$6.86/second…Is It Worth It?

Hello all…. I’m going to cheat a little bit here (but I still have to pack, as I’m leaving for an exciting weekend with hot and sandy beaches – already getting chilly here in MI!) and repost this one I wrote last year, just about a year ago now.  It seemed to be a well-loved post, so I hope you enjoy it again.  I know there are some newbies out there that have not seen this!


Just an update… I still have this addiction and my pusher skills are still going strong, just recently I converted another admin at work.  It started out she was having a stressful day, trying to schedule some meetings.  I viciously sent her Gianluca’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water from the first LA appearance.  I waited and waited, knowing she was busy.  I wondered… did she like it?  did she think I was crazy?  I started out with something in English and well-known.  I figured she’d at least like the song.  Ok, sent an email back “thanks, she said, that was wonderful!”  Oh whew!  So glad.  She’s a director’s admin!  lol!  🙂  Another week or two pass….another stressful day.  But finally, it was almost over.  I told her she need an Il Volo break.  I sent her the “new” Ave Maria and told her that even if she did not know the song or words, the melody was hauntingly beautiful.  I waited some more…. YES!  She loved that one as well…  Ok, time to really reel her in!  I pretty much had her hook, line, and sinker!  I think I sent her Nessun Dorma as well and then told her a “little bit” more about me and the guys.  Then I sent her this article!  Days passed… I knew she was busy.  Finally!  The email was returned.  She loved this article!  And she says… yeah, they aren’t too bad to look at, either!  lol!  Yes, folks… there are more fans to conquer.  You never know when some poor, unsuspecting person will just fall into your evil web of deception with those 3 innocent-looking faces!  I challenge all of you to make a new fan this week!


Hi, my name is Jana, and I’m an Ivolover. My obsession started about 3 years ago or so, and like many obsessions, it started out slow. But along the way, I had to find a friend or two to help feed my obsession and help it grow. It started with just watching them on PBS, with a 1 me 2concert or two. Then, I went to the concert. After that one concert, it became apparent that this obsession turned into an addiction! I just had to have them – their faces, their music, their voices, the sound, it filled my soul like no other euphoric thing I’d ever experienced! I became a fanatic, ordering every CD I could find and scouring You Tube each night for a video or interview, so I could experience this amazing phenomenon. I got my fill most nights, but I just had to have more. I started listening to them all day at work, playing the same CD over and over. The bad thing was, I became a pusher! Yes, every time someone came to my desk and asked what I was listening to, I couldn’t wait to start pushing my addiction on to them. And it was so easy, too. Just showed them the CD cover and told them how awesome they were. Then I brought in the DVDs for them to watch. I was so bad…. Pushing my addiction on others like that. When we thought we couldn’t possibly get more of them, it becomes our ring tones on our cell phones, and their pictures are our wallpapers on our phones and computers, and to really annoy those that aren’t our fellow Ilvolovers, we have their songs on our ringback tones on our phones! There we were, 3 ignaexposing innocent persons to just a snippet of their voices, every time they called us! I just had to stop, but I couldn’t. Then, I found what I thought was a support group. We met and shared our stories about our addiction, and they were all so similar. Kindred spirits! I’d also found this blog site, where I found more addicted and obsessed persons! This obsession was rampant, and I quickly found it was spreading like wildfire all around the world. The scary thing was that no one tried to stop it! We just kept adding more people to our group. Like all addictions, it was getting a bit expensive, too! We just had to have their latest CD or DVD and we had to have it now. We could not wait and thought nothing of paying expedited shipping costs, just so we could have it first! We went to concerts and fought to get front row seats. We did not care what they cost, it was “the guys!” Then there were the meet & greets. Were we afraid of overdosing? No, never! We knew our friends were there to help us. The cost of the meet & greets and concerts? Hundreds…to some, maybe even thousands! It didn’t matter. We were there. Even when we’d thought 3 gianwe’d had enough, we just kept needing more to feed this habit of ours. We kept pushing others, so they would share in our glorious addiction; this untold high we got when we heard our favorite guy sing “that” note! It was pure ecstasy for those precious seconds! The cost of those meet & greets become a distant past when you see their faces up close and personal.  Oh, and it doesn’t stop there….all of a sudden, we find out there is a concert in Italy!  The next thing we know we are buying a ticket to Florence or Verona and then we are afraid.  Afraid to tell our loved ones we are going to see the guys, yet again  – that part is not so bad, but we are afraid to tell them it’s in Italy (because we are sure they will be calling the men in the little white coats!)!  What a joy it will be to hear them in their own country.  We’ve yet to experience the joy and beauty of our own country, but don’t think twice about jetting off to Italy!  They don’t know it, but for those 30 seconds or less when you are looking into those innocent and talented eyes, they are yours! They belong to you. When you hold their hands, the power of your touch, matches 3 pierotheirs and it’s electric. The fire courses through your veins, their eyes penetrate yours and you are lost in those few seconds; you get dizzy, and lightheaded. You cannot speak; your legs feel like fettuccine, and your feet like cement blocks. You are rudely brought back to reality when they say to turn around and smile, and snap! You turn around one last time. You look at them and the moment is gone.

 

Many say, after one, or even two meet & greets, and the money it cost; that’s it, no more, won’t do it again. Won’t spend all that money on a ticket, or to get first, their latest CD…they are done. They are calling it quits. They try to be strong, but peer pressure is overwhelming. The date of their next concert is drawing near. Ok, you decide, you will go – just to keep your friends company. Well, maybe you’ll try to get good seats, but definitely no meet & greet. The time is getting closer and closer…you start to feel it again, as hard as you try to push it way, it overtakes your very being again. All of a sudden, you realize, your addiction is back. It’s this craving, this thing, it’s just so overpowering; you can’t stop it. You buy the ticket, you check your bank account, it’s nearly overdrawn, you buy the meet & greet!

 

No, no, you said you wouldn’t get caught up in this thing again. It’s not worth all the money, and the waiting, and anticipation. It’s too much stress! But, like the words in Unchained Melody, it’s a hunger; a hungering, for their touch. A need, only they can fill.

So, is it worth it you ask?

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There they are, standing before you, looking at you with those innocent, sparkling, and playful eyes;

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(Photo credits:  PBS 2015)

Il Volo A Palazzo Colonna~by Daniela.

Maybe so many of you do not know that in May this year IL VOLO took part in a private event that was held in the beautiful Palazzo Colonna.

Unfortunately, being a private event, nothing has been published, but finally after a full five months a small video has been released and I’m glad you can see it.

In this short video, IL VOLO sings the Brindisi of Traviata along with the Div4s, four young and brave Italian sopranos.

For those who do not know Palazzo Colonna, you must know that it is a magnificent palace belonging to the Colonna princes who are still living in the palace.

Palazzo Colonna is in Rome.

This is the Colonna’s Gallery where the guys performed.

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Really a wonderful setting.

That evening there was a very important dinner and the guests were not really a few.

This is Piero’s photo of dinner preparations.

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At the end of the evening guests could listen to the songs of IL VOLO.

And this is a photo posted by Gianluca of the palace.

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And here is Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio that night.

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~Video credit to Facebook Il Volo Italian Fan Club.~

~Credit to all owners of photos.~

Grande Amore – 100 Million Views!

Hello all!  Just in case you hadn’t heard…. 🙂

Here is the Google Translate version of the article posted in the previous blog posted late Monday – kind of by accident.  (it said you could reblog post at the end, so I did!)  Ah well, live and learn!  Also posting some various photos circulating social media….thank you and well-deserved credit to all owners of the photos with such creativity!!  And of course, “our boys…”  🙂  For without them, we never would have known such Grande Amore was possible – meeting all of these wonderful people all around the world.


“Today, October 9, 2017 (now Italian!), The video of Grande Amore de Il Volo reaches 100 million views, obtaining VEVO certification. * Grande Amore can definitely be considered the battle horse of the 3 artists who, precisely with this song, written by Francesco Boccia il volo thank youand Ciro Esposito, won the 65th edition of the Festival of Sanremo. Thanks to this victory and the third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, Volo has become more known in Italy and the rest of Europe. Grande Amore’s video, directed by Mauro Russo, was shot in a single day, January 15, 2015, in the magnificent Villa Caroli Zanchi in Stezzano, near Bergamo. Congratulations to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca for this new finish !!

This is the blog site I got it from:  Grazie Mille!!

https://torinoaspettailvoloepoi.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/grande-amore-100-milioni-di-visualizzazioni/

Various pictures…. some from Gianluca, some from Il Volo, some from Gary Istok….

 

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There is Gian, always teasing us!!  Really Gian?  You have to ask?  🙂 

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“When I think, I think only of you….”  How true – aren’t they always on our minds and in our dreams?

 

Ciao – til tomorrow….

Jana

 

 

Notte Magica – Adios South America! Santiago, Chile – September 30, 2017

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To quote the song, “My Way…”  “And now…. the end is near… and so we face, the final curtain….”  I’m sure the guys are feeling this right now – maybe even a little bit of bittersweet, perhaps?  Just a few more concerts in Kiev and Japan and a few more special appearances in Australia and the cruise ship, and it’s over.  I can only imagine what they are thinking.  We all know they are excitedly starting to work on their new project with Emilio, quickly leaving Notte Magica behind – at least for a little while.

Daniela found the following pictures for me and there were a few short videos, but somehow they cut off in the middle of them.  I’m sure they are out there, but I did not find too many videos from Chile, but it’s about all the same from the last concerts…

So, enjoy the pictures and meet/greet photos!  

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Meet/Greet:  not too many, looks like several of them got a few pictures!

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-30-2017/

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So nice of someone in the audience to give them these shirts with their birthday days on them!  Even nicer of them to wear them!  🙂 

“They did it their….way….!”  🙂 

I may even have to come up with a new sign/logo after this tour is over!!  Hmmm…???  🙂

 

Ciao,

Jana 

 

 

 

Survey Monkey Results! First round…

A little over a month ago, I put together the first ever little survey, to see what our fans are made of!  🙂  Of course there was a “lot” of sugar and spice, very few puppy dog tails, and of course, everything nice!!  I had a total of 138 responses, which I felt was pretty good.  I have to say some of the results really surprised me.  Not everyone answered every question and the numbers reflect the actual numbers, instead of percentages.  I did get some comments from some of the 66+ crowd, that they wanted a higher age range of ages after the 66.  Maybe next time!  I’m also thinking this might be interesting data to send to Barbara and the guys?  It is really quite a small sampling, but even with a small sampling, the majorities often tend to hold true, when expanded to a larger audience.

Certainly a big “Thank You!” to those of you that responded and were very open and honest.  By the way, the names will be kept private to protect the innocent.  Lol!

The results below are five of the multiple choice questions.  I will post the open ended questions/answers at a later time.  Please enjoy this little bit of data, while we await a few more pictures and videos to come out from Buenos Aires!

I have to say I was really surprised by this one.  I thought for sure most people really had a favorite.  But more than half said they loved all 3!  However, if they had to choose, our beloved (mine, Marie’s, and a several others’ favorite) Igna, won the most hearts!  But is it really any surprise?  🙂 

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Although not an official DVD, hands down, my favorite is their Verona concert from 2015!

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Here are a few leftover pictures from the last concert in Sao Paolo!  Enjoy!  Ok, not sure why the pictures are in there twice, well, I know why, because I hit them twice, but I can’t see them on my end here and can’t delete them!  I’m sure you won’t mind looking at them twice?  🙂 

Meet/Greets!!

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-24-2017/

 

Adios!  Buenos Dias y Buenos Noches!  Tenga un Buen Dia!!  🙂  Sonrisas todos!  🙂 

(sorry, just practicing my Spanish a bit….)

 

Jana

Notte Magica – Brasilia! Curitiba/Sao Paolo – Sep 19 – 24, 2017

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The guys are quickly making their way now through South America with just 3 more concerts to go.  It is hard to believe and what events they have been through so far, earthquakes, just missing hurricanes, etc.  Things seemed to have settled down a bit, weather-wise since they actually got to South America.  We are certainly glad of that!

ercole sao paolo planeThe Latin crowd seems to be getting an all-around concert, kind of what I’d hoped for in the US – a little of this, a little of that, but as we all say, it doesn’t matter what they sing, it is awesome and never long enough!  However, they are getting to hear Volare, Canzone per Te, Il Mundo, Mas Que Amor, and maybe even a few others people haven’t shared.  Through these last few video clips, I think the guys are finally having fun again.  The clip from Il Mundo, reminds me of “old” Igna, where he was bouncing on his toes during the refrain.  Their voices just keep getting richer and richer.  Their tones continuously awesome.  Adding nuances here and there, just to keep it interesting!

Very special thanks to the AAIV group, who appeared to attend all of the concerts inercole audience sao paolo Brazil and uploading their clips to Instagram.  Also thanks to all owners of the videos and pictures and of course Ercole, Piero, and Gianluca, for always keeping us entertained.  🙂

I’d also like to welcome all the fans from the AAIV site, to enjoy our site.  Please forward to all of your friends!  🙂 

Enjoy!


OMG PICS!  (we of course do not have the group from Sep 24 because it is tonight’s concert)

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-19-2017/

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-21-2017/

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-23-2017/   (look, a REAL Igna fan at the end of this one – the look on Igna’s face is priceless!)  Sorry Marie, that should have been you – wait, I think there is one of you like that?  lol!

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Piero – looking up and down at life!

The picture was a little gift from the hotel….was Piero trying to be incognito?  🙂 

I think he might just have to retire that shirt….

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Hey, guys, can you let us in on the joke?   🙂 

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And now a few videos…

 

 

 

 

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Muchas Gracias Todos!  🙂

Hasta luego!  (3 more to go, Igna gets to spend his birthday at home with darling Alessandra, then it’s off to the Ukraine, Japan, and home for the holidays – and a night on a cruise ship? 🙂 ) And can’t forget Australia!

Jana

Quito, Ecuador – September 17, 2017

(Sorry, posting this a little early tonight, necessito duerma!)


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From a photo from Piero in the plane, they landed safely in Quito and were greeted by adoring fans!  They have been pretty lucky so far escaping the earthquakes and hurricanes. Prayers again to Mexico and Puerto Rico.  I think it helped last time, let’s do it again!

Enjoy the photos and videos from Quito!  Thank you to all owners of videos and pictures and to Gary Istok for his picture of Ecuador.

Let’s start with the meet/greet first this time…not too many of them, looks like most got a few pictures!

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-17-2017/

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Here is a nice review of their concert:review

 

 

ILVOLO PRESENT ‘TRIBUTE TO THE THREE TENORES’, IN QUITO
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, in the evening they gave a private concert in Puerto Rico. Yesterday (September 17, 2017) Il Volo arrived in Quito in the morning and at 6:00 p.m., dressed in black suits and white shirts, arrived on stage of the theater of the House of Ecuadorian Culture to pay homage to Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, The Three Tenors. Il Volo, a trio of young Italians made up of Gianluca Ginoble (baritone), Ignazio Boschetto (tenor) and Piero Barone (tenor), have been closely watched by The Three Tenors since April 25, 2009, when they performed Sole Mio. From that day the Italian public nicknamed them ‘The little tenors’. Since that presentation that was part of Ti lascio una canzione, an Italian Rai 1 reality show, eight years have gone by, four studio albums, five live shows, two Eps and 12 international tours including ‘Noche mágica’, a tribute to The Three Tenors, with whose music they came to the country to show two things: their talent in lyric singing and their ability to interact with the public.
From the shows of The Three Tenors, all you have to do is go to YouTube and see one of their performances. The lyrical singing concerts are no longer solemnity, and that is what Ginoble, Boschetto and Barone showed from the first song on Sunday night which was Nessun dorma until Grande Amore, one of the current lyric pop hits played in the team’s jersey and hundreds of fans stuck to the stage taking photographs. In the first part of this sound journey, which lasted two hours, Il Volo performed songs like Grenada, A Stealthy Tear, The Dance, E luceva le stelle, Torna a surriento and Ave Maria Mater. The first part ended with The Prelude of the Carmen interpreted by the orchestra, of 40 musicians, directed by the teacher Larry Salgado, that narrowed the hands of the musicians in several occasions.
The tenacity and vocal extension of the members of Il Volo reached their best levels in the performances of Maria, My Way, Tonight, Cielito lindo and En Aranjuez with your love. Boschetto, the member of the trio who has changed the most in these eight years, was responsible for fostering interaction with the public, which included jokes with his handling of Spanish and with his fans. The final part of his presentation was marked by the interpretation of Italian popular music classics such as Sole mio, Libiamo ne ‘lieti calici and Volare, the most international of the Italian pieces and songs from his repertoire such as Mas que amor, Si me missing your look and Grande amore, with which they won the Song Festival of San Remo, in 2015.

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Gabriel Flores
September 18, 2017 | 09:51

n.d.r .: grazie semper a Morena per la segnalazione


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From Top Show…

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Here is a nice little video of little clips of the concert… for some reason I could not download it…

 

 

 

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Ok, and I couldn’t resist putting this one in for all of the Ignazio fans from the Panama concert, I just found it the other night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gracias Quito!!   Please forward to your friends in Quito.  I saw we have at least 2 readers in Ecuador!  🙂 

Up next – Brasilia!

Adios!

Jana