Category Archives: Concert Photos/Reviews

IL VOLO IN ASTI CONCERT by Daniela

The first of five summer concerts this year in Italy has begun, in Asti.

In these days, several journalistic articles have announced the arrival of the boys, presenting them as true stars, they had never been in concert at Asti.

Let’s start with the soundcheck.

And here they are, ready to start, beautiful and elegant.

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Thus the “Volomania” infects all the public in Piazza Cattedrale. Accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Asti, the three tenors of Il Volo and their repertoire of “Magic Night: A Tribute to Three Tenors” – a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Josè Carreras.

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The program seems to repeat the program of NOTTE MAGICA of Florence.

Directed by the master Marcello Rota.

Some amateur videos have arrived, the first one, which is out on stage, of the boys, has no audio. The others yes, we listen to some songs.

 

 

 

 

 

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But they also sang IL MONDO:

Along with L’AMORE SI MUOVE, GRANDE AMORE and VOLARE.

Attention to this next video:

LIBIAM NE LIETI CALICI begins and Gian looks for words on the musical score and does not find the page. Starting slightly late, he does not remember the words, then makes a sign to the guys who understand, Ignazio and Piero go on in his part and at the end Ignazio hugs him.

It can happen to anyone, but this gesture by Ignazio and Piero is wonderful !!

 

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IL VOLO with the municipal council of ASTI

IL VOLO with the municipal council of ASTI

In the afternoon, the guys with Torpedine presented the book RICOMINCIO DAI TRE.

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Another really nice thing is that last night on the streets of Asti were hanging messages that said:

I LOVE GIANLUCA

IL VOLO IS OURS

WE CAN COME ON TOUR WITH YOU

PIERO I LOVE YOU

IL VOLO VITA

IGNAZIO I LOVE YOU

Another thing to report, the friend of Ignazio, Roberto Amade published this post:

“I really want to do a big good luck to my little brother Ignazio and my friends of Il Volo who will perform tonight in Asti, near my house !! I will not be there but with the heart I will be there ….. and who else can go because it is a really beautiful show!”

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I would say that the boys had an extremely long and heavy day, and there was also a little rain at the beginning of the concert.

They will be tired but certainly happy for this beautiful concert.

……. and in a few days it’s up to me !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

 

EVERYTHING HAPPENED FOR A TRULY MAGICAL NIGHT !!!! by Daniela

July 1, 2016 ……… I can not believe it’s already been two years since that fantastic night, where in the warm sunset of Florence, you could feel in the air the magic that these three young boys were giving, at the public present.

It was wonderful and I was there.

It was my second concert and I was very excited, it was also the first time I used my daughter’s camera, I made videos that re-post to you, sorry for the various tremors and my voice in the background.

The magic was, that no one knew what to expect, we all know that the boys have incredible voices, but when they started with the Nessun Dorma, I think all those present held their breath to the end.

“O my God, it’s very difficult”, I thought, and even the boys were very emotional. There was a palpable tension in the air.

At the final note, we could not believe our ears, we all got up in a very long applause and a few teardrops wet our eyes. They were very good, we were all very proud of them, and they were tighten their hands, hugging each other, moved to be successful.

The various songs went by fast and the evening was beautiful. The muggy heat of the afternoon had given way to a nice evening temperature and Piazza Santa Croce was truly magnificent and the public really very much involved.

Between one song and another there were presentations made by the boys themselves, repeated twice, one in Italian and one in English and this was funny because Piero said: “Rewind everything and repeat because the grandmother in the front row has not heard well.”

There were also strange moments, because it was full summer and it was hot and yet, because the CD would come out at Christmas, they also sang a Christmas song, which was not added on the CD.

And Gianluca occasionally said, “Congratulations, Merry Christmas!”

The boys were really elegant, and the stage was huge, with a large chandelier that came down from the roof and emanated lights of many colors.

People reacted with enthusiastic applauses for their great affection, but also because they recognized the skill of the boys of IL VOLO.

But why in the title of today I wrote “Everything happened for a truly magical night”? Because of the videos I had taken that night…. once I returned home, I wanted to share them with someone.

It was about a year that I was following the IL VOLO FLIGHT CREW website, but I had NEVER commented, I read the various comments that I liked so much.

In fact, at that moment, I took courage and made a comment, attaching one of the videos.

Immediately Marie contacted me and told me to write my impressions on the concert and to attach all my videos that today, I’m re-posting.

I received so many very beautiful and enthusiastic comments of the videos, even if they were shaky and with background voices.

I immediately felt accepted by the group, indeed part of the group.

After three months I was able to meet Marie and Jane personally, what a wonderful meeting.

A few days before going to Florence I read that even Jana would be there to see NOTTE MAGICA, but I still did not make direct contact with Jana so we could meet and get to know each other personally. There will certainly be a next time.

Since then, every day I check the page of our beautiful website several times, and I always feel very close to all of you, even if you are on the other side of the world.

By now I have learned to know most of you. I have so many fond friends, I’m lucky.

The architects of all this are three boys of gold, our dear Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio.

Their wonderful voices console us and their family affairs, into which to our great joy, they allow us to peek, make us proud and also very united, as if we were all part of a large family.

This beautiful magic was also repeated in Verona, where I got to know other members of our crew, such as Mary and Mark Minton, Sue and Graham Hemshall, Jeannette Giglio, Susan Tafanelli, to whom I send a big hug.

Within a few days I will go to the concert of Marostica, and I am sure, it will be a beautiful concert.

I will try to get as close as possible to our boys, to whom I will certainly bring the affection of the whole crew.

I hope to be able to make good videos that I will certainly send you with a detail of the whole concert.

This is the whole story, for now, of how I started writing for Flight Crew, all because of a Magic Night.

Here is the photo of our arrival in the beautiful Florence to attend the concert, my husband and I.

Did you see that beautiful shirt I was wearing ??? I took the first shirt on the fly !!

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I send a hug to the whole crew, and I hope I have not bored you too much.

Kisses: Daniela

All videos and photo credited to Daniela!

IL VOLO TO PREMIO AGNES by Daniela

On June 23rd, the guys took part in the PREMIO BIAGIO AGNES event which took place in the beautiful BORGO MARINA GRANDE, a seaside village in Sorrento.

This award celebrates 10 years of activity and is given to journalists who uphold the dignity and function of journalism.

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The award ceremony was attended by several guests with performances, and among these, IL VOLO.

Here are the guys during the rehearsals, Gianluca is missing because he could not get to the tests in time, because of the traffic.

How wonderful, I cannot think of a better song than CARUSO to be performed in the Neapolitan Gulf.

Some photos from those lucky enough to meet the guys.

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I know, RoseMarie Paliobes, you were in Sorrento all day and you did not meet them !!!

It’s so frustrating, is it not?

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And here we are in the evening, the boys are ready, the evening and the type of award requires sobriety and the boys wear elegant men’s suits.

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There are no official videos because the show will be broadcast on Wednesday, June 27th on RAI 1, so there are only videos made by the public.

For now let’s be content with these.

 

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They also sang GRANDE AMORE.

 

 

 

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And here is a beautiful article on the evening and that Mr. Ercole Ginoble immediately shared, I think with great pride.

Il Mattino Article – click here

I translate:

Sorrento, dinner at Marina Grande for IL VOLO: fans in delirium

They had already been in Marina Grande at the beginning of their career, when they had not yet become one of the most popular Italian music groups in their homeland and in the world. So, yesterday evening, the three members of “Il Volo” took advantage of the final ceremony of the Agnes Prize to visit again the seaside village of Sorrento and the restaurant “Da Emilia”, an authentic temple of gastronomy on the Amalfi Coast. And it was enough for the fans, including the staff of the club, to recognize them and go into delirium.

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Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble were guests of the final evening of the Prize which, recorded last night in Marina Grande, will be broadcast on RAI Uno on the second evening of Wednesday. Together with them other stars of Italian music such as Ermal Meta and Dodi Battaglia, without forgetting the team of dance masters of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars”. The recording of the TV program has offered the trio, winner of the Sanremo Festival and third place at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, the chance to return to one of the symbolic places of Sorrento and the Coast: Marina Grande, also famous for hosting the filming of a cult film like “Pane, amore e …” by Dino Risi.

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And just as Vittorio De Sica and Sophia Loren used to play in the film dating back to 1955, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca enjoyed a moment of relaxation in the trattoria “Da Emilia”. For them dinner based fried anchovies and marinades, grilled fish and tomatoes “crowned” in the end, by a regal lemon delight. As soon as they entered the club, where they had already been in the past with their respective families and then on the occasion of the Caruso Prize, the two tenors and the baritone aroused the enthusiasm of the fans seated at the table as well as the local staff. Including Irene Cacace, the queen of local cuisine and historical memory of the village of Marina Grande, with which they were immediately photographed.

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And then, it comes midnight and need to celebrate Piero.

BEST WISHES PIERO !!!!

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What to say, must have been a fantastic evening for those who could be present.

The guys were impeccable, elegant, and as always very good, and the Neapolitan public reacted enthusiastically.

Too bad not to be there, what do you say?

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO / RADIOITALIA by Daniela

And here we are also at the concert of RADIO ITALIA, the great concert was held in Milan in Piazza del Duomo.

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The boys arrived in the afternoon for rehearsals.

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And here’s the short video of the rehearsals, they will sing L’AMORE SI MUOVE and GRANDE AMORE !!

 

Mamma mia, how beautiful they are !!!

I would have liked to have been there, but I think I saw them much better from my television than in that screaming crowd !!

But it’s a show !!

So the boys were interviewed.

Usual questions, nothing new.

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And finally here we are in the evening.

The Piazza is very full, the wait is spasmodic.

Seventeen singers have already performed, now it’s their turn, the fantastic PIERO, IGNAZIO and GIANLUCA, in two words IL VOLO.

 

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Immediately after the performance the boys were interviewed by Gordon backstage.

After the pleasantries, Gordon says that it is the first time that IL VOLO has taken part in a Radio Italia concert (in reality, although it is only an Italian radio, it never transmits the songs of IL VOLO and NEVER invited them to their concerts, Daniela).

The boys confirm that they are happy to be there and they say the audience was singing well.

Gordon warns them that in the afternoon, during the rehearsals, there was a live on Facebook, IL VOLO had the peak of views on Facebook.

The boys are very happy and hope to have had positive comments, and Gordon says they have ONLY had positive comments.

After an exchange of jokes and laughter, Gordon asks what they feel, to bring Italy to a high level, because they are our flag-holders.

Ignazio says that it is not easy, because sometimes there are many prejudices, he says that they do not make a strictly classical genre, but this is what reflects them, that represents them and that is really appreciated by the public all over the world.

Piero says that they must thank the Italians anyway, because even if they are almost 10 years into their career, in Italy they only started to be followed for the last 5 years.

They end up laughing and joking.

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But the thing that I personally liked the most was a comment on Paoletta’s Twitter.

Paoletta is a radio speaker, long ago, while on the radio they were broadcasting the song by Nek, she commented that Nek was the moral winner of Sanremo 2015. I was very sad and angry.

Here is his tweet from last night:

#Twitter @Paoletta_F Grande impatto, Piazza Duomo abbraccia @ilvolo. Per me è LA prima volta che li sento live e ho voglia di un concerto! @GianGinoble @IBoschetto @piero_barone #RILIVE @RadioItalia 🔊🗣#IlVolo #IlVoloSicilia grazie per la condivisione

I translate:

Great impact, Piazza Duomo embraces IL VOLO.
For me it’s the first time I hear them live, and I want a concert.

And also this comment on twitter of MUSICA TV OFFICIAL:

#Twitter @MusicaTvOfficial
Unico grande amore: e piazza Duomo tira fuori la voce! @ilvolo @GianGinoble @IBoschetto @piero_barone #RILIVE @RadioItalia 🇮🇹❤

I translate:

Unique GRANDE AMORE and Piazza Duomo brings out the voice: IL VOLO.

And finally an article that speaks well of our boys and their performance:

RadioItalia Article – click here

In Piazza Duomo also “L’AMORE SI MUOVE”: only applause for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

It’s time for another first time to RADIO ITALIA LIVE – THE CONCERT: on stage in Piazza Duomo, in Milan, IL VOLO debuts.

The power of the voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca resounds throughout the square: “L’AMORE SI MUOVE” in the audience, right in front of the Milan Cathedral. The trio takes in the applause of the crowd, full of amazement for the three prodigy boys.

“It’s time to sing together”: so IL VOLO anticipates their encore in “GRANDE AMORE”. One by one, the three singers walk the entire catwalk and approach the audience: first Gianluca, then Ignazio and finally Piero. “You are my only big love” is the statement that the trio launches with force and enthusiasm to all the spectators, who return with a full voice singing the piece that, in 2015, had triumphed at the Sanremo Festival.

The phenomenal voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca come together in a shivering finale. Then, the trio intones the refrain again to hear one last time the impressive choir of Piazza Duomo. “Hurray, the music!” Is the cry that closes the show.

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What to say, it was simply fantastic, the guys were amazing and people reacted by singing.

The people present, not all fans of the IL VOLO, could hear and appreciate the magnificent voices of the boys.

I feel very proud.

Tell me your thoughts.

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO and ELVIS by Daniela

14 June 2018 – Milano Forum

The only Italian stage presentation of “Elvis – A wonder of you”, the tribute to the King of Rock, currently touring the world to remember the singer at forty years (forty-one, to be exact) from his passing.

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On the stage there was a 70-piece symphony orchestra that performed live all the historical pieces of Presley’s repertoire, accompanied by Elvis’s original voice – which was also on video through a vertical maxi screen that rose in the middle of the stage.

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The evening was hosted by Priscilla Presley, former wife of the singer, who recounted memories and anecdotes of Elvis’ life. A special guest was IL VOLO. This is how the trio of “Grande Amore” commented on their participation in the event:

“It will be an extraordinary emotion for us, to get on the stage of the Forum with a large orchestra and sing a song by a legendary artist like Elvis. We have known Priscilla Presley for a few years and it was an honor for us to accept this invitation to participate on some songs this evening.”

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Here is the original article:

Rockal Article – click here

This is the promotional video made by Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio.

In this video, the guys thank Priscilla Presley and say they are honored to attend the concert.

Here are the guys at the tests, in the afternoon.

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And here we are in the evening. We have known that the boys will do only one song, too bad, it would have been nice to hear Gianluca in his beautiful solos on Elvis’ songs.

It begins….

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Here is the video of the boys. They sang only one song, “O sole mio”, in English/Italian, they were very elegant and impeccable. Priscilla presented them as his dear friends.

Thanks to AAIV for the beautiful video.

So much waiting for one song, but they were very good as usual.

Did you like their performance?

I was satisfied with them but I would have preferred more songs, especially Gianluca.

What do you think?

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO and PINO E’ by Daniela

Our boys give us many participations in important events. Tonight is the turn of the tribute concert to Pino Daniele.

We are in Naples, at the San Paolo stadium and the event is called PINO E’.

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The boys have just arrived, Gianluca says, “We just arrived here at the historic Stadio San Paolo, we are ready for rehearsals, good morning everyone, bye.”

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In the afternoon, the boys are interviewed by RAI RADIO2.

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Piero says it is a great responsibility to remember a great artist. “The emotions are different, from one of our concerts, but we are really honored, as Ignazio said, we will work hard and we will definitely be excited.”

(The boys are asked how they chose the song they will sing, Piero answers.)

“Ignazio chose the song, because he knows all the discography of Pino Daniele, we still can not say what it is, because it will be a surprise.”

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Then they are interviewed by Radio Italia. 

Here is a summary of their interview:

“We are very happy to be here. Pino has made the history of Italian music and blues. We apologize in advance for the Neapolitan pronunciation.”

Ignazio Boschetto is a big fan of Pino and he has paid tribute several times during the concerts of Il Volo: “He is my idol, he accompanies my days. Another Pino Daniele will not be born anymore.”

What are the songs of Pino that Il Volo likes best? “‘CAMMINA CAMMINA’ that tells a heartbreaking love story. But also the energy of ‘A me me piace’ or ‘blues’ or ‘Resta cu’ mmè.”

“Pino E’ will be a special concert also because the proceeds will go to Pino Daniele Trust Onlus, OPEN ONLUS and Save The Children. Specifically, the projects are these:

The “Passport” European project of OPEN ONLUS – an electronic passport, in multiple languages, that will allow every teenager with cancer to be assisted in Europe and to share his clinical history for research on pediatric cancer.

– The “Lights Points” project of SAVE THE CHILDREN, to combat educational poverty in minors. A physical space open to children, adolescents and their parents, coordinated by educational figures and animated by volunteers, which arises in the difficult neighborhoods of some Italian cities without services and opportunities.

In this short video, Ignazio says that Pino has represented the story, both of Neapolitan music, but of a genre that belonged only to him, he represented the beautiful part of the Italian-Neapolitan blues.

“Personally, he has been my idol, I have been listening to him for years and he accompanies me in all my days, in my daily life.”

And here they are at the trials, it is impossible to know what they will sing.

The sound is muted to not allow you to understand the song that they will sing.

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Interviewed by Radio Montecarlo.

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And here we are finally at the exhibition.

UPDATE: Here is a newly published video from the concert.

“Pino is in the past and in the present and will remain in the future, because he is the greatest of all.”

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And here they are for the duet song with Mario Biondi.

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The show is over, the guys were good. The genre of Neapolitan music is not easy to interpret.

See you next guys !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Noche sin dia Review by Patrizia Ciava

Dear Flight Crew,

Our friend, Patrizia Ciava, wrote a review on NOCHE SIN DIA in Italian two days ago.  I found it noteworthy.  It keeps our various takes on the subject in perspective. While maintaining the integrity of our guys, she focuses her opinion on video quality.

I asked her if I could have it google-translated to English for publishing at our Flight Crew Blog to which she agreed. She has further refined the translation and below is her refined translation. I am submitting it to you for featuring on our Flight Crew Blog.

Thank you so much for your kind attention.

Warmly,
Cynthia from the Phillipines

 

Il Volo: “Noche sin dia”
Patrizia Ciava (Trishadria)  •  27 May 2018

It is no mystery that I think the three singers of Il Volo are among the best vocalists existing today on the international music market, I wrote several articles about them and it seems superfluous to remind it.

On the other hand, I have always tried to be objective and impartial in my reviews and I believe (and I hope) that this feature of mine is appreciated by those who read me.

After the tribute to opera music and to the Three Tenors, with “Notte Magica”, Il Volo have decided to pay homage to Latin American music with the new CD and single just released “Noche sin dia.”

I will not dwell on the decision of the record company to exclude Italy and other countries from the initial launch, which many fans have deemed offensive; there are certainly valid reasons and commercial evaluation or agreements between labels that we cannot know. It often happens that CDs come out in some countries and not in others, and I do not see anything that is disturbing or disrespectful.

I would like to say that I love Spanish and Latin American music, I enjoy listening to the songs of Enrique Iglesias, Alvaro Soler, Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi, and I certainly contributed to make the over 2 billion views of the video “Bailando” starring Iglesias with Gente de Zona, the same group that dueted with Il Volo in their latest work. 

Regarding the song and the video of “Noche sin dia” I found them pleasant but not of the quality that I would have expected from a great producer like Emilio Estefan and not up to international stars like Il Volo. 

This is obviously a personal opinion that does not question the artistic talent that the three young singers have already widely demonstrated to possess.

To try to explain the reasons for my view, I wondered what attracts me in a music video, pushing me to watch it several times.

My opinion is not based on the lack of emphasis given to the voices of the three singers in the song; I believe that they can indulge in a project that is not mainly based on their vocal talents, which by now everyone is well aware of.

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The song has an enjoyable and attractive rhythm but it is all contained in the refrain, it lacks a less rhythmic part that usually tells a “story” and gives meaning to the whole song, creating empathy with the listener. The underlying story is then usually hinted at and “told” through the video, with the background actors and dancers surrounding the protagonist singers. The most famous songs, which became dancing hits thanks to their cheerful and rhythmical refrain, such as “Despacito”, “Sofia” or “Bailando,” also have this feature that helps make them more attractive to a wider audience. 

In the video of “Noche sin dia” instead there is no underlying story or at least a common thread, it just shows the singers singing and dancing along with everyone else, without even a choreography. 

In fact, what seems to be lacking in the video of “Noche sin dia” is the film direction and the scenography, because to ensure the success of a music video the music is obviously important but strangely not fundamental. The music video should be a mini-film with a captivating plot that stirs empathy. Or it could have a spectacular photography, or a choreography that excites and arouses admiration. I did not find any of these features in the video of “Noche sin dia.”

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A good video is of paramount importance nowadays to promote a song. It has often helped to make a song famous that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Just think of “Take me to church” by the Irish singer Hozier, which came out in 2013 and was successful only locally and then became an international hit with the release of the video in 2014, totaling more than 200 million views. 

I have always considered that the management of Il Volo has paid too little attention to this aspect; except for some official videos which have a nice setting and storyline, like “L’amore si muove”, “Canzone per te” and “Grande amore”, the others are rather ordinary and I hoped that this video would mark a turning point in this respect. 

For this reason I was a bit disappointed, but I am sure that the loyal fans that Il Volo has been able to conquer in every corner of the world thanks to their undisputed talent, professionalism and friendliness, will support them with enthusiasm in this project … while waiting for new surprises.

Patrizia

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

 

I’d like to say a special thank you to our loyal blog reader, Cynthia,  for grabbing and running with this review from Patrizia!  Grazie mille!  Jana