴😎❤️

  2. Thank you Susan and Pat for putting this together. Our amazing boys have grown into amazing men. They are a once in a lifetime phenomenon. I’m grateful to everyone, families, manager, etc. who had a hand in raising them. They are the best of the best. But it all comes from within themselves. God instilled in them the talent, and the desire to become Il Volo.

    1. You’re most welcome, Rose Marie! It is my pleasure. And I agree that these guys are the best of the best!! 😍

  3. They are, indeed, a special group. I shook Piero’s hand in Toronto at breakfast at the Hilton hotel. I had seen them perform the night before.. They were starting their 10 year anniversary tour over here. It is a great memory for me.

  4. Thank you, Susan, for all your hard work collecting these precious moments into one post! What a wonderful timeline of memories! 😘

  5. Again thanks to you and Pat for another wonderful article about the guys I play those videos often and love the one of Una Cabeza Hoping I have the opportunity of seeing them live again in Florida.

      1. Thank you Susan for putting this wonderful group of articles and videos together. Your articles are always a joy to read. Some of these I had not seen. They are such amazing young men. We all look forward to seeing them in concerts again.

  6. I’m embarrassed at how emotional I get when reading your articles, Susan. Yet I wouldn’t have it any other way! Your gift of writing and seamlessly weaving the stories of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca together enriches my experience. Grazieeeeee!!!❤️

  7. And to think, there will be many more moments to remember over the coming years, they are endless in talent, energy, creativity and versatility.

  8. Susan, thank you, thank you, thank you! To be so young, and to have had so many wonderful achievements. The thirteen most memorable that you have gathered, summarized and have provided the links to were wonderful to read and to watch again.It was a great way to start my Sunday. Thank you again for your time and hard work providing these memories for us. I anxiously await the next most memorable experiences from Ignazio, Gianluca, and Piero.

  9. Susan, The organization of this timeline could be the
    foundation for YOUR book. You see their story as
    only an insider (fan) could. The reverence and attention
    to detail.is quite amazing when seen altogether.
    Great work!

  10. Dear Susan, Pat…How amazing were these memories to relive and enjoy again. These ‘boys’ are extraordinary, to say the least. I so look forward to my next opportunity to attend a concert and greet them with love and deep appreciation. Thank you for your wonderful talent to put these memories together for us. Grazie, Grazie!!! ♥♥♥

  11. Thank you Pat and Susan for taking many of us down memory lane!! Our guys are truly a gift from God not only for their beautiful voices but for their infectious and charming personalities. Just love them❤️

  12. Thanks. Susan, I look forward to your writings. You chose such beautiful Moments To Remember, especially Por Una Cabeza, which is one of my favorites. Couldn’t understand what Gianluca said when they were embracing afterwards but to see them so happy and so connected warmed my heart. Thanks also for that beautiful photo.I hope they’re keeping in touch with each other and singing as much as possible, God Bless them and keep them safe.

    Be safe, Mona

  13. Thank you Susan for once again delivering an excellent article about our guys. It must have been difficult to get it down to 13. I’m sure every fan is saying “but one about this one”. There are so many wonderful moments.

  14. Susan, I’ve loved Por Una Cabeza at Buenos Aires tango shows. But this version is so special…… I’ve watched it so many times. It really shows their versatility, and Gian’s voice is perfect for tango. Thanks for an excellent article….. Great idea.

  15. What a fantastic timeline for the boys who turned into young men right
    before our eyes……Really appreciate all the information that you put out on them…….Helps us “make it through the night”….
    Grisabella, the glamour cat.

  16. Thank you, I do so appreciate the effort you put in to provide us with these wonderful memories. I just adore seeing the love and brotherhood they share. Listening to their music and watching the videos and clips have really helped in dealing with the isolation felt during this pandemic. Thank you again.

  17. Love the timeline ! That was a lot of research for you and I truly appreciate it. It’s such fun to see and hear the contests Il Volo was in . Your article was like a mini concert of many of my favorite songs. ( I wish Por Una Cabeza would be available on a CD.) Grazie!

  18. Oh, Susan!
    This is the first time I watch this clip of POR UNA CABEZA with Gianluca singing 🎤 solo, and Piero at the piano and Igna with guitar 🎸…
    ❤️❤️❤️ awwwwwww❤️❤️❤️

    Grazie, Susan

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