The Stress, the Pressure and the Joy!

After six years the guys returned to the Ariston stage. They traveled around the world and stole the hearts of the people of the United States, South America, every corner of the earth. All the fame that any one person could want they had achieved. In six years, they did what most people cannot do in a lifetime! But all of this, which meant so much to them, at times, seemed lost because of what was missing. The joy was always lost in the pain which they felt in their hearts. They wanted to share it with their people, the Italian people. So, they decided to do something about it!
Off to Sanremo!
The pressure was tremendous. The doubts were there. Always there! Ignazio says, “No, we can’t win!” Gianluca says, “We win!” And Piero trying to keep the balance, “We were not anyone here in Italy, at most we would not be anyone even afterwards.”
So how do you begin to approach Sanremo when there is so much on the line! How do you get past the stress and the pressure?
The Video Diary!
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni asked the guys to do a diary of their days at Sanremo.
Since some people were having problems viewing all the separate videos below so we are posting the entire video here.
Day 1: February 9th, 2015
As Ignazio explains in the video, it was just a few minutes a day but, it was a “sort of pill.” It was the thing that kept them going when the pressure was on. “It was fun!” So much so that the guys said they would do it again! And it gave them the opportunity to talk directly to the Italian people and let them know how they felt about being home, experiencing Sanremo and sharing it with them!
So, let’s join the guys on their Sanremo journey.
Before General Soundcheck!
(The videos have English subtitles!)  (Please click on each day’s photo to view the video diary.)

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero before soundcheck

Day 2: February 10th, 2015
On day two Ignazio begins by telling us how the general soundcheck went and how it gave them the first beautiful emotions of singing at Sanremo! He also expresses how much he loves sharing these emotions with the other artist!
Piero tells us that he’s getting used to the video diary and he’s starting to like it! “It’s like writing in your diary at night!” He also tells us about his experience on the Red Carpet and experiencing the audience reaction to Il Volo.
Gianluca talks about the following evening when they will perform “Grande Amore” for the first time and certainly combine that with the fact that it’s his birthday!
After general soundcheck

Left to right: Ginaluca, Piero and Ignazio on a boat Day 2

Day 3: February 11th, 2015
Today Piero begins by telling us how he and millions of Italians enjoyed the opening of Sanremo. And the anticipation of singing for the Italian people this evening!
Gianluca tells us about the emotions, nervousness, and anxiety they are feeling. He anticipates something beautiful! And let’s not forget, it’s Gianluca’s birthday!
Ignazio is feeling all the excitement of the day. He says, “Today is our day.” He goes on to say, “Tonight is our turn!” He lightens things up by telling us about how the guys warm up before a show.
And then the final surprise of the video!
Singing for the Italian people!

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio laughing Day 3

Left to right: Black and white photo ofGianluca, Piero and Ignazio in suits with bow ties

Hey guys, why so serious?
I know the guys said we are all friends here but, it seems there were other forces at work!  The Competition was fierce!
Exactly who is it they’re worried about?

Day 4: February 12th, 2015
The guys touch on so many facts and emotions in this video on Day 4. They are really into the Video Diary at this point and, they are learning how best to share it with everyone! They pack so much into such a short video.
Piero begins today by telling us that their desire last night was to smash on stage.  (Smash meaning to be a hit!) And to give it their all!
Gianluca jokes that he wants to smash the peoples’ house. (Be a hit at Sanremo.)
Piero continues that the standing ovation and the applause was unexpected.
Ignazio jokes about a picture he saw, of Piero, on FaceBook. And asks, “Did you see it?”
Piero says no because I was too busy doing what we do before we go on stage. He explains their routine!
Ignazio picks up on it and explains other things they may do before a performance including the use of breadcrumbs. Interesting!
Piero tells Ignazio to explain about the song they will sing on this evening ~ “Ancora.”
Ignazio explains the difficulty of singing this song. He says this is one of the hardest songs to sing in the Italian repertoire.
Gianluca speaks about the new CD which will include “Ancora.” And they joke about the song.
Piero and Gianluca talk about how much they like the Video Diaries and how they will miss them when Sanremo is over.
A Standing Ovation!

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero outside near a wall Day 4

Day 5: February 13th, 2015
Gianluca begins by telling us how beautiful it was to perform “Ancora” last night. He said it was a challenge but, it was very exciting.
They sang it with such ease I would never expect it was so hard to sing.
I tried to find a video with the full song, “Ancora,” at Sanremo. As far as I know, it doesn’t exist. So, I am including the one-minute video. This one-minute video took my breath away. Just amazing! Notice their expressions, their emotions, their passion! Look at how they share with one another! Their voices reach out to one another! Such joy in those voices! All of their performances are amazing but some of them bring you to tears! You can feel their emotions!

(Please click the photo below to view “Ancora”)

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing

Piero says he thought, when he woke up this morning, he had some free time to walk but found out, there are no vacations in Sanremo. He directs his attention to Ignazio. He says Ignazio is angry because Gianluca wore his shoes. Ignazio ignores him.
Gianluca implies he’s not ignoring Piero, he’s just busy taking the sun. To which Ignazio replies, “I am letting the sun kiss me because the sun kisses good.” Gianluca asks Ignazio to let the people know what will happen tonight.
Ignazio says, tonight, we will again sing “Grande Amore.” But what follows is funny! I think at this point Ignazio doesn’t want to admit that he thinks they will win. We know till the end he said, “No we can’t win.”
Piero closes by saying “Guys, the last days of these diaries.”
Why did you put your shoes like mine?

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero outside in front of a beach cabana Day 5

Day 6: February 14th, 2015
Ignazio begins by saying how sad he is that the video diaries are coming to an end. The guys decided they would do the diary when they are working in the studio or on tour so they can share their day with the fans. He joked with Gianluca about how he tripped on stage. And Piero reminded him that his legs were trembling!
Gianluca talks about how unusual it was to have a standing ovation. It’s something you don’t see often in Italy. Of course, in America, they get a standing ovation for every song they sing.
Piero talks about how happy they were with the response of the Italian audience. He says again they will sing “Grande Amore” and he asks for the support of the people. He tells the people they will always be there for them.
Gianluca wishes everyone a Grande Amore (Great Love) for Valentine’s day.
Piero interrupts saying, after all the discussion about the shoes yesterday, today they dress with the same shoes, as yesterday.
Gianluca reminds him, every morning we dress the same, don’t we?
Piero reminds the guys that they forgot to thank Giorgio Armani for dressing them for the Sanremo Festival.
The guys close by sending a kiss to everyone!
Farewell to the Video Diaries!

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio sitting on some steps in a restaurant Day 6

So ends our journey to Sanremo. The guys won and now we must move on to our next adventure that can only be reached Through the Fields of My Mind….
There are a few people I need to thank for making this article possible. Daniela from Il Volo Traduzioni for the English subtitles. Daniela Ci from Il Volo Flight Crew for splitting the video. As always, I thank Daniela Perani and Pat Farley Ward for the Photos, Video’s and the wonderful layout of the articles. To read more Il Volo stories visit us at www.ilvoloflightcrw.com
If you would like to share a story with me, please email susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

16 thoughts on “The Stress, the Pressure and the Joy!”

  1. Simply said “I fell in Love with all three of “my guys”. I had the opportunity to go to AZ and see them and as my cousin winters there, she went with me. A fabulous show. I got to meet them at Sound Check and actually said a few words to each one. Perfection personified to the greatest! The first song I heard them sing was Il Mondo and it is my favorite today. They can sing any song and make it sound like it came from heaven. They have accomplished so much, and they are handsome, well mannered and for me a gift to the world. “My guys” will always be number 1 no matter the song or who sings it. IL Volo is the best and I treasure their voices, their manners, and having fun making others happy along with them. I enjoyed this read very much, thank you and well written. Hugs to “MY GUYS”!

      1. Susan, the first 2 didn’t work for me either. Says the link was broken or removed. Never the less it was wonderful to go back and relive the diaries that worked. The guys were funny and so at ease, who couldn’t love them. Thank you again ladies for putting this together. I am sad though that the concerts have been postponed again. My Taormina tickets are in a safe place and my suitcase is ready to be packed.

  2. Thanks for this story of their “turning point” event in Italy. How could the people not love them? I loved the videos, the guys were so natural and fun and they got really good at making these diaries. I enjoyed reliving that time. Thanks for the translations !

  3. I enjoyed living this week with the guys again. Thanks, Susan, for the trip down memory lane.

    1. IL Volo are loved and treasured! The greatest singers in the world today. I am blessed to listen to them every day and night. I have purchased all their CD’s and Videos. At my age l have heard them all, but they are the greatest our world has ever know. My prayers are with them each day, that God will keep them safe and be with them always.

  4. Thanks, Susan – this one was a lot of work for you and the other gals. I also couldn’t get the first two videos, but sure enjoyed the others. I had no idea that San Remo was a multi-performance event. And bread crumbs – who knew? I’m a singer, so am going to try this!!

      1. I can’t get enough of listening and watching these three guys! They take my breath away! Love them! I have purchased every Video and CD they have on the market. I pray for them to be blessed and stay safe. God bless them 💕 now and always.

  5. Thanks for the memories, just listening to one of their CD’s right now Appreciate all your work Really can’t get enough of these guys Watch them every evening on TV on you tube.

  6. I just listened to the minute of Ancora…so beautiful. I felt myself holding my breath and when it was over I couldn’t believe it. How could something that good be played for only one minute? Thank you for that minute and for the wonderful article.

  7. Susan, I thoroughly enjoyed this article and the full video. I love your memories of lL Volo. The guys are so genuine in their interactions with each other. The love they have for their country has always been evident from the beginning. Being accepted and recognized by the Italians in Sanremo not only surprised them but it brought them tremendous joy and satisfaction.

    Thank you, Susan and Pat.

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