Hello all! Just in case you hadn’t heard…. 🙂
Here is the Google Translate version of the article posted in the previous blog posted late Monday – kind of by accident. (it said you could reblog post at the end, so I did!) Ah well, live and learn! Also posting some various photos circulating social media….thank you and well-deserved credit to all owners of the photos with such creativity!! And of course, “our boys…” 🙂 For without them, we never would have known such Grande Amore was possible – meeting all of these wonderful people all around the world.
“Today, October 9, 2017 (now Italian!), The video of Grande Amore de Il Volo reaches 100 million views, obtaining VEVO certification. * Grande Amore can definitely be considered the battle horse of the 3 artists who, precisely with this song, written by Francesco Boccia and Ciro Esposito, won the 65th edition of the Festival of Sanremo. Thanks to this victory and the third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, Volo has become more known in Italy and the rest of Europe. Grande Amore’s video, directed by Mauro Russo, was shot in a single day, January 15, 2015, in the magnificent Villa Caroli Zanchi in Stezzano, near Bergamo. Congratulations to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca for this new finish !!“
This is the blog site I got it from: Grazie Mille!!
Various pictures…. some from Gianluca, some from Il Volo, some from Gary Istok….
There is Gian, always teasing us!! Really Gian? You have to ask? 🙂
“When I think, I think only of you….” How true – aren’t they always on our minds and in our dreams?
Ciao – til tomorrow….
A little over a month ago, I put together the first ever little survey, to see what our fans are made of! 🙂 Of course there was a “lot” of sugar and spice, very few puppy dog tails, and of course, everything nice!! I had a total of 138 responses, which I felt was pretty good. I have to say some of the results really surprised me. Not everyone answered every question and the numbers reflect the actual numbers, instead of percentages. I did get some comments from some of the 66+ crowd, that they wanted a higher age range of ages after the 66. Maybe next time! I’m also thinking this might be interesting data to send to Barbara and the guys? It is really quite a small sampling, but even with a small sampling, the majorities often tend to hold true, when expanded to a larger audience.
Certainly a big “Thank You!” to those of you that responded and were very open and honest. By the way, the names will be kept private to protect the innocent. Lol!
The results below are five of the multiple choice questions. I will post the open ended questions/answers at a later time. Please enjoy this little bit of data, while we await a few more pictures and videos to come out from Buenos Aires!
I have to say I was really surprised by this one. I thought for sure most people really had a favorite. But more than half said they loved all 3! However, if they had to choose, our beloved (mine, Marie’s, and a several others’ favorite) Igna, won the most hearts! But is it really any surprise? 🙂
Although not an official DVD, hands down, my favorite is their Verona concert from 2015!
Here are a few leftover pictures from the last concert in Sao Paolo! Enjoy! Ok, not sure why the pictures are in there twice, well, I know why, because I hit them twice, but I can’t see them on my end here and can’t delete them! I’m sure you won’t mind looking at them twice? 🙂
Adios! Buenos Dias y Buenos Noches! Tenga un Buen Dia!! 🙂 Sonrisas todos! 🙂
(sorry, just practicing my Spanish a bit….)
Ignazio has posted on Instagram this beautiful photo.
Ignazio’s sincere look gives a deep affection and respect to the person who is close to him.
From this shot, these comments were born.
Melina Anastasi = This photo does not require comments !!!
Ignazio has called it “life lessons.” It is infinite delicacy, affection, depth and attention, Ignazio’s glance is a caress of the soul!
Carmen Verdi = After the summer fun, the sea, the car races, the laughter with friends, the carefree, the time comes to stop, listen, and follow the advice. To listen carefully to the story of a difficult and tiring life as it would have been for the elderly relative and to take lessons. Not everything is taken in life, I imagine the wise man, strong in his experience, and Ignazio seems to hang from his lips, looks at him with respect, admiration, and even affection. These meetings are good, they bring to reality, they do not lose sight of reality, they remind, if they ever need to, always have their feet well planted on the floor and never forget where they left. We know how Ignazio is ready to listen.
Ignazio always amazes us, what is your thought?
Credit to all owners of photos.
Just some updates here…
It was a harrowing weekend for many. Several of you were faithfully posting and responding over the last few days, sending thoughts and prayers to all in Florida.
Well folks, many prayers were answered, and perhaps a few were not, but as far as we know here, no fans, friends, or family members were lost to Irma. Laura was keeping us all up to date on the weather where she was.
There was an instagram photo from Il Volo Miami, of the Miami hospital with torrential wind and rain. I’m guessing they must have been a medical person and had to stay at the hospital.
An update on me….many blessings are certainly upon me and my family. (Chris said perhaps – maybe Ignazio’s blessing is still with me?) 🙂 Both my mother’s and aunt/uncle’s places were spared. My aunt/uncle lost power, but that was all. Mom came home today to find her place was securely intact with both power and water! Others, did not fare so well. All she lost was the tree in front. She said she saw many that lost roofs or their lanais. A friend, just a block or so over from her, lost their roof and their place is now condemned. They had just purchased it a few years ago.
Although many are still without power, things seem to be getting back to normal pretty quickly there in many places, as if nothing had happened. Definitely a lot of pictures of downed trees and beached boats, but miraculously, few reports of deaths. Mom said Publix was already open, however, they had little left.
I’m not sure how many of you saw the post from AAIV, but they will be “slowing down” the news on their site due to personal commitments and other time constraints. Our crew here can certainly understand, as we struggle as well at times. That being said, we are going to keep to the “weekends free” unless something important pops up. This will give our writers a little more time for other things. We will certainly miss AAIV, as they always had very good news and information about the guys. They said they will continue the site and keep it live, but on a limited basis.
Also, a reminder to send your wishes for Igna’s birthday. It is coming up quickly.
The survey site is also still open.
Just a little something to make you smile? How precious is that look on Piero’s face?
Pat and Jane are on a little hiatus right now and they put a few articles in storage and there are a few others in there. I will continue the concert review for Mexico tomorrow and next up is Santo Domingo on September 13. Let’s hope the guys don’t meet with any more natural disasters!
Thank you again for all of your well wishes, prayers, thoughts and inspirations, to keep us all going this last weekend. To especially Loretta, Laura, and Jeanine…
Will keep this one little candle going for one more day. Like the flickering flame, that bobs and bends, it swings and sways, but never goes out, like the love and spirit on this site! One really big extended family!
Our very own Daniela surprised us all by sending us an email of her attendance at the taping and rehearsals for the Pavarotti Event on September 6th! Below, is her experience, as well as some editing and formatting by me. But still mostly in her own words…
This is the promo of the broadcast:
Here is the video of their song, as well as the beginning of the evening.
“Ciao a tutte,
Ten years ago, a great tenor died, Luciano Pavarotti. In his memory, a great event was scheduled at the Verona Arena broadcast live on Rai1, September 6, 2017.
Yesterday, September 5, from the official fanclub arrived an e-mail that if you wanted to attend the free rehearsals you just had to show up at 7pm. in front of the Arena gate and we can bring other people, the card was not required. I just wanted to tell you that I have just returned from Verona Arena where I and my husband have attended the event in memory of Pavarotti that will be done tomorrow. Lucky for us, we just lived less than an hour away from Verona.
All this was done because for IL VOLO, besides the rehearsals, there was also the recording of their participation, in short for them tomorrow will be a “fake direct” because will be transmitted how much was recorded tonight.
The big evening came.
The beginning of the evening it is announced that Il Volo will perform Granada together with the soprano Angela Gheorghiu. They were very good and there was a lot of support for them, but let me say I would have preferred they sing a song all to themselves.
At first, we were about 500 people but the rehearsal was long and in the evening, it was cold. At the end, we were about 150 people all arranged focused because during the television shooting you could see the audience. I was in a good position in the central corridor.
They were allowed to sing as if it seemed they were actually present in the Arena.
Their show was recorded on Tuesday night, the boys had to leave for Mexico, shortly afterward, as we saw from the pictures of Gian and Piero on the plane.
My husband and I had the pleasure of being there when the boys were recording their song at the Arena, it was a great experience and absolutely free. Piero Ignazio and Gianluca are wonderful as usual.
I enjoyed the show. I did some photos and a couple of videos. They asked us not to divulge photos and videos until tomorrow evening.
We have seen the tapes of the tenors: Carreras, Grigolo, Meli (I’m not sure he is), and of course IL VOLO.
The guys were very stylish, there was also the presenter Conti and the orchestra, all were elegant.
Carlo Conti asked Angela and Il Volo their thoughts on Pavarotti after they finished their song….lucky for us, Daniela translated the guys’ answers for us!
Piero: We did not know Luciano but for us he is the image of music, music in the world. I remember when the master disappeared in 2007, on the news in China raised the black flags and there I realized that we had lost someone important.
Ignazio: Surely for us it was a great inspiration, especially for the project we have faced to date. For me personally, I imitated Luciano when I was a little kid in my bedroom, then my mom came and said to me “but it was you Ignazio?” For me I grew up a lot with Luciano and we really bring him into our heart, and who does not?
Gianluca: The most charismatic man in the world, probably of the century, has succeeded in his mission of bringing lyrical music to everyone, to the people but especially to the young and this is the most important thing.
I finish with a phrase, today an important Italian newspaper has devoted a long page to Pavarotti’s memory and after describing not only the great artist but the simple man who had also succeeded in his spontaneity, this newspaper finished the article writing: “IL VOLO, like it or not like, are his virtual sons.” (I love this quote!…jmv)
Pictures below from Daniela:
These pictures below from RAI, but sent by Daniela…
I think Igna and Luciano have the same cheeks! 🙂
Til next time….a presto!
Our heartfelt wishes and thanks to all the Laborers of the USA and Canada, wishing them a safe and happy Labor Day, if they get the day off!! It’s a bit ironic, a day to celebrate the workers and unions, the government gives us the day off, but many in retail and other fields of work, have to work!
On September 2, our boys had a commitment to Berlin.
Little was known about this commitment, perhaps because it was a private event.
But the event had already been advertised by our guys with a video some time ago.
The boys made a photo shoot in Siracusa, Sicily, this summer for the new catalog of the ENERGETIX jewelery line.
On September 2, the new catalog was presented at this event!
The event took place at the Estrel Berlin where many people had the pleasure to see and feel the exceptional guests: IL VOLO.
Foto di Myrjam Minaer
Here are some photos in the catalog.
What about beautiful jewels worn by our wonderful home jewels: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
What is your opinion of the cover photo as “Sicilian picciotti?”
This appears to be a recording of the guys singing, Grande Amore, put to a beautiful artistic impression, presented to the audience before the concert actually began.
You do not see very well but look at that presentation