Category Archives: Awards and Nominations

IGNAZIO MARSALA AMBASSADOR by Daniela

Today is Ignazio’s turn. I found this video, shot immediately after the Sanremo victory. The entire city council and the whole city of Marsala gave a beautiful recognition to a very happy Ignazio and he does not lose his sense of humor.

Here is the translation:

(The crowd applauds and shouts IGNAZIO, IGNAZIO ……. Ignazio gets up and turns smiling, at that moment a girl’s voice shouts “Bravo my love!!”, everyone laughs.)

The city council expresses all the satisfaction of the city for the great goal achieved by the fellow citizen Ignazio Boschetto who, as a member of the trio IL VOLO, has won the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival. (applause and again the girl’s voice “Bravo my love……..fantastic”).

And now, the proposal to appoint the fellow citizen Ignazio Boschetto as ambassador of the city of Marsala in the world. (much applause and ritual photos, the mayor tries to bring back the order but there is too much noise of the crowd and then Ignazio takes the situation in hand raising his voice ……. too nice)

IGNAZIO = Gentlemen, as it is an official session ……. (everyone laughs)

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Man = The President Enzo Sturiano delivers the resolution to Ignazio Boschetto. (kisses and applause)

Let’s read the official prize:

“The city of Marsala,  the gold medal to the civil value to Ignazio Boschetto, member of IL VOLO, ambassador of the city of Marsala in the world. The president of the City Council, Enzo Sturiano, city of Marsala, 18 February 2015”. ( photo and then the anthem of Italy sung by the whole crowd).

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IGNAZIO = There would be many things to say, because it’s really unexpected, starting from a small city like Marsala and starting to study a little for fun, and then after 11 years, you’re ambassador of your city, so it’s really something inexplicable, it is also difficult to explain the emotion, but what I can say and that in recent years, sometimes I was also criticized by Marsala, people thought I was a haughty guy, who had found the opportunity to go on air to Rai1 and has become who knows what!!

What I have learned, and I do not want to be a teacher, is that before judging a person, one must know him. (applause).

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The problem we have today is that many people judge immediately, instead of doing the actions, we all judge and say only words.

In fact here today, I came with a friend of mine, he came to my house. I unfortunately was not there, but then at home we talked about it, it’s this boy here . . . get up.

What’s your name?

Antonio Maniscalco?

Well, this guy is Italian boxing champion right? Lately I’ve heard people say that Marsala has recently forgotten about her talents and is only interested in me.

Instead I hope that Marsala is aware, even of these small but great realities, that they are like him in boxing and many other people in all sectors, because Marsala is full of talents.

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What I wanted to tell you, is that I am the first who would like to have a friend ambassador in fact, I’m the first one who would like to share the emotions with another person, but I think that many people speak only to talk, and to get out the air from their mouth.

I wanted to say thank you, because in recent years I felt supported by Marsala, and, apart from the politics there is, with Enzo there is a great friendship.

I have always pulled back with regards to politics because in my position it is always better to avoid, but with Enzo there is a friendship that goes beyond politics, it is a beautiful person.

And then there are all of you here, I think that in the end there is always something that unites us, in this case THE MUSIC unites us all.

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We may be acquaintances or friends, but in the end we are all the same, we are all in the same place, so sometimes I think there is no need to make any difference.

So I wanted to say thank you to all the inhabitants of Marsala and the city council. (applause, people shout Mayor you, Mayor you and Ignazio respond to them)

I would not run a city ….. I must be mayor of my life, first of all.

Thank you very much for this nomination, I am truly honored and I hope I will never disown this nomination, because it is really nice to be ambassadors of your city and I hope to always bring prestige to this city.

Man = You have the keys to the city.

(follows a hug, and then several short questions)

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IGNAZIO = I think that in Marsala we have many beauties, there is the Stagnone (a reserve with natural landscapes, there are also salt pans), but I think that first of all the inhabitants of Marsala have to take care of it, because if all the inhabitants of Marsala will take care of all the things we have here it will increase tourism, it will increase the number of people who will come only for a weekend. So I think we are an important part of a new economic and tourist recovery in Marsala.

Touring a lot, you realize many things, when you go to Vancouver in Canada, you realize that there is not a cigarette on the ground, if we had the same efficiency of other countries…….. when I arrive in Marsala I wonder, “but you imagine, if everyone had respect for the city. “

Interviewer = I spoke with Mr. Tony Renis, he complained that none of the boys contacted him to announce the victory of Sanremo.

IGNAZIO = Obviously there is controversy. Like any relationship, over time …. when the glass breaks, it breaks. Critical aside, I do not want to think about it, we won Sanremo and it’s a nice emotion, and I want to enjoy it at the limit of everything, so I let it slip away.

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IGNAZIO = Marsala has a population of warm people, when you come back to Marsala, you never feel alone, there is always the person who makes the joke, that makes you laugh, maybe, if you go to Milan and it’s a little more difficult to find people like that. But as I said before, maybe we should have more respect for our city, because we know that we have a beautiful city and we think only to exploit it but not to preserve it.

(At this point, Ignazio was asked for an opinion on political matters)

It’s something that does not belong to me. I have always said that I do not like giving preferences, however, I have a person here next to me that is very valid. I say only this, and in friendship I can say that I hope that all of Marsala will understand what this man can do, politically speaking, I’m for nobody.

Follow the images of the crowd outside the Town Hall, all sing Grande Amore with Ignazio, a woman imparts to him the wrong words and Ignazio scolds her and everyone laughs.

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I believe that night all the citizens of Marsala felt proud of Ignazio. They filled the municipal hall and also the whole square in front of it.

How fun to hear the whole square that sang the verses of Grande Amore, which only a few days before had won Sanremo.

But the thing that struck me the most were the answers of Ignazio, clear and mature answers, of a serious, honest boy who does not want to obscure the success of other people.

This is simply Ignazio, one of the three jewels of IL VOLO.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

WIND MUSIC AWARDS by Daniela

On June 5 and 6, the WIND MUSIC AWARDS took place in Italy. This event awards Italian artists who have had the best sales during the year and also the largest number of people attending the concerts, the so-called “live” prize.

IL VOLO was expected in the second evening. The event was recorded and will be broadcast by RAI 1 on June 12 .

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca received the “live platinum” award for a presence in the Italian concerts of over 100 thousand people.

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The guys arrived in Verona in the afternoon to take part in the rehearsals, here is the video of their arrival.

 

 

We did not know what song they would sing, usually there is only one song, and I sincerely hoped it would be “Noche sin dia,” because the Arena was full of very young people, also what better stage to present the new single?

Evidently, the refusal to listen to the single in Italy, was observed and so, the choice went to a mix between “L’Amore si muove and Grande Amore”.

They are two beautiful songs and, even if it’s just a video recorded from the top of the Arena, it’s great to see the total ensemble and to let you listen to how the audience sings with the guys “Grande Amore.”

In addition to the compliments, the guys were asked what programs they have for the future and Gianluca has confirmed that there will be BIG SURPRISES.

Of course, hearing all the people singing along with the boys makes me shiver …..

Here are two other videos taken by the public.

 

 

And here’s a special photo. The boys are in the company of Federica Andreoli, and Francesca Loy respectively they are the producer and actress of the film Un Amore Così Grande.

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More photos of the evening.

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Good as always, the guys deserve all these prizes.

Expect other awards.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

Wind Music Awards 2018 by Daniela

Of course you all knew the news:

IL VOLO will be present at the Wind Music Awards 2018.

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The event will take place on June 5th at the Verona Arena, which on its historic stage will resound the notes of the greatest hits of recent months with the performance of the stars of Italian and international music. There will be many guests, and like all, even IL VOLO, will perform a single song.

The question arises: What song will they sing ?????

Since the WMA audience is essentially a young audience, that wants to move and dance, I hope that for that date, the new single has been published.

I think that making the new music would make us feel, in an evening like this, over the top. Moreover the boys have warned us several times that with that Latin rhythm, they will make us “dance.”

So, I hope we will all be ready to dance with them!

Credit to owner of the WMA photo.

~ Shakespeare Theater Award 2018 ~ by Daniela

Hello all…. I told Jane before she posted this that I wanted to add a few words….

Daniela, bless her heart, works tirelessly for us finding info and translating videos and appearances like this.  I will be honest and say, I don’t usually have time to read everything, but Jane sent this to me in hopes I had time to do it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make it and sent it back to her.  Then, after sending it back to her, I had a chance to read it – below is my reaction…. Jana


OMG!! I seriously have tears in my eyes, so much so, that I can barely see straight enough to type! Those words from Ignazio, so honest, true, passionate. I just want to give him the biggest, greatest hug and kiss ever!! Ok, the tears are now running down my cheek…

It is true, he has suffered much for his young age. To think that people tell him he is a “fool?” I think, and hope, the better translation though is “the funny one?” 😊 I really hope the Americans don’t call him a fool? I always knew I liked him the best and the more I read about him and the beautiful words he says, the more sure I am. I know when I see him, I always say he is my favorite and I do think he really cares when he says “aww….” 😊 It is so sad though, we get such little time to talk to them at the meet/greets – we don’t have time to tell them how we really feel sometimes. He always seems to comment that people don’t get to “know him” for who he is. I’m sure there are MANY fans that would do anything to get to know him personally! I know I would!

Every time I’m feeling down in the dumps about the site, or the guys, or my life in its current state, I read something like this and the passion is once again renewed. I can’t fight the tears and emotions that are expressed. His honesty is so raw, so innocent and touches me right through the heart! Not sure about the other two, but I think he really expresses the humility the group always professes. He still doesn’t realize how awesome he really is. Maybe that is why he sings with such passion and vulnerability? I so feel him…. Here come the tears again! Maybe we really were connected in another lifetime?

This is so beautiful – enjoy!


On March 29, this announcement appeared:

All ready to welcome a great international artist to the Shakespeare Academy … today an artistic meeting with a surprise guest exclusively for our students. Stay tuned.

Yes, our Ignazio Boschetto received the SHAKESPEARE THEATER AWARD 2018 award.

 

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The event was not at all publicized because it was reserved only for students of the theatrical academy of Palermo. An event that took place in a very informal way and where Ignazio was able to meet and give advice to young students.

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These are some statements made by Ignazio.

“My goal is to make my art known, I want to get there in a healthy way, it’s all about consistency, there’s no right or wrong, then it’s important to enjoy what you have, but never be satisfied.

Sacrifices, I have made them and I will do it, but if you want something, if you choose it, you do it.”

 

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“I still remember my first time on a stage, a country bullfight, I was excited because the audience had more than 250 people and – says Ignazio – I forgot the words of the song that I had to sing, I watched the floor all the time.

Now, I face the stage in a different way, I’m afraid afterwards, my hands and legs tremble at the finished show.”

 

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“We are establishing a label of our own, we – continued Ignazio – we were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, I owe a lot to my parents who always believed in me, but never forced me to a life that maybe I did not want .

To be able to feel good, you must always treasure the people who love you.”

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The afternoon with the students of the Shakespeare Theater Academy in Palermo was very pleasant, alternating with questions to which Ignazio always answered with sincerity and simplicity. There were musical moments, especially duets and choral moments.

 

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In this video, Ignazio gives advice to emerging artistic talents.

 

 

“We are in Sicily, in Palermo, and I wanted to send a message to all the Sicilians in particular to the guys like me, who are chasing their dream, in all fields, singing, acting, dancing, even in the working career.

We live in a land that is Sicily, one of the most beautiful lands in the world, a very rich territory, unfortunately maybe the management is not the best, but we can make this country with our art, something beautiful.

I, in my small (way), with Piero, my travel companion, we are trying with our art, and I want to entice everyone to produce, do a lot for this land and above all give a smile and maybe a better day to those who listen, or who sees you.

So a big hug and hope to see you soon in some concert.”

In this other video, Ignazio talks about his physical appearance.

 

“I was 120 kg. in practice I was an arancino al ragù, with meat, now I’m with pistachio, with the tip (the arancini with meat sauce are round, those with pistachio, pointy).

Not everyone is lucky enough to be thin (and he jokes with the boy at the piano).

I know people, but also I personally, there was a period that I did not accept myself, let’s say you’re in the eye of the storm, they see you all, so to feel better, you look in the mirror, and then I’m always been very self-critical, and so many times I have suffered from this. The best was when we had to go get some clothes, and then, we went to Armani’s shop and the clothes were too small, we looked in the big sizes and those were too big.

So in practice I was almost alone in my underwear and socks. But then all started from a fever, I began to lose weight, I liked it, and then lost 35 kg all at once.

However, in 2018 women like a little bacon, so I do not have to lose weight anymore, I’m joking.

Even today, however, I do not like myself, because we are a bit ‘all like that, we never like each other, but this is a stimulus to do something, like the gym, which in a year I went at least 5 times. (everyone laughs)

They (referring to the public) did not understand one thing in training, it is important to rest, to me, like to rest the muscles, and then be more active. (laughs)

In the last video, the merits and defects of IL VOLO are asked to Ignazio.

 

 

You can not describe a person on television because you do not know him.

Speaking of Gianluca, which may be the one for which the girls are more crazy, he is handsome. During interviews, it may seem like the most haughty one, the one that attracts the most attention,

He may seem the most haughty, the one who keeps his distance, but it is not always easy to be yourself in front of the camera.

However he really is the best person in the world, and I would like a 10 percent of his determination, because when he wants to do something and thinks it’s the best thing for him, he’s determined, very determined.

 

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Piero, on the other hand, is fiscal (physical), he is very strict with himself, he has a passion for opera, he is studying to improve his lyrical technique, and he goes back and forth from Bologna because there, we have the teacher. He too is very determined and knows what he wants to do, he wants to do the classic opera and I often tell him that I can one day be in the front row listening to an entire opera where you play the tenor part.

 

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And then there’s me, I’m the fool (the funny one) of the situation, and I tell you the truth, sometimes I suffered from this.

It’s bad when at the end of the concerts, they come to greet you and say: you are the one with the lyric voice (to Piero), you are the one with the romantic voice (to Gianluca) and you are the fool. At the beginning I suffered a bit of this, but I have always tried to give my best, and in the end I managed to change a bit, the idea to people.

I am a person who has no filters, for me cameras or not, I am always the same.

(intervenes Tony Colapinto) Not only cameras or not, but that there are 5000 people in the theater or three at home, for him it is the same.

I was in Taormina during a concert, there were many foreigners, very many, from anywhere in the world, from Australia, from Russia, from Brazil, from America, people who laughed, even if they did not understand, what  he had said, or at least I suppose.

Ignazio = Then to me, I do not like to talk about myself, in the end, I let people judge and that’s it, I do not talk anymore.

 

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Really nice, this speech by Ignazio all the ART TEATRO of Palermo, I liked how it was held, as a chat with friends.

And you, what do you think?


Well, Flight Crew fans, my reaction is above, let’s hear yours!  – Jana

 

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This person was present at the event and took a selfie with Ignazio and then posted it with this dedication:

“Great person, great humility that for a boy of his age is rare, a beautiful example for all young people …

I wish you the best Ignazio Boschetto Il Volo ”

 

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

 

 

Il Volo at the Premio Lo Nuestra 2018 – Feb 22, 8pm – EST

We all know the guys are in Miami and this is part of it.  The Estefan’s are also going to be honored at this event.  

For any fans out there, there are still tickets left in the range of about $60 – $103, not too bad for a great evening of live, Latin, entertainment!  And you get to see the guys perform, as well!  

So, those of you lucky enough to have Univision on your cable provider, set your DVRs to watch!  This show will also be simulcast/live-streamed on Univision.com and the Univision Now app.


From:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/veronicavillafane/2018/02/15/univisions-star-studded-30th-premio-lo-nuestro-honors-latino-musical-legends/#4ad3bee23252

Gloria and Emilio Estefan, 2017 honorees of the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, will receive special recognition during the special edition of Univision’s ‘Premio Lo Nuestro.’

Univision is celebrating music legends and its own longevity in the music awards space this year during the 2018 Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina. Marking its 30th anniversary, the show will feature some of the greatest artists in Latin music and special tributes to icons who have paved the way for new artists.
Univision today confirmed Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Laura Pausini, Leslie Grace, Il Volo, Pepe Aguilar, Los Tigres del Norte and Victor Manuelle are among the many artists that will perform live next Thursday, February 22 from the American Airlines arena at 8 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. CT).


Below is from this link:

http://www.aaarena.com/events/detail/premio-lo-nuestro-2

Event Information
***Just Announced***
Artists performing LIVE At Premio Lo Nuestro 2018:
Claudia Leitte, Chyno Miranda, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, Evaluna Montaner, Il Volo, Johnny Ventura, Laura Pausini, Leslie Grace, Los Tigres Del Norte, Mau Y Ricky, Milly Quezada, Nego Do Borel, Pepe Aguilar, Pitbull and Victor Manuelle
Presenting LIVE At Premio Lo Nuestro 2018:
Angelica Maria, Angelica Vale, Giselle Blondet, Ivy Queen, Luis Coronel, Luis Enrique, Maite Perroni, Mario Domm and Myrka Dellanos
Hosting:
Laura Pausini (Co-host), Alejandra Espinosa (Co-host) and Lili Estefan (Co-host)
Carpet Hosts:
Borja Voces, Chiquinquira Delgado, Daniela Giacomo, Giselle Blondet, Javier Poza, Myrka Dellanos, Raul De Molina and Tony Dandrades

Premio Lo Neustro returns to the AmericanAirlines Arena Thursday, February 22, 2018!
Tickets on sale now

Ah, those morning curls…… 🙂   Happy Wednesday everyone!

Jana

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~ Piero Premio Karkinos ~ by Daniela

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On December 16th the Karkinos Prize was held in Agrigento, an award that is recognized to the excellence of the Agrigento area.

Piero is from Naro which is in the province of Agrigento.   He is being recognized for the special prize for music.

Here is the translation of what was said:

“Special Award Karkinos 2017 for Music goes to Piero Barone”

(Piero is seated next to his mother, and a video clip shows Piero’s moments.)

The presenter says she is not used to all these people and all these flashes and thanks Piero for being there.  Everyone knows the load of commitments that IL VOLO has and having Piero present is a great honor.

She goes on to say that Piero was one of the first to arrive on that day and was present all the time.  This makes it clear how much Piero is a correct person who is keeping this presence.

Piero is asked what effect this has to receive this award in his land.

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Piero replies that he spent his childhood coming every Saturday afternoon from Naro with his dad to sing in the chorus of  voices of S.Cecilia and that everything was born from there. Being recognized in his land is the most beautiful thing, gives him so much satisfaction, and tonight sees so many faces he knows.

Yesterday evening he arrived from Mexico to attend this award.

Carmelo Cantone Carmelo is called to deliver the award.  He says that Piero is an undisputed international star, and that it was for two months that it was uncertain because, ….. he comes, he does not come.  The father of Piero helped by updating him on his travels.  He was in Japan, then in Mexico when Carmelo asked Gaetano, “but when does he return?”  Gaetano said “almost certainly” but this “almost” was not a certainty and then Gaetano sent him a message that yesterday he was at the airport to get Piero and Carmelo was finally reassured.

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Piero continues by saying that he and Ignazio and Gianluca with Torpedine have founded a new record label to give space to young talents, and three of these are Sicilian.

Then talking about his land, Piero says that two weeks a year he has a summer rest.   He passes this time in San Leone, in his land.  He could go to the Maldives, but those who want to see him say to come to San Leone, in his Sicilia.

Another award is given to Piero, executed by a jeweler craftsman who makes jewelry dedicated to those who love Sicily and Piero as an ambassador in the Sicilian world is an example. The jewel depicts a Trinacria (symbol of Sicily).

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A floral tribute is then given to Piero and then the Karkinos prize with the following reasons:

“The Karkinos Prize Commission is pleased to award the special prize for music to Piero Barone for his planetary success in the field of music.  Piero Barone, despite his very young age, with his important artistic achievements, has highlighted his land of origin all over the world with humility and pride.  The love for his land and his passion for music have made it a masterly example to follow for the many talents of our territory. “

Piero receiving the award says that he is from Naro, was born in Naro, and always returns to Naro where there are many people who love him and these people with the mayor have dedicated a wing of the Castle of Naro to him, as Piero Baron houseteca. At the beginning he thought “but I’m not dead, I do not want a museum” (everyone laughs) but the housetca has become a reference point for all the fans who follow him and there is a bulletin board dedicated to the prizes and this award will go there.

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Piero then says that the success they achieved in Sanremo is not only due to them but to everyone’s affection and explains that he sees his work as that of any craftsman (shoemaker, coachbuilder), he explains that the fans are his clients and he could NEVER deny them an autograph or a photograph.

Then he says that Grande Amore was the song that consecrated them to the public and that he lives in Bologna because he undertook the study of opera for his personal satisfaction.

In the end Piero thanks the audience saying that he really loves everyone.

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Credit to all owners of video and photos.

Vote for the Guys!! Rockol.it Awards!

Ciao!  Remember the “old” days when we voted in a frenzy just so our guys would win??  I think you can only vote once on here and I think it is just through this Friday, if I read it correctly.  The site is mostly in Italian, but the headers are in English.  Il Volo is just in one category – Italia Live.  And you have to go ALL the way down, they were in the last row for me!  You’ll get a chuckle out of some of the “oldies but goodies” in some of the other categories of “international!”  🙂

Below is the link.  Good luck guys!

https://www.rockol.it/awards2017/miglior-artista-live-italiano

 

As we know, our guys have been in Japan like for a week almost already and they are having a blast doing promos and being on various TV shows, etc.  Looks like Max joined them the other day.

Tonight is their first concert in Japonne!  I’m sure it will be amazing.  As with the other concerts when they had 2 in the same country, we will be doing just one post on it.  There is likely to be tons of material, so please bear with me if I only select a few things.  The good thing is that it’s likely to be in English because I don’t think they know much Japanese.  I did see a short interview somewhere and they were speaking English!  The last concert is on Dec 1, so look for a post maybe on Monday or Tuesday for the Japan concerts.

A few days ago, I also got an email from the Il Volo Fan Club, as many of you may have, with the link to the Japan interview TV show Asaichi?  Unfortunately, for one, it was all in Japanese and Italian. Only the songs they sang were subtitled, although in Italian!  You also couldn’t download it and they were pretty specific about that.  I tried several times, before I read where it said for FAN CLUB MEMBERS ONLY!  Do not share, copy, download, etc.!  You didn’t miss too much, I think they sang 3 songs.   Although it is still cute to watch their expressions, even if you can’t understand a word they say!  I think those 2 ladies there were the Jap-It interpreters…

I know many say, why join the fan club?  Well, you get little treats like this one!  Yes, it’s about $25 and you get this cute little card with their picture on it and their logo on the other side.  Do be careful when you order it, as your confirmation purchase email is your actual ID number.  You get your card about 6 weeks later, but there is no member number on it.  There is also a “private” fan only Facebook like social site, as well, on the website.  Here is the website if you want to order it and sign up: http://www.ilvolomusic.com/en/  This is their official website and at the top you will see “shop.”  You can click on there and sign up!  All that is being offered on there right now is the membership.  I’m not sure what they did with all of their merchandise they had.  Maybe they are coming out with a new line of things? 

Another tidbit… the new Energetix catalog with the guys on it is coming out on December 1.  We were just informed of this the day after Thanksgiving.  I will do a short post on this with the link to the new catalog on December 1.  With each order guys catalogfrom the website, you will get a catalog!  There are several pieces on the site that are less than $50.  So, order early to get in time for Christmas.  It will be a 2-in-1 gift!  You can keep the catalog and give away the jewelry, or keep the jewelry and give away the catalog!   Either way, it’s a win-win situation!!  🙂  https://janamarie.energetix.tv/?loc=en    A really big Grazie Mille to Susan T. and Anne Q. for being my 1st (2) orderers from this site!  🙂  It will be a few weeks before your orders come in, but it will be worth the wait!

Jana