Il Volo – Celebrity Reactions! (and Tanti Auguri, to the King – from our 3 Princes!)

We all know our guys have had the pleasure and honor to sing, sing to, or sing for, some very special and honored celebrities and stars.  IVPerformances, a Twitter account, has put together a really cute video of our guys with some famous people, including Barbra Streisand and the latest with Sharon Stone.  They want people to watch and share their account.  So, in honor of their hard work, here you go!  It’s on You Tube….

Good job IVPerformances – nicely done!!

 

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Even though I know it’s staged and part of the act, it cracks me up every time I see it, when Barbra says “showoff!” to Ignazio!  Although, in this one, he sounds a little flat?  Sharon sure looks like she’s have a grand time!


As many of us know, January 8, is also the birthday of Elvis Presley!  It’s also the birthday of my first Italian crush and my dear friend’s husband!  Definitely a great day!  lol!  🙂

Here’s to you, Elvis, in honor of Gianluca’s version…this was record in Las Vegas.  It’s simple and beautiful.

 

Enjoy!

 

Jana

p.s.  A big Grazie Mille to Gina, for passing the IVPerformances along to Marie and I!  🙂 

Flight Crew Site Stats!

For all of you analytical techie people out there and those that just like fun facts, here are some facts about our site, from its inception back in 2013!

 

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These are the top 15 countries of all time…just look, Il Volo has fans of this site in nearly every country and corner of the world, except for a few remote countries in Africa and Antarctica!  Per Marie, a total of 177 countries!  Over one million views, in just the United States!

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Just amazing guys!

  What’s in store for you in 2018??

 

Jana

Happy New Year! 2018!

Happy New Year! 2018 Is Here! I’m sure we have all made our new year resolutions by now, let’s hope no one has broken them already!? 😊 Does anyone’s resolution include seeing the guys, no matter what, this year? Let’s hope so! As we know, our guys had a busy year in 2017. I thought I’d do a little year in review – Notte Magica style!

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The first lucky audience was the United States!

2-Mar-17 Easton, PA
4-Mar-17 New York, NY
7-Mar-17 Philadelphia, PA
9-Mar-17 Washington, DC
11-Mar-17 Mashantucket, CT
14-Mar-17 Boston, MA


16-Mar-17 Detroit, MI
18-Mar-17 Chicago, IL
20-Mar-17 Minneapolis, MN
23-Mar-17 Los Angeles, CA
25-Mar-17 Las Vegas, NV
27-Mar-17 San Jose, CA
30-Mar-17 Tampa, FL
1-Apr-17 Miami, FL
3-Apr-17 Atlanta, GA

 

After a short break, they flew back to Europe!

24-Apr-17 Zurich, CH
26-Apr-17 Brussels, BE
3-May-17 Roccaraso (AQ)
5-May-17 Turin, IT
6-May-17 Bologna, IT
9-May-17 Milan, IT
12-May-17 Rome, IT
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15-May-17 Ancona, IT
17-May-17 Livorno, IT
19-May-17 Verona, IT
20-May-17 Verona, IT
23-May-17 London, UK
1-Jun-17 Taormina, IT
3-Jun-17 Taormina, IT
4-Jun-17 Taormina, IT
8-Jun-17 Malta
10-Jun-17 Naples, IT
15-Jun-17 Dusseldorf, DE
16-Jun-17 Hamburg, DE
18-Jun-17 Moscow, RU
24-Jun-17 Madrid, ES
26-Jun-17 Warsaw, PL
28-Jun-17 Vienna, AT
30-Jun-17 Sofia, BG
8-Jul-17 Palmanova, IT
9-Jul-17 Padova, IT
21-Jul-17 Lucca, IT
28-Jul-17 Pula, IT
23-Oct-17 Kiev, Ukraine

Then it was off to sunny (and a bit shaky) Latin America!

7-Sep-17 Mexico City, MX
9-Sep-17 Monterrey, MX
10-Sep-17 Guadalajara, MX
13-Sep-17 Santo Domingo, DO
15-Sep-17 Panama City, PA
17-Sep-17 Quito, ECcuritiba 1
19-Sep-17 State of Ceara, Brazil
21-Sep-17 Sao Paolo
23-Sep-17 Sao Paolo, Brazil
24-Sep-17 Sao Paolo, Brazil
26-Sep-17 Buenos Aires, Argentina
28-Sep-17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
30-Sep-17 Santiago, Chile

They had a few months break, it was off to Japan!

29-Nov-17 Tokyo, Japan
1-Dec-17 Kawasaki, Japan

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How many concerts were you at? 🙂 

 

Hope you enjoyed Notte Magica – year in review!

 

Jana

 

Throwback Thursday! – They are coming back! Aren’t they? (orig post April 2015)

Hello Everyone!  Thought I’d do a way throwback Thursday today.   Although the theme of this post was “Il Volo Day” – April 25, I thought it a bit fitting with the title.  We, again, are all anxiously awaiting their return, especially to the  United States.  It’s hard to believe how much has happened in these last 2.5 years or so, since I wrote this post.  Most of you know, my heart was filled – again, and again, and again!  I was looking back at past posts I’d done, reading through a few of them, and thinking “I wrote that?” lol!  They were pretty good.  🙂  I wrote with such excitement and wonderment.  Lately, I admit, that my time has been spent and devoted elsewhere.  To a busy and time-consuming job – both mentally and emotionally draining at times, to where I come home and just literally crash – at times where sleep overcomes eating.  As some of you know, I will be getting a new boss soon.  My current boss was promoted to director of our organization, but alas, I get to work for the new person, once named.  I told my current boss, whoever it is, must understand my passion for the guys!  And that I could announce a quick weekend departure at any given moment!  I have the final meet/greet photo of me and the guys as my wallpaper on my monitor.  You would not believe how many people come up to me and ask me if they are my kids – “oh, how I wish” I often respond!  So, sit back and relax a little, as you read below.  Think how lucky many of us are to have had our hearts filled again, and again by those 3 adorably cute guys!  For those of you that are still waiting, our wish for you, is that it may one day be fulfilled – maybe in 2018.  If not, we will wait, although never patiently, for concert tours and appearances in 2019.  Until then, we will have to cope with their Instagram, Twitter, short video clips, news, info, etc. – all from afar.  Gian – keep those selfies coming!  However, just wish we could have some kind of warning, so when we are sitting at our desks, or in a public place and our phone dings of a tweet or Instagram, we don’t have a mild heart attack when we look at our phones!  🙂  Or those sudden hot flashes that come out of nowhere!  Ciao!  Enjoy!

p.s.   technically, I’ve really yet to fill that frame, as I have so many awesome pictures now, it’s hard to choose just one!  And I always loved how Marie staged this post – so incredible – I hope everyone understood the meaning…


Ciao tutti!

I just wanted to take a little break from the Italian lessons to take some time to reflect on today – IlVolover’s Day!  Yes, just six short years ago, they met and sang O Sole Mio and truly the rest, as they say, is history!  I’m sure that six years ago, the guys could never have dreamed back then, of what they have achieved already in a relatively short time?  Imagine if they would have said no to the American contract?  How empty our lives would be right now and we would have never met each other, or the rest of the other ilvolovely fans around the world?

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I take them with me each day on my walks.  I’m up to about 2.5 miles now and they are truly my inspiration that keeps me going for the almost one hour trek.  There are days when I come home from work and am pretty exhausted after a long day, but I know they are there waiting for me and the feeling I get when I put them in my ears is invigorating!

They fill my heart and soul with their voices and reminds me that there is still hope for the world.  The theme for Eurovision is Building Bridges and I can’t think of another artist that truly just lives that theme every time they sing and share their joy with the rest of us.  They should win just by their living example alone!  Oh yeah, and they sing pretty good, too!  Lol!

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Yes, they fill my heart, however, I made this special picture frame with their name on it and, unfortunately, it will remain empty until I can fill it with me and the guys!  I made this frame last fall with a group of close friends.  One asked what picture I was going to put in it.  “I don’t have it yet…,” I replied.

Springtime in Michigan is very special, as well as for other states that have to battle the ice, cold, and snow of harsh winters.  The smell of spring was in the air today as I went for my walk.  The sight of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths, greeted my eyes and nose with a wonderful hope that it was going to get warmer and warmer each day and the blossoms on the trees lent promises of leaves that were to be there soon!

With that same promise of warmth and spring, we must keep that eternal flame of hope that they will be back to visit us this year!!  I keep remembering the anonymous Ilvolover that rewrote the song of Il Volo is Coming to Town and the ending words of “can’t wait to see their smiles, can’t wait to feel their touch!”  You could say that those who have not seen them in person don’t know what they are missing and you would think, no, that is not true, they DO know what they are missing!  But for those of us that HAVE seen them in person – we KNOW what we are missing (and why our hearts ache) and as much as you say you think you know,  you really don’t… With that first note they sing, just like Gianluca as Spiderman, they spin their web and envelope you with their magic net that keeps you hypnotically stunned until their final notes are sung!  (will we ever run out of adjectives, similes, or metaphors to describe them?)

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They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, but not sure our hearts could grow any fonder of the guys if we tried?  However, if they don’t come back until next year, our hearts are pretty much going to explode until we can see them again!  Let’s also hope that all of us Ilvolovers are still of this earth and don’t become Ivoloangels watching from above!

In the song, “American Pie” by Don McLean, he says it was “the day the music died…” – a remembrance of that fatal crash on Feb 3, 1959… that killed Buddy HollyRitchie Valens and  J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. How ironic is it that 50 years, 2 months, and 22 days later, the music was once again “reborn” with the 3 voices of Il Volo on April 25, 2009?

So, my friends, my heart and soul are filled daily with their most precious gift, but the frame around my heart will remain forever empty until I can fill it with a picture of me and the guys!

So, guys, if you are reading this, in the words of the lyrics sung by your own countrywoman, Sophia Loren…from the song “Bing! Bang! Bong!” (and movie Houseboat) please hurry back “presto, presto, do your very besto!”  Grazie, grazie!

Ciao, for now…

Jana

A Little After Christmas Reflection…

Twas a few days after Christmas and all through the house, things still littered the floor and clattered about. Gifts that were so carefully wrapped under the tree; their wrappings and ribbons hang from the trash aimlessly. We look around and see all of our presents; some we still have, and some yet to be sent. We’ve met with family and friends, on the Eve and the Day, with great hopes for the new year, that will come our way. Santa’s back at the north pole, all snug in his bed; while all the credit card bills, dance in our head. Another year has almost past; let’s hope yours, was a blast!

Our guys did not fail us this year, for they were better than we could have hoped for. We traveled the world over, even to their door. Whether Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, or some other country, we were greeted with kindness, smiles, and hugs; and meet/greets from OMG!

The guys seem all happy at home for now… Gianluca sending us pictures of him playing games with the family and friends, Piero at home with his Christmas tree and pics of his family and friends. It appears Ignazio has sent us picture of him and Franz, having fun with a hula hoop, gone shopping for some new threads and a haircut. I hope this new tailor fits him right!

What lies ahead for the guys? We know their new album will be coming out likely in a few months. Of course, we are all hoping they will do a concert somewhere near us? Their movie, Un Amore Cosi Grande should be coming out in February some time I think? If Igna’s getting new clothes, maybe they are planning something? Knowing our guys, they will quickly be bored and looking for something else to do. I’m sure Barbara keeps them on their toes.

Here are some pictures of the last few days, just in case you missed them!

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Thank you to Lisa Joy – where I snagged these pics!  🙂 

Be safe in all the cold and snow if it is where you live!  Enjoy the rest of this week if you are off and be joyous you have a job, if you have to work!  🙂 

Jana

Ferrero Rocher – Golden Symphony Dec 13, 2017 Mexico City!

This year, Il Volo participated in the Ferrero Rocher Golden Symphony in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 13, 2017.  Here is the video from you tube – thank you to owner!!

 

 

Also to those lucky enough to get the cable channel Las Estrellas, they can watch it on Saturday, December 23 at 11:00p, but not sure of the time zone?  On here it is listed at 12:00am – 1:00am.   Here is the link I found it on: (it also says Dec 24?)

https://www.gatotv.com/canal/de_las_estrellas_mexico/2017-12-24

 

Hope you enjoy watching it – both times!!  If you can find it. 

Can you believe it?  Less than 5 days til Christmas!!  Let’s everyone stay safe whether at home or travelling, and stay well, too!  No fun being sick during the holidays!

 

Jana

 

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Sara’ Sanremo – set your DVR! December 15 – 7:30p EST on RAI

I‘d first like to give a big Grazie Mille to Jane and Daniela, who are keeping this site going right now.  I can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work finding and writing articles.  What a dynamic duo!  🙂

Thank you to All About Il Volo, I saw this plug on Instagram that the guys are promoting the Sara’ Sanremo special where you can vote for your favorite artist that will be on the Sanremo 2018.  Dave Monaco, is from Michele Torpedine MT Opera & Blues and the guys mention that he will be on this show.

I actually have it set to record on my AT&T cable on the RAI1 channel.  It starts at 7:30p – 10:15p on Friday, Dec 15, 2018.  I can’t quite get if the guys are actually going to appear on the show or not.  I don’t think so, but maybe we can find some new talent that we like?  🙂 

 

Here are a few You Tube videos I found of Dave Monaco.  He’s not our guys, but he’s not bad.  His voice sounds a little forced to me.  Where our guys open their mouths and the sound just flows out, it seems  he has to work a little harder….  This first video here does not have Dave Monaco on it though, odd…but there are some interesting singers and friends of Il Volo on here, like Lorenza Fragolo and Francesco Renga – the one who wrote L’amore si muove. (just fyi… there are little You Tube ads interspersed in between the artists on this video…)  It says he won back in 2005, but I guess you can enter as much as you want?  Wouldn’t it be awesome if the guys entered again and won a few  years from now?  🙂  If you watch this video, it’s amazing to see how simple and classy our guys were, compared to what’s out there now!

Up next is their concert in Mexico for Ferrero Rocher – the Golden Symphony!  Looks like they did a sampling of Notte Magica, and Latin favorites!

Enjoy!