IL VOLO TO SANREMO, by Daniela

(Ciao a Tutti! – Sanremo is being televised on RAI!  If you get the channel on your cable, you should be able to record, or at least watch it!  I am recording all the days from Tuesday to Saturday!)

HEAR, HEAR, is official, IL VOLO will be in Sanremo.

 

We all hoped that sooner or later was given this wonderful news, and now it is a reality.   Wednesday, February 7, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, will return on stage of the Ariston after three years from their beautiful and unforgettable victory.

What will they sing? We do not know, but we all know that we will be tuned that night on that program and that our hearts will beat in unison with the hearts of the boys.

 

Here is the article published in the newspaper Sorrisi e Canzoni:

Unlike previous editions, Baglioni has decided to maintain a greater reserve on its guests (and on which evenings they will perform) and has set a rule for foreigners: they must perform with a tribute to Italy. It will be in fact what they will do Sting (accompanied by Shaggy ) and James Taylor .

As announced by Sorrisi for several weeks, this year they will return to Sanremo, as super guests, the guys from Il Volo who will perform on Wednesday evening.

Among the other Italian stars, however, the presence of Laura Pausini is certain , which on Tuesday evening will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “La solitudine”. On the stage will also go up Biagio Antonacci , Gianni Morandi , Gianna Nannini , the Negramaro, Giorgia and the trio formed by Max Pezzali, Nek and Francesco Renga . Gino Paoli and Danilo Rea will also be at the Festival with the song “Il nostro concerto”, in homage to Umberto Bindi.

Also confirmed during the early evening was the cast of “A casa tutti bene” , a film by Gabriele Muccino in which Pierfrancesco Favino also plays: Stefania Sandrelli, Sabrina Impacciatore, Stefano Accorsi, Valeria Solarino, Massimo Ghini, Carolina Crescentini, Claudia Gerini, Elena Cucci, Giulia Michelini, Gian Marco Tognazzi, Ivano Marescotti and Giampaolo Morelli.

There will certainly be Antonella Clerici , who after the Festival will present the show “Sanremo young”.

During the first evening Fiorello will also be a guest , as announced by himself on Radio Deejay . Nino Frassica , instead, will be a guest on Thursday evening in the shoes of the beloved Marshall Cecchini, his character in «Don Matteo».

And here’s how Valeria Bosch has interpreted the thought of all of us.

Here they are, finally, gathered in Bologna. Today I understood one thing: it is more than fair that they have their times and their spaces in which to live and relax each on their own, but what do you want I tell you, being a fan also means being jealous and possessive.   I prefer them so when I see all 3 together, I feel calmer, more “guaranteed” that everything goes well, that the guys work together, that their “wonderful adventure” continues. Now we are anxiously waiting for them to participate in Sanremo.  For us volovers the Festival is all contained there, in those few minutes in which we will be allowed to enjoy their art, their song, their emotion.  We do not know what they will choose to sing, nor what the comments will be in the press. We are sure of one thing: when they are on stage they will be accompanied by thousands of hearts, scattered throughout Italy and the world, who will fight in unison with them and the applause thunderous and enthusiastic of who will be present in the theater. The public admires them, wants them, loves them, as demonstrated by the tour that last year saw them triumph under all the skies of the planet. 

First image of Il Volo gathered in Bologna with some fans before going to Sanremo.

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Flashback to…

 

Video of the first evening in Sanremo back in 2015

when they won!

 

With the confidence to be able to review our favorites singing again on the stage of Sanremo, the first interviews begin. From today will be a whirlwind of news and video, a real feast, true binge for us fans that we never have enough to see them and hear them.

 

The transmission where they were interviewed is called Italian Saturday.

Translation:

 

IS = The boys IL VOLO, the delirium in the studio.

 

A = Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio are back here.   Three years have passed since Grande Amore, from that great success, from the victory, and we can officially announce Piero, we announce him: Super-guests.

 

P = (joking) We will not be guests in Sanremo

 

A = You passed by chance here !!

 

I = We will sing next Monday, when it will all be over. (Ignazio jokes)

G = We are serious, do the serious! We can not say anything, but it is a great honor for us to come back here after three years.  We are born we can say on this stage that really gave us so many emotions and we will sing really, really beautiful songs, but we can not tell you anything.

 

A = Guys, instead I wanted to ask Ignazio, this meeting with Claudio Baglioni, as he called you, did you expect this invitation?

 

I = Surely it was a pleasure to receive an invitation from Baglioni.   We met Claudio the first time eight or nine years ago, so we were still small. Surely Claudio has done and continues to make a great piece of history in Italian music (Baglioni is a highly respected songwriter), so to be with him in this Sanremo is to share an important moment in Italian music.

A = The favorite piece of Baglioni, each of you has one?

 

I = (humming) Sabato pomeriggio (beautiful song by Baglioni)

 

P = Piccolo Grande Amore (another beautiful song by Baglioni), we have taken Piccolo and left Grande Amore.

 

A = E that Grande Amore you left guys.

 

I can ask you a question, you went along the course to see the plate where it says 2015 Il Volo Grande Amore?

 

P = No, never.

 

I = I was going but then I did not get there.

E = Tell me your emotion to return to the Sanremo stage. after your victory, surely I imagine that it is unique.

 

P = It is the Italian event most awaited by everyone, and I do not hide that when we are abroad we miss not seeing the Sanremo Festival.   Returning as super-guests is a great emotion.  There is a lot of tension to participate as competitors but as super-guests is a different emotion but, anyway, a lot.

 

I = We can say that this year we are here too.

 

A = And you are super-guests, so we make the announcement to all the fans and the volovers, right?

 

G = Yes, and an equally important announcement is that we are working on new music that will soon be released.  It will be a surprise for everyone.  We can not tell you anything else, because it is particular.

E = Listen, here we have Zanicchi (good Italian singer), who has won three of the Sanremo festival.

 

Z = Hello, I risk saying banalities, good luck, you are very good, they all love you.

 

E = They are also considered the ambassadors of the bel canto all over the world.   You tour the world practically.  Where have you been, the last time?  Tell us a little where you went.  Let us enter into your life.

 

I = As Gianluca said, we are preparing this new project that will be released very soon, we have been in Miami to record it, we will soon be back to record the music video.

 

G = We can say that we are working with the great Emilio Esteffan, with Gloria Esteffan.  You will remember the song Conga?  There will be many surprises.

A = Boys should go ….

 

G = (addressed to Zanicchi) We have never met …

 

Z = Why not, we met on the scale a few years ago all’Ariston, do you remember? No, you mistook me for another one.

 

G = I made a bad impression I apologize in front of everyone (everyone laughs)

 

Z = Good luck guys

 

G = We hope to see everyone soon, see you here, kisses, kisses.

 

E = Good, good, you can not say much about what they do, you can imagine. Hi guys, but one of you three found his girlfriend around the world?  No girlfriends here!

The boys with Claudio Baglioni, presenter and artistic director of the Sanremo festival 2018

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

 

~ Italian-American-Venezuelan Il Volo Fluff ~

Marie recently sent me two video clips she thought we would all enjoy.  She coined them “Il Volo fluff.”  The first is a clip from an interview in Venezuela and as an added plus it has English subtitles!  

Our guys can sing acappella any time, any where.  They are just that good!  Love seeing Piero spontaneously throw his head back, cracking up in laughter.

Enjoy this little tidbit of Il Volo just being their charming selves!

 

 

 

The second clip is from a television news show where Lou Maglio, who claims to be 100% Italian, gets the results of his DNA ancestry search.  This is a very popular thing to do now.  Many of you may have already done so.  Who knows…maybe we ALL have a little or a lot of Italian lineage in us!!  

 

 

 

Thanks Marie!

Credit to owners of videos.

~FOR THE NEWER CREW MEMBERS AND ALSO FOR THE NOT SO NEW CREW!~ by Penina

 

There seem to be a lot of newer crew members who have missed some great concerts and videos. The one, Amore e amare l’amore, with Toto Cutugno, is one of them.   They  also sang Il Mondo and O Sole Mio at that concert.  Whoever filmed the Il Mondo video was fixated on Ignazio, keeping the camera on him for the whole song.  It’s fun to watch as he sings along under his breath when the others are singing.  And they have some antics during O Sole Mio.  Piero is wearing his red glasses, Gian is elegant in a white jacket, and Ignazio is wearing the same suit he wore for the Disney outing.  The old faithful among us can tell what year it is by their outfits, hairstyles and the progression of Ignazio’s beard. 

Let us go back to 2014 in Moscow.

 

~~~ L’amore e’ amare l’amore ~~~

 

~~~ Il Mondo ~~~

 

~~~ O Sole Mio ~~~

 

 

Thank you, Penina, for taking us back in time to enjoy this performance again!

 

~~ Credit to all owners of videos. ~~

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 !!🤞