Step Back in Time to 2013 by Susan

So here we are in 2023 and we’re getting ready for new concerts and new surprises. The guys have gotten really good at surprising us. All of this will play out over the next year but until then, let’s step back 10 years and see what the guys were up to.
For one, they spent a lot of time doing shows in America. That’s right! They had already done all the morning and night shows, and now, they were spending a lot of time on the local family shows. So, for today, let’s Step Back in Time to 2013 to see some of these shows.

Actually, before we move on to America, I want to post an article that Daniela did on the guys in 2013. Daniela did most of the translation for this article. I just added comments here and there.  This is a very funny video of the guys on the FIORELLO Show.  
I will give you the translation first, so you understand what is going on. The show is so funny you really don’t need the translation to appreciate it.
We are in December 2013 and the guys are promoting their latest CD “Buon Natale.”
The guys are in the study of a famous radio program in Milan, the program is called the newsstand and the entertainer is called FIORELLO.
FIORELLO is a talented showman not only on radio but also TV and he is very kid friendly and personable and …. of course … Sicilian.
The studio is located on the ground floor of the building and the people can come in and enjoy themselves, in fact the people around are people passing by (lucky them).
Fiorello began by saying today there are few artists who manage to cross the Italian borders. You know some of them Bocelli, Pausini, Ramazzotti.
Fiorello says that Il Volo’s disk does not contain some songs he calls ghost track and submits a song whose title makes me laugh so much and everybody sings it in a very playful manner especially Piero.

The song is a Sicilian tarantella and is titled TIRICHITOLLA. I don’t think you can translate the meaning but, know that it is a very typical Sicilian song and rather racy, and it is for this reason that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca and Fiorello laugh a lot.
Piero at one-point attempts to translate the saying to mean “give me a kiss, I’m sick” it’s not really the true meaning of the phrase but it gives it some sense.
Keep the laughs on the double meaning of the sentence. Piero is unstoppable, and Fiorello says to be careful because these guys are crazy (in the sense of naughty, cheeky) more than he. Piero tells a few jokes, to joke, and Laurie says that is not funny.
Ignazio seems oddly calm.

Fiorello said that they are unleashing on his program because abroad they cannot sing this song and not even with Vespa in Porta Porta and they continue to laugh at this, and the people say that even with Barbara Streisand they could sing this song.
At this point a girl from the audience wants to sing WOMEN IN LOVE and the boys in a beautiful, beautiful moment accompany her.
Even Fiorello sings with them (he’s also a singer), but the magic moment is over and it’s back to TIRICHITOLLA.
Fiorello jokes that from now on he will open all his shows singing TIRICHITOLLA.
Fiorello says, “the boys speak English well! How did you learn English so well?”  Gianluca says he speaks “very fluent“ and Piero (who is actually very cheerful) says “when we go to London, people speak more sophisticated, and they don’t understand and they look at us and they are saying “what the f***.” (sorry but those are Piero’s words).”
Then Fiorello says FELIZ NAVIDAD is his daughters’ favorite song. He says, “do you promise that when you go to America at the end of your concerts you will dedicate a song to friends from Sicily.”
Piero replies, “What? Which?” And again, they sing TIRICHITOLLA.
The guys announced that on Christmas day they will sing in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Gianluca went on to say that their wish would be to do a series of concerts in their homeland – Italy, because they’re always abroad (wishes come true), and Fiorello said that he would close the concerts with TIRICHITOLLA.
Fiorello closes by saying, “They are really nice. I like them. I really like you a lot but again you must promise me the next time you’ll be hosting in America you have to say we dedicate a particular song to our Sicilian friends.
(What a lucky Sicilian!) We thank Il Volo. Here they are, so we wish you good luck with everything. Good luck with Bruno Vespa, tonight.
We remind you that the guys will do something for one of our Italian friends ~ St. Frances. On Christmas Day after the mass of the Holy Father, you will be guests at the concert from the Basilica of San Francesco.”
Gianluca: We do all we can especially for Italians because who we love our land, and we remember you always when we are abroad.
Beautiful ending with a small bit of Nessun Dorma.
Daniela said, “I do not know if you can understand the meaning of this video, but there is no doubt that the boys enjoyed themselves and also really appreciated Fiorello’s jokes and that he recognized the value of Il Volo.
This is a really funny video!

So, let’s go to America!

Among the shows that they did was the “Home and Family Show,” on the Hallmark channel. The first show is from June 2013. They cooked ravioli with Cristina Ferrare and of course they were interviewed, and what would the show be if they didn’t sing. They talked about their concerts in America and how much they love America. There was a lot of joking around between the guys and actor, Maz Jobrani.
So, sit back and watch the guys make ravioli with Cristina and have one of their famous Fruit Launches!

And in November 2013, the guys went back to do a Holiday Show on Home & Family.

They got the Latin American Music Award nomination for Latin Pop Album for Arist of the Year Duo or Group.

Let’s not forget their beautiful Tribute to Jose Jose at the Latin Billboard Awards in May 2013.

In July 2013 the guys sang on the Kris Jenner Show. They truly charmed her!

On the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards the guys sang “Mas Que Amor” (“We Are Love”) for the 2013 Memorial for those TV actors who died during the year.

In December the guys stopped by Border Crossings to do an interview with Larry London. They discussed their new Christmas album and performed a few songs in the studio. This interview was part of Larry London’s 2013 Christmas Special.

And like this past year, the guys were part of the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade 2013.

Back at home they did a special Christmas Concert at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

I would also like to include one special event from April 2013. It seems fitting that it would be included!
In this show Piero was surprised by the host who has Piero’s grandparents sitting in the audience.
The host tells Piero he has a surprise for him. A special moment.
There is shock on Piero’s face when he sees his grandparents in the audience.
The Host said, Here it is a hug with the grandfather (Pietro Ognibene) who gave you the passion of the life of music.
The Host (continues): We also gave him a gift. He has never experienced the emotion of a live concert and we are giving it to him today. He said he heard him sing when he was small, and he understood that he had something more.
Pietro Ognibene: I always, always believed in it, but I always say it’s difficult climb high up but easy to find the ground. Be careful what you do and always walk in your own steps.
I always tell all my grandchildren to be careful because the stepmother is found in front of the door when leaving the house, the stepmother is sometimes with those who start walking and carry on with life, but we are strong, these young men will keep the honor of the family.
The guys then sang for him!
It was a very beautiful moment!

So that was our Step Back in Time to 2013.
Before I close I would like to answer a question that many of you have asked me over the last week. You want to know what Bosky_TV is about and where it can be found.

Bosky_TV is a Live CHAT on TWITCH which is hosted by Ignazio. No, it is not about Il Volo although questions obviously come up about Il Volo. On Bosky_TV Ignazio invites interesting guest to join him, and all the viewers are able to participate either as a listener, with questions or as subscribers who can be more interactive.

The CHAT is in Italian, but people can ask questions in English, Spanish, Portuguese or whatever language Ignazio has learned that day! If your question is in English it will be answered in English. In fact, Ignazio said he will have a CHAT in English soon.
This past week Ignazio hosted a show with a doctor who spoke about nutrition. It was a very interesting show and I personally learned a lot from it!
He had another show that was about social media.

And he did some shows with his friends Stefano and Marco!

The show isn’t at all serious, as you would expect coming from Ignazio. He dances and plays games. There’s music but not Il Volo music. We play BINGO.
And, if you don’t like something that Ignazio said or just for the fun of it, you can throw a TOMATO or other items at him. And of course, if you’re happy you can also APPLAUD him.
What is the show really about! It’s about Ignazio being Ignazio! Ignazio talks about whatever he wants to talk about or whatever we want to discuss with him. We can pose a question if we like. Every day is a new experience.
So where do we find this? TWITCH, Instagram, TikTok and later this week you will be able to follow on YouTube.
On your iPhone or iPad you can download the TWITCH App at the App Store and FOLLOW Bosky_TV.
If you follow Ignazio on Instagram you can click the link in his story and follow the CHAT Live. You can FOLLOW Ignazio on Instagram @ignazioboschetto. Look for the Blue Check mark after his name to make sure it is Ignazio. If there’s no Blue Check, it’s not Ignazio.
So don’t be left out! Join the CHAT today!
I also want to mention that I have started a new FaceBook page. Susan.on.Live. The Il Volo stories continue to take up a lot of my time and I get many questions about what things are trending, like the question this week about Bosky_TV. I also get questions about Il Volo interviews and newspaper articles so, I decided to start a page where I can post everything that needs to be posted, and you can go on there at any time and look at information or ask questions. Each week I will also post my story Through the Fields of My Mind but, of course, you can read this story on or the individual fan page. And I will also post Daniela’s Italian stories that she translates. This should put everything in one place for you.
On this page you can also find updates on my book, and my new book!
So FOLLOW me on FaceBook at Susan.on.Live. On Instagram you can FOLLOW me @susan_debartoli.
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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Credit to the owners of Videos and Photos. Most of the photos in this story came from IL VOLO~From Ti Lascio to World. Thank you, Judy! 

                  Happy New Year!


18 thoughts on “Step Back in Time to 2013 by Susan”

  1. Sorry, Susan, but I had to stop watching after the first video. I had tears in my eyes from laughing!!! Oh! How I wish I could speak Italian, or even understand it!!

    It was great to see them enjoying themselves so much. And, even better to know that Piero hasn’t lost his joie de vive, which he demonstrated at the gift giving in Jerusalem, especially the hair gel and comb present for Gianluca!

    The older gentleman in the overcoat was having a wonderful time, too! Wish I could have been there!

    Thanks so much for reposting the article from Daniela!

    Now, I’ll go back and finish watching the rest of your posting and will probably comment again. Thanks, Susan!!! That was such a wonderful way to start off 2023!! Hugs, Dol.

  2. Thank you Susan. There is so much here!
    Larry London asked a question that didn’t get answered but I’d really like to know. How did they first learn English.
    I picture them coming to LA and working on their album and finishing up their version of high school and taking voice lessons. They must have had formal English lessons.
    Is there
    something on the Flight Crew blog that tells us about those very early days?

    1. There lots of stories on Flight Crew. They did take English lessons when they lived in LA and went to school.

  3. Thanks, Susan. This is so informative. What is your connection with the guys?
    Could you write on their lives more currently? Do you know when they get back together for 2023?
    One more question- is Ignazio still committed to Il Volo given his outside interests?
    Thank you much

  4. Thank you so much Susan, for all these wonderful stories! I love watching Piero laughing & joking – we don’t see that much now. Unfortunately I didn’t discover IL Volo until recently, so it’s just great to watch them as they were beginning. Please keep the stories coming – I love them!

  5. Well, Susan, I’m back and, after watching a couple more videos (didn’t realize the Larry London Border Crossings was so long), it’s time for bed with wonderful Christmas songs in my head, which means for pleasant dreams. Will finish watching tomorrow. Good Night, Susan! Hugs, Dol.

  6. Some of these videos were new to me, Susan – thank you– they were delightful! And thanks so much for the explanation about Ignazio’s new project. I had seen some clips on Instagram, but didn’t know what I was watching. I’ll look forward to the English one! What will this ragazzi come up with next??

  7. Happy New Year to you and all of us fans! Love to hear new stories (at least new to me). The videos were incredible! Piero was very funny, love to see him laugh with the silly things that Igna does! Gianluca didn’t take too long to come out of his shyness and join in the fun. Loved all of it! The Christmas concert in Assisi was so beautiful. Thank you once again for all the fun! You ladies all do a fantastic job helping us to know the boys as kids and now as men and not just for their unbelievable voices and good looks but who they are.
    Wishing you and your family a healthy, safe, peaceful new Year, Carol☮️❤️🙏🏻🎼🎤🎶

  8. Thank you once again for another look into the boys time ,i watched all the fantastic videos you put out ,i love the interview when they all had a great laugh ,Piero has a brilliant laugh ,i was crying when Piero saw his grand parents there to see him sing that must have been so emotional for him and his grand parents ,once again a big thank you ,look forward to your next issue ,Happy New Year l

  9. I love Ignazio’s streams on twitch, he’s hilarious and always has something very interesting to say and i must say i did had a few very good laughs along with him, i also love how interactive he is during his streams, always grateful, positive and respectful ❤️ His music choice during his streams is fun to listen as well, It’s really nice to see him being his own unique, adorable and funny self ❤️

    1. To The Posting Girl — I’m so glad you found one of Il Volo to rhapsodize about, namely Ignazio.

      If you want to see another version of Piero, just watch the first video at the top of this posting with Fiorello. Piero can hardly contain himself because of the fun he is having singing the folksong TIRICHITOLLA, while using the piggy bank as accompaniment! I thought it was hilarious!

      1. Yes, Dol. I thought that Fiorello and Piero made a really good team. Also I liked that young woman singing with only Gianluca at first. She had a lovely voice.

      2. I was trying to decide if it was a piggy or some other animal! As you say Dol love, it was hilarious. 😉 😉 🙂 I haven’t laughed so much since, well since last Tuesday when I was trying to explain something to Christine. 😉 I’ll wean her off Il Divo eventually! 😉

  10. I’ve been a tad busy lately, so only just got around to watching the videos. I haven’t managed to watch them all, but I had to watch the Tirichitolla one as I have seen Piero and Ignazio have fun with it elsewhere on t’Internet.

    Does it really matter what the words mean? It is such a cheerful piece, and is obviously a bit on the naughty side, but who cares, certainly not me.

    I’m a bit puzzled as to why Piero, or anyone else would think the London accent is sophisticated. When I lived down there I frequently heard the remark……….. “Don’t you talk fanny!” That is the nearest I can get to a London accent, though which bit of London it was from I have no idea as they all sounded the same to me.

    Anywhoo, why settle for darn saff, or words to that effect, when they can come to Yorkshire (the right side of the Pennines) Manchester (the wrong side!)?

    Thank you very much Susan for giving me a great laugh. I will watch the rest of the videos when I get the chance.

    I am still working my way through Gian’s part of the new book, then it will be Igna’s turn, before I return to Piero. I need to recheck some of his translations as I have a feeling there are several words that are incorrect.


    1. OK Roz, This is not on the subject of Il Volo so I don’t know whether this will show up on the chain. But why is Manchester the wrong side? Even though you were just joking. I’m in America but my father was born in Manchester.

      1. It is a Yorkshire/Lancashire thing apparently. Though as I am a Georgie, as in a Scot with my brains bashed in (by the Scots) I am a completely innocent party! 🙂 According to my friend Christine, when you look at the map of England, Yorkshire is on the right side of the them tha’ hills, with Lancashire on the left, as in the wrong side. All a bit silly I guess. 😉

        Anywhoo, I still reckon Il Volo would be far better off coming up north, be it Northumbria, Cumbria (not a chance), Yorkshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, t’Midlands, wherever. 🙂


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