A few days ago, this article appeared in the FLORIDA TODAY newspaper.
Really great news, there will be a casting for the remake of WEST SIDE STORY.
The casting will be for the characters of Maria, Bernardo, Tony and Riff.
Of course, we do not think about Mary, but there are three male characters, who must be between the ages of 15 and 25.
Moreover Bernardo must have Latin features, Tony and Riff, instead, Caucasians.
They will have to know how to sing and dance very well.
IL VOLO has sung several times the spiffy songs of West Side Story.
Here are some interpretations.
Ok, let’s have a little fun, in which part would you have seen, one, or all three of our boys: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca?
I believe that for the songs, none of the three would have problems, but for the dance, I have many doubts!
Tell me your preferences!
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On May 9th Piero was very busy. The GIRO D’ITALIA, stopped in Agrigento, and who lives near Agrigento? PIERO.
For those who do not know what GIRO D’ITALIA is, it is a cycling race in stages, very renowned internationally. This year the race started on May 4 from Jerusalem.
On Wednesday there was the fifth stage, starting from Agrigento.
And here’s who was at the start, who congratulated the cyclists.
Piero says that the Sicilians have a unique way of welcoming people and cyclists will not forget this stage.
And here is Piero in the company of our esteemed Marino Bartoletti, who is an excellent sports journalist.
Here’s what Bartoletti wrote on his Facebook page:
“Even the champions of music, accustomed to the audiences of the world, when they live close to a beautiful reality involving the Giro d’Italia become almost children with wide eyes. It happened to Piero Barone of IL VOLO in his Agrigento. He wanted to photograph himself with the pink jersey, shaking hands with dozens of runners, admiring their availability and humility, which are also its characteristics. It was missing only, that Piero asked the autograph of Aru. I think I gave him a little gift that he will not forget.”
And here is the video of Bartoletti’s interview with our Piero.
B=Dear Piero, great member of IL VOLO, do you know what this is? It is the “WITHOUT END” trophy, welcome to GIRO D’ITALIA.
P = Thank you, thank you, it’s an honor for me and a truly, a living experience.
B = I see you almost excited, you who live the great theaters, the great masses, the great moments.
P = To know new things is always a pleasure, it is good for everyone. When you phoned me to invite me, I had to free myself from some commitments, but it was really worth it.
B = Do we want to say that we are in Agrigento, and therefore at your house?
P = Yes, I’m from Naro, a village near here, but Agrigento is my land, I was born and raised here, and I keep coming often.
B = Do you love your land a lot?
P = I am in love with my land.
B = Then Piero, an unpublished day for you, what impression did you have of this GIRO D’ITALIA, now that the cyclists are aligning at the start?
P = Definitely I will bring it in my baggage of experiences, I am excited because the GIRO D’ITALIA belongs to everyone, all the riders will not forget this stage and we Sicilians, Agrigentini above all, we will not forget this great experience.
Very good Piero, with your presence you have done a great job!
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Really with very little notice, this news appeared two days ago:
Immediately followed by the announcement on the official page:
Ieri alle 15:45
Piero, Ignazio e Gianluca saranno ospiti speciali al serale di Amici di Maria De Filippi domani sera! Tutti sintonizzati su Canale 5 dalle 21.10.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will be special guests at the evening of Amici di Maria De Filippi tomorrow night! All tuned to Channel 5 from 9.10pm.
It seems that two of the girls finalists will have a duet with IL VOLO, in an elimination trial. The two girls are Carmen and Emma.
Here we are at the evening.
And here is the performance with the two girls:
In the next video, Maria de Filippi asks the guys what they are doing in this period and Piero answers as follows:
“We are working on new projects.”
Ignazio intervenes, joking:
“I’m learning to dance because I do not want to make a bad impression with Celentano (dance teacher), even if I’m not in shape, but I’ll try”.
Gianluca continues saying:
“We are working on many projects, especially for next year there will be many surprises, perhaps even unexpected.”
Below you will see a test of lip syncs to which the boys had to undergo.
Prepare to laugh!
Here is a second video where you can hear the Bee Gees song if you are unable to hear it in the one above.
Luca Tommassini, dancer and choreographer, had this to say about working with IL VOLO on the show:
“It was wonderful to embrace Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, after many years … nice to remember their first / our first tour in the United States of America … the long bus rides … the first dialogues tried on stage …
I dressed them with my clothes … the many laughs with their parents who discovered America … the first applause …. I love them!” ❤
Luca Tommassini with our guys
This video was recorded in the backstage of the program, where the boys joined the chorus of wishes to celebrate the birthday of one of the participants.
Really very nice.
Ok, the lights go out, the program is over and has made the record of plays, consider that on another channel they broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest.
It seems that the guys had fun, they were at the game and they made people laugh.
Honestly I would have preferred to hear another song.
We fans cannot get enough of them!
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We are all here in a frenetic wait for the new single, but the days go by and nothing new for now on the horizon.
But what are the guys doing???
SEA, SEA, SEA, desire of the sea.
We start from the oldest: Piero
He is located in France, on the Côte d’Azur. How lucky he is in the company of friends.
How sweet that you are Piero!
But where is Ignazio ???
Here he is playing on the beach at LIDO DELLE NAZIONI, on the Adriatic Sea in the province of Ferrara.
He too is with friends, I would say that it seems very happy, how nice to see him like that.
And the youngest, where is he???
Gianluca too is at the sea.
He is also on the Adriatic Sea, in San Benedetto del Tronto.
He is the most poetic of all, he wrote on social media: “The smell of the sea, the sand under the fingers, the air, the wind ….”
Also Gianluca here in the company of friends.
Ok guys, you had fun and also in good company.
But now we want to see you together again in your new project.
You have rested and we are very happy with this, but now give us even more happiness by letting us listen to your last new single FINALLY.
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A few days ago we witnessed the four hours of live IL VOLO conducted by Red Ronnie.
For those unfamiliar with Red Ronnie, he is a music expert. He is often invited in to comment in broadcasts where the subject is music and he also keeps radio broadcasts, such as ROXY BAR, RED BARONE, and broadcast via internet on TV.
He never talked a lot about our guys, and the few times he had the opportunity to say something about them, they were never beautiful words. So we Italian fans, we were not very happy with this transmission, we were rather skeptical of the new pleasant words of Red Ronnie.
But we must say that Red did not know them at all. Notwithstanding he is a connoisseur of music, he NEVER followed IL VOLO and NEVER interested in them, so it was as if he saw them the first time.
Red Ronnie met the boys during the presentation of Michele Torpedine’s book, and they must have made an excellent impression, so much so that they almost immediately decided to make this transmission together.
But here we are at the evening of four hours of live.
Red continued during the evening to tell the guys that they were really nice, he was amazed at their skill and also their simplicity and perhaps one last thing that aroused his astonishment was to see for himself how much they are loved, these boys.
How many times we fans have said that, “Those who know them can not but love them.” And finally Red has known them.
Immediately the morning after the broadcast, or rather after a few hours from the broadcast, Red has published this video on his Facebook page, with this dedication:
“With the taste of a fantastic night still live with IL VOLO, with incredible results.”
He says in the video:
“I’m listening to the vinyl of IL VOLO, mamma mia!, that night that we spent live, it was incredible! We have reached 200,000 people and 34,000 posts and interactions, only on my Facebook page, not counting the other pages.”
This clickable video link below is an interview of Red Ronnie on the RTL radio 102.5 on the evening of May 4, the day after the broadcast with IL VOLO. Red starts talking about the Flight around 52:50 minutes.
I translate what he says:
Last night I had IL VOLO as my guests, and I thought about one thing, but we (Italians), that we have the habit of listening to the blues, from Chicago, and Austin, Texas, or the country-music coming from Nashville, and we NEVER take, in the slightest consideration, the music we export from Italy. I was amazed, we’ve had 300,000 interactions, a crazy thing, from all over the world. I watched as the chat numbers went up, I looked at the posts and thought, but we are not considering three guys, who are sprawling (whose fame is spreading) all over the world.
And because last night they came here and signed their vinyl album for the fans. A copy remained glued to my fingers . . . this is NOTTE MAGICA that they did in Firenze, in Santa Croce, on the 1st of July 2016, with them was also Placido Domingo, who sang with them a song that we now listen to, but above all he wrote with his hand, this on the CD: “I am very happy to lead Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in this evening. Many people began to listen to classical music thanks to me, Luciano and Josè – these three guys continue our idea.”
It’s a beautiful thing, and the song is a classic, NON TI SCORDAR DI ME, and is a gem, because it is sung together by IL VOLO and Placido Domingo.
(You hear: NON TI SCORDAR DI ME)
The show host goes on to say: “They hit you, these three guys. You remember we interviewed them several times and then we were at their concert (sponsored by Radio RTL102.5) at the Milano Forum, supported by Radio 102.5, and said that there was a large audience participation. So Placido Domingo is right to write those things in the Notte Magica CD, because these guys are so young, they manage to involve their peers, and it is a moment of musical awakening that deserves to be acknowledged.”
The woman presenter confirms that it’s all true, and that she agrees with Paolo Giordano (another Italian journalist ), who instead now compliments Red Ronnie.
Red goes on to say that he spoke to the guys at RTL 102.5 and they told him that this is the only one of the Italian radio stations that has always supported them. Look, it’s not easy in Italy, we disdain this music, only to find out that abroad it is very good.
Last night something incredible happened, Ignazio at one point he made a very sweet song, Pino Daniele, at the piano, he did it in an incredible way, and Red said that today’s guys are competing to get the voice, higher, but you have to give emotions, not only have the high tones …… and this thing (which Ignazio said) struck me a lot, really. I spent a wonderful evening.
And here is the post that Paolo Giordano, journalist who at the time of Sanremo had had no nice words for IL VOLO, but who then repented, and began to speak well of them (remember the interview made by him to Gianluca, in Bisceglie?).
Paolo Giordano was listening to RTL102.5 radio and he heard live Red Ronnie, so he posted this comment on his Facebook page:
DICIAMO LE COSE COME STANNO
Bravo Red Ronnie a dire una cosa che agli italiani spesso sfugge: i ragazzi del Volo portano nel mondo la grande tradizione melodica italiana. È un merito, non un demerito.
Paolo Giordano translation:
WE SAY THINGS LIKE
Bravo Red Ronnie to say something that often escapes Italians: the guys of IL VOLO bring the great Italian melodic tradition into the world. It is a merit, not a demerit.
I would say that the meeting with Red Ronnie, was more than positive, and Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca have left their mark this time too.
But we fans were sure of this. These guys have a charisma that goes beyond mere artistic skill.
They also conquered Red Ronnie who, after Sanremo, when asked what he thought of the victory, said that his choice was that Nek had to win.
Even Paolo Giordano has repented, and I would say that since May 3, IL VOLO has another extra fan: Red Ronnie.
Video by Piero and Red announcing the broadcast.
What is your opinion on the repentance/change of heart of Red Ronnie?
We Italian fans, we are very happy with this new opinion of Red Ronnie and we are happy that our guys are supported by the beautiful words of Red (which remains a great connoisseur of music). Maybe other critics now will have second thoughts.
However, it must be acknowledged that Red had the courage to admit that he was wrong. BRAVO! very good Red!
And you, what do you think of this change of mind?
Tell me your opinion.
P.S. This last video has always been published by Red Ronnie before the broadcast, you watch it to the end, because in the second part, I would say there is a nice recognition to the 2012 American tour.
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It was a good 4 hours live, but they flew by with our beloved IL VOLO!!
They showed themselves to the public for what they are, three adorable boys next door, simple guys, with no pretense. They are lively boys, sometimes unruly, noisy, very good friends. They did not put up masks or false behavior, they appeared very natural and true to themselves.
I must tell you that Red Ronnie was never an admirer of them, he never had kind words for them, but as usual, he did not know them, he spoke only to “hearsay” from others, people who do not know them, and who like to denigrate them.
Red was able to get to know them during the launch of the Torpedine book. It seemed strange to us Italian fans that Red wanted them for a live show, as I said he was never particularly kind to them. But last night, during the live, Red has repeatedly said that “he did not know them at all” that now that he got to know them he saw that they are not at all haughty guys, but they are very nice and simple. Red also recognized their artistic value and marveled at the following of fans from around the world who love them. In fact, the official fan club site went haywire, due to too many requests.
The girl that sat next to Red and ran the laptop is Alice, the one who keeps active the official Fan club of IL VOLO.
Now, I will summarize some of the important things that were said:
As for the new CD, unfortunately they said immediately, that they could not reveal anything for a contractual issue, which for them is difficult but not to say anything, neither the title, nor what it is, not even the date of publication , they only said that the record is ready and will be published soon.
They answered several video phone calls throughout the show, but most did not have constructive questions, they were talking like friends. Among the calls, the one made by the only male was beautiful because he asked an interesting question. He asked if they could bring a friend around the world, where would they go. Piero replied that he would lead him to PIER 39, which is a pier in San Francisco, in front of Alcatraz. Ignazio replied to Chicago, which is beautiful to him. Gianluca instead says that he would take him to run in Malibu on a beautiful sunny day.
One girl told Piero that he did well to leave his red glasses behind, because he no longer needs them to be recognized.
I liked it when Red asked them if they were engaged. Piero immediately said NO. Gianluca did not answer but smiled. Ignazio has not confirmed but not denied, as if there was a sympathy in place. Ignazio said that he was very faithful for two and a half years to a girl, faithful to the end, because he said that when you’re in love you have to show it even in attitudes. When Red asked how the love affair was now, Ignazio said that it was over, that things had slowly intervened that they faced and that it was more him wanting to interrupt the love affair.
Then Red, asked Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, to which person in their family they are more close to and here are the answers: Piero said his mother and father. Gianluca replied it was his grandfather. Ignazio said his sister and this surprised Red. Ignazio explained that he is very close to his sister because when he was little, she was like his mother, when his real mother was in hospital. And he also said that even now they are bound by a strong affection. “I will always be grateful to my sister, because she too was little more than a child at that time, and the task was burdensome, she could refuse this role, but she agreed to use her time to look after me when I was smaller.”
Another important topic was when Ignazio said that some boys often contact him to make their vocal talents heard, and when singing they shout so much, however, Ignazio said that having a very high voice is not synonymous with skill. He explained that so many songs must also be whispered and interpreted.
They cannot be serious while running GRANDE AMORE. Piero begins one of the high notes so high Ignazio makes a gesture because he knows he has to climb a lot with his voice (Gianluca laughs). They are all spiteful !! At the end, Red says he is a little surprised by the power of the voices, “Who will repay me of all the my eyeglasses you broke?”
For the rest were all chatter with friends, nothing new, they talked a little bit about everything, even the luck of having met on the same day at the same broadcast.
Red says that Piero is the most serious, Gianluca the most fussy and Ignazio the funniest. Red specifies that Gianluca is picky in a good way, that is he is precise, one that puts the dots, on everything. Gianluca responds that this “mania” sometimes makes him become uncompromising to the point that, when there are discussions (he says that yesterday they discussed a lot), even if he is right, with this way of being fussy, it makes you almost unpleasant therefore he understands that his attitude is too strong and will try to change.
At the end of the video, Gianluca stops and says that certain songs are untouchable and must be sung well.
Red asked how friendships are made up. Ignazio answered that he feels more connected to Piero, also because they are both Sicilians. Piero confirmed.
Red asked what their favorite song is. Ignazio and Gianluca said Smile. Piero replied My Way.
Then he asked if they see themselves in their solo career and Piero immediately answered NO, Ignazio NO, Gianluca SI.
Ignazio also said this really beautiful thing, he said that thanks to their music teacher he understood that everyone must follow their inclinations, Ignazio wanted to make music, he did not want to go on television or become famous, he was interested in making music, because it makes him feel good.
Then he was also lucky because he met them (Piero and Gianluca) on the same TV show. Gianluca then says that their parents have not pushed them but have always adapted to their needs.
At the end, Red Ronnie congratulates Ignazio for his performance.
Therefore Red confirms:
1) You have talent
2) Fortunately, they met in a broadcast
3) There was Cenci who understood to put them together
4) Torpedine accidentally saw them on TV
5) Torpedine was a friend of Renis who opened the American market to the guys
At this point Red says that in front of them they had an open highway, but even if you’re on a highway and you cannot run (that is if there is no talent), you do not do anything.
Red confirms that IL VOLO has been famous for some time, but he did not know them at all, he admits that he knows them better now and thinks that they are really good and pleasant, not like many journalists make them appear.
(This is the greatest satisfaction for us Italian fans: Daniela)
Red asks how many songs they have in their repertoire and Piero answers by producing a sheet on which he has written all 116 of them. Then Red sees that L’IMMENSITA’ is written twice and then Piero says 115.
The “TIRICHITOLLA” could not be missing
They said that for the tenth year of their career they will do beautiful things that they are already thinking about. At one point they took 10 vinyl records of IL VOLO, NOTTE MAGICA and signed them, these records will be delivered to 10 girls of the fan club, they will later say how to get them.
The guys have just made a short video published on the official IL VOLO fan club page where they thank all the fans who followed them last night and they say that there will be many surprises coming.
(This video DOES NOT play upside down! 🙂 )
The following day Red Ronnie thanked everyone for the beautiful night live saying that they have reached 200,000 people with 34,000 interactions and contacts only on his Facebook page.
I tried to translate the most important things, but if you have any questions about the video, ask me, and I will translate to you what they were saying.
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