For all of you analytical techie people out there and those that just like fun facts, here are some facts about our site, from its inception back in 2013!
These are the top 15 countries of all time…just look, Il Volo has fans of this site in nearly every country and corner of the world, except for a few remote countries in Africa and Antarctica! Per Marie, a total of 177 countries! Over one million views, in just the United States!
Just amazing guys!
What’s in store for you in 2018??
Ciao! Remember the “old” days when we voted in a frenzy just so our guys would win?? I think you can only vote once on here and I think it is just through this Friday, if I read it correctly. The site is mostly in Italian, but the headers are in English. Il Volo is just in one category – Italia Live. And you have to go ALL the way down, they were in the last row for me! You’ll get a chuckle out of some of the “oldies but goodies” in some of the other categories of “international!” 🙂
Below is the link. Good luck guys!
As we know, our guys have been in Japan like for a week almost already and they are having a blast doing promos and being on various TV shows, etc. Looks like Max joined them the other day.
Tonight is their first concert in Japonne! I’m sure it will be amazing. As with the other concerts when they had 2 in the same country, we will be doing just one post on it. There is likely to be tons of material, so please bear with me if I only select a few things. The good thing is that it’s likely to be in English because I don’t think they know much Japanese. I did see a short interview somewhere and they were speaking English! The last concert is on Dec 1, so look for a post maybe on Monday or Tuesday for the Japan concerts.
A few days ago, I also got an email from the Il Volo Fan Club, as many of you may have, with the link to the Japan interview TV show Asaichi? Unfortunately, for one, it was all in Japanese and Italian. Only the songs they sang were subtitled, although in Italian! You also couldn’t download it and they were pretty specific about that. I tried several times, before I read where it said for FAN CLUB MEMBERS ONLY! Do not share, copy, download, etc.! You didn’t miss too much, I think they sang 3 songs. Although it is still cute to watch their expressions, even if you can’t understand a word they say! I think those 2 ladies there were the Jap-It interpreters…
I know many say, why join the fan club? Well, you get little treats like this one! Yes, it’s about $25 and you get this cute little card with their picture on it and their logo on the other side. Do be careful when you order it, as your confirmation purchase email is your actual ID number. You get your card about 6 weeks later, but there is no member number on it. There is also a “private” fan only Facebook like social site, as well, on the website. Here is the website if you want to order it and sign up: http://www.ilvolomusic.com/en/ This is their official website and at the top you will see “shop.” You can click on there and sign up! All that is being offered on there right now is the membership. I’m not sure what they did with all of their merchandise they had. Maybe they are coming out with a new line of things?
Another tidbit… the new Energetix catalog with the guys on it is coming out on December 1. We were just informed of this the day after Thanksgiving. I will do a short post on this with the link to the new catalog on December 1. With each order from the website, you will get a catalog! There are several pieces on the site that are less than $50. So, order early to get in time for Christmas. It will be a 2-in-1 gift! You can keep the catalog and give away the jewelry, or keep the jewelry and give away the catalog! Either way, it’s a win-win situation!! 🙂 https://janamarie.energetix.tv/?loc=en A really big Grazie Mille to Susan T. and Anne Q. for being my 1st (2) orderers from this site! 🙂 It will be a few weeks before your orders come in, but it will be worth the wait!
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!
Ciao a Tutti!
The city of Houston and the rest of Texas USA, is still reeling from the after-effects of Harvey, and yet Irma is heading toward the US now, already devastating much of the Caribbean. The guys have safely landed in Mexico, with Gian posting “clouds.” Katia is now heading toward the southern east coast of Mexico and a week from now, they are heading to Santo Domingo! We pray that all in the paths of these hurricanes (I know there must be many parents and grandparents in the southern states, as well as fans) are kept safe, go to shelters, and heed the warnings. After Harvey, I don’t think anyone is taking chances now. I spoke with my mom, who is on the central Gulf Coast of Florida and I asked her if she was packing. She said yes! I was a bit surprised, but she said she was ready to move to a safer place; they were all waiting to see where the wind blew.
I created a little picture below, depicting the guys singing their hearts out and blowing away the hurricanes from all of their tour area, so no concerts are cancelled. There would not be many things more devastating than to survive the hurricane, but have the concert cancelled! (I’m sure the Boston fans are still very saddened…) (forgive me if I am a little off on the actual locations in Mexico, but I think I’m pretty close!)
Sing strong and loud and fiercer than these storms! We know you can! Blow them back to sea where they belong! Amen.
(thank you and credit to owners of photos and AccuWeather for map pictures!)
Thank you all for your continued support of this site! Let’s look forward to an amazing Latin American tour!
p.s. look for some more changes and surprises to be coming through….we will be changing with the winds of time….
Although most of the fans on our site hail from the United States or Europe, we know we have a lot of fans that read our site from Mexico and South America.
So, if you are planning on going to any of the Latin American concerts, we want to hear from you!! We’d also like to hear your personal reviews from the concerts. We all know that the Latin American fans are the most crazy – heck the guys say the same thing! 🙂
If you are one of the crazy ones, or even the not so crazy ones, we want to hear from you!
Please respond to this post if you plan on going to any of the concerts, or feel free to write to our Gmail account address: FlightCrew.NotteMagica2017@gmail.com and let us know.
Lorna and I came really, really close to going to Monterrey, but due to some logistical, financial, and safety reasons, we decided against it.
Ignazio posted today on Instagram, and I’m assuming Twitter, a wistful looking picture of himself, looking out on Taormina, saying their vacation was nearing its end. Yes, guys, it has gone quickly for you, I’m sure! But probably not quickly enough for your adoring and awaiting fans in Mexico and Latin America!
For anyone that is going and has not purchased a meet/greet, the OMG group is offering a $50 discount toward the tickets, if you are part of the Il Volo fan club, but they are still $200 (that’s in US$)! If you are interested, email me at the Gmail account address above.
Also, if there is ANYONE out there that would like to submit an article, an idea, or write something for the site, please let me know. 🙂
p.s. keep those survey answers coming!! I am up to about 126 responses so far. I will keep it open for maybe another week or so, then post some of the open ended answers! 🙂
Ciao a tutti!! Ok, well, we didn’t reach our goal today of 50 comments, even with me answering everyone… technically we only had 17 initial posts. But that’s ok. We heard from some that haven’t commented in a long time, or was even their first time, so welcome! And several of our “young” faithful and loyal commenters returned. There are some lovely comments below – I hope you have a chance to read them. If you didn’t comment on this original posting from yesterday, I welcome you to comment now. Even if you don’t comment, that’s ok – we know you are reading! 🙂
I loved how many of you said that we are the first thing you read in the morning and that you either found us through other friends on FaceBook, or just through frantic searches on the Internet!
Sorry, no pictures today… but OMG, have you seen the ones Gianluca and Piero are posting!!!??? Holy Bologna! (ok, how are you pronouncing it? lol!) They stay in the water much longer and they will turn into prunes.
Below are your comments! Thank you all! 🙂
Love this site – always has the best stories and information
Camille, how lovely to hear from you!
Love this site. Found out about it from an Il Volo follower who I made friends with on fb. I have made so many friends on fb bc of these three amazing young guys. I just love them all but have to admit Ignazio pulls at my heartstrings. I look forward everyday to look at my e-mails to see if there are any new posts . So happy I found this site. Thank you.
Thank you Jana for including me in your post. I’ll never leave this site because you girls work so hard to give us all the up to date information of where & what our precious young men are doing. Still saying Ignazio is MINE.
I love Ignazio too.
He’s MINE! All mine! Will always be mine! Can’t bring myself to share him, but I understand how you feel.
Igna is just special, there is just something about him. Many start liking Gian or Piero, but then all of a sudden, they start to stray toward Igna. There is something about those eyes and dimples!
My day starts on this site. And ends on this site. I don’t remember the date I started to read the posts on the “official” site, but happily came over here to be among the loving fans of Il Volo from it’s beginning. Our combined love for Il Volo has made us a family that is just as caring and nurturing as the blood related family God gave us. I am grateful for our boys, their talent, their hard work and most of all, their love for us, their fans! Thanks to everyone on this site. Love you all.
Thank you so much, Linda! I sure like a lot of these people on this site better than my family!
I truly don’t remember how I found the CREW, but it was one of the best things that I ever did! As I approach my 8th birthday I still enjoy seeing posts from all you gals and guys! Some are just fun, some newsy, and some informative! Keep up the good work! Here’s to many more years and many more concerts….but hurry! Lol, love youall…Dot in Texas!
Hey there Dot!! Thanks so much – we are all young at heart…
I was introduced to the Flight Crew by a fan I had met on fb. What a delightful place it is. I don’t comment a lot, that is just me. But I do love it here. Here’s to many more years together!
Laura – yes, I recognize your name! That’s ok if you don’t comment much – thanks so much for commenting today! Many, it seems found us from FB friends – that is awesome!
I discovered the boys in 2012, and literally hung on YouTube looking for music, and reading all the other comments from old ladies like me, shocked that I wasn’t the only one. I went to Meadow Brook for their concert in Aug 2012, then started searching the Internet for more than just YouTube. Somehow I found this. I keep coming back because it is just chock full of info, pictures, reviews, fun reading. I don’t have a specific me ryan of anything special, but I do remember you, Jana, contacting me when you read I was also from Detroit. I think that is pretty cool, and then I got to meet others thru you. ,
Oh, Barb, that is so sweet!! You know, you are always welcome at our parties and your hubby, too! We just may need to do some more convincing to him of your affections to the guys! Next time a concert or trip is planned, we will just drag you along!
I found the Flight Crew from an internet search for IL VOLO. What kept me coming back was all of the comments about the guys and stories of the concerts and meet & greets. I had yet to attend a concert and was craving information about what everyone else had experienced. You all did not disappoint! I don’t really have a favorite post because I love them all!
That’s great, Pat! So glad you found us, and we met in Chicago. Too bad we never made it for dinner, but breakfast was fun!
Four years already, I cannot believe it !!! Four years of going to the Flight Crew site first thing in the morning and a couple of times during the day to read all the comments. Flight Crew members may unknowingly pass each other in the street , but when we come to the site we are the best of friends., as we are all united in our admiration, (and love) for our 3 handsome young men. How they have grown since the first PBS concert in Detroit in 2011, and we have followed them along that path.Thank you to everybody who originally started the site, and to all who followed and continue to keep the site up and running. Thank you for keeping us all up to date on their various activities and future concert dates, where and when.Long may the site flourish, and continue to grow.
I love your last line there… So wonderful that our site ranks right up there with your morning cup of coffee. Such devoted fans and followers we have. Let’s hope the people we pass on the street are not people we “think” we don’t like for some reason? lol!
Thanks for staying with us this whole time – cheers to many more years!
Even though you don’t hear from this little birdie much, this site is still my heart.
One of my fondest memories has to be that when we started this site we were hoping to be read a thousand times. Remember, Kelly? We said if we ever reached ten thousand we would have a party. Well…this site has been read more than a million and a half times. Unbelieveable!
The very best thing though has been meeting people like Linda, Jane, Jana, Kelly and many more of you who have had the good taste to love those boys as much as I.
Grazie mille, little birdie!!
Doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it Marie. Keep dreaming, it’s good for the soul & I can also understand how you feel. No matter he is still & always will be MINE & eventually he will permanently belong to someone else.
Marie – yes, even though I have sort of taken over managing the day to day postings, this site will always be “your site.” I and everyone know it! You are a legend in your own time! And Linda, may she rest in peace and keep a look out over the boys. You, and Kelly and a few others have kept it going. Let’s all keep it going as long as we can! Let’s get to 2 million! Then we’ll really have a party!
I started watching the old Il Volo Music site and through that got to know Marie if I remember correctly. She cued me into the Flight Crew site when it was just getting started. I immediately loved the intimacy of its format and getting to know the people who commented regularly like family. I would be hard to identify a favorite post, but it would have to be one of Marie’s. When she asked me to be a regular contributor I was pleased, but very unsure of myself. I actually wrote over 60 articles, some under the title Personally Speaking, a task which has been a great joy to me, and spurred on by the encouraging comments of our readers. Our boys are truly an inspiration, and the Flight Crew blog has been the perfect place to share our admiration and love for them.
Mary, wow, 60 articles! That’s incredible! Thanks for sticking it out from the very beginning. I was also honored that Marie let me write for the site too – what a monster was unleashed, she had no idea! lol! It’s definitely like coming home again – your safe place. You are indeed an inspiration to all of us, as well as a beautiful writer.
I discovered Il Volo in 2012 and went to my first concert that year at the Kravis Center in FL. My next concert was in Orlando FL September 2013 and afterwards I immediately went into unimaginable Il Volo PCSD (Post Concert Stress Disorder) !!! There was not a soul who I could vent my pent up love and emotions to !!! I wanted to scream !! I was tired of being looked at like I was a mental case !! Then in October while scanning the Internet I thankfully found the Flight Crew !!! Finally a place to go where everyone felt the same way and shouted out their love for our three talented and endearing young men from their hearts without reserve !!! I was welcomed with open arms !!! I was home !!! All the posts are my favorite and although I don’t post everyday I read all of them !!! It’s been a fantastic 4 years and I hope we will all still be here for many years to come !! Congratulations to all of you who keep the Flight Crew going day after day !! You are doing a fantastic job !!
Thanks so much Joanie! Yes, we all had those same crazy thoughts – we thought we were crazy. Until we found this site. Then we realized, we were perfectly normal. It was everyone else that was crazy that they didn’t understand us! Thanks for coming back!
Hey I have been on board since that first PBS concert from Detroit. Never mind about Igna. He is wonderful, but Piero is all MINE. JoanieG
Sorry Joan, but you must share. Piero has held my heart since his first PBS concert at Detroit Opera House. He only gets better – voice, looks, smile, eyes!
Chris might have something to say about Piero, he keeps calling her, but she is having troubles with her phone, so he has to call me. I keep telling her to get a new phone, that Piero is calling! No one wants Gian?
Ok Laura, but you may have to fight Kelly for him! 🙂
In the fall of 2015 I was browsing many pages of facebook searching for IL VOLO News. Suddenly I come across a review of their beautiful concert, I liked it as it highlighted the feelings and then talking about the meet and greet and how he was noticed by the guys and what a surprise when I read that whoever wrote was A man, John. At the bottom of the review was written: posted on Flight Crew, here’s how I found it. When I came to this site I read for many months without ever commenting but finally I was where I wanted to be, surrounded by people who really love Piero Ignazio and Gianluca. I was at the concert in Florence on July 1, 2016 and a few days later I decided to comment. Ever since then, I follow all your comments with anxiety and affection. I am enrolled in several fanpages but this one remains the page I admire most, the one I’m most fond of and where I have met wonderful people. Becoming also an active part has been a further pride for me. I feel in a big family.
Daniela – I never realized you were also at the July 1 concert! So glad you finally commented. We are so grateful for your almost daily contributions. You are key right now in keeping us informed over there. We are so glad you answered the “distress call” from Marie and started helping us out! Grand Grazie Mille! I think we have a very unique site.
I found the Flight Crew about two and a half year’s ago, and if I remember rightly it was through the Il Volo Music site. Everybody was so welcoming, and it felt like I had come home. Since then, I go onto the site as soon as I get out of bed every morning, and several times during the day. I don’t want to miss any news about the guy’s. My favorite post’s were when Marie and Jane were in Italy. They were so funny, and I told them they could be the opening act for Il Volo! Their sense of humor is similar to mine( I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad) Thank you to everyone that keep’s this site going
Jill – how lovely to hear from you! I’m sure Jane and Marie are very flattered you enjoyed their Italy posting!! I’m amazed that we are the first thing many go to in the morning! Hope you keep coming back for more! Grazie mille!!
I cannot remember the date I joined but It has been my morning ritual to check to see who posted a personal story or news about the boys. MY MOST FAVORITE time was before and during San Remo. We were excited and voting day and night on various contests and ‘yelling’ when the critics were so unfair to the boys during San Remo an Eurovision.
Gina – yes, Sanremo was an exciting and exhilarating time for us and the boys! Sometimes I think – where would they be now, if they hadn’t have won 2 years ago? Would they have tried again? Would they be drowning their sorrows on our shoulders at the meet/greets? I know our tickets to the concerts would probably be a lot cheaper! lol! Grazie mille for all that you do! We love all your ideas for posts, too! Just give us some time to put them together!
Like so many others my interest in the guys began with their first PBS special. After that, I began searching the Internet looking for information on who they were, where they came from etc. My first Il Volo concert was their first at Radio City. From then on I was in overdrive for more info. I don’t know how I stumbled across the Flight Crew but I was very hesitant at first to post. It wasn’t until June of last year that I posted my first comment. Like others I enjoy reading the many articles be it on the guys or the foods and customs of the different regions of Italy or the adventures of some of the Flight Crew members on their trips to Italy. And of course, the great stories and reviews by other Flight Crew followers after attending an Il Volo concert. Thanks to all who keep this site up and rolling!
Wow, Annette!! You waited a long time, just to be sure, we really weren’t crazy after all and joined in on the fun!! We are so glad you did! But, I know how you feel…. when you first post, you are like “are they going to like me? what if I say something someone doesn’t like, or what if Marie says I can’t have Igna, because he is hers?” But, I’m so glad you were brave and took the plunge! So wonderful to have you here and your personal account of the Miami concert was terrific! Grazie mille!!
I hope everyone enjoyed their flight today… 🙂 Your next flight leaves promptly at 7:00am EST tomorrow from Detroit! Thank you for flying Il Volo Flight Crew – Share the Love, and fly with us again, soon! Arrivederci!
Remember, write us at FlightCrew.NotteMagica2017@gmail.com