Category Archives: Piero

INTERVIEW WITH PIERO by Daniela

Piero was interviewed by SHOWINAIR, the events magazine.

Nice interview, Piero’s answers are beautiful ….. but we had no doubt !!

I translate the most interesting parts, the direct questions.

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Q = Your new single “A CHI MI DICE”, is a song with a bitter and nostalgic taste. Are you always around the world, but there are moments of bitterness and nostalgia in your life, when maybe the lights on the stage go out?

P = I state that this beautiful question, I had never been proposed, therefore, thanks. We are fortunate and have the privilege of traveling a lot, but never staying still means unfortunately giving up; distance, very often, takes us away, from a person we care about, or, even before, does not allow us to know this person, as we would like.

“A CHI MI DICE”, tells us this, the awareness, of not meeting that person anymore. I am not referring, only to the girls, but to all our loved ones, on the other hand, however, we live by our greatest passion, that is, music.

Q = Is the single from the album MUSICA, when music has become your traveling companion?

P = We were born in the midst of music, all three, we have a very similar past. My grandfather made me discover the art of musical notes.

After a concert, around the world, we continue to sing music, that’s all for us: it’s oxygen.

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Q = How would you define the art of notes?

P = A life without music would be meaningless. A film cannot exist without music.

We may not notice this, and yet, wherever we are, and in whatever phase of our life we find ourselves (whether it is full of light or darkness), music is always there.

Q = You are Sicilian, precisely from the province of Agrigento, what do you always carry with you, from your land?

P = It is a particular land, mine. Many boys of my age are forced to leave it, it’s nice to come back, but it’s very difficult to re-start.

When I leave it, it’s like taking a piece of me. Sicily is a land that teaches you to fight for what you want, it allows you to get used to it and adapt to everything. When I’m away from my land, a few words in Sicilian always come out of my mouth.

Q = Everything started with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, with Antonella Clerici, what did you expect from that talent?

P = It was all by accident. I can say that our journey was really a fairy tale, like all those unexpected encounters that change your life forever.

TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, it was a nine-week experience that marked us a lot. We were noticed by Michele Torpedine who is our current manager, Tony Renis and Roberto Cenci.

The great fortune is that of being a group of three boys, who have developed a great friendship.

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Q = Now, to whom “would you leave a song” to say Thanks?

P = The first person, it would be my grandfather, because it was he, who when I was little, accompanied me to piano lessons: I have the same, identical voice, it was he who advised my father to insist on this path. As a blind person, he gets sad, because he can’t see me, but fortunately we can hear each other.

Q = In Sanremo, in 2015, you won with “Grande Amore”, but love to whom? What meaning do you attribute to this word?

P = It is a theme that occurs a lot in our melodies. In this profession, you can discover the positive and negative side of people and understand what is really needed.

I spend a lot of time on the phone with my brother and sister, because I love them unconditionally; a girl can leave you, but your family doesn’t, that’s a love that will never end.

In my opinion, in life we must not trust someone outside our loved ones, but we must be able to enjoy the moment of people who are really close to us.

Q = 10 years have passed since your debut, how were you?

P = We were completely different from what we are now. We were shy and insecure; today, getting on stage means emotion and to do emotion all those who are listening.

If before, we quarreled, the quarrels lasted two days, now, a few minutes. We are much more mature than before, we live and we throw ourselves headlong into what we do.

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Q = You have walked the most important stages in the world, but which one really gave you the chills and much emotion?

P = I could say New York. Before “Grande Amore” we did many concerts abroad; we were sorry not to share the songs with our Italy. After Sanremo, we started here too, and I must say that our country, gives us unique places in the world, which are not found anywhere else.

Q = What message do you want people to get from your music?

P = The same desire that we all three have, to make music, and not let die, this musical genre that was born in Italy, and that is always played in our country.

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Beautiful answers Piero, by now we know your character, but every time we learn something new and that we always like.

There are fixed points in your education, family, friendship, respect, very important and not obvious qualities, for an excellent artist like you.

Bravo Piero !!

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos.

NARO, AN AWARD FOR PIERO by Daniela

On August 16th, Piero received an award from his beloved NARO.

Let’s go in order:

Naro 01

This message was published by Piero, I translate the words:

On August 16th evening I will have the pleasure of dedicating time to my splendid NARO: being recognized and honored, from one’s native country, is an honor that is not at all obvious.

Here are the roots, here my story is born: the houses, the alleys, the faces, with which I grew up and of which I could tell a thousand stories.

At the moment, I will tell you only one, the affection I have for my country.

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All Naro waits on the beautiful staircase.

Here is the moment of Piero’s arrival.

And here is the awarding of the prize, by the mayor, very proud of our Piero.

Mayor = Meanwhile I wanted to put the institutional band, even if it is wrong (Piero rushes to fix the band), to give the official status of the institution, the solemnity of this moment, to pay our affection, our gratitude, to a great, to an international star, which is Piero. (applause)

Considering that at this moment, I do not feel I am just the mayor of Naro and its 7500 inhabitants, but I feel like the mayor of all the Naresi (inhabitants of Naro) scattered all over the world.

So I make myself an interpreter, of all the Naresi, scattered around the world, to say THANK YOU to Piero, for the emotions he always gives us. I also greet all the friends of Canicattì who are here for Piero.

Naro 03

I will not dwell much, but I must tell you that I am particularly excited. You saw the first part of the video (before calling Piero, they projected a video dedicated to Piero ), well, that little boy was Piero …. (to Piero) I don’t know where your grandfather is … . (Piero indicates with his hand, on the stairway). Pietro, a big hug to Pietro, to whom a family friendship, of many years, binds me.

That mayor of 10 years ago, when Piero started it all, was me.

To give you the prize, I would like to call Magda. (Magda is a small child, new promising star of Naro, Piero goes to meet Magda and kisses her.)

With the hope that in 10 years we will be here again to celebrate even Magda.

Naro 04

Best wishes Piero. (kisses and hugs to Piero and delivery of the prize)

I was at Piero’s house, I saw, how many plaques, how many photos with “the powerful of the world” ….. Piero, but this is the gift of NARO !!! (applause)

One last thing and I finish, a memory, when they, in the theater of Taormina, dedicated the song to their mother, and he bowed and Eleonora, beat the song’s rhythm on his leg ….. Eleonora and Gaetano, thank you for what you you have done, for believing us, for the sacrifices you have made to make him a great man.(applause, a second awarding ceremony continues, during which Vincenzo Porrello gives Piero a special gift.) 

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And here is the video broadcast by local television. At the beginning Piero sings a beautiful song “NARO FULGENTISSIMA” (I think his grandfather composed it, during the video, while Piero sings, you can see his father Gaetano and his mother Eleonora, sitting on the staircase, near a white lantern.)

Mayor = For us it is a source of great pride, to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, but in particular, allow me, of our fellow citizen Piero BaroneA boy who is an international star, but who has remained a humble boy, has remained a boy devoted to his city.

I am the mayor of all the Naresi scattered in the world and for us, having Piero Barone this evening, who is the ambassador of the beauties of this city, but above all of the heart and love, of this city, can only make me absolutely happy.

Naro 06

Piero = My first thought, but I also think of all of you here, goes to the Bracco family, for the pain that struck them. (a young citizen of Naro, on vacation on the lake near Rome, drowned … applause).

The love I have for this country, and for our city, will never end.

Host = What do you feel for this city?

Piero= Naro, it’s me, it’s my blood. I grew up here, my whole story is here.

If it’s about my past, it’s all my grandfather’s fault, he gave me my passion for music.

When I was 8, it was he, my grandfather Pietro, who had me engraved,  “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”

In one of those beautiful summer evenings over 10 years ago, my grandfather made my father hear that song, and from that moment, my father, stubborn as he is, every time someone came into the garage (he repaired cars), put me up on the bonnet of cars and made me sing either “GRANADA” or “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”. I couldn’t take any more, every customer heard “GRANADA” or “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE” (Piero’s parents laugh).

Naro 07

In the same evening, there was the election of Miss Naro, and here is Piero photographed with all the participants.

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Some shots of the evening, thanks to Il Volo Sicilia fanpage.

 

What a beautiful emotion Piero, to hear you sing that beautiful song dedicated to Naro.

And your words, for your city, fill every citizen with pride. 

Bravo Piero !!

Daniela

 

Piero Barone with Nonno Piero Ognibene Singing “Naro Fulgentissima”

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Happy 26th Birthday, Piero!

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Camille Greco: Piero have a wonderful birthday 🎂♥️🎂♥️

Mònica:  Estás son las mañanitas que cantaba el Rey David hoy por ser día de Piero se las cantamos así ❤️🎁🎹🎼

Joan Guyon: Happy birthday Piero. You have given me much joy since I first knew you. From Joanie in california

sassylady1937: Happy Birthday Piero to a sweet man who sings like an angel and whom I dearly love to hear. You have an outstanding and far reaching voice and I love to hear you sing solo or with Gianluca and Ignazio. I call you “my guys” somethin about my guys song that reminds me of you three. I am old enough to be your great grandma and I love my guys just in that way. I truly pray I will see you here in America in 2020 God willing. Take care, blow out the candles and make a wish. Happy Birthday and many more. Hugs and love. Jackie ❤️

Jeanette Hicks:  Happiest of Birthday’s Piero, and may all of your fondest dreams come true!

Linda Parks:  Happy Birthday, Piero! I wish you a wonderful day, filled with family and friends and love from around the world. My Best to you…
Linda
Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

Rose Lomonte:  Happy Birthday Piero! 🎂🎈🎉🎂. Never stop singing with your God given talent, May God Bless you. May you have a wonderful Birthday filled with love and many Blessings. 🎼🎤🎹🌅🎼🎂🥂🍿

Sebrinia Davis:  Happy birthday Piero  🎂🎂🎂🎉🎉🎉. I pray you have a beautiful and blessed day .

Victoria and Jay: Happy Birthday Piero. We’ve loved you since we first heard that beautiful and powerful voice of yours. May you have the happiest of birthdays. You are a miracle to all of us.

lorelei h Thompson:  Happy birthday.

MAUREEN LONGO:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIERO. WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU, YOU WERE IN YOUR TEENS. MAY YOUR 26TH YEAR BRING YOU MUCH HAPPINESS

Mila: Happy Birthday Piero!! Wishing you Happiness, Success, lots of good friends and lots of smiles!

Jane McDowall: Wishing you a very happy birthday Piero thank you for your wonderful voice you and the boys are magic. Love and kisses. Jane. xxxx

Regina Hanna:  Happy Birthday Piero. Your voice gives joy to so many and your maturity and take charge attitude keep you 3 boys a brotherhood. Wishes for a great summer tour in Italy.

Joseph Cefalu:  Happy Birthday Piero

Carolyn:  Happy Birthday, Piero!! Have a beautiful day! My oldest granddaughter is the same day as your beautiful sister. Happy belated birthday to your very pretty sister as well!!

Linda Henderson:  A very Happy Birthday Piero!! I love your God given talent and your personality! Hope you enjoy YOUR day! Hope to see you all in 2020! Have a wonderful tour and stay safe! Much happiness yo you and yours!!🎂💙🎶😘

Irene Kumbar: Happy birthday dear Piero, you already have success, so I wish you love, happiness, blessing to end of times…
Thank you for enriching our lives with so much beauty, I ‘ m following you from your first PBS special in Detroit…. how much you had grown up, from three wonderful little shy boys to incredibly handsome young men, worldwide stars, and still so much to go for since you are so young. God bless you, and thank you,
Love from Florida
I will see you Wednesday in Rome!!!

Jane: Happy Birthday Piero! It’s all been said, but I will say it again…you are such an amazing person with talent that reaches to the stars! Thank you for filling our world with your magnificent voice and kind heart.

Leslie Kinn:  Piero, wishing you a delightful birthday. May you always find joy and beauty in life to grow your heart. 🎉🍾🎂

penina honig:  Happy Birthday Piero! I hope all your dreams come true and that I am still around to hear about your debut at La Scala! May you be blessed always.

Kay radge:  Have a fab birthday from your biggest uk fan, god bless you-kay from england

Natalia Margarita:  Querido Piero, te deseo toda la felicidad del mundo, espero que sigas siendo ese hombre tan bello de espíritu y alma. Un abrazo, te verée Octubre 5 en BajaMar México Un abrazo

Susan Medal:  Best wishes for a Happy Birthday Piero and wonderful year ahead. Your voice is not only a gift for you, but for all of us as well. Cannot wait to meet you in 2020, and will be anticipating seeing you at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York one day soon
Your puppet maker,
Susan

Kathryn Bernache:  Piero – 26 candles – Wow
Sending lots of love, hugs, kisses and
Happy Birthday wishes
Luv Ya
Julie Bernache

Gale Wall:  I WISH YOU THE HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY, HOPING YOU
HAVE A WONDERFUL 26TH ANNIVSARY OF YOUR
BIRTH. YOU HAVE A AMAZING POWER VOICE THAT
MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING
YOUR BEAUTIFUL TALENT WITH THE WORLD.

Elizabeth Fuentes:  Muy Feliz Cumpleaños Piero, desde Chile te envio los mejores deseos de buena salud, amor de la familia, amistades y fans por todo el mundo y, por supuesto que nos sigas cantando muchas bellas canciones, con tu maravillosa voz . Felicidades, nos vemos en Chile!!!

Rose Marie Paliobeis:  Buon Compleanno to one of my favorite young men 😘.  May you have a long, happy life. 

Sally:  Happy Birthday Piero, songbird with such a thrilling voice.
Please keep sharing your marvelous gift with your fans for many, many, many years. I, too, look forward to hearing you sing on the opera stages but I also love hearing your pop songs in harmony with Gianluca and Ignazio. Your smile, your energy, your sense of fun sends such a positive vibe to your audiences. I wish all the best in life!

Kimberley Kaul: Happy Birthday Piero. Instead of the traditional song we would sing this to you. “This day is such a special one; It’s birthday time for you. I’d really like to celebrate your happy day with you. Zip-a-dee-ay and heigh-dee-ho, here’s something I can do. I’ll sing a song that we all know. Happy Birthday to you!” Wishing you the best to come for 2019.

pitterpat0: Buon compleanno 26, Piero! To the guy with the beautiful smile 😄 and powerful voice 🎤 I wish the best birthday ever celebrating with family and friends.  🎂🎈 🎉 💝 AUGURI!   Love, Pat from Missouri 

Margaret M Ladolcetta: Happy Birthday Piero and best wishes for a lovely day with family and friends! Thank you for all the beautiful music and the joy and peace it brings to us. Looking forward to seeing you in 2020! God bless you and keep you.

Betty: Happy Birthday, Piero❣️Hope your special day is filled with much joy❣️❤️🎂Love you most of all….I’m 72 on 6/26. We almost share a Birthday….Il Volo is fantastic…love, Betty 🥰

Ineke: Congratulations on your Birthday and may there be many more.  I am the one who’s accent you recognized as being from Johannesburg and I was so surprised!!!. Have a beautiful day Piero.

Blanche Graff:  Piero, May blessings for a most Healthy Happy Birthday on filled with Joy and fun.
You and the guys have been so much part of my life’s.
Enjoy your day as it is yours only.
Love, Blanche. Graff. U S A 🎂💙😘

Donalee Dragna:  Aguriiiiiiiii! Happy Birthday, Piero! May the coming year be filled with much joy and good madness and all your favorite things! 💜

Mark: To a fine young man with a powerful and handsome voice, Happy Birthday and many more! Surrounded by family and friends.

Crystal Dawn:  Happy 26th!
I wish you birthday joy and grande Amore. I loved visiting your village of Naro prior to attending the two Matera concerts. You have a sublime voice, grounded humble character, and generous personality. May the Divine Mother protect you and guide you.
Crystal Dawn
Oregon, USA
(Prayed for you on CAMINO de Santiago pilgrimage—Dario graciously forwarded photos to you)

concetta gagliardi:  Happy Birthday Piero. Wishing you many more wonderful celebrations. Been a follower of Il Volo from your first PBS special.

Diane Hyzer:  Happy Happy Birthday to one of the greatest singers ever!! Plus…he’s very handsome too!!!

ashipman2441:  Happy Birthday, Piero and many, many returns of the day! I hope your dream of singing in an opera comes true soon. But, please, please don’t leave Il Volo. I love the three of you so very, very much. Love from Minnesota, Allene Shipman

Buon  compleanno Piero !!!
Savor every precious moment of this special year while at home and abroad. May you have a lively birthday full of love and joy.
​With warmest wishes,
Angelica Rosas
Las Vegas, NV

​Happy Birthday to you, Piero!
I wish you have a beautiful day in the company of your loved ones. Good luck in your career. Hope your wishes come true today and always.
Love,
Ines Rosas
Las Vegas, NV

Happy 26th Birthday my dear Piero. Wishing you all the best on your 10th anniversary tour with your Il Volo brothers. I look forward to seeing and hearing you in concert soon!!  America awaits you🎂🎂 Buon Compleanno🎉🎉
Annette, Rhode Island & Naples, Fl

Warmest Birthday Greetings, Dear Piero.   It is a joy to again wish you a Happy Birthday.   You bring so much joy to so many people that  you richly deserve all the blessings that come your way.   All your hard work and your pleasing personality should be rewarded.   Many Happy Returns of the Day.
Lesley Newall, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Buon compleanno Piero. Possa tu avere felicità sempre.
Jean

Caro Piero
sei un uomo così forte e determinato,
il tuo sogno è sempre stato quello di cantare un’opera intera,
non ho nessun dubbio, ci riuscirai.
In quel giorno gioirai e noi tutte gioiremo con te
perchè ti vogliamo bene e perchè tu  avrai  finalmente
raggiunto il tuo obbiettivo. 

Daniela

Piero from Daniela

Dear Piero
you are such a strong and determined man,
your dream has always been to sing a whole opera,
I have no doubt, will succeed.
On that day you will rejoice and we will all rejoice with you
because we love you and because you will finally have
reached your goal.

Daniela

Pierrrrrooooo!    Happy 26th birthday!  I hope you have a spectacularly successful and fulfilling year.  I will see you in Verona!  Birthday hugs from San Francisco, California.
Janet

 

Credit to owners of photos and to Kelly for her marvelous video!

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Grande Amore – the wait is over! ~~ By Jana (2015 Archives…)

(Ciao a tutti! – Just about 4 years ago (February 20, 2015), I wrote this poem after receiving the Sanremo version of Grande Amore.  It is clear I was very excited – to say the least.  At the time, this post got 81 comments and something like over 500 views on the site.  Marie also chose it to go into the book we gave the guys, way back when, and I felt very honored.  I thought I’d post it again, just for fun.  I did write a new poem for the new Musica album, that I got yesterday, which is awesome – the album by the way.  However, I don’t think I could top this poem.  🙂  But I will post it as well in a few days. – Enjoy, again!)

 


a - jana

 

We knew it was coming, but when would that be?

We waited, and waited, then shouted with glee!

It was coming soon, but not til after Sanremo;

How long could I last, without a new song from Il Volo?

 

We then heard the news, it was on Amazon.IT!

There I went with my visa, to order it quickly!

I wanted it now, so express shipping I paid;

Hoping and praying, it would not be delayed!

 

Three weeks and counting, how much more can I bear?

I kept watch on my email, when would it be there?

The contest had started and Il Volo appeared;

Singing their hearts out, while everyone cheered!

 

But on Friday the 13th, not bad luck for me,

I read in my mail; the CD would be early!

I jumped up and down, how lucky am I?

I’ll have it soon in my hands; I could just cry.

 

The day finally came, it was arriving today;

I waited and paced, for the delivery all day.

I tracked it online, it came straight from Milan.

On to Bergamo and Brussells, then finally MY town!

 

I raced home to get it, but it was not there?

DHL had not come yet – how much more could I bear?

I went to the store, to pick up my dinner.

They had til 8pm, then there was a knock at my door!

 

It was here, finally, at last, it was here!

I’m sorry, but I could not wait to open it, I fear.

I quickly took pictures and then opened it with care;

Staring lovingly at my hand, so wishing they were there!

 

I listened and listened, and listened again.

Over and over I played it, I did not want it to end.

But bedtime was coming, I so needed my sleep,

I can listen again tomorrow, for I know it will keep.

 

Il Volo is love, Grand Amore, to be exact!

The heck with all the critics, they are just hacks!

So listen with joy, Il Volovers everywhere;

And know that we give them our tender loving care!

~Jana