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IL VOLO AND THEIR FANS, by Maura and Daniela

I suggest you read these wonderful considerations by Maura Pucci on the subject: Il Volo and their fans.

 

I can not explain the phenomenon “fan of  Volo”. Instead, I have feelings certainly to be verified. And these feelings lead me to conclude that it is difficult (nothing is impossible!) to find something similar elsewhere.
There are singers, who fill arenas and stadiums, have a huge but less … cohesive fan, much more diverse.  Same thing I have to say, thinking about my children, regarding the world-famous foreign bands, of which they are fans since they were young.
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When these bands come to Italy, there is great enthusiasm, ticket hunting, they go to applaud them in other cities, sold out concerts, woe to those who touch them etc … Despite this, my children do not follow and have never followed these bands, in the same way that we follow IL VOLO.
From one concert to another they leave them, they do not think about them in the least.
The fandom de Il Volo is something different and it is also necessary to make distinctions.
In Latin America we find the younger fans who constantly follow their idols, especially on Instagram, which is daily fed by the guys themselves. Their appreciation is manifested above all with smiles and little hearts, also because young people do not like to write ….. In the US and in Italy their audience is different, more adult, musically more prepared and appreciates more the voices that the appearance physical. In the US they heard them sing professionally since they were kids. Effect “infant prodigy”……
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But, unlike what they did with Shlrley Temple, they did not abandon them once they grew up, on the contrary … The numerous transatlantic flights on the occasion of the Italian concerts, in particular in Taormina and Verona, are showing that their love is “forever”.
In Italy some of us have known them almost like brats and then they found them already great, others have discovered them in their twenties or so. All of us were struck by sounds now obsolete, melodies and forgotten harmonies, finally true voices. And we all adopted them or we fell in love with them, depending on age ….
The pages dedicated to them have sprung up like mushrooms. I think,  that in the world no singer has a number of fan pages superior to IL VOLO and not even in Italy as regards the “our own” singers …. Too bad there are no comparative studies in this sense!
So, it formed a hard hoof of Italian and American fans that follows them on Facebook in a manic and obsessive way and that follows them, if he can, in concerts from one end of the peninsula to the other, not sporadically …. but DAILY .
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We always know where they are, with whom they are, where they sleep, what they eat (of this subject we are very well informed …) and if they go to a place without letting us know why, we get angry too …. We are even able to follow the route of their planes step by step when they travel. And we look forward to knowing when they land. We travel with them, we live with them. Let’s make a local mind: is this normal? Does it happen to fans of other singers ?. Personally I can not believe it.
To conclude …… Our attachment to Il Volo, which makes us a permanent fan “in service”, I would call it type,…. morbid / familiar, that is visceral: we feel them part of our affections. In fact, we can not bear to be left without news of them. 
Through videos and photos, which fortunately the guys generously do not make us miss, we live in symbiosis with them … It is as if, every day, we put them under a microscope to learn everything about them: nothing escapes us, a look of understanding, a gesture, a grimace, even a sigh.
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And all we try to interpret, each according to their sensitivity and their desires. That being the case, the deep feelings that our guys inspire us, it is inevitable that they translate into POETRY, on the part of those who are able to transform emotions into words. Very difficult, in my opinion, to find something similar in fans of other singers.
And you do not think that they, feel suffocated by this our great love for them?
No,they are instead gratified and consoled by all the negative things they undeservedly receive.
Personally, I like to imagine them wrapped in a giant bubble of love, a sort of protection, to proof of the bullets of those who do not love them.
If they did not know they are so loved, they would not be smiling and happy as they are actually our dear Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio !!!
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Congratulations Maura, you made a beautiful analysis, in which I find myself, because I am a fan of IL VOLO and I confirm it with pride!
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos.

“Summertime….and the livin’ is easy…”

Ah… summertime – in only the way Ignazio can sing it and marvel us with his piano-playing skills!  Hard to believe this video was from nearly 4 years ago!

 

It’s August and the guys are officially on vacation, as noted by their Instagram postings with many pictures and videos!  🙂

As in the story from yesterday, with Rose Marie and Piero, the guys graciously toured several areas of Italy and their beloved Taormina in Sicily.  There were many lucky fans that were able to attend that concert.  Always being the gentlemen they are and entertaining the endless fans they meet wherever they go!

Below are just a few of their many pictures sent to us hungry fans that weren’t lucky enough to see them in person the last month…thanks so much always to the “boys” and others that took the pictures!  (and thanks to Lisa’s FB page, where I borrowed these photos!)  🙂 

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Oh, to be those lucky girls – “just friends” of Igna’s!!  🙂 

 

Ok, start saving those pennies folks!  Their concert tour schedule will be published before we know it for the USA and the rest of the world!  🙂 

 

Wanted to also say a special thanks… I feel like a broken record, but thanks to always Daniela, for whom we are forever grateful!  To Pat, who tirelessly, always makes sure there is something up there for me to post in the mornings.  To Lisa, always our reliable “girl Friday!” (and of course best nurse, ever!) and to Jane – for graciously stepping in while Pat was away on her Italia vacanze Romane!  Jana – yes, it feels good to be back writing again.  This year has been filled with incredible emotions and challenges.  But, I have to say, I love saying, “Alexa, play Il Volo!”  🙂 

Ciao!

Jana

ROSEMARIE MEETS PIERO, By Rosemarie and Daniela

Perhaps not everyone knows that between June and July, our Rose Marie Paliobeis has been in Italy and in particular in Sicily.
Her journey began as a 2 week tour to visit Naples, Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and then Sicily, but then Rose Marie, let herself be tempted by another  tour offered by  Dario Mirabile, the friend of Piero, and so Rose Marie, after having seen the Amalfi Coast, Naples and Sorrento (where for but a moment she did not see the guys at the Agnes prize), she reached Sicily and what is the first picture she send me?
It is not possible not to recognize Taormina and the Bam Bar !!
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She also went on the Volcano Etna where the day before it had snowed and then sent me this message:
” I am in Palermo, I love this beautiful city! We were in Agrigento this afternoon and went to see the Greek temples. We are taking a tour of Palermo tomorrow and Monday afternoon I will leave this tour go to Naro. I am tired but ok.”
Ok, Naro is approaching and Piero is in Naro, because in this period he is doing school exams.
And here is the picture that she sends me.
A beautiful photo of RoseMarie in the company of Wendy, Joanie, Suzana, Dario and …….. our beautiful and sweet Piero !!!
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I’m so glad she met Piero (even a little jealous), and she confirms that he’s a very kind and caring young man, he finished the exams and everything went ok.
But the meetings do not end here, for the following days, Piero will continue to go to greet our ladies, a true gentleman, will spend a little of his time with them.
Here he is in the beautiful photos taken by Suzana Gutierrez of AAIV.
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But the thing that RoseMarie told me with such amazement was that Piero remembered very well a gift from her.
” I gave him a bent nail when I saw him in Detroit, it was a good luck piece like the ones Luciano Pavarotti collected and he remembered that I gave it to him in blue box. I was so impressed that he remembered because they receive so many gifts on tour.
We asked about the many gifts they receive, especially t-shirts. They keep some but can’t possibly keep all. They donate others to homeless shelters. “
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“He did say they would be touring USA in 2019 but there were no definite dates yet because the manage team is dealing with music, dates, venues etc. He stopped every day to see us, usually at the beach. He was with his friends and family but took time out for us to ask how we were and if we liked Naro. Of course we loved Naro. A small town where everyone knows each other.The other ladies with me have met him before many times but this was my first (hope not the last) time that wasn’t a meet/greet. ” 
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“He was just a normal down to earth young man, waving to everyone who greeted him as they drove or walked by. He spent time with us at a friend’s house where we learned to make pasta and pizza. So I can’t begin to tell you all how fortunate I was, and to say how lucky we are to have this young man in our lives. May God keep these 3 safe, and healthy. May they find true love someday and have families of their own .” 
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Damn, RoseMarie, this last shot is really amazing, who of us would not like to take a picture with a similar hug?
Yes, you were really lucky, a pity that you could not stop until the concert in Taormina ……. but for that there will be a next time, is not it?
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos.

THE ESSENCE OF IL VOLO, by Daniela

The Italian tour of 5 concerts has just finished.
The concerts were memorable, every person who was fortunately able to participate, still has in his eyes the beautiful images and in his ears, the lovely voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
The web has been flooded with videos and photos that pass, step by step, every moment of our beloved boys.
There have been moments, however, that I consider exceptional, and have been stopped by a video and a series of photos that I now propose to you.
Here is the short video:
This is the moment before the start of the concert in Taormina.
This is a gesture, that the boys, always make before every concert ……… and it is simply WONDERFUL, this gesture expresses all the friendship, affection and harmony that exists between these guys.
Surely, having grown up together, away from home, has built in them a harmony that not all groups of singers have.
In this mini-tour, there were many small episodes, where the boys, they helped each other, had an altruistic support among themselves, a concrete help of VERY FRIENDS.
I get emotional, every time I see this gesture of theirs, confirming a deep friendship.
And here is the series of photographs taken by Marco Ferriero.
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These shots, all performed in Taormina, show all the affection that IL VOLO has towards its fans, you look with how much love, they approach and do not deny a gesture, a photo, a kiss.
Surely these gestures will have sent into raptures these lucky fans, some of them with disabilities, managed to get closer thanks to the fact that, in Taormina there are no barriers before the stage.
Direct contact with Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, who with great affection embrace the fans, take children in their arms, they come close for shots in the foreground.
But how much sweetness do these shots ??
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These guys are certainly artists of great skill, their voices are magnificent, but in them there is also something else that we like, they love people, this affection that hardly they deny to others, and this makes them in our eyes, even more special.
They love people and people reciprocate
This is IL VOLO, these are GIANLUCA, PIERO and IGNAZIO.
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Now I translate a part of what my friend Melina wrote and that, in my opinion, has precisely hit the target, to you then the comment.
“The guys in concert in the Greek Theater of Taormina seem to transform themselves, expand into a different and bigger dimension, both in singing and in jokes. They are safer, more passionate, more emotional, more joyful. I wondered: will it be the spirit of the ancient musicians and comedians, who still hovers in the theater and permeates the millennial stones to operate this miracle? To pervade, to seize and to transfigure those who know how to recognize and welcome? Memories, which are not lost but remain impalpable and wait for the right time and the right people to be affected? Who knows !! It is certain that only those who have the appropriate sensitivity can perceive this subtle malia, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca this sensitivity, they have it at will, but also those who follow them: you are “our” audience, our family, they have declared proud at the beginning of the concert. And true, the fans of Il Volo are different from all the others, they have a singular feeling and in addition to admire and esteem the boys artistically, they feel for them a deep sincere affection and a lot of tenderness, this means that the protagonists are not only those on stage, but that everything is a continuous exchange of emotions, emotion and happiness between those who perform and those who assist … indeed no, participate! And at the end when this exchange stops, it’s almost a pain and we start waiting for the next time!”
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That’s right, Melina is right, and you, what do you think?
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos and video.

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

 

Ave Maria and the Duchess

Well, America now has a real live Duchess.   What a beautiful wedding!  What outstanding hats!  Besides the dress (!) and that Tiara (also a !) was some magnificent music the last number, performed by Cellist Sheku Kanneth-Mason and the orchestra, was “Ave Maria.”  That, of course, reminded me of when our Guys sang the hymn in 2014 at the Senate Christmas Concert.  Remember?  We wish Harry and Meghan (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex) lots of love and laughter.   We wish our Guys the same.  Here is what I was dreaming during that hymn…

MAGNIFICA!

How about an even more recent Ave Maria?  “Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae”…Appropriately performed at the London Royal Albert Hall on May 23, 2017.

Again, Magnifica…Always Magnifica!

~Marie

~~ We Laugh A Little ~~ by Daniela

Time ago talking to the pirate of our crew, we both remembered having seen this montage of photos of our beloved Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.

Connie, I finally found again. I dedicate it to you.

And all of you, what do you say about these combinations of characters?

To me they seem very apt.

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But, since our boys make us dream, we remain in the world of fairy tales.

Which of you would not like to have a prince like these?

Really nice, are they not?

Which one do you prefer?

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And in a comic version? Also nice here, they could interpret a whole comic!

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What to say, these guys, we like in every way, but what I prefer, is this !

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IL VOLO ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY HEART.

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Credit to all owners of photos.