Our Facebook fanpage was blocked for a few days, and some of you may have thought “but where has Flight Crew gone?” They told us that we don’t respect Facebook’s “standards” and for this reason they had blocked us, but now it’s Everything is OK.
So we are late with the articles on the various concerts, but we will try to catch up.
21 September PLOVDIV, Bulgaria, in the beautiful Ancient Theatre.
Lots of enthusiastic people. I will attach only one video for Plovdiv, but on YouTube I found the entire video of the whole concert, it is shot from the side and sometimes it makes you feel seasick watching it 😁, but the video does not have a moment’s pause, and the dialogue is in English, so you will be able to listen to an entire concert and understand what is being said, enjoy the audience’s reactions and I hope you will appreciate my choice even if the images make you a little nauseous. 😁😉.
And how wonderful it is to witness moments like this! ❤
What a great and emotional evening it was. Such a blessing. We, and especially Vaya, we’re so excited and happy for the opportunity to listen to these great and touching voices once again Thank you @ilvolomusic, @giampierograni , @gianginoble11 , @barone_piero and @ignazioboschetto – you are simply amazing and the best Thank you! ( from Vaya’s mom)
But now the time has finally come for concerts in Greece.
After such a long wait, Greek fans will finally be able to have two concerts:
September 23 Thessaloniki
Greece has waited a long time for this moment and the Greek fans have savored every moment of Il Volo’s presence.
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
Torpedine and Barbara to the right ☺
On the sign: Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero, you are my great loves. ❤
September 25, ATHENS
The magnificent ODEON HERODES ATTICUS will host the concert.
The public has a lot of love to give to Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio and the three of them are thrilled by this warm welcome from the Greek audience.
Our dear friend RoseMarie Paliobes was present, both in Thessaloniki and in Athens, she was in the front row there, she sent me this comment:
Ok, it happened! I was in Thessaloniki and Athens with some of my family and other Greek relatives from Larissa. My daughter, granddaughter and I had front row seats in Thessaloniki. They were not assigned seats so it was first come first seated. We were very fortunate to have gone to the sound check and get the best seats. The guys were talking to us except Gianluca who was on the phone, he seemed tired or maybe wasn’t feeling well. Between sound check and show Ignazio and Piero were walking around the theater. Ignazio as usual being followed by young girls. Piero stopped to talk to me, my daughter and granddaughter. I asked him when they would come back to the USA and he said 2025 (😥), but he will be in New York this November because he is training to run the NYC marathon. I told him my daughter and granddaughter both run and the conversation went on about running. He is very serious about that. Then we went and waited for the concert to begin.
When the guys came out on stage I thought my heart would burst. ❤❤❤
Greece has been waiting a very, very long time for this evening to happen. The guys knew it but were still a little surprised by the outpouring of love from the sold out. At the end of the concert the guys promised to come back to Greece soon. 😘😘😘
It was the same in Athens, we had 2nd row seats, first row for some Greek VIPs. The Herodus Atticus theater at the base of the Parthenon is heart stoppingly beautiful. With the guys on stage even more so. Gianluca seemed to be his old self, sweet, sexy and in a romantic mood. Ignazio, what can I say about him, funny, serious, in great form. Piero, my goodness what a voice, I’m waiting for him to sing at the Met or LaScala, I think he is ready. Only negative thing was, they cancelled the sound check and Meet and Greet. We were told “technical difficulties”. Very disappointing. So, now, here is the best for last. Piero knew from the Meet and Greet OMGVIP guy John that we did not have the Meet and Greet in Thessaloniki, so after that concert, John came out and said we were invited to come as Piero’s personal guests. I thought I died and went to heaven. It was one of the best evenings of my life. ❤
Wow, wow, Beautiful experience RoseMarie, and what about Piero? Truly a beautiful person, who knows how many would have liked to be in your place.
HERE’S TO YOU
LIBIAM DE LIETI CALICI
UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE
With fans before concert ☺
And here is what OGAE GREECE writes.
THE TWO EVENINGS WITH IL VOLO TO THESSALONIKI AND ATHENS WERE MAGICAL
Finally, the Italian trio Il Volo has many more friends in Greece than we imagined. On Saturday evening the Gis Theater in Thessaloniki was packed, sold out since the first days of ticket sales at the Herodion, where we met last night.
The ‘boys with the golden throat’ Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble showed themselves moved by the warm welcome from the world, but also by the grandeur of the Ancient Theater of Herodes Atticus. With great vocal form, they took us on a journey to our favorite songs in the best possible way. And what was missing from their program, from bel canto, to classical arias, Ennio Morricone, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, but also Leonard Cohen and Robbie Williams.
The moments we didn’t expect were the fun playing with the audience between one very challenging performance and another. The development of three very different personalities with quite different musical preferences. Ignazio has at least five mentions of how much he likes feta (Loreen, you’re not the only one). The…going up to the stands of the Herodion for hugs and selfies with the fans while at the same time singing ‘Here’s to you’ by Ennio Morricone.
Piero’s admission of how lucky we should all feel (putting himself first) to be where we are now. Gianluca’s confession that through Eurovision they realized how much the Greek fans love them.
The moment we were all waiting for – but once again its magic is indescribable – arrived at the end, with their only song of the setlist, ‘Grande amore’. Shortly before, they made us all stand up to sing and dance together to a rousing rendition of “Volare”.
The extraordinary ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra under the direction of George Aradis certainly added to the magic. In Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki Municipality Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anastasios Symeonidis, is equally enchanting.
Too many Il Volo fans who couldn’t find tickets were on the pavement right outside the Herodion last night. Many had their stools with them. As we learned, they enjoyed the sound part of the concert (the acoustics were fantastic even outside) and were just as moved as those “inside”.
The concert ended with a promise from the “boys”. They will definitely come back to us. We await them with the same anticipation.
A beautiful article was published by SOUNDART.GR, a music review website. (You may or may not need to view the link below by using a VPN -virtual private network – like Nord VPN.)
Reportage: ILVOLO triumphed in their sold-out concert at the Herodion.
Il Volo’s appearance in Athens made history with the packed Herodion trembling with music and applause!
After hearing the best things about Il Volo’s appearance in Thessaloniki, the anticipation of all of us to enjoy the Italian stars of the opera-pop scene has become stronger and stronger until we can enjoy them at Herodion on September 25th. Our expectations for one of the best shows of 2023 were far exceeded and Il Volo has written its own history at the historic Athens venue.
From the start the fans of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca lined up and everything went smoothly until they were placed in their seats. With the clock ticking just a few minutes past 8pm, the scheduled time for the trio and orchestra to appear on stage, loud applause was enough to welcome the energetic and cheerful troubadours. A warm greeting with the three performers who told us “Good morning”, “Good evening” and “Good night” showing us what they learned in Greece, was the beginning to appreciate the melodic “The ecstasy of gold” by Ennio Morricone and “Nessun dorma” by Giacomo Puccini.
“Il Mondo” by Jimmy Fontana, “Granada” by Agustín Lara, but also “Io che non vive (senza te)” by Pino Donaggio created the right atmosphere to enjoy the impressive solos of the three band members. Ignazio Boschetto performed Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” wonderfully and Gianluca impressed us with Elvis Presley’s “I can’t help fall in love”. The irresistible Piero, receiving continuous applause from the audience, “invited” his two friends and colleagues to share the stage again for “Un amore così grande” by Guido Maria, after having first given us a unique interpretation of his “E lucevan le stelle” by Giacomo Puccini.
“Love Theme” from “Cinema Paradiso” made the atmosphere more romantic and they handed over the baton to “Nella fantasia”. Songs like “Se Telefonando” (Mina), “My Way” (Claude François), but also a cover by an artist who had a great influence on the course of Il Volo, Luciano Pavarotti, in the song “Miserere”, brought us listening to the enchanting “Alleluia”, during the performance of which no one stopped singing.
With the atmosphere becoming more “warm” and a little “playful”, Herodion played “Delilah” (Les Reed), “Funiculì, funiculà” (Luigi Danza), but also “Here’s To You” (Ennio Morricone). Among the other iconic and classic songs that have left their mark over time, we appreciated “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion with the voice of Ignazio, “No puede ser” by Pablo Sorozábal by Piero, but also the more modern “Angels” by Robbie Williams by Gianluca.
An impressive finale could not be missing without the most timeless hits of Italian music, so “Caruso” by Lucio Dalla is followed by “Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici” from the opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, but also the unmistakable “ ‘O sole mio” by Eduardo Di Capua. After the “uplifting” “Nel blu,painted blue”, for which Il Volo invited us to get up from our seats, the moment we were all waiting for has arrived. “Grande amore” resounded loudly under the Acropolis with the audience present in a pleasant delirium.
And if any of this will remain unforgettable, it is the energy of Il Volo, who, despite their young age, have made people of all ages adore them for their talent, their impeccable stage presence and their essential communication with the public. Il Volo did not hesitate to climb the stairs to reach the highest level of the stands to reach the highest levels of the Herodion and sing among their beloved fans, while Ignazio will make us think of him for the adoration he showed towards our … “feta cheese”.
With a warm “Goodnight” in broken Greek with an Italian accent, Il Volo promised us that they would be back to visit us soon and we will wait for them!
We will see each other!
In this photo, however, you see my three beautiful Greek friends, present at both concerts, RoseMarie, (wearing glasses) you know her well, then there is Katerina Tsaousi and Fofi Soratsioli, I met all three personally a few years ago in Verona .
Here’s what Katerina wrote:
One of the first and one of the last photos of the concert in Odeon Herodes Atticus in Athens.
Between the two photos there is a big difference . The mood of the boys changed. The warmth of the Greek people welcoming every song with long applauses and screams of excitement and pleasure made our idols become at first surprised and then more “open” and the chemistry between the spectators and the artists took fire. The audience didn’t stop singing with the boys and dancing to the last songs.
After the closing song “Grande Amore” the boys gave us a promise that they will return to Greece not only for one more time but for a series of concerts (something that made us very happy).
Gianluca remembered that Greece at the Eurovision song contest of 2015 gave to Italy the biggest award, the 12 points (because Il Volo was the best ). And ,even though there wasn’t any advertisement for Il Volo in the media in Greece, the Greeks made the concert in Athens to be sold out in only ten days and the concert of Thessaloniki to be sold out in the last few days. 5,000 people in Athens and 5,000 people in Thessaloniki enjoyed Il Volo for the first time in Greece . We are happy to have the boys here in our country, we love their music, their talent, their voices and their energy.
Thank you, Il Volo .
C’è un amore così grande per te.
(There’s such a big love for you)
And this was written by Fofi:
I’M TRYING TO FIND ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE WHAT I LIVED LAST NIGHT IN HERODION ANCIENT THEATRE BUT I CAN’T…I’M ALSO TRYING TO DEFINE THE THOUSANDS OF EMOTIONS I WAS OVERFLOWING WITH BUT I FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE!!! WORDS JUST FAIL ME…MAYBE JUST ONE COULD GIVE YOU A SLIGHT IDEA: MAGIC…FOR OUR INCREDIBLE IL VOLO THERE IS NOTHING I COULD SAY THAT YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW…THEIR PHOTOS SHOULD BE NEXT TO THE WORD “PERFECTION”…DIVINE VOICES, UNIQUE TALENT, AMAZING PERSONALITIES…AFTER NOT MORE THAN TWO MINUTES WATCHING THEM PERFORM, YOU FALL IN ETERNAL LOVE WITH THEM…PIERO, A REAL GENTLEMAN, MORE MATURE THAN EVER…IGNAZIO, A PERFECT SHOWMAN, HE INSTANTLY TAKES YOUR HEART…GIANLUCA, A TENDER SOUL, ROMANTIC AND SENSITIVE…IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE…A DREAM THAT WE, THE GREEK FANS, HAVE WAITED FOR ALMOST FIFTEEN YEARS TO SEE IT HAPPENING…I’VE ALWAYS PICTURED THE BOYS SINGING IN THIS BEAUTIFUL THEATRE, UNDER THE ACROPOLIS…NO OTHER PLACE COULD BE MORE PERFECT FOR THEM…AND IT WAS MAGIC…A NIGHT WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!! A “THANK YOU” TO THEM WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH FOR WHAT THEY ACTUALLY GAVE US…WE JUST HOPE THAT THEY FELT OUR LOVE, OUR ADMIRATION AND OUR GRATITUDE FOR THAT EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE THEY OFFERED US!!! BOTH PIERO AND IGNAZIO ENDED THE SHOW BY TELLING US THAT THEY DIDN’T EXPECT SUCH A WELCOME, THEY SINCERELY THANKED US FOR ALL OUR LOVE AND PROMISED THEY WILL COME AGAIN SOON…
WE JUST CAN’T WAIT…IT WAS A TWO-HOUR EXCHANGE OF FEELINGS…MUTUAL EMOTIONS THAT LEFT THEIR MARK ON OUR HEARTS AND MINDS IN A PLACE WHICH WAS THE ABSOLUTE MATCH FOR THEM…I’LL CLOSE WITH PIERO’S WORDS LAST NIGHT…AT SOME MOMENT BETWEEN TWO SONGS HE SAID : “ I WAS AT THE BACK LOOKING AROUND THIS PLACE AND THIS BEAUTIFUL MOON ABOVE AND I JUST THOUGHT HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO LIVE IN THIS BEAUTY “…I WOULD ADD “AND TO EXPERIENCE THESE WONDERFUL FEELINGS WE GET THROUGH MUSIC, LOVE AND RESPECT”…PIERO, IGNAZIO, GIANLUCA…FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS: THANK YOU!!!
My goodness, so many beautiful words from everyone and very deserved. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca must have been truly moved by so much love.
In short, as usual I am speechless for everything I have seen, heard and read.
I am so proud of Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio and I am also so happy that the European fans are appreciating them with so much affection.
And the tour continues, see you soon!!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.