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SANREMO 2015, HISTORY OF A VICTORY by Daniela

Some of us have known IL VOLO for a long time, but many others (like me) have started to follow them after Sanremo.

So, for many, Sanremo was a beginning, but those beautiful days of February 2015, how exactly did they take place?

Sanremo started on February 10th, but IL VOLO entered the scene from the second evening, on February 11th, Gianluca’s birthday.

Perhaps not everyone knows that in those days SORRISI E CANZONI, an Italian journal of music and gossip, entrusted to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, a video-diary, that is a daily appointment, where they had to make a video and tell their emotions.

I found on Vimeo, all the videos, with the translations, so you can read what our kids said in those days.

3 February, start of the video diary

9 February, day of the general rehearsals of the show

The guys on the red carpet at Sanremo.

San Remo Red Carpet 01

San Remo Red Carpet 02

San Remo Red Carpet 03

10 February, Sanremo begins

11 February, IL VOLO enters the competition

And here’s the fantastic first night, the first time that GRANDE AMORE is heard by an audience, by the public of Sanremo!!

The reaction of the public is simply fantastic, the guys very excited, Gianluca with tears in his eyes ….. a success!

12 February, the boys are excited about their first performance. It’s the evening of the covers.

Second evening, IL VOLO sings ANCORA.

February 13 third night, the boys will still sing GRANDE AMORE and there will be the first eliminations.

What about, again fantastic reaction of the public that call their name aloud. The guys are very excited with Carlo Conti (the presenter) who keeps reminding them that they are competing.

February 14th, last day of the video-diary and last evening of Sanremo.

Great last evening, each singer receives a video message from a supporter and for IL VOLO there is Placido Domingo.

And here we are at the final moment, the ranking has been said, the first three positions are missing, Carlo Conti calls on the stage all three singers.

The guys, immediately after the victory, the kisses and hugs and the pose for the cover of SORRISI E CANZONI for the victory of Sanremo.

What an emotion!!!!!

I do not know if all of you had seen all this, I myself was not looking at Sanremo, I turned channel only at the time of victory, I saw the delivery of the trophy but I had not yet heard the beautiful GRANDE AMORE, and when I heard it, it was immediately great love !!!

I hope this reconstruction has thrilled you, as it has excited me, and you find that the video diary made by Piero Ignazio and Gianluca has shown them to us as they are really . . . three simple and nice guys, our three boys of IL VOLO .

Daniela

Credit to owners of all videos and photo.

IN THE WORLD WITH IL VOLO 2010-2017, by Daniela

The holidays have also begun for IL VOLO.

In this period there will be little new news, and so we often use the time to review old videos. 

It’s just what I did, and I tried to find videos, which maybe, not everyone has seen, or at least I hope so.

The first video is from 2010. I had seen only small fragments here and there but never everything, and my research had led to nothing, but in these days, thanks to Connie Bruns who tracked and shared, here it is.

“O Sole Mio”, filmed in Taormina, when, going to play a concert there, it was still a dream for our guys. What are you saying? This video has brought good luck !!

But how small they were … and that final hug … very sweet !!

The second video is from 2011, is a medley made in Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, includes:

IL MONDO

THIS TIME

PAINFULLY BEAUTIFUL

IL MONDO and UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE  a cappella songs

SMILE

2012 Spain, RELOJ

2013 concert in Panama.

Someone uninvited, a transvestite, enters the stage during the concert and walks, people laugh, thinking that is part of the show, the guys are amazed at the presence, but continue to sing, as real professionals, as long as someone sends out this person.

2014 During the concert in Mexico they perform with the Mariachi.

HISTORIA DE UN AMOR

2015 From the studios of Radio Rai, CANZONE PER TE.

2016 Washington BEAUTIFUL THAT WAY

2017 Germany LIBIAM DE LIETI CALICI

And after this feast of old videos, I hope to have found some that you had never seen, but anyway, even if already seen, I bet you have re-seen them willingly, is not it?

Daniela

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Credit to all owners of videos and photo.

 

IL VOLO AND THEIR FANS, by Maura and Daniela

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

 

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

THE ESSENCE OF IL VOLO, by Daniela

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

IL VOLO TO MONTECARLO, by Daniela

Il Volo does not have a moment’s respite, the Italian concerts have just ended and there is a commitment on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, MONTECARLO !!

Only one day of rest, and away to Montecarlo.   Piero sends us a photo of the beautiful interior of the hotel,
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and Gianluca a beautiful night from the terrace.
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Here they are in the morning of the concert, relax with their friend Max ……. ready for the rehearsals of the show.
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Ready for the concert!
The program was much more pop, no opera arias, but beautiful pop songs, sung, naturally impeccably.
I found only incomplete and not very clear videos, but they give us an impression of what has been sung.
Laura Pecollo, thank you for having recorded in full this wonderful performance of our beloved Ignazio !!
Certainly it was a beautiful concert and was much appreciated.
And here is today the communication of Monte Carlo live:
“If you missed Il Volo last night at the Salle des Etoiles, find the photos of their wonderful concert”.
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Let’s enjoy the ending.
Even this adventure is over, for now there is a period of rest …… but with IL VOLO, you can never say !!
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

IL VOLO CERVIA AND TAORMINA, by Daniela

And here we are at the penultimate concert of this mini-summer tour, takes place in CERVIA, a beautiful town on the Adriatic Sea.

The article related to the concert appeared in the newspapers and IL VOLO said that there will be a surprise at the end of the concert, we’ll see what it is.
Let’s start with the rehearsals of the show.
They’re just back from Miami and they’re about to start a concert, do you think they’re tired or stressed?
I would say no !!
Some short videos of the songs
Sweet shots
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In Cervia 3 more songs were sung than in Marostica and exactly: MATTINATA (I did not find the video), UNA FURTIVA LACRIMA, Ignazio’s solo.
and LA DANZA, Gianluca’s solo. As you can see Gianluca falls the sheet with the words and he for a moment loses the rhythm, and then immediately resume, then perhaps unnerved, forget the words, I bet he remembered but got nervous. In the end, even the conductor embraces him, knowing that Gianluca is a perfectionist, who knows how badly he will have been, the audience also encourages him with a warm applause.
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And here we are at the final greetings.
TAORMINA PREPARED, THEY ARRIVE SOON
Taormina, the pearl of Sicily, difficult to break away from such a place.
Translation:
Taormina, what’s in Taormina tonight?
Those of IL VOLO, tonight sing in Taormina?
But here I stay, what interests me more!
Happy while they enjoy a delicious granita at Bambar.
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In this video transmitted to the tele-newspaper, the boys confirm that they are happy to be back in Taormina at the end of their concerts, and especially for a concert for charity.
The rehearsals of the show begin.
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How wonderful is this rift in the wall of the ancient Greek Theater, which allows you to see the volcano Etna and its fumarole in the distance.
This  videos that follow were made by Deborah Georgini Beaupre, beautiful !!
AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE
TONIGHT
MY WAY
CIELITO LINDO
E LUCEAN LE STELLE
IL MONDO
LO CHE NON VIVO
And now these beautiful shots by Judy Paullin Thurman,
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Surely it was a wonderful evening.
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The wonder of the finale: GRANDE AMORE.
Because Taormina, is a fascinating place, in the Greek Theater, there is an incredible atmosphere, where the beauty of the landscape blends with the stars, the voices of Piero Ignazio and Gianluca rise beautiful, cheered by a thousand applause of adoring people , everything is like magic, the magic of Taormina !!
I wanted with all my heart to be there, and you?
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

IL VOLO MIAMI / PREMIOS JUVENTUD, by Daniela

We all still have in our eyes and ears the beautiful concert of Marostica, yet the next day, Piero Ignazio and Gianluca, flew to Miami because they were guests at the PREMIOS JUVENTUD, a prize for Latin music.

 

Here they are at the rehearsals of the show.
Pretty informal clothing.
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And here they are ready for the show
Guys, what a bomb …… but they are the same guys who two days ago were singing BACK TO SURRIENTO ?????
It is always them, what rhythm, what clothing, show all their youth, but do not lose their class, their style.
Also this is IL VOLO, how many artists, so young can change from one genre to another in such a short time?
They can, because they are chameleonic, unique.
They do not reuse their old style, this is another style and they can do it.
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Fantastic indeed, they were very successful, and the next day, interview with DIESPERTA AMERICA
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Bravissimi in this version where there are only them to sing, IL VOLO, we are happier if we see our loved ones more.
And then, they did several radio interviews
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They certainly did not spare energy, they offered themselves, as usual, to the maximum of their possibilities, and it seems they also had a lot of fun
But it’s time to come back, the Cervia concert awaits you, Italy awaits you.
GO HOME!!
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What do you say about the new look and the new sound?
They are always our dear boys in a version a little more light-hearted.
I like it too, and you?
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.