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A Fun Service: AF.MAG by Daniela

In this period there are numerous interviews with IL VOLO, but this one of Accessori Fashion Magazine, is really different, in particular for the attached photo shoot performed by Angelo Lanza and fashion editor Luca Termine.

The article is translated into English, so I will report it to you.

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A bright flash to caress the smile of the models and the elegance of fabrics.

Latin atmosphere as musical soundscape.

Sometimes, to the rhythm of loudspeakers is joined by a warm, powerful, precise voice that accompanies the riff in the fascinating typical acoustics  of a theater (even if it is a studio).

Time passes, shots alternate, and you discover that there are three tonalities.

Three voices that every now and then break the march of the shutter and the hum of lights, notes filled with the youth and passion of Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto echoing ten years of career of “IL VOLO”,  in tour all over Italy starting from June, until the big show on September 24th at the Arena in Verona.

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Their success, in a couple of frames: the first Italian artists in history to sign a contract with an American major star of world discography; they took part in Barbra Streisand’s “Back to Brooklyn” tour in 2012;  they held 50 sold-out dates from Canada to South America in 2013, winning the Sanremo Festival two years later and sing almost anywhere in the world.

For example, in the Abbey Road studios in London, where they perceive “the magic of a place where history was written”.

When this year, in Panama, during World Youth Day, they sang in front of the Pope, they realised that they could not have asked for better beginning of the celebrations of their artistic anniversary: “An inexplicable moment and emotion – remembers Piero – We were immersed in a deafening silence. Only the beats of our hearts echoed.”

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And the magic repeats itself, given that in May they started a new tour that, for a whole year, will take them to Japan, Europe and America.

In the Italian spirit they identify part of the reasons for their success: “We always say it: we don’t do anything in particular. Our success is not only due to our voices, but above all to the music we sing, the music of the Italian tradition, although re-proposed in modern key.”

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It is possible to perceive the three different personalities, in their last album Musica (Sony Music). A sort of journey throught their souls, between Piero’s more classic direction, to reach the vein pop of Ignazio.

He explains how it is possible, at the age of 25, to hold a decade of success: “The great thing is that we can turn work into fun. That’s what we love to do, so we never stop to appreciate the luck we have.”

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And how do they deal with fashion?

Gianluca appreciates Tom Ford, because he manages to express a particular, always very elegant, but also eccentric, and never ordinary personality.

For Ignazio, the choice falls on Saint Laurent, which combines simplicity, sportiness and elegance.

Piero, who has a total black soul, inevitably says the name of Giorgio Armani, to then quote Dolce & Gabbana and Brioni among his favourites.

And if there is variety in clothing tastes, it is on the shoes that all three agree without a shadow of a doubt: they would all just buy sneakers. Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, or Armani sneakers, worn this year on the Ariston stage.

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And here is the funny and nice moment of the backstage of the photo shoot.

 

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What to say, the service speaks for itself: fun, funny, cheerful and fresh.
Congratulations!!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

CAPRI, HISTORY OF A MEETING

There are things that happen, so, by chance.
Remember this beautiful fan-art from IL VOLO that I used for a post?

CAPRI 01

I found this beautiful image on the official IL VOLO fanclub. I liked it immediately and so I asked who had made it, permission to be able to use it.

In this way I met Xinjie, a sweet Chinese girl who has lived in Rome for seven years. She is a graphic designer.

We have established friendship, started chatting and getting to know each other a little.

Looking through some photos of her Facebook profile, I found this beautiful photo.

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Really a beautiful girl, but did you recognize the landscape in the background? It is just what you think: Capri.

I see Capri and I immediately think “A CHI MI DICE” and the beatiful IL VOLO’S video, and I write, a little amused: “But are you perhaps one of the three chosen girls to watch the video shoot?”

And she immediately replies “Yes, I am”.

You can imagine my amazement, of course I asked Xinjie many things about Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca and what she felt during that day.

She had no photos of that day, she had not been allowed to take pictures of it, but the photographer had taken pictures that would later be published.

These days the photos have come out and so I thought I’d do an interview with Xinjie and publish it for you.

Here she is among our boys. That is a nice picture. I’m happy for her, but the envy !!

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D = How did you manage to be chosen to watch the video?

X = I replied to the email of the official IL VOLO fan club that asking those who wanted to assist, to send the request to watch the new video resume. It would have been shot in central-southern Italy and asked to make the whole day available. I sent the membership and after a few days, the staff contacted me on the phone telling me where I should go and that I had to keep the secret.

D = How long have you been following IL VOLO?

X = Since I came to Italy seven years ago. I came for study and work and I came alone. At the beginning it was very hard. One day I was looking for videos on you tube and by chance I heard “O SOLE MIO”, sung by Il Volo, it was immediately love, but I had no one with whom to share this interest and on radio and TV I heard little about them.

D = Who were the other two chosen girls?

X = The other girls came from Campania (Italian region with Naples as capital). They were 14 and 27 years old. But I have been more with Sara, the girl from the official Fanclub, she is very kind and pleasant.

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D = Had you met Ignazio Piero and Gianluca before that day?

X = Only once, this year in Rome, at the Instore at the Discoteca Laziale.

D = How did they seem to you?

X = They are very beautiful. They are normal boys, but more kind and nice

D = So many people,  say they are nasty and haughty boys, to you, how did they look?

X = They are the most sincere and nice guys I’ve met, real angels.

D = How long were you with them ?

X = It was supposed to be from about noon until 6:00 pm, unfortunately they arrived three hours late, because the video footage around the stacks was longer, but the wait was also nice.

D = What did you do when they arrived?

X = They were so hungry !!!! They had not had lunch, so we looked for a restaurant together for lunch. They asked us if they wanted to have lunch with them, but we had already had lunch so we said no. So we watched IL VOLO eat!

Then, when they finished lunch, Ignazio asked me: “Coffee? Ice cream?”, And I said “Yes”, so they got ice cream for us.

D = Were they embarrassed about your presence (as they were eating) or were they very natural?

X = Absolutely very natural.

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D = Who was the most witty or who spoke the most?

X = Ignazio, but also Ignazio and Piero together.

D = Did it seem to you that between the three of them there really is an understanding as brothers?

X = They are really good friends.

D= After lunch, did you all go somewhere else or did you just stay at the restaurant?

X = We left but stayed close, they took some scene.

D = Don’t you mind that they didn’t record you in the video?

X = Absolutely not, I thought we were invited only to assist from afar and instead we were together with the boys.

D = You girls could  take pictures?

X = No, it was not allowed.

D = But the photographer took some very nice pictures of all you and you Xinjie are really a beautiful girl.

X = Thank you.

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D = Were you excited for that meeting?

X = Very much.

D = Have you been to a concert already?

X = No, never, this year I will go to Rome and then to Verona.

D = Do you want to hear them in concert?

X = Yes, at 10,000%, I can’t wait any longer. My Japanese friend who met IL VOLO only this year (thanks to me) went to the Tokyo concert before me, I was jealous !! Also for her it was the first concert and she said she was moved. She said that their voices were divine. She wanted to come to Verona this year, but it’s hard to take this vacation now, maybe she’ll come to Italy for their concert next year if they do it in Sicily.

D = What’s your favorite song?

X = In this CD is “VICINISSIMO”.

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D = If you were to win a dinner with one of them, who would you like to go out with?

X = It’s a difficult question for me, because I can’t really choose.
Fortunately I have already had a lunch with them in Capri !!

D = Yes, but they ate, and you three girls ate them, with your eyes !!!

X = But they also talked to me a lot. At one point, Ignazio and Piero (especially Ignazio) started talking to me with Sicilian words and then they explained to me. Then they tried to pronounce my name and they were good.
Gianluca didn’t talk much, but when they said my name Gianluca said “Who is better? Me or him? (Ignazio)”, but they were good both, they did the right pronunciation. After lunch, Ignazio looks at me and says: “But you’re shy, don’t talk at all,” and Gianluca replied: “She is shy like me.”

D = Were you sorry when you said goodbye? Did they hug you?

X = They had to leave with the boat, yes, they hugged us. Then Piero, from the boat, greeted us calling all our names, even mine !!! Mine is hard to remember, I know, and I’m so moved.

D = After meeting them, do you think they deserve all the success they have or, in your opinion, are too valued or undervalued?

X = They deserve all possible success. They are really the best, most confident, good and positive guys ….. I can say that they are perfect guys.

D = Was it sad to leave them? If you were to go back, would you do this adventure again or is it not worth it?

X = I wanted to stay in that moment, I thought: “Ah, how I would like this moment to become eternity”.
And then I realize that it has already become eternity, with the video that has been made. For me it was a divine day. It was my real “THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE”.

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Thank you, Xinjie, for giving us all these nice details of your special day, we really appreciate it.
We are all very happy with this beautiful experience of yours and we wish you, with all our heart, to be able to have so many other meetings with Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio.

Surely they will remember you very well, you will have left your mark of beauty and kindness.

A hug from the whole Il Volo-Family! 

Daniela

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Credit to owners of all photos.

IL VOLO’S PUPPETS by Daniela

What I want to tell you today, can be considered a beautiful story, a modern history of our times.

It all started a few months ago, when IL VOLO announced that the expected US concert tour had moved from 2019 to 2020. 😢

Among the many sad comments, the one in particular that caught my attention was the comment from SUSAN, a member of the FLIGHT CREW, she was very sorry because with so much love and dedication, she had prepared a surprise to deliver to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, during a meet and greet after their concert.

The surprise had been ready for a few months and Susan was worried because it would be at least another year that the puppets would be in her home and not given to the boys. 

I exchanged a couple of comments with Susan and then we privately communicated with emails.
Susan immediately made me aware of what this surprise was that she had prepared for IL VOLO…three beautiful puppets, with the features of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

When I saw their picture, sent to me by Susan, I immediately thought, “They are really beautiful.”

Susan told me that she herself had made the design of these puppets, establishing measures, deciding their appearance and their clothing and arranging an internal function to be operated by a small button. Yes, because these puppets can also sing! Of course everyone has a different song –  Gianluca sings “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, Piero sings “My Way” and Ignazio sings “Torna a Surriento”.

Susan personally followed the details and worked with a professional puppet maker to actually construct them, but always deciding on the smallest details such as Piero’s hat, Ignazio’s earring, an Italian soccer ball dog tag for each, ear buds for Gianluca, brooches (like Lardini’s) on the jackets’ lapels and all of the American accessories to welcome them to the United States for their concerts. Formidable a job well done and well prepared!

But Susan wanted the puppets to go to their masters, without having to wait another year. And so, together, we looked for ways to get them to come to Italy.

It wasn’t easy. The puppets were a nice size, three feet each. Every package had to be prepared very well in order to avoid damage, moreover the journey to Italy was long, so all the necessary precautions had to be taken.

And, someone here in Italy had to receive them.

Susan is a perfectionist, she did not want the puppets to arrive in Italy with untidy hair, and so she called her hairdresser to her house. The hairdresser was able to comb and apply mousse and hairspray, because the hair was made of synthetic fur.  

Now they were ready!

Having overcome all these problems, the puppets started from the US, 🇺🇸 destination Italy.  🇮🇹

It had to be a fast and trouble-free journey ……… I said I had to, because of problems and delays there were so many, just say they had to arrive in a few days …….. and instead!!!!

How many problems, mainly due to customs, the puppets had to pass endless passages through the scanner and delivery delays, but then on the third attempt, and after Susan had spoken to UPS International Resolutions three times already, they were delivered after having been scanned 18 times during their journey!

Incidentally and by pure luck, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, at the time of delivery, were together and so all three were able to see their own personal puppet at the same time!

The boys were impressed by the beautiful gift, in particular the details used and the beautiful idea of Susan.

Everyone could have kept their own puppet, but it was a pity, because it meant dividing them and so they thought to keep them together by putting them in a common place: Naro’s HouseTeca.

The idea also appealed to Susan, what better place than that, which is visited every year by many fans? So they would be visible to everyone.

And then they left for another trip, but this time shorter and at the end …………. here they are, they arrived at their destination !!!!

This video demonstrates the happy ending of the story, here are the three puppets which arrived at their destination and were placed exactly under the banner of the victory of Sanremo. They seem right there to witness the beautiful victory.

Well the long journey is over and the three puppets have had a beautiful place of honor.

Susan, you had a fantastic idea. You had a lot of patience and dedication.

The boys will have been impressed by this gift of yours and we also want to congratulate you, for the good idea and for having followed the whole project with such dedication.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

THE RESULTS by Daniela

First of all, I wanted to thank all the people who responded with the list of the most popular Italian singers abroad. 🙂❤️

I asked you to do this “experiment”, because an Italian newspaper published the list of these singers, but in my opinion it was not very correct.

Of course it was logical that Bocelli was at number 1. His success and popularity are indisputable.
But I wanted to know the position of the remaining singers, which logically varies according to the country, where a singer can be more or less known, if he has been in that country to do concerts, or if the radios of that place broadcast his songs .

This is why I asked for a list that did not take into account the affection you have for singers, (it was logical for us it was IL VOLO), but only for the success, their popularity.

Of course this experiment was only useful to understand in what position was IL VOLO, after the first place certainly by Bocelli.

As I expected, the results were these:

1 BOCELLI
2 IL VOLO for most of you

In short, IL VOLO ranks second, if we consider those who live in Canada and the US.

It can also be in third place, if we consider part of South America (where is very well known Ramazzotti and Pausini).

All other singers are little known or even unknown, by most of you.

The situation is different if we take Europe, those who live in Europe know the other singers and IL VOLO is only from Eurovision that has been known in Europe, therefore for a short time. Moreover, singers like Albano, Cutugno, Zucchero, known in Europe, have for many years been in their careers and are even older than our boys, so it’s been more time since we’ve heard of them.

Therefore, I would conclude that by mixing everything, the result can be this:

1 BOCELLI
IL VOLO for popularity among those who answered, is positioned between the seat n. 2 and the n.3.

Now I publish the list as required by the Italian newspaper.

01 – Laura Pausini

02 – Andrea Bocelli

03 – Eros Ramazzotti

04 – Marco Mengoni

05 – Al Bano

06 – Toto Cutugno

07 – Il Volo

08 – Tiziano Ferro

09 – Zucchero

10 – Adriano Celentano

I tell you right away that the newspaper says “Ranking of the best known Italian singers abroad”, do you understand? Writes “abroad” ….. if they had written Europa, maybe I would have accepted the ranking, but abroad ???

Bocelli is not even at No. 1.
AND IL VOLO at no. 7 ??????

For me, those who have written this ranking do not have exactly the right vision.
Your lists confirm this.
Some singers who have been listed before IL VOLO are almost unknown to most of you.

For those who want, here is the link to the original article.

Investireoggi Article – Click Here

Ok, we played and it was fun too.
Did you like being able to say your opinion freely?
What do you think of the newspaper’s ranking?
Thanks again so much for participating.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and article.

REQUEST FOR A LIST AND… BYE BYE JAPAN by Daniela

Today I need your help.

In these days, an article has been published, which is concerning in a limited way, also IL VOLO.

The article speaks of Italian singers who are more successful abroad and writes a list based on notoriety.

Now I kindly ask you to draw up your own personal ranking, so as to check whether this article has made careful evaluations or has written inappropriate things.

Of course I will not tell you the order in which the article published the names, I will tell you after you have made your ideal list.

The names of Italian singers are these (in alphabetical order).

BOCELLI Andrea

Carrisi ALBANO

CELENTANO Adriano

CUTUGNO Toto

FERRO Tiziano

MENGONI Marco

PAUSINI Laura

RAMAZZOTTI Eros

Il VOLO

ZUCCHERO Fornaciari

Please make a list by putting at number one the singer you think is best known where you live.

You got it right – the best known. I don’t want you to list who is the best for you, but who is best known.

Of course, even if all of us are fans of IL VOLO, I would like your list to not take into account the affection for our guys, which absolutely does not change, but I would like a truly impartial list.

And now we continue to list what happened to our guys these days.

The tour in Japan is over, and I would say in the best way.

The boys have had great success!

The last concert in Osaka.

From Tokyo, we received this video of Piero singing “Pourquoi Me Réveiller” taken from the opera WERTER, really very good Piero!

I would say that guys are very popular !!

Some shots of the boys between one concert and another.

They even found a store that sold their CDs, what a thrill!!

The tour in Japan was also filed, but there was another official announcement, that of the partial dates of the South American tour.

Many new dates and Mexico and Argentina are still missing.

Well, the next dates will be for Canada and the US, time is approaching!  

Well guys, congratulations on the Japanese tour, concluded beautifully and …… wow, how many new dates, but you never get tired?

 

 

I now turn to you volovers, I wait for many of you to respond by publishing, in addition to comments, the list of the most popular singers, so we can make some nice comparisons.
Thanks for the help: Daniela

 

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