Your First Time…with the Guys!

I know from time to time, Marie would often post some comments that were too precious to leave behind and worth being read by all.  I feel this is one of those times….


Laura, from Florida, made some beautiful comments, along with a few others on my “$6.86 a minute” re-post from a few weeks ago now… here are some excerpts from (or in its entirety) their comments!  And thank you to those that said I was pretty!  That photo was from the first meet/greet with the guys from PBS, taken by the pro photographer.  I honestly can’t remember, but I think that was before we saw them!  Certainly, you can see the joy and anticipation in my face.  It is really a good picture of me.  🙂  I don’t always look that good – lol!

Laura (and others) – hope you don’t mind me re-posting this, I thought it was so awesome!  To those that have met them, we all say the same thing the first time “tongue-tied, star-struck, zombie-brained,” etc. and wished we could have come up with something a bit more witty than “you were so wonderful….”  You know, I wonder what the guys are thinking and what it’s like to have all these “mature” women, just seem to turn to mush right before their eyes (that’s it – don’t look into their eyes!  That’s when our brains turn to mush!)?  We have a long time now to decide what to say to them, whether for the first time or the fifth time, and Laura has helped us out here!

Laura said….

Jana, You sure are pretty and I got a kick out of your ingenious (and scary) title! I’m a two-years old “newbie” to IL VOLO. This is the first time I’ve read your piece here. I smiled, laughed and almost cried from what apparently can be a very poignant IL VOLO Meet & Greet experience. I’ve not yet attended one, but if I ever do, I think I’d have to go armed with some kind of self-protective, humorous, but sincere comment for the actual, terrifyingly awkward moment of having to say one other thing to them beyond a sincere, quick, ‘Hello. Wonderful to meet you! ‘ Maybe something to each, like “I just had to come talk with you; sweetness is my weakness.” or, “When God made you guys, he was showing off.” “So, how was Heaven when you left it?” “If I had a star for every time you brightened my day, I’d have a galaxy in my hand.” “What time do you have to be back in Heaven?” “I’ve never seen such dark eyes filled with so much light in them.” “Oh, I think you’ve got something in your eye. No; wait; It’s just a sparkle.” “I think I can die happy now, ’cause I’ve just heard and seen a piece of Heaven.” “Did it hurt when you fell out of Heaven?” (For the bolder Ilvolover, s/he could pretend to look at the tag in the back of his shirt and say, “Yep!! Made in Heaven.”)


From Victoria Wilson…

I don’t even know how to tell you how touched I was about what you wrote. You are beautiful and your story made me realize how similar we all are over these boys. On bad days when the pain is so bad I cannot have a blanket on me, I am so grateful to have my YouTube on my TV so I can sooth that savage beast in me that is making my day miserable. I’m past being infatuated with them after seeing them on American Idol and went on an urgent search for them on YouTube. Even then you could find bits and pieces. We’ve gotten all their albums, DVD’s and after seeing them in Minneapolis, we had tickets immediately to go to Italy. My husband and I have them singing in our house and car and wherever we are. Every day we think we have found our favorite song until we find something we haven’t heard before on YouTube and then we are enthralled all over again. We cannot seem to get enough and marvel at how they have grown. How I did that trip to Italy, I will never know. I pray I can do it again. Thank you is such a small phrase to use in telling you how much I enjoy your emails every day. My dearest friend has a tin ear and how sad that she cannot get the joy I do from these wonderful talented boys. They make my days happy and some rough nights fly by with their voices in my ear. Bless you and I’m so glad someone else feels just the way we do and can never get enough of their music. I love all of you out there. Victoria


From Laura Parish…

And you are completely reeled in. There is no hope from this addiction.


From Loretta Foley, Canada…

Girls are you all crazy asking yourself is it worth it? OF COURSE IT IS WORTH IT & OF COURSE THEY ARE MORE THAN WORTH IT THEY ARE IL VOLO. NO SINGER IS BETTER THAN IL VOLO. THEY ARE OUR PRECIOUS IL VOLO & NOBODY CAN TAKE THEIR PLACE EVER. Cost is nothing. IL VOLO IS EVERYTHING IN OUR LIVES. The only thing I have to figure out is how can I get enough money to follow them around the world???? then for sure my son will be trying to force me into a home for the mentally unbalanced but that will never work either. WE ARE ALL ADDICTED WITH LOVE TO THE MOST AMAZING YOUNG MEN ON EARTH. All other entertainers will never understand how they can get the same attraction from their followers, their loss. PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED ON ANY CONCERT OR INFORMATION THAT I MIGHT MISS

JANA LOVE YOUR POST excuse me for going a little crazy. Can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t put them first & foremost. Oh well I’ll settle down in a few minutes. I go to a senior centre on Thursdays & I bring Il Volo with me so they graciously play their music for me. A new lady has joined the group who is from Italy & she also listens to Il Volo so now everyone else is getting used to listening to Il Volo. YIPPEE.


From rpappas…

I can’t say anything other than PERFECTLY SAID. I could feel my own emotions welling up with each word. Could never explain it but you did. Thank you. I’m going to copy this and just give it to people when they ask me why11! Thank you!


From Dorothy Henderson…

Jana, you are priceless! When I made the big discovery, on PBS, I didn’t have a way to see them! I told my daughter to search on her computer…bingo…she found the three that were to forever change my lack of technology! , She went right out and got me a tablet and the rest is history! Thanks for sharing your experience! I haven’t even looked for a support group! Here’s to more and more AMORE! Dot in Texas!


From our own Daniela P…

Jana, are you sure you posted it a year ago? Then maybe I did not read it.
I had a lot of fun, because I recognized myself in your attitudes.
I believe every Ilvolover recognizes itself in your words, in the anxiety that makes you look for everything talk about them, that you spend for both distant and expensive Meet & Greet concerts.
You wonder if it’s worth it …….. certainly yes, we have no doubts.


From Joan Guyon…

Jana Lucky you. I have yet to attend a meet and greet. If I get the chance, I will take your advice and save up for it. Joanie G


From Marie… (I know she posted this last year, but a good laugh again is always great!)

Jana, I swear I laughed for 5 minutes. Believe me I understand.
~ Just another addict.


From Lynn Delaney…

Jana, this cracked me up. There’s so much in your story we can relate to.


My heart-felt thanks to those that commented here.  I did not have much of a chance to reply to your comments, as I was in Miami, but I loved them all!  However, I read them all and many smiles came to my face.  Each day I think I’m going to throw in the towel here and is keeping this site going worth it?  But then I read your comments, it only takes one or two, and then I remember why I’m doing this!  So, thank you!  Grazie Mille!  

Jana

 

 

 

 

Flashback Friday: Notte Magica, PBS Miami

Hey, Y’all!

It’s time for another edition of, Flashback Friday!

Today, we are flashing back to one of Il Volo’s PBS events to promote Notte Magica with the help of Joan Brenin, who went to the Miami event.  Enjoy!

~~ Kelly


Better late then never !!  I am posting yet another PBS Experience !!! Mine !!!

December 2, 2016 was a very memorable night at the WLRN PBS Studio in Miami !!!  Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero were there to promote Notte Magica !!!  And myself,Debbie Gastauer and Vivian Liebgold were also there to attend an Interview, Reception and M&G with our guys !!  We arrived 45 minutes before the doors opened, but the wonderful people that work there saw us standing outside and and let us in!!  After they checked us in, they showed us the studio where there were candlelit tables that sat four in a nightclubish atmosphere.  About fifty people were there to see them including many from the Il Volo Miami Fan Club, including Diana Ramirez Velasquez, who interviewed them along with WLRN’s delightful Mia Lorenzo.

 

credit as on photo

 

Our handsome trio finally walked into the studio graciously greeting each of us as they took their positions on stools set up on a low platform directly in front of us !!  We watched their interview which was awesome!!  Ignazio was not feeling well that evening but rose to the occasion, and they were all very relaxed, engaging, animated and fun!!  Afterwards we had our photos taken with them.  I walked in front of Ignazio to stand next to my Gianluca, and he said,  “No!! No!! No !!” and pulled me over to him!!  However I still managed to keep my arm wrapped around GG’s waist!!  It was really funny!!  They were their sweet, kind, charming selves, and we were able to spend quality time with them for another two hours in a very relaxed atmosphere without security shooing us away which was absolutely incredible!!  It was by far the longest and most fun M&G ever!!  PBS also served us a delicious buffet dinner!!  It was a party for sure and a very memorable evening that we will never forget!!

A couple of weeks later, one of the young women who works at the PBS studio and who I befriended kindly sent me and Debbie discs of the interview from that night which are now a treasured memento!!

 

Joan Brenin

We left the studio late for our 1 1/2 hour trip back home, but we didn’t want our exciting night to end so we went to McDonald’s near Vivian’s home so we could rehash our extraordinary evening over coffee!!  It was by far the longest and most fun M&G ever!!!
I hope they come back in 2018 to promote one of their new projects !!! Fingers crossed !!🤞

Myron’s compares/contrasts of Il Volo performances just for the fun of it, with a little help from Pat! – by Myron & Pat

A little background on this posting…several months back, I had had a few ideas on what I thought would be great posts.  I was in the process of rounding up a few more writers and realized Pat would be the perfect person to do these.   I put on my “boss” cap and asked her if she’d be willing to take on these assignments.  She agreed heartily, maybe a bit too heartily, later thinking “what did I just get myself into?”  None of the 3 assignments I gave her were easy.  Some were very grueling, like making her search and scour the Internet for some of these videos!  But she eagerly took on the task!  🙂 

In the meantime, Myron sent me a note saying he was in the process of writing this article comparing Il Volo’s songs with past and present performances.  Ding, ding, ding!!  How perfect – I could easily combine both my assignment for Pat and Myron’s article.  I’m sure it would be a smash!

I will say, this all started with a very innocent email from Gale Wall to Marie with a few videos she had found from past and present, and it just went from there!  🙂  So, please enjoy the following article from Myron and the hard work from Pat.


Ground rules for this article includes the fact that I will find something good and something not as good.   To be honest we all know that some Il Volo performances are better than others – nobody is perfect all the time. But I have always felt that even their 1myronworst quality performance is far superior to the best of most other singers. Where is the proof?   Just compare Il Volo on an average day to any other famous singer or group on their best day and see what you come up with. Take as much time as you wish.   See! I told you so! Not even close.

 

Now I am going to compare Il Volo to the only group that gives them a serious run for the money – Themselves ! ! !

 

Source of this comparison: a list of videos put together by Pat Ward plus a few that I have added.   Thanks so much to Pat.

Maria

Sample # 1 is the song “Maria” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

One performance is from Westbury outside New York. I will not include this because this venue is never a very good one for the boys (in the round) – bad acoustics, terrible site lines, terrible sound and it is near impossible to stage anything like this. So that leaves us the most recent (2017) Radio City Music Hall performance in New York where Maria is done as a duet and a performance from Louisville, Kentucky where Gianluca does a solo performance.

The vocal quality of the most recent one is better and, of course, more mature. The vowels are more perfectly shaped which then allows tone to be more rich and well shaped. Gianluca and Ignazio show a more “natural” staging and use of hands and facial expression than the older one. Years of experience will do that.

The older performance with only Gianluca shows a “kid” that is just trying out facial and hand gestures at an early time in his life. He is just learning how to relate to the audience in front of him which is quite a job for a boy that is so shy as he was then (and still is to a degree).   However, young though he may be, his heart-felt passion is unleashed in a way that takes your breath away. I remember that summer offered another performance in the mid-west someplace where he was wearing a white shirt and a black vest. He had been ill on the trip and lost weight. He looked so skinny that we wondered if he could even make it through the whole song.   The passion carried the day and he made it –   but we, the audience were exhausted ! ! !   For passion and naked feelings I give it to the older performance. For quality of technique I give the nod to the Radio City show.

Gianluca solo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzQF1Oo1kwQ Louisville Kentucky on August 15, 2012

Gianluca and Ignazio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPRzodp3jLw March 4, 2017 Radio City Music Hall New York

Gian, Igna and Piero

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mscsjgkskC8 Jun 25, 2014 NYCB Theatre at Westbury, NY


O Sole Mio

For contrast here I will use the Il Volo performance from Florence last summer called: Una Notte Magica vs. the very first music video that they ever did filmed at Taormina. They were about ages 15, 16 & 17 when that was filmed and when the first album was recorded.

I remember that it was such a pleasant surprise as a music director/voice teacher to see young guys that sounded so mature. If you want to get technical then you notice that vowels are not always consistent. One example is the vowel “Ah” which is a very wide (or should be) position mouth opening. Here it is correct sometimes and other times it is more shallow. Does it make a huge difference in the long run? No. What carries the day is that they are using large vowel concepts most of the time – 80% to 90% of the time.   Again, compare with other singers of their age who don’t even know what pure vowel shapes are – duh!   It boils down to the vocal training they have had (or others have not had).

The Florence concert of summer of 2016 gives us the boys in their early 20s after years of voice lessons and working with a great vocal coach. I suggest you get the “Notte Magica” DVD and skip to the special features where they go behind the scenes. During that video you will see them working with a vocal coach. That woman is right on the money – Great work. I wish they would have shown more of that session in the video.   A great Olympic athlete must always work with a coach and so also, a great singer must always work with a great vocal coach. That is how you prevent bad habits from disrupting.

This version of Sole Mio is pure – the original song complete. They have done versions that mix the original with the Elvis arrangement. That one is fun but this one requires the best singing habits. This performance is truly great ! ! !

O Sole Mio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3c5d3aBSE Uploaded on Feb 9, 2011 looks like an official music vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHuLWW5r0Fg Uploaded on May 21, 2011 CBS The Early Show New York

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2q3_h-l-Mo Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012 don’t know the location on this one


Unchained Melody

The performances listed by Pat here are all fine but I am going to use only one performance which is not listed. I am using this for a special reason.

On Friday (Good Friday), March 25, 2016 the boys of Il Volo attended the first ever – Il Volo Fan Faire convention at the Palms Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Those of us there had a great chance to “love “ these guys to death and shower them with gifts. It was fun and we found out again just last month that the boys want to do it again soon. Then later that night they gave a concert in the Pearl Theater in the same hotel.   Turned out to be one of the best concerts of their whole tour with one of the best orchestras of the tour. My son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law were attending both the Fan Faire and the concert. He is a great photographer and took a video during the concert when Gianluca and Ignazio sang a duet on “Unchained Melody.”   Turns out that song is a favorite for both my son and his girlfriend and it brought them both to tears.   In short, he proposed, she said yes and now they are married and I have a grandson ! !   By the way I am going to post that video soon and you will see it is one of the best versions of that song. Hooray for Il Volo. Hooray for David, Erin and little Jacob!  (Myron, hope you find it, because I looked and could not!)

By the way, the family was in attendance again this year for the return of Il Volo to Vegas for “Notte Magica” – this time the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino.

Great Performance.

Unchained Melody

Ignazio solo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osdM3G2ZAIA Locarno, 12 giugno 2015

Gianluca and Ignazio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGDTbkXJFdo CERVIA-18 Jul15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p-PO4yyabA London Palladium 3rd June 2016


Caruso

This song deals with the sad, unhappy life of one of the great tenors of all time: Enrico Caruso. This man had many trials in his life, had rough times in Italy but found success in the USA. Even though he bedded many women and had two sons he eventually ended up alone when he died near Sorrento in Italy. It is a great song, a demanding song, very filled with passion and can easily die without that passion.

The two performances from Pat’s list I am using are Christmas concert in the senate in Italy and the concert (their first time) in Radio City Music Hall in New York – both in 2013.

One problem here is the video which has a “skip” in the middle of the song. That is too bad because they are presenting a very passionate performance of this song at that point. This concert was on December 14, 2013 and came very closely after a very long and poorly planned tour of the USA and Latin America. Too many concerts in too short a time including two cities where they did 4 concerts back to back to back ! ! ! One city where they were outdoors in the rain. Too many concerts in too short a time.   They each got sick when then were coming into Panama City.   Gianluca and Piero had raspy voices and Ignazio could not even talk let alone sing. So the Senate concert happened at the end of a stressful fall and winter. They still did a great job.

My choice, however, is Radio City. This place inspired our guys to give a great concert and this song especially was a solid hit on that show. I would say that it is very difficult to listen to this song sung by the guys in full rendition without having some tears. Powerful song – sung by wonderful singers. That Radio City Concert is still one of their all-time best.

Caruso

Piero (age 15) e Simona Collura (age 12) Ti lascio una canzone Italian TV talent contest 09 maggio 2009

Ignazio solo

September 27, 2013 Radio City Music Hall, New York

Published on Jun 12, 2014 IVMO les presenta: Porta a Porta – Solo – 4 de Julio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EgzbIhp80A I LOVE Gianluca’s introduction for Ignazio’s solo

Gianluca e Ignazio e Piero

Concerto di Natale 2014 al Senato

Summary

Even when they were only 16 years old these boys were exciting to listen to. Maybe they still needed more staging work and to loosen up the face a bit. Maybe they still needed to work on tone placement a bit more but that is splitting hairs. The wonderful thing is that they kept working on their craft in order to produce the great art that they do. Today, as we see in current performances, they still work with a coach and they produce even greater vocal excitement as they sing the best in music repertoire.

I will save more songs for another time.   Bravo! to Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero!

Myron…


Ok, you be the critic – here are a few more songs Pat found.  Jana (comments on video from Pat!)

Quando l’amore diventa poesia

Ignazio solo – Ti lascio una canzone 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2DXKVhXk2U Ignazio doesn’t hold out the end note of the song as they do now

Ignazio solo – Moscow 04.10.2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsQ9WNLSuT0 birthday rose – Ignazio does a little flip at the end

Gianluca, Ignazio e Piero – New York 17 Feb 20-16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZxCLpBpoN8 Ignazio does a little flip at the end

Delilah

Ignazio solo – sung in Italian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQMSVc4n-CY Ti lascio una canzone Italian TV talent contest 2009

Gianluca, Ignazio e Piero New York – February 17, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k940RpjkHZI Ignazio turns loose on this one during the instrumental part and does that flip at the end

Ave Maria

Gianluca solo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXRilrHfM9M Ti lascio una canzone Italian TV talent contest 2009 – He seems so nervous! I love the way he wrinkles his nose when he hits that high note towards the end of the song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwo_tg1KFxc Concerto di Natale 2014 al Senato What a difference five years makes!

È La Mia Vita

Ignazio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkfLxxK82GE   (Ti lascio una canzone 2009)

Gianluca, Ignazio e Piero

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUl_uJNL11A   Teatro D’Annunzio 5 Sep 2014


 

Hope everyone enjoyed the trip down memory lane…. 🙂

 

Jana

The Dream Becomes Reality ~ by Daniela

From Daniela:

Time ago I saw and shared this old video of IL VOLO, then I thought, maybe some of my friends did not see it or maybe they do not know what was said so I thought about translating it for you.
 
The interview is conducted by Enrico Lucci of the Iene. Le Iene in Italy is a different type of interview, often very pungent.
 

IGNAZIO

Ignazio = You know every morning I wake up and I have to think about what happened to me, because sometimes I do not believe it, it’s like a dream.
 
Lucci = When the dream becomes reality, it happens like for IL VOLO, the trio born of a talent show. IL VOLO has remained almost unknown in Italy, but it has exploded abroad.  (Keep in mind this is an old interview.)
 
Caterina = It’s an emotion behind each other, we still do not believe it.
 
Ignazio = Over one hundred concerts around the world.
 
Vito = For me it was a dream why I find myself in America so …..
 
Caterina = We were both in Washington, we looked  us in the face and said, “but do you realize that we are in Washington?”
 
Lucci = From the outskirts of Marsala, grown up in arancini and panzerotti.
 
Vito = I was  mason, now I’m unemployed (I think he is forced to be unemployed for to follow Ignazio)
 
Lucci = (to Caterina) and what job did she do?
Caterina = Pizzaiola.
 
Lucci= A mason and a pizzaiola, how  you’ve come to classical music?
 
Ignazio = I do not know. I was three years old and singing LA DONNA E’ MOBILE.
 
Lucci = Ignazio never stopped.
 
Vito = We tried to find a teacher to follow singing studies.
 
Ignazio = See 20,000 people at Barclays Center in New York with Barbra Streisand, who applaud you and stand up, means that all sacrifices were worth it.
 
Caterina = In Barbra Streisand I was lucky to shake hand, I was hugging to Ignazio and trembling.
 
Lucci = And between one event and the other has changed everything.
Do you have the terror that everything can end?
Ignazio = Yes, like everyone else.
 
Lucci = Meanwhile, however, for any prediction, did the money put them under the mattress?  (Did they put their money under the mattress?)
 
Catherine = Yes, of course!
 
Lucci = Ignazio, the first thing you bought?
 
Ignazio = Television, the one with the surround effect.
 
Lucci = But behind the lemon field there was also a recording studio.  (Ignazio had accompanied Lucci outside the door at the back of the house, cross a small lemon field and enter a room where Ignazio made a recording room.)
 
Ignazio = And then for my dad’s birthday I gave him the BMW.
 
Vito = Not new,  specify.
 
Ignazio = Not new, used.
 
Lucci = You wanted  new, did you feel bad?
Vito = No, I did not want  new, I specified why I  want to make it clear to people that he did not  buy me the new BMW so they not  think  the money  got our heads ( that we  now spend all the money.)
 

GIANLUCA

Lucci = The village always murmurs in Abruzzo at Montepagano, where from the Central bar Gianluca has arrived in the world.
 
Gianluca = That’s my grandfather, he also came to New York to see the concert with Barbra Streisand.
 
Lucci = In three years your life has been overturned.
 
Gianluca = Yes, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur.
 
Lucci = There is nothing to talk about in the village.
(Ask people at the bar) Are you all near Gianluca? Are you envious?
 
(Answer) NO, NO, is the Maradona of Montepagano.
 
The trio photos with famous characters are everywhere.
 
Gianluca = Here with Clinton
Lucci = What did Clinton tell you?
 
Gianluca = “Hey men, your voices are amazing.”
Yesterday a fan came from Australia.
 
Lucci = From the Central Bar tables, nothing is more like before, especially among the friends of the heart who think of him continually.
(Addressed to two friends of Gianluca) How bored are you of this country ……
 
Friends = It is weird, he was with us playing here in the country and now he goes to America, sooner or later he also takes us to America.
 
Lucci = Are you envious? You are still here, and Gianluca knows the best women in the world.
 
Friends = No, we are not envious.
 
Lucci = When the dream becomes real like the screams of fans, everything  in the family is overwhelmed.  (Nothing in the family is more like before.)
(Addressed to Leonora) Did you expect such a success?
 
Leonora = No, so no.
 
Ercole = It has changed our lives in dizziness, I’ve been 13 times in the United States, I left the job to follow him.
 
Lucci = And what do your colleagues say?
 
Ercole = Maybe even say “What a hit you got lucky”
 
Lucci = Certainly it’s a big blow of luck ….
 
Ercole = Impressive.
 
Lucci = The grandfather then did not understand something.
Did you know Barbra Streisand, did you give her your hand? (Did you shake her hand?)
Let me see , gave her his hand of a worker and that she understood the value of this hand?
 
Grandfather (looking at his hand) I think so, beautiful ( his hand), true !!

PIERO

Lucci= Also in Naro near Agrigento where Piero lives, the third of the group, there is another grandfather at the base of success.
 
Grandfather = Sorry, I just do not see you, I have the atrophied optic nerve.
 
Lucci = Does not change anything, but you saw  far away with this grandson. (As in into the future.)
 
Piero = I was 4 or 5 years old.
 
Grandfather = I put him on this table and made him to sing.
 
Lucci = You have never seen your grandson?
 
Grandfather = NO, I touch him, I hold him, kiss him, I’m 28 years old I do not see, he has 20.
 
Lucci = You know he goes to America, sings with Barbra Streisand?
 
Grandfather = It seems to me a dream, what I feel, I can not even say it, as if I wanted to break my eyes, for me it is like seeing him.
 
Piero = My grandfather helped me, he paid  all my piano lessons for 6 years, every Monday night we went to lesson walking under arm. (Arm in arm)
 
Grandfather = Because he was afraid of dogs and then we walked under arm.
 
Lucci = But if you did not see the dogs as you did to defend him ?
 
Grandfather = Look, if they had to attack him, I was able to throw myself, I went to the dog’s voice.
 
CALIFORNIA
 
Lucci = Go and tell in California, where in front of the hotel there is the siege of the fans for photos.
 
Fans = I love IL VOLO.
 
Lucci = Do you like IL VOLO?
Fans = Oh my God, oh my God, they are part of my life.
 
Lucci = Enrico Lucci of the IENE, do you want the picture as well? Ah, should I do it for her? She does not want to take the picture with me. I am very humiliated, I accompany them as a grandfather at the press conference.
 
Gianluca = We are 18 and we are in Los Angeles in a limousine.
 
Lucci = (to Piero) Think of your grandfather at this time.
 
Piero = I think of him under the tree in the armchair, who thinks and is waiting for my phone call, he writes poems, of songs, of course since he is a blind man can only do it with a recorder and every time I return, he makes me  listen to  all he has done.
 
Lucci = Now recorders are those of American journalists.
You know the English well!
The manager hopes well.
(Turned to Torpedine) Are not you afraid they say a lot of nonsense? (Jokingly)
 
Torpedine = The fact is that with my English it’s hard to control them. (Meaning their English was better than his.)
Lucci = But there is evidence of the concert.
 
Piero = These are our trucks, there is the stage and all of our production here.
 
Lucci = The Gibson Theater, inaugurated by Frank Sinatra, and already set up with gadgets and shirts of the long American journey, nearly 6,000 seats and inside … “O sun, or my sun,”  Paul Sorvino waits for them and this evening  he will sing a song with them.
 
Paul = They are good, they are phenomenal, because they all love this IL VOLO in the United States.
 
Lucci = An artist as important as you, what do you try to sing with talented but young guys?
 
Paul = It’s a great pleasure for me, first of all in America you can come from under a train, but if you have the talent ….
 
Lucci = What advice do you give them?
Paul = To stay with your feet on the ground, you must always stay with art, always seek the truth.
 
Gianluca = Who could imagine that at 18, an orchestra played for me.
Look here, 6,000 people in Los Angeles.
 
Lucci = In the evening there really is the line of fans to take the picture outside,  but also in the dressing room.
 
Ignazio = They are our Los Angeles friends.
 
Lucci = To see them today is Quincy Jones who produced Michael Jackson, and Elvis’s wife, which is one in the room.
 
Ignazio = Thank you Priscilla.
 
Lucci = IL VOLO manager discovered Zucchero, Bocelli and Giorgia.
How much is the ticket?
 
Torpedine = Average of $ 90.
Lucci = If one has a great talent, is it safe to come out?
 
Torpedine = Yes, I believe who has the numbers, eventually comes out.
 
Lucci = Torpedine noticed IL VOLO at a talent show.
Are the talent shows a thing about or cheating thousands of kids?
 
Torpedine = They would also be positive because they give the opportunity to promote new voices.
 
Lucci = Do they really have talent?
 
Torpedine = These are really phenomena.
 
Lucci = The public goes crazy, and for every song, there is applause, and standing ovation, between banners and fans, who want to touch them, as when a dream really comes true.
 
Fans = I love IL VOLO, I keep a lot of love in my heart.
Piero’s grandfather = When I’m alone and I close my eyes, I can believe it, if I could see, maybe it would not happen.
 
Lucci = Why?
 
Grandfather of Piero = I could continue my work, my way, without stopping on him.  (He means if he had  not become blind, he would continue to work, so he would have less time to notice the qualities of his grandson.)
 
Lucci = And secondly, is it worth the loss of sight for such a giant success?
 
Piero’s grandfather = This is a question too important, because if I tell you it is better not to see my grandson  would be a lie, and vice versa it would be a bigger lie.
(He can not answer because in either case his grandfather loses something important:
To see his grandson,  but Piero would not have become famous,
or not to see his grandson, but so Piero has become famous.)
 
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Credit to all owners of video and photos.

Thank you, Daniela, for this wonderful translation!

~Jane~

Some Friday Updates….

Ciao a Tutti!  and Happy Friday! 

I saw a cute little quip on Google Images when searching for “happy Friday” pictures.  It said… “only one choice needs to be made today, will that be a glass or a bottle!?”  Well, we will let you decide!!  I guess it all depends on what is in your glass or bottle?  🙂  A genie in a bottle, how about the guys, in a bottle?  Wouldn’t that be cool if we could rub our magic lamp and out would pop our favorite guy saying “your wish is my command?”  Ah, what would we wish for?  What song would we have them sing?

I’m so glad most of you enjoyed Lorna’s and my trip through Italy.  Hard to believe it was a year ago.  I wish I could post all of my pictures.  I really thought I was going to bomb the site out last night when I was doing it.  It was so long and so many pictures!  Thankfully, it loaded just fine this morning.

I’ve been organizing this site now for just about 3 months or so, with the great aid of our loyal writers and staff of Jane, Kelly, Daniela, Pat, Myron, and a few other contributors.  Lorna and Pat will be debuting soon…. 🙂   We are still waiting for Marie to come back “officially” but she is having a wonderful summer, enjoying her time off.  Even though she may not be commenting, she’s still reading!  Yes, my evil ploy of digging out that post from many Augusts ago, worked!  But, I believe she has gone back underground again, for the last of the summer.  Enjoying lazy days by the lake in her cabin, tucked away in the hills of wherever it may be!

The guys are wrapping up the European leg of their Notte Magica tour.  Already, they are adding more concerts to the Latin American schedule.  They’ve also rescheduled a few concerts that had to be cancelled in Europe.

I believe starting, possibly this weekend, the guys will be officially on vacation.  I’m sure they are looking forward to a nice break, walking on the beach and spending time with family and other loved ones, as well as seeing friends they have missed the last several months.

Since the guys will be on vacation in August, I thought I’d give our hard-working staff a break also!  Sorry guys, it’s unpaid, but that’s the way it goes!  Lol!  This weekend will be the last “official” posting for the month of July.  There will be one item posting on Saturday (haven’t quite decided which one yet) and Kelly will be posting her last weekend item on Sunday.  Kelly will also be taking a little time off next week.  🙂  No, Kelly will still be posting her articles, but she will technically have weekends off! 

Of course, if the spirit moves us, or something exciting happens over the weekend, we will post it.  But officially, The Flight Crew is on vacation for the weekends in August.

What’s Coming up Next!

We still have several personal accounts of peoples’ concert experiences from Germany and Taormina and I think one or two others that will be coming out.  Also, we’ll be posting a wrap-up of Il Volo’s last appearances and concerts from the Wind Music Festival, Lucca, etc. and their last one, which I think is “today” – July 28, in Pula.

I also plan on a few interesting “factoid” pieces and a nice article from Myron that fit nicely with something I had Pat put together.  Look for these in August!

This bit of time off on the weekend will also you give you some time to catch up on your Facebook and any other social media – as well as that dreaded housework or yardwork you’ve been putting off!

Don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but Detroit, Michigan is having quite a beautiful summer!  Not too hot.  So far our only days of 90 were in June!  Maybe a few in early July…. enough rain, no major wild storms; and thankfully, no fires, floods, or tornadoes, or earthquakes (yes, we do get them here, but we feel them from the fault line in Ohio – I’ve felt 2 or 3, it is freaky!).  The weather has been almost fall-like the last few days.  Tomorrow it is not even going to hit 80 and just barely 80 on Saturday.  Yes, Michigan has the perfect climate – Jeannette will realize that very soon!  🙂  Have the window open right now, as I type in front of it in my bedroom, feeling the cold front coming in with the slight breeze out there.

A little techie talk…recently, and a little while back, people have noticed, myself included, that our site is not “mobile” friendly.  I’m not sure how to change that (if someone knows, please let us know!) and I know many probably only access this from their smart phones.  Not sure how it comes through on tablets,  probably ok, since the screens are so much bigger.  Perhaps Kelly can take a look at how to figure it out.  When we do our previews before publishing, we can do a “mobile view” and yes, it looks just like it does on my phone!  I’ll nose around as well to see what I can find out.

Ok, enough babble from me!  🙂 

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie – picture of our guys.  And just a little “Flashback Friday” for you – here is the link to the TLUC show the guys were on.  I hope it works for you.  There is a bit of a menu and if you click on the left side, it is most of the episodes of the show.  They have really come a long way, especially Ignazio, and they seemed to be put together quite a bit on the show.  It’s really wonderful they kept these in the archives – who knew they would become such international sensations?  Almost seems a foregone conclusion that they would win…

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a-boys-finalCiao!  Have a great weekend!  August – here we come!

Jana

Personally Speaking~Do You Remember When…

 

Gina sent in this amazing video from Piero from yesteryear!   Not only does the song caress the heart, but it shows such creativity on his part.  I remember when this came out.  We were all just blown away.

Gina, this got me thinking that many of our readers may not have been following the guys back then, so I am including some other priceless videos from the archives.  I remember spending hours on Youtube looking for any and all videos of theirs back in the day.  As much as I love seeing all of their new songs, I also love taking a step back to relive some very special moments in time.

This next video is before Il Volo sang, Maria, as a group.  Gianluca sang Maria as a solo and  he owned that song!   Before the song, Ignazio and Piero are bantering back and forth with how to pronounce the word, “world.”

 

 

And here we have their precious little friend, Mia.  Ignazio’s mother became friends with this family through a social media site, and you will see why.  The video her mother made of her singing and reacting to watching Il Volo on TV is priceless.  The genuine love and affection they show for this little girl is captivating.  The song is divine.

The next song, This Time, is an all time favorite as well.

 

More fun on the stage in Westbury, PA, before Ignazio sings Memory.  He has always been known for instigating the impromptu  comedy sketches with Gianluca being the straight guy, back then.  Gianluca has come full circle with his comfort level on stage.  But, there were times where he would look at them acting up, walk away shaking his head in humorous disbelief.   

 

I love  remembering how Ignazio had trouble standing still when songs were being sung.  The music pulses through him like blood through your veins.  He has good moves all the way!

 

 

 

 

I wonder if any of the people sitting in that room listening to them that day have continued to follow their stunning careers?  I sure hope so.  

 

And the rest…is history…

 

 

Thank you, Gina, for the great idea to look back at yesterday.

Credit to all owners of videos.

 

~Jane~

 

 

 

(Throw WAY back Thursday) In case you missed it – by Nurselin61 – Aug 31, 2013

Hello folks!  I had planned something else for today, but my plans changed, so I thought I’d go back and find an old post.  This post had 126 comments!!  This was written by, I believe, Linda, one of the “foundresses” of this site with Marie.  The comments are amazing.  A few of you are still out there commenting – Loretta, Myron, Kelly, Allene, and several others I recognize, and many I don’t, and many that we haven’t seen for quite a while!  Enjoy – it will take most of your morning to read through this – it’s over 7000 words!  🙂

(there are no pictures, but it looks like people had put links to various sites, as they were referencing articles and interviews, etc.  Take a look and see what you might find.  It is interesting to see these comments and see how much as come “true” 🙂 – what things have changed and what has stayed the same!)


The John Saroyan Theatre at the beautiful Fresno Opera House was sold out. More than 2400 people stood and gave Il Volo a standing ovation!! The Theatre was sold out and the applause was deafening for the more than 2 hour performance!!
Our Elaine drove 200 miles in Labor Day traffic to attend her second concert this week! She tells us it was well worth the trip!

1) Twitters, Tweets and Keeks:
Gianluca tweeted last night “Thank you Fresno for the sold out! What a wonderful concert!
Piero tweeted # feelings # live # concert.
See keek of Piero rehearsing with the drummer before concert on Mundial Facebook.
See Keek of Paul Sorvino singing “O Solo Mio” with Il Volo at LA concert, also on Mundial.
Ignazio, no tweets? (some things never change!  🙂 )

2) Have a look at Il Volo Tumblr of the audience during the standing ovation last night. Anybody here recognize the age group of that audience? Hmm.

Please check our resource category on the left side of the site for things Il Volo.

The next concert is September 1st in Phoenix, wonder if they’ll ride the Il Volo bus to this concert?
After Phoenix they’ll be in Chicago on September 4th and Detroit on September 5th. Many of our Flight Crew are looking forward to these two concerts, as they’ll be attending! More on that later.

Love and Luck in Phoenix, Guys!!

Linda


COMMENTS!

lynngbal4 says:

 

If Ignazio picked either Marie or Loretta to sing to, they would both have to share the couch, because neither one will let the other get Ignazio alone. And when the song is over, he won’t have to walk them back to their seats, because they will have melted by then. Talk about a spectacle!!!

 

 

Lynn he wouldn’t be able to walk back anywhere because we would be both sitting in his lap & he would have to sing to us & seeing as the audience is there well they could hear him sing as well.

After all this hype I probably won’t even be able to utter a sound. Shocked into silence either by seeing HIM or by Loretta’s antics. Either way I’m toast. I just don’t want to drool. Please God, don’t let me drool.

It’s hard to drool if your chin is on the floor!
Y’all better all write about your experience at the concert-Marie, Loretta, Mary, & anybody else who is going. I will get to see them only through your eyes!

 

 

Allene I don’t mean to be cruel but if by mature you mean OLD then he won’t want you at all as Iganzio won’t me either or Gianluca won’t want Marie or anyone over 20. We are over the hill & had the biscuit. But we can still dream & listen & look oh its fun looking.

I meant to say DROWN out my voice I need all the drowning I can get.

 

 

For all you Ignazio lovers, I found the sweetest quote from him:

“It’s not important the beauty as long as she has a heart and gives it to me.”
Now, if that doesn’t make you melt, I don’t know what will!
Helen

kyalpn says:

Oh boy…

Either “they” haven’t seen it yet, or they are still weeping in a puddle somewhere…

That is truly beautiful, though.

 

 

What a beautiful and heart-tugging quote from Ignazio. And Loretta, I know about daydreams, I have plenty of them!

 

 

 

Gianluca said in his tweet “Look at me carefully” Has anyone worked out why or what he meant? Maybe the Elvis TShirt?

“confused” in Vancouver!

 

 

TJ:
We’ll probably never know, but the only thing I can see is that his right eye looked swollen.. A sty or small infection, maybe?
Helen

 

4thforbridge: You are SO smart and perceptive, Now I see what you mean about his right eye, I was too busy looking at his left, normal eye, that is so big! I hope he’s allright! I can’t wait to read how the Phoenix show went. Even when sick, they say “the show must go on”!

 

They are staying in all those hotels, I don’t know if they are four star or not, but maybe the linens aren’t in the best of germ-free condition and it caused an eye infection, but then, maybe they bring their own pillows, I know, what a silly think to conjecture about, just wondering out loud.

 

He probably has either a sty or conjunctivitis, sometimes known as “pink eye” easily picked up from someone else. Consider how many kisses, hugs and handshakes they do on a daily basis. Antibiotics usually quickly takes care of it.

 

Thanks, guys, that makes sense. Poor baby!

 

 

 

Still in a puddle over Helen’s comment! I would give him my heart and the Pink Eye I caught from Gianluca!
Hey, I don’t have to choose!

 

 

Pink Eye?!?!?!?!?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, i got to hug all three and they hugged back. Then we all stood with arms around each other for the photo, then were politely moved on by assistants. So not a lingering one, but a hug just the same!

 

 

 

 

 

Look at minute 26 of this interview. Is that what Loretta is goong to be like with Ignazio?

http: //youtu.be/ D1EpYo_2Iew (no gaps)

 

 

That’s exactly the visual I have of both Loretta and Marie.

I have seen this interview and wish that I could speak Spanish. It looks like they are having such a good time but I can’t understand any of it. The closed caption to English doesn’t help.

 

I;ve seen this before. Pausing the video at 25:57 minutes in, talk about “meet and greet” how about cease and desist! Gianluca was a willing particpant though! Also at one point, I have to look for it, Gianluca kisses the interviewer’s (in the red) neck, really goes after her and she gets all flustered. Hope their moms to Latin America too – to keep an eye on ’em!

 

So many Latin american girl lovng Il Volo, Soooooo many girls, yet so little time! No more shy Gianluca from was on the Italian TV show. That was ancient history, 4 years ago! Well he is latin, therefore a latin lover! Geez I hope my post isnt’ misconstrued or misinterpreted. I am easily shocked, but I have seen this video before and was shocked then!

 

 

 

Yes, Loretta. One of the things that I was able to make out from the conversation was that she was in the hospital. I believe she s a cancer patient. They were so sweet to her.

 

 

 

It doesn’t surprise me they are so classy young men with hearts of gold.

 

 

Did you watch Loretta? They guys are really animated in this video posted above. Ignazio, so cute and how tall he has gotten in last couple of years, what a growth spurt. Piero is really interested in that cell phone of his. It looks like “all hell can break loose” in Latin American interviews, I’ve never seen them so off the wall in US interviews, but they were having fun which is good!

 

Myron Heaton says:

 

I am looking forward to the Phoenix concert myself. It would so nice if those on this site who are going could meet up in the lobby of the Comerica Theater prior to start of program – Some of you I have been “talking with” since months before this wonderful site started and it would nice to finally put a face with that name. I will locate near the V.I.P. check-in table and will hang out there just in case any of you are around.

 

 

 

Enjoy the Phoenix Concert Myron! I hope those going to the Phoenix Concert meet up with you.

 

 

 

We need some kind of Flight Crew convention. It would probably closely resemble an AARP convention (:

 

 

Oh Lynn that is hysterical. Thanks for the laugh because it’s so true 🙂
Myron, have a great time tomorrow night. Don’t forget to give us the details!

 

 

If we were able to get IL VOLO to meet with us & sing a couple of songs, we’d have better entertainemnt & more fun than an AARP convention!

 

If the working plan for an “authorized” Il Volo International Fan Club gets approved they will have such a convention in Las Vegas every year or every two years. This is now being discussed amongst various entities.

 

Thank you for ALL your efforts, Myron!

What fun we will have at this convention! I’d definitely like to see a concert there as part of the festivities. Maybe various levels of Meet & Greets. Perhaps live interview questions from the fans. Hmmm… If there’s a Disney movie in the making, perhaps there would be some usable footage.

I’m sure you all are making wonderful plans. I just found my enthusiasm over-flowing.

Have a glorious time in Phoenix! And I hope the performance of Maria will be the emotional masterpiece that it usually is.

In gratitude and delight,
~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

 

 

Check out on Team il Volo the mediocre review of Il Volo by Donald Munroe in Fresno. He didn’t pan the performance, and he made it clear that Il Volo doesn’t try to be opera. But he was obnoxious about Ignazio and his funny antics on stage. It really bothered this reviewer that people in the (sold-out ) crowd absolutely loved the guys. What is wrong with these people?

 

 

 

I guess critics are critics and have their own opinion, but “sweet” voices, please!! Didn’t like the fooling around? Well hello! they’re teenagers and of course are not sophisticated, they’re not supposed to be and it’s exactly why we love them!! These critics have no taste, they just love to pan the performances. Too bad, they don’t know what they’re missing out on!!

 

 

I think he went in with his nose out of joint because we objected to the first review. These critics like to feel like they can’t be criticised. What bugs me is that he too acted like Il Volo relies so much on amplification. I repeat, however, when placido Domingo and Barbra Streisand choose to sing with teensagers new to the business–that means Our Boys are pure quality.

 

I’m glad he was forewarned. Truly, I must have read 100 responses to the first reviewer, and every one spoke highly of Our Boys and their performance.

Good point, Sheridan, about Streisand and Domingo choosing to sing with IL VOLO!

I just popped a short response to the Fresno review:

“What draws us with delight into IL VOLO Land? …magnificent voices, warm open hearts, authenticity to the point of silliness on occasion, Love, energy, enthusiasm, glorious harmony, powerful voices, impressive musical arrangements, Loving spirits, joy, fun, heartfelt emotion, Love…

Thanks to this reviewer for acknowledging that this is not your cup of tea IN CONTRAST to the enthralled audience.”

~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

 

 

Ok…don’t shoot me, but I don’t think this review is that bad. I think he makes it clear that they just weren’t his cup of tea…like Jackie Evanco and One Direction aren’t. Win some and lose some…

 

 

I’m with you guys. The wonderful thing about Il Volo is that they are natural. I know they plan the back & forth & practice, but they do what comes naturally to them in concert. Sure they are young, not jaded, they are fresh and they make me laugh! That’s the beauty of Il Volo. Of course, somebody that didn’t see them last season wouldn’t understand the “woorrlld” thing, but it tickles me every time I see it! On another note, I found a very nice article on them at ‘Teenink.com/reviews/music’. Written by Branderz of Chicago IL entitled “Il Volo: Three Young Tenors Destination: World Wide by Il Volo”. Sorry, I don’t know how to attach a copy -I don’t even know how to copy! ( my son is going to help me tomorrow.). I hope you can find it. Have a good evening everyone.

 

 

 

I found the article on teenink.com. It was written in 2011.
I agree with Kelly that the Munroe review wasn’t all that bad. At least he acknowledged that maybe it was just him. Maybe he just doesn’t “get it” because he doesn’t like that kind of music. If I were sent to review a concert of some rap artist, I know I wouldn’t get it, & I would hate it. At least he understood about the whole package of IL VOLO: good looks, youth, charm-but he said “nice voices”. He missed that part; their voices aren’t just nice & sweet. They are amazingly powerful.

I like what he said about Piero’s magnetism on stage; I agree. But I feel that all 3 guys have great stage presence. They all smile & respond to the audience well, from the videos I’ve seen.

Elaine, when you’ve rested from your long trip, I hope you will tell us what all the laughing was about when they sang “Maria”. I saw a video of it, but the camera concentrated mainly on Piero & the girl sitting with him, so I couldn’t see what was happening with the other 2 guys.

 

 

the only thing I really question is his comment on finding three teens in town that could do as well. Having taught voice to teens for many years I would say to him that it really is quite rare to have voices like that and the right voice teachers. Also, most singers in that theater use mics.

 

 

Lynn, you’re right, all three are charming with great stage presence. They each have their own character and charisma, no one outshines the other.

 

Hey Lynn, LeeLee and Helen, I like that idea of a convention AARP indeed! We may be –er – old, but we’re not dead!,

 

 

 

I know I am getting into hot water here, but I saw that Maria treatment in LA and thought it did not work. It distracted us from an incredible song that is passionate and serious – not funny. I don’t think that Il Volo intended the humor – I think they were planning on the romance side of the concept. But you can never know for sure how audience people will react and kill the moment. In L.A. Piero got the wierd girl that caused laughs but in Fresno Gianluca got the girl that was wierd and caused laughs. (while he was singing to her she kept looking at Ignazio – WWWWWWWWierd ! They should have brought the girls out for Surrender or something lighter. I usually don’t find fault with Il Volo staging but this is one time I do. Maria = romance not funny.

 

 

Myron, I know the guys wanted to share the singing of “Maria”, but I loved it when Gianluca sang it as a solo. It was like he was acting the part of Tony, with all the emotion he put into it. I like all 3 of them singing it, too, but it lost something in the sharing of it.

I have a question for you, since I don’t know any language other than English. Piero’s & Gianluca’s operatic solos- aren’t they sung in Spanish? I know “Caruso” is in Italian.

 

 

I have been watching a video of the LA concert on you tube that is 21 minutes long. It has the segment with Paul Sorvino who tells the story of the writning of O Sole Mio. It is a pretty good video if you can overlook the person talking over the singing at times. The title is Il Volo Agosto 28 2013. It was uploaded by Elizabeth Algazi. You can’t see much, but there is a little bit of a lot of songs.

 

 

 

I fully enjoyed last night’s concert at Fresno. Our guys were truly amazing and they delivered another outstanding performance. I particularly love the three opera solos. They were all powerful and I can feel their passions. I almost cried when Gianluca was on his knees because it was his passionate singing and that YouTube video that gave me this second chances to see them. Thanks Ginaluca!

Mundial and Team Il Volo have a few videos from last night. Make sure to check out El Triste. It was fantastic! I wish someone will post another video on Maria because it was hilarious. Gianluca’s Maria kept looking and waving at Ignazio. Gianluca sang his heart out but still was useless! Our sweet Gian was very nice though, he played along and made that awkward situation to be the funniest moment of the show. It’s really fun to see our guys being so playful. And it didn’t ruin the song. The singing was still fantastic.

I guess I am done with all my concert unless there is another miracle (please, pray!). For those of you that are going in the coming weeks, hope you will enjoy the concert as much as I did. And please give each of our guys a big hug for me. This is my only regret, I should have go to the M&G.

Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero, you guys are amazing. Thanks for those wonderful time. Love an

 

 

It makes me so excited for Chicago!

 

 

 

Someone whom went to Fresno concert could tell me what happened whem they sang Maria. I watched the video and read some comments, but I didn´t have a clue. For some comments it seemed that Ignazio was making some funny thing and distracted the girl who paid more attention to Ignazio while Gianluca was singing or if the girl was so stupid to embarrass him that way.

I think they ruined the song bringing girls to stage. This song is so intense and dramatic (his solo last year prove it) that people laughing when he was singing was a little disrespected to him. Maybe they could bring girls in Little Things.

 

 

I don’t think they meant disrespect, it was just a spontaneous moment if comedy that Gianluca picked the wrong girl, and she couldn’t hide it. 🙂

 

 

Josie, please read my post above regarding “Maria” at Fresno. That was not a bad arrangement at all. I think it is a good way to interact with the audience and bring some surprise element to the concert. It really was fun. Hey, our guys are so young, it is good to lighten up a bit. Gianluca owns the drama of Maria in his solo. So why not do something else this time as a trio. There is no disrespect at all from the audience. Everyone was just enjoying the moments. Kelly is wise to see that it was a spontaneous moments and Gian was able to make the best out if it. Way to go Gian, I am proud of you. Kisses for you…

 

 

 

One of the great things about Gianluca is his ability at times to poke fun at his own movie star idol image and good looks. I saw one video of him at an interview where he messed up his hair and put on this really funny face. He is also a good sport–always! On Il Volo Mundial this morning there is a picture of his mother and Ignazio’s mother. The caption also said Piero’s father has accompanied him. The parents are the key to the lovely behavior of these young men. All three guys are all old enough to tour on their own–BUT, their parents are with them anyway. I think that says a lot!

 

 

Sheridan, I saw that too, I think he was trying to impersonate Charlie Sheen. Gianluca is so funny. I loved what you said about him making fun of his own movie star idol image. That, he is, paaaleeese, someone put him up on the big screen, he said he wants to be an actor and Justin Timberlake tackled it and is not an actor to begin with (how about Justin’s 20 minute performance at MTV awards, fabulous), anyway, Gianluca can do it. His paesans, Scorseze and/or Coppola need to cast him quick!

 

It does say a lot for them and their culture, Sheridan. I don’t think fame will change them. They have lofty yet humble goals. You really can’t compare them to anyone else no matter the age. They are a special and different breed of human being. They are Our Boys. They are perfect!

 

 

 

I just watched a video of the Maria episode and saw Gianluca’s girl waving at Ignazio, but a man’ head blocked most the girl’s antics. However, I noticed when they were standing up that Gianlucs’s girl looked about 6’2″–she towered over him. That in itself looked funny.

 

 

I saw the video many times and I´m not sure if the girl was waving to Ignazio or to the girl with him. At the end the two girls held each other as they were friends. Anyway was very wierd her behavior. I twitted to Gianluca to next time choose a nice girl or maybe a lady.

 

Perfect indeed, Marie! We now need Loretta to give that Dan Monroe a piece of her mind for what the critic (everyone can be a critic) what he said about Ignazio not being sophisticated and not funny. I think he’s a howl! And I absolutely HATE when they single out one over the others, this is twice now that reviewers have said Piero has the most talent. Yes, we know Piero is talented with that voice and he has that sexy Italian swagger going on, but, hello, the other two have just as much magnetism. I can’t wait for the Radio City Music hall review. In that big city, surely there are some really good reviewers who are going to recognize how all three are awesome. So the girl was sitting with Gianluca during Maria and kept looking at and wating at Ignazio. Did they let her loose from the insane asylym for one night? If you are sitting next to Gianluca, then you look into HIS eyes, right? What accounts for stupid people?

 

You are so right, Christine. I have always paid special attention to Piero beause he and his voice together remind me of a young Placido Domingo. I adore Placido Domingo. BUT… I also happen to love and admire Gianluca’s voice and Igazio’s voice. Each one brings something into the performance. They are very different but the combination of their voices and personalities are what makes them great. I also think that Our Boys would not like having themselves singled out, one over the other. They are friends, and they recognized each others talents

 

 

 

You all know that I’m an Ignazio woman but, if Gianluca was looking at me that close, with those eyes, I would have melted into them. And occasionally glanced at ….you know!

 

 

Marie, I don’t know…what to you mean occasionally glanced at ==what? I honestly don’t know. Is it printable? Anyway I am so confuuuuuused Marie I didn’t know you were an “Ignazio” woman! I have to start paying more attention to your posts. Nothing wrong with that, he’s gorgeous too. He’s a man of few words though, Gianluca is on twitter all the time, he must get a rise out of how people pounce and write a response when all he is writing is that “he likes cookies”. While it won’t make the headlines, it is still a nice way for him to keep in touch with his fans, whereas Ignazio will go for days and days without writing nothing, Niente!

 

 

 

Well I AM an Ignazio woman & I will only melt if Ignazio looks at me & no one else can entice me away from my precious, He is MINE, MINE, MINE.

 

 

AT LAST!!!! You don’t know how LONG I have waited for MINE! MINE! MINE!!!!
Helen

 

 

 

Oh, here she goes again!! with the MINE MINE thing, I bet Marie will have something to say about that. Loretta dear, he’s really MINE!!! 😉

 

 

She’s baaa-aaaaakkk! Lol

 

All 3 of them are baaa-aaaaakkk, Kelly. It is getting so close to their concert time, I guess we couldn’t expect them to be silent for long. I love it (:

 

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What really inspired me to write this was, due to every other upcoming band, or artist, getting reviews-and I thought about writing one as well-they as well needed to be reviewed. And, plus, I am in love with their music as, mostly, everyone, else is.

Have you ever dreamed of being in the spotlight? Have you dreamt that you’ve seen three vocally, and beautifully, talented young men just coming from out of the blue and sang like maturing forty year old singers?
Il Volo; the band that first started out no more than two years ago competing on Italy’s most popular Television show, “Ti Lascio Una Canzone”, after Gianluca won the show, they each began taking small steps with each other, by still performing with one another in the music world. Still unsigned, and yet, left still hoping, they began going around their own home country: Italy; inspiring young people to reach their dreams and also doing what they do love and are best at: Music.
After an appearance at a showcase their manager, Humberto Gatica, discovered them and showed them to the biggest name in the music industry. Immediately they were signed on as the first ever international boys band to ever be signed with a national record. Compared with the Jonas Brothers, they thrive the media and their fans to know that there is no comparison whatsoever.
The only thing that sub-sides to being compared is the music they do. Operatic pop; a cross between Pop and Opera styles of music. And, further on out, they will be sure to take over the world one day and be successful. With countries, especially their home country, that have given them a Platinum and Golden Records, each from Malaysia, India, France, Germany and tons more.
The only aspect they have in mind is really clear, they want to share their music with the world, they don’t care for the riches, they care for the love of their music going into other peoples’ homes.
My message is also clear to those that reading this article as well: Listen to it, research them and fall in love all over again with these three young singers that will make your mouths drop and wanting more.

Edit: Diane provided this link to be copied/pasted in your browser for the letter:
linkink.com/review/music il volo

 

Poor Linda you are having hallucinations again, Did you take your pills dear? I have an IN with Ignazio which is so strong that it can’t be broken so all your pining are to avail. I had to bring out my MINE to emphasis the bond between is so strong. When he sees me he will run to me with open arms. I can’t wait to be in his arms again. don’t cry Linda your special man will come along.

 

 

 

Hello Stephanie I have found the article you were referring to on google (see above) I live in the UK so the only way to get all the information on the boys is via your site, you tube Il Volo Mundial Official and by following the very very talented boys on their twitter account. I have just recently got the brabble app and I was very very surprised that Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio accepted me as their friend. A very lucky lady indeed and a good birthday present. I just love their music very much it it very addictive and have recently bought their We Are Love CD on Amazon. Enjoy reading all your article on this new web site.
On google I just typed teenink.com/review/music il volo
Best Wishes

 

 

We are of like minds Diane! Thank you.

 

Wait just a minute! You Canadian wench! Who raised you! How can you lie like that? and in public too. You know he belongs to me! Saying MINE a thousand times won’t change the facts, Missy!

 

Ha Marie, I knew you wouldn’t let THAT pass. To think that Canadian wench once called YOU a wiley woman!!!

So you know Loretta, I don’t need my medication as much as you need yours. I sure hope you take your meds in Detroit or Marie will really have her hands full!!:/

 

Its unbelievable how jealous & out of touch you two are. Open you eyes girls HE has only eyes for ME. The sunset is waiting for us to ride off into it.. HEis preparing forour life together so PLEASE do yourselves a favour look elsewhere for your beaus STOP giving yourselves so much suffering. Marie Gianluca is waiting for you with his sweet face & heart & also Linda he can go with you as well. He is a treasure also. Get it with it girls & realize I am the BEST.for my precious.

 

Loretta, Sweetie, If he didn’t love me so much you might have a shot. No, now that I think about it, Linda would probably be next. You’re pretty scary! So, sorry!
p.s. I would take Gianluca too! In a heartbeat!
p.s.s. I don’t share!

 

 

Marie how can you say I’m scary when you haven’t even seen me, we have never MET remember???or are you having memory lapses. Ignazio & I have met & not only have become friends but more than that. He thinks I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. So dear beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I have it made, neither of you girls have a chance in H____.. You can prance around all you want & Linda you can follow what Marie is saying & agree but the fact remains I AM THE ONE & ONLY FOR MY PRECIOUS.

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone, wouldn’t you all love to be a fly on the wall in Detroit?
I wish we could see the fight for Ignazio (poor guy) I hope they don’t hurt him jumping into his arms!! The bail money is still available!!!!

 

 

lol I know that I wish that I had gotten the M&G tickets just so I could keep my eye on those two. Mary is just going to have to handle them herself, poor thing. Hang in their Mary, don’t get run over by them. You had better hold on to that bail money Linda S. I agree, I wish I could be a fly on the wall in Detroit.

Linda, it is a good thing that the MG is after the concert, so Ignazio can still perform in Detroit. rotfl

 

 

 

Thank You!

 

 

You girls are a hoot! I just love reading your “bickering” back & forth.

 

 

 

 

Sorry Sheridan I didn’t look down far enough to see your review, Also saw a review by Linda so don’t know which one that was but at least he heard from the back seat.

 

 

I just didn’t like his inferring that they were one of those “boy bands,” meaning mediocre talents but a lot of show. G-R-R-R

 

 

 

 

 

Uh, Oh! Hey I was just calling that plan B. Plan A wasn’t working out so well. Man! I can’t get a break. Elizabeth will kill me if I even say Piero. Maybe I’ll just try for Myron. Hey, Myron! You married? Is some other wench going to come after me now?

 

Marie, if you go after Piero, you will have Elizabeth, Mary & ME to contend with. I can’t wait to see what Myron has to say about this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

OMG – I cannot wait until next week to find out the results of the Loretta and Marie Show!! You gals are way too much fun.

Sorry to say gang, when it comes to Piero, Gianluca, and Ignazio, it’s every girl for her own! I personally have no preference, so I would be thrilled to be on the couch (for the song, of course – ahem) with any of them. I’m sorry if I’m stepping on toes, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!!

 

 

LeeLee, at this point, I would be glad just to be in the audience at one of their concerts. I would be in heaven to sit next to one of them & be able to have any one of them sing to me. But none of us girls have to worry about that. They won’t pick any of us grandmas to sit with them on stage! Maybe Elizabeth has a chance.

 

Lynn, I agree about being in the audience. But wouldn’t it be nice if they chose older like us? I can say I’m not a grandma as I don’t have any kids, but I guess I’m old enough to be someone’s ‘young’ 🙂 grandma.

Loretta and Marie, please don’t make spectacles of yourselves if they pick you to go up on stage. (Oh, who am I kidding?)

 

 

 

Go for it LeeLee long as its not Ignazio’s couch

 

 

But Loretta – if Ignazio picked me, how can I say no?

 

 

 

If Ignazio picks me for his couch they’ll have to close the curtains. Are there curtains? I hope so!

 

 

Marie, bring your own just in case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no security guard that’s going to let you two crazy ladies near that stage. I think there’s a restraining order out there.

 

 

After this conversation, if there isn’t a restraining order, there will be one by the time they get there.

Loretta – I’ll try and send my ‘Ignazio’ vibe from him towards your direction. Marie, the only reason I’m not sending it to you is because you’re willing (I think) to go to Plan B (Gianluca). Loretta doesn’t seem to want to budge (you know – the old MINE, MINE, MINE thing).

Linda – don’t put that bail money away yet. Only a few more days.

 

ROTFL Linda, maybe you should call the Fox Theater and alert them about those two. Where is Mary, she is being awfully quiet. I am sure she will not know those two in the M&G or so she will say. lol

d hug to you all!


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Jana