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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

 

 

THE LOVE STORY CONTINUES by Daniela

The couple Piero-Valentina, it seems that it is proceeding very well, or at least this is the impression that we have seen the various videos posted by Valentina. Yes, because Valentina does not hide the relationship with Piero at all, indeed does not miss an opportunity to publish moments even a little “personal” for the joy of the fans, but will be equally happy for Piero? For now it seems so, and to see him happy, it is very good for our hearts.

Here they are together in Siena.

V = Try to take pictures of me.

Hello sweetheart.

P = Hello Love

Continues 01

Together they went to see the concert of ULTIMO, which won the last Sanremo festival in the YOUTH section.

Continues 02

Together they go to the stadium to watch football matches.

V = This is our tree and our crib, finished.

Is it beautiful, honey?

P = Yes. There is also what flies

V = And all the boxes, to bring down now?

P = Do you bring it?

V = Nooo!

Continues 03

These videos seem to fix, “evidence of life together”.

 Are really sweet videos.

 

 

This is a newspaper article  that has appeared these days.

From the photos we can see, Valentina and Piero with Valentina’s father and brother.

On the photo where the couple is embracing, there is a sentence printed, “Valentina with Piero, has taken flight.”

Continues 04

Even the relationship with Francesco Barone and his girlfriend seems to work well, in fact here they are in a Sunday lunch together with Piero and Valentina.

This is a video, where the couple answers directly to questions that are written on the video.

QUESTION = What do you do if a pelican enters you at home?

V = There was a bug out of the car window and I did not want to open the window to get the ticket.

P = Who must drive to remove this bug?

V = Now? ….

QUESTION = Favorite song of IL VOLO?

V = I do not even know one! No, only GRANDE AMORE I know, that I know …… you too, you do not understand anything about football, so what do you want from me? We are even, Love.

QUESTION = (small incomprehensible word, perhaps Arabic)

V = Fully agree with him!

P = But I do not understand the last word.

V = You are not acculturated.

P = No, unfortunately.

V = We have to study a year in Dubai.

QUESTION = (to Valentina) Are you engaged?

V = (stroking Piero’s head) in reality he is my best friend, he just makes me, so much company (she laughs and kisses Piero on the hair)

P = There is nothing to do …

QUESTION = Was not Piero CR7 better? (CR7 is Cristiano Ronaldo IUVE football champion)

P = What would you say about my turtle? (abdominal muscles)

V = But in fact, since he came to the stadium, he goes to the gym every day to do his abs.

P = I have to become like CR7.

V = Then you have to work a lot !!!

P = The important thing is to start.

QUESTION = I’m a big fan of Piero, do you let me know?

P = But still … (laughs) I can not take it anymore, enough!

V = Enough (laughs)

P = See you tomorrow, what do you want?

V = Ginoble, take it back a little, bring it with you …

(It is clear that this question was made by Gianluca, who teases the couple … ha ha ha)

QUESTION = Do you know that Vale is an excellent singer?

V = The truth, Love, confess, who sings all day?

P = You. But me, what did I do wrong?

Continues 05

Beautiful girl Valentina …..

Continues 06

But how beautiful is our Piero here ??? 

But how cute these two are!

Continues 07

Really entertaining these two, Piero is looking for toy stores to buy board games.

They play “Guess who?” and “Tombola” and who always wins? PIERO!

Valentina says, “Dragged me to the gym, wants to be cool.”

Piero answers, “As Cristiano Ronaldo I become.” (ironically, he intends he will have abdominals like Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese soccer player.)

Continues 08

This photo was posted by Valetina with this message:

Emozioni forti come il primo giorno
Che fanno sparire le cose che ho intorno. 
Non c’è niente al mondo che mi deconcentri
Non c’è cosa bella dove tu non c’entri.
Guardami negli occhi come fossimo
Complici di un piano rivoluzionario
Un amore straordinario. 🎼🖤  


Strong emotions like the first day
That make the things I have around disappear.
There is nothing in the world to deconcentrate me
There is no beautiful thing where you do not have to.
Look me in the eye like we were
Accomplices of a revolutionary plan
An extraordinary love. 🎼🖤

Continues 09

V= And then they have the courage to say that we are women, slow.

Love, do you try to make yourself beautiful?

                                                   

In these days Piero brought Valentina to Naro, to his house.

They have made the Christmas tree.

They went around Sicily.

= There are 18, even 20 degrees Celsius, it’s hot, there’s a sun that breaks stones (very strong), the sea, and he sings Christmas

They went to see Ignazio.

Ignazio continues to wonder in amazement “Piero plays with the dog !!!”, because Piero has always refused the proximity of the dogs, also because of his allergy …….. but since he attends Valentina (which seems to have a little dog), things have changed !! 

Continues 10

It will be Ignazio’s horse.

Very sweet, Piero.

Continues 11Continues 12

In short, I would say a nice couple, maybe a little too “public”, but if they like it, everything is ok.

Here we say “let’s hope it’s not just a straw fire” that burns fast and goes out.

Expectations seem good, so we wish them all the best in the world!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

INTERVIEW WITH PIERO 2013 by Daniela

I got to see this old video of an interview of Piero in 2013.

It’s a very nice interview, made by the beautiful and nice Marcella Lattuca for the transmission Agrigentini Bella Gente.

It’s a long interview, made to a very young Piero, but interesting to hear and read his answers.

I noticed that there was the possibility of the automatic translator, but I read some passages and sincerely, there is not much sense in what is automatically translated, so I hope the length does not bore you, but I preferred to translate it for you.

ML = Dear viewers, welcome to this new episode of Agrigentini Bella Gente (Inhabitants of Agrigento, beautiful people).

This episode is very special because I have the privilege to talk with a real star of international music, you think, he has only 19 years, Piero Barone, whom I thank for intervening, has reached goals that perhaps, artists can not reach, over a whole career.

Thanks Piero, for being our guest.

P = It’s a pleasure. We did the chorus together and today we are here to do this fantastic interview.

ML = It’s true, you and me started in parallel, with a fairly considerable age gap, alas.

You start from Naro, you were born in Naro, you have a family from Agrigento, and you start with the Little Cantori di Santa Cecilia. (a choir of Agrigento).

Tell us how you approached music.

P = I have always pursued this dream of music, I grew up in the middle of music with my grandfather, grandfather Pietro and thanks also to my father’s constancy, because you know, sometimes there are moments, when you’re little, you play piano and you want to give up everything, but thanks to the constancy of my father, I always, always pursued this dream, first with the chorus of Santa Cecilia, studying with private teachers, and now fortunately, I’m here.

Piero 01(Piero with his grandfather Pietro)

ML = Anyway, your career was born a few years ago, when you were really a child.

What was actually this turning point, which made you feel you wanted to do something more? What was the spring?

P = In fact there was not, because I always wanted to sing, but there was luck, thanks to my father, always, thanks to my father, to do a summer festival in Cosenza.

My father called me and told me “Do you want to do this festival? Let’s go and come back in 24 hours (by car), let’s go and come back”.

I replied, “Dad, are you crazy?” and he “Come on, let’s try, I drive and you sleep in the car.”

For that selection they did not take me, but they gave my name to the editorial office of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, Antonella Clerici’s program.

One day I was returning from the piano school and I found my father on the phone with a lady Isabella Abiuso, and from there it all started, in fact my father asked me if I wanted to do that program and I replied “Why not, let’s try.”

ML = You started as a soloist at TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, and then maybe fate played a special role.

Piero 02

P = Oh yes, we started this program as three singers, and now I, Ignazio and Gianluca are the group IL VOLO, and the fourth episode, the producer Roberto Cenci, had the idea to join our voices, and from there started … the three tenors …. the Tryo, we changed name, but in the end we decided to call ourselves IL VOLO.

Immediately after the program, we signed a program with Universal Music in Los Angeles.

ML = A little thing of nothing…..

P = They wanted a short Italian name.

IL VOLO was a metaphorical name, IL VOLO, to fly

ML = Anyway, what I understood from your words, the one that followed you the most, was your dad, also because, being a minor, you could not go around alone.

P = My father and my grandfather – my grandfather discovered my voice, my father helped me. He is great and he has been a great support.

ML = So immediately after TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, you signed this contract with Universal, and you started your flight.

P = Yes, we signed a contract with Universal, with our producer Tony Renis and Umberto Gattica and our manager Michele Torpedine, and from there, the first TV, the first album, with the first album we sold 1 million copies. And now the new album WE ARE LOVE has been released, where there is also a duet with Eros Ramazzotti and with Placido Domingo.

ML = But when you tell these things, do you realize where you’ve come from and all the way you’ve come in such a short time?

P = This is nothing, we made this new album, but behind this album we have done lots of experiences, like, a tour with Barbra Streisand, 12 dates with her. She was a great teacher for us and we learned so many things from her, like from many other great artists.

(the video is not a good recording, but it’s still fantastic !!!)

ML = I can afford to mention some reviews I read on the internet.

EL PASO TIMES: Electrifying: the name of the group means the flight in Italian, perfect name for a trio of young tenors who conquers ever higher peaks”, just to name one, another: “Beautiful and intense voices accompanied by beautiful harmonies that enchant the public by giving strong emotions “, this is the enthusiastic comment of the NEW YORK JOURNAL.

You are a trio, so you are dealing with two other guys who are the same age.

P = Ignazio and Gianluca

ML = Perfect. What is the relationship between you three? Is it really difficult to keep united, even if you go in one direction only?

P = This project was born as three friends, you know, living every day together, we have established a great relationship, we are like three brothers, because we share everything ….. not everything. There is a great relationship, a great agreement.

ML = But you also perform individually?

P = No, no, our concert is the concert of IL VOLO.

We have just finished a tour of 48 dates in America, this is the fourth tour. We have done an American tour, a South American, a European and another American just finished and now in 2013 we will do another South American, American and European.

ML = But for a boy of your age, you have spent most of your adolescence ….

P = On the plane

ML = In fact, and what effect does it make, having left your friends, your country, was it tough? Then you had to approach even with a language that was not yours, you had to learn English.

P = English is fundamental and we also had to learn Spanish.

ML = You have learned Spanish because now, however, you will start a tour, if I’m not mistaken in South America.

P = The second tour, and now there are great future projects, but I’ll tell you what we did in the last two months. We started the Rockefeller Center in New York, with the lighting of the Christmas tree, the Christmas season opens all over the world, the Christmas Time. We were there, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, everyone was there.

Immediately after we sang for the Nobel Prize presentation in Oslo. We represented Italy, because the Nobel Prize was given to the European Union.

There were Jennifer Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gerald Butler, Sial, it was a great experience.

ML = Informing me on the internet, I read that you have also become a style icon, because your fans have adopted this red eyewear look, is your brand?

P = If you come to our concerts, find all the girls with red glasses, it’s really nice !!

ML = And then you also have some very important fans, like for example …. say you …

P = We were in Panama and a friend called us and told us “Guys, read the interview about LA REPUBBLICA”, we go on the internet and we read that at Placido Domingo, they asked him what music he is listening at the moment, and he replied: “I listen to IL VOLO, they are three jewels that the whole world should know.” And the nephew of Pacido Domingo, is a wild fan, crazy about us, he wears red glasses, the vest, the tie ……. and from there was born the duet with Palcido Domingo.

ML = In fact, because in the last album, in addition to the duet with Ramazzotti, you also have one with Placido Domingo, which is one of the three historical tenors.

P = Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti. We dedicated the song we sang together with Placido Domingo, IL CANTO, to Pavarotti.

ML = It’s an extraordinary thing, and tell me, you said that you met so many famous people and I would like to know if any of these gave you advice, if they made you a “mentor” in addition to your grandfather and your dad.

P = The advice, be yourself, because the key to success is only one, talent and humility, because all the great artists are great people.

ML = The real ones.

P = Real ones, like Barbra Streisand, 70, and every night she entertains 25,000 people in America’s biggest arenas.

Now we have to start the tour with Barbra Streisand, in Europe. (pity that has never been done)

P = American Idol, as jurors were: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Steven Tyler is the singer of Aerosmith and we in our new album we sang “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, but we did it in a classic Italian “Questo Amore Splendido” (Piero begins to sing the song), just beautiful.

ML = Nice to even hear it live.

P = We did Jay Leno, it’s the third time, Jay Leno is America’s most watched Tonight Show, Jay Leno and Larry King are the most famous, we sang “Beautiful Day” two weeks ago, which is the cover of U2.

Let’s say that of our album, people ask us, but your kind of music, what is it? We did two duets, one with Ramazzotti which is the top of pop and Placido Domingo, which is the top of classical music.

ML = So you are versatile, you have shown your versatility and even those who gave you a kind of emulation of the TRIO of Tenors, like a bad copy of the trio, in the end it was denied.

P = This problem was, and there is, only in Italy, but you know, Italy is a very, very difficult country, but …. let’s do everything at the time.

But the thing that makes us angry, and I have to say this, we participated in the Nobel Prize, we have represented Italy, the whole world talks about it, who does not talk about it: Italy.

ML = It seems we are a little xenophilous.

P = But we love our country, so we love it as it is.

ML = With the merits and the defects.

You said you spent most of your teenage years on the plane, but how did you stay in touch with your friends and study?

P = I always say that what we do is what we like to do, so if you love what you do, everything becomes easy.

ML = But how did you study?

P = I study again, because I lost a year with my work. But this year I graduate, study in hotels, on airplanes.  (in reality, he will only get his diploma this year in 2018).

I took the license. I did the theory in August and the guide in November.

ML = Even if in America? It’s not like you travel by car there.

P = Yes, I do. I drive my producer’s car. Sometimes I hire a Ferrari, or a Porsche, I like driving.

ML = And can you orient yourself? You are now a citizen of the world.

P = But the beautiful thing … “beautiful”, so to speak, because sometimes you lack freedom, especially in South America, we walk with the escort, in South America we have five bodyguards at the baggage claim because at the exit of the airport there are a thousand girls.

ML = They recognize you on the street, it is shocking!

P = We travel with cars darkened and armored because unfortunately South America is a dangerous country but we love it and they love us, the girls chase us with taxis…. and shout, it’s nice !!

ML = Are you afraid of this thing?

P = No, no fear, it fills you with pride and satisfaction because you understand that what you are transmitting reaches people.

ML = But this life is so stressful, how do you recharge? What is your secret to recharging?

P = It’s my family. Many people tell me “you have traveled the world”, and it is true, I miss only Japan and Russia, because they are two very strong markets and we leave them ….. Everyone asks me “What is your favorite city? ? Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Paris? “ , my favorite city is Naro, Naro is my world.

ML = What’s your relationship with Naro?? After singing in far away places, with immense crowds, when you arrive at Naro, do you have to re-program again?

P = No, Naro is my homeland, so every time it’s always a party.

ML = What is your relationship with Naro’s inhabitants?

P = Fantastic, I love them!

ML = Welcome you?

P = Yes, I go to buy fruit, I go to the hairdresser … it’s very nice !!

ML = Perhaps paradoxically your country is the only place where you can roam freely.

P = With my little car, now I go around with my friends, I greet everyone, I am a very open type.

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ML = It is a practice of our program, to ask what advice would you give to a person who has become a public figure, like you, to the Agrigentini boys who want to approach the art of singing, in this case.

P = My advice is always to follow your dream, never give up, there will be people who will say, “But come on, change jobs, change profession.” Never believe in them, believe in yourself, but when you arrive, stay where you are. Returning to the previous speech, I learned this from Barbra Streisand, and from all the great artists.

For example, we were on tour with Barbra Streisand, we were in the dressing room and we hear a knock, I go to open and there is Sting, or Michael Buble, David Beckham, Tom Hanks, all these great artists who knock on our dressing room, to have a photo, to greet us.

ML = This proves the fact that these great artists that have such long careers, it means that they remained what they were, it means that goodness of mind pays, beyond talent.

P = And then the humility even if it is really difficult to stay what you are, if you do not have great people behind, like a big family, I am doubly lucky because I am a person that could follow his dream and get there. Yet we have not arrived, but we are working, we study a lot, and my second fortune is my family – a moral support, a daily support, my father travels with me only when there are concerts, because the tour is very stressful. But for promotions, I travel alone, and you know, in the morning, when I call home, they give me the charge to start the day.

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ML = As a good Sicilian you have left the roots here, however you continually feed from your family.

P = When someone tell me “You know, when you speak, we hear the Sicilian accent, the Italian accent”….. let it be heard !!

ML = On the other hand your pride, it is this and, I can say, you are also our pride and I believe I also interpret the thought of all the inhabitants of Agrigento who followed you.

Last question, what do you dream of doing “when you grow up?”

P = I’m studying lyric now, because that’s my dream, that world, it’s my dream, the lyric is another dimension, but you have to study … too much … and now I’m studying, thanks to my possibilities, I am studying in Bologna, with my teacher Sergio Bertocchi, a great teacher, and he is a great person. I’m studying an opera setting, however, always with IL VOLO, Il VOLO is always …. the group IL VOLO …. IS IL VOLO. And so my dream is that one day maybe, to do the Premiere to La Scala or in some theater.

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ML = And we really wish you to stand out even more in this flight.

P = Before closing I have a gift, I brought you the new album of IL VOLO, WE ARE LOVE, this is the deluxe version, where over eight unpublished songs, including two duets, and four covers, there are five songs of Christmas.

ML = This is the advantage of interviewing these characters, but I accept it only if you sign it.

I wish you all the best.

P = It was really a huge pleasure.

ML = For me too.

P = When my father told me that they had called for this interview, I immediately said yes, let’s do it.

ML = I confirm it, because you have remained what you are.

Piero, thank you very much, AD MAIORA.

Thank you very much for following us and the next installment of AGRIGENTINI BELLA GENTE.

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I had not seen this video interview until a few days ago and I must say that I was pleasantly content to hear the really wise and mature responses of a young Piero.

Still I was very happy with this, and you?

I await your impressions.

Daniela

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