INTERVIEW WITH THE DRUMMER OF IL VOLO by Daniela

On YouTube, this video was published which I found very interesting.

It is an interview, but also a report, made with Il Volo drummer, Bruno Farinelli.

The interview actually deals with highlighting the job of a drummer on a tour and therefore I will skip overly technical notions.  At some point the interview also extends to the master Gianpiero Grani.

I found the video very nice, also to find out a bit about the background of an Il Volo concert.

Enjoy the reading!

At the beginning of the video, the interviewer says he would have liked to have a long interview with Bruno Farinelli, the drummer who played for Il Volo during the World Tour, but since the virus intervened, he had to change his plans and asked Bruno to do reports from where they were playing.

The first question he asked Bruno was to tell about this experience of a great world tour with Il Volo around the world.

Bruno replies that it is a fantastic tour that started, speaking of the Italian part, from Matera, with the PBS Special, which was followed by the Latin American part of the tour, starting from Mexico and they had to take 42 planes in two months.

The interviewer asks Bruno if the set (for the sound) has brought him with him or if each time he has to play on a different one, and if he has had surprises, or if everything went well.

Bruno says I’m in San Diego, with six concerts left at the end of this wonderful American tour.

He says the set (of drums) is extremely simple and they found it there in America. He details all the drums and cymbals, and then says that the cymbals were brought directly from Italy. He says that the real news for him, on this tour, was the introduction of the iPad for reading the songs.

Off-camera we hear the voice of Alessio Guerrieri, stage manager, who in turn explains the connections with the drums and the details requested by Farinelli.

The interviewer asks if they are traveling in America on a tour bus and asks to show if they are really comfortable as told.

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Bruno shows the inside of the bus, he says it is like a huge camper, but much more beautiful. He says that the beds are very comfortable and that they have Wi-Fi and all possible and imaginable comforts on board and says, “This is our wonderful traveling home.”

The interviewer says that they have been in wonderful places, famous stages and asks to show some photos of those stages and says that he is very envious of this.

Bruno shows the Microsoft Theater, Bruno says it’s a wonderful view and in the evening there will be 4,500 full seats, and it’s a really nice theater.

Guitarist Andrea Morelli is asked what he and Gianluca were talking about and he replies that they were talking about a CD by John Mayer who shot the video in that theater.

Bruno shows other panoramas of two other stages: Indio and Laval.

Then, he shows a rehearsal with the orchestra made by the master Grani.

He says it is a very important moment, because moving from state to state, they always meet new orchestras to which Giampero must give all the directives before the concert. The master has about a couple of hours to try all the songs. Clearly the orchestra has already received all the songs before, however the rehearsals are a decisive and important moment (Bruno speaks softly so as not to disturb the rehearsals).

The interviewer asks Bruno that, although they are a band, they must also play with the orchestras of the various cities and asks to explain how the whole ensemble works.

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The answer is given by the master Grani.

His role is not easy, because he is the pianist and the musical director of the tour, so he has a lot of work and responsibility.

Grani says that the work starts long before the concert, because he has to send all the songs to be played to the orchestra.

He has the entire archive of Il Volo songs and has also the archive of both the band and the orchestra. He says they have to be very organized, because in America they have very tight times for soundcheck, he only has one hour for rehearsals and they absolutely must be done at that time, because otherwise there are fines.

The parts of the orchestra are sent much earlier and delivered to a contact person. This year they also noted the performance variations directly on the parts, and at the end of the concert the sheets of the parts (sheet music) are recovered to be used for the next concert.

During the day of the concert, in addition to taking care of the parts, the band and connecting with the artists, he comes first to organize the work with the orchestras and see the repertoire which is vast because there are 26 songs. So he arrives and has an hour of time to tell the orchestra the basics, and try the more complicated pieces.

Grani says that he arrives before the others to try the more difficult songs – NESSUN DORMA, GRANADA, NO PUEDE SER, MARIA, MATTINATA, CORE N’GRATO – then communicates with the camera men the concert schedule and names the songs of the most classic repertoire which are also the most difficult to perform and film.

During the concert Grani does more things, plays the piano, follows all parts of the orchestra, he with the microphone, communicates with the artists (Piero, Ignazio and Gian), with the band, with the orchestra and with the stage manager, Alessio Guerrieri.

As soon as he rehearses with the orchestra, he arrives on stage, makes the soundcheck with the band, then the orchestra arrives and then they make the soundcheck all together, band, orchestra and artists.

The soundcheck is very fast, because there is little time, but everything is very well organized.

Maestro Grani shows that he uses the iPad, and says it is an indispensable thing, because on his iPad he has all the versions of the songs, those for the band, those for the orchestra, those for him and those for the director. He also has the parts of other Il Volo songs that the boys could change at the last minute, for example he says that Gianluca asked to replace a song that day and this also happens when the concert changes and they prefer to perform certain songs rather than others. Therefore if all these parts of songs were still in sheet music form there would be hundreds of sheets to carry.

The interviewer asks Maestro Grani what characteristics the drummer of the band must have.

Grani replies that playing for Il Volo means having many different styles, we go from pop to classic, so the first thing is versatility and then the ability to adapt to things that are often sudden and all this along always guaranteeing a very high level.

The skill of the drummer, who is very important in pop songs, is in knowing how to follow the other songs with elegance.

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Now bass player Pier Mingotti is asked, what he expects from a drummer who plays with you on a tour like this.

He replies that he expects a great musicality, not only the technique.

The guitarist Andrea Morelli says that he is interested in a drummer who loves playing with him, he does not care for an individualist.

The bassist says that the Il Volo concerts are more difficult than others, because each verse is different and therefore the songs must be memorized well. 

Even the drummer agrees and says that for them at the beginning it was a challenge, but they are satisfied because they are already at 54 concerts, but it was not easy and together they remember the first “SMILE” saying it was hard !!

In fact, even the guitarist says that it is very difficult for him to follow the part, at a certain point, he doesn’t even look at the iPad anymore, but looks at his companions and plays following the music and the hands of the master.

Then he tells about the difficulty he has with the guitars, which are his, when they encounter very different climates, therefore he has to make some very important adjustments, but everything is part of the game.

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The interviewer, asks our drummer a wonderful question, asks what this tour was like on a human level, since he has already worked at high levels, but Italian artists who travel all over the world are very few.

Farinelli replied that it was a fantastic experience, there were no inconveniences, he said that unlike an Italian tour, you have to have great physical-food attention for yourself, try to sleep as much as possible and eat healthy, because it is a physical need, having to travel across time zones.

Then he shows a hotel gym, saying they start their days there.

Last thing, Farinelli wants to explain the diversity between his cymbals …………. but Ignazio intervenes – he, seeing that they are interviewing Farinelli, says that nothing he is saying is true !! (he jokes)

Farinelli, amused, says to him, “Ignazio there are two cases, either you sign me the release or you ruined this 16 minutes of my interview”.

Ignazio puts his hands in his hair and immediately says: “I’ll sign you the release.”

Farinelli laughs and says that this is the best summary of the climate they have during this tour …. Ignazio still intervenes saying that he wants at least 45% and Farinelli, always laughing, says that they give him at least 50% and says that yesterday he and Ignazio played tennis, and says the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic.

He says this is the classic tour you dream about when thinking about America – touring, seeing beautiful places, together with people who you like and know very well.

Thanks and final greetings.

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Personally, I found this interview very interesting, but as I am very curious, I went to Bruno Farinelli’s Facebook page and found many of his really nice little posts and I wanted to share them with you.


Sonic Ranch Studio Complex !!! EL PASO!
This place on the border between the United States and Mexico is indescribable.
Six connected studios equipped with all the best you could wish for in an atmosphere that is a color bath! A sensational place where anyone would like to register !!
A “Travel Day”
Really out of the ordinary, a unique experience !!!

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SHOW # 13! FORT LAUDERDALE (MIAMI) ….. a unique emotion to play for 7,000 people at the BB&T Center !! It was particularly exciting for the presence of my friend and colleague John Favicchia, but also for the presence, in the first rows, clearly visible from my position, of the very l, very great GLORIA ESTEFAN!

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Show # 9! This is the FOX THEATER with its 4,000 seats.

It is one of the most enchanting theaters in America, perhaps the most beautiful
Theater I’ve ever played in!

It was exciting to think how many artists have performed from this stage !!!
….. and now we leave for Chicago !!

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DETROIT! This is Motown’s Studio A! It is incredible to think how much wonderful music has been made in this room, with the microphones hanging from the ceiling (mostly in 4 tracks) and the hole in the ceiling for the reverberation (impossible to photograph it, it was not allowed).

The Temptations, the Supremes, Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder ….. these are some of the artists who started here!

And tonight the Fox Theater awaits us !!

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This was Radio City Music Hall !!

A fantastic night in a city that I love to die for !! In front of 6,000 wonderful people!
I swear to you that from the stage it is a unique emotion !!!

Goodbye New York ❤️

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A typically New York evening:

Let’s go to Greenwich Village to see some shows. How beautiful Greenwich is and my friend Mary rightly thinks of stopping a passerby to capture the moment in front of the Smalls.

Nobody passes …… here is a gentleman …Sorry would you take a picture” ….. “sorry, but do you play the guitar? “…” sorry, but you are Peter Bernstein?”(one of my heroes, an incredible guitarist)

He is surprised, we talk a little bit about Italy, about our tour, and he tells me that his son is called Bruno.
…. And I tell him that my son is named Pietro.

“I hope to play 4 measures with you Peter,” I tell him when I take my leave …… “We hope to play a whole piece,” … he tells me ….. this is NEW YORK.
And tonight we play at Radio City Music Hall !!! ….

I wonder how many times I will still be in a room before going to sleep to thank this wonderful thing called MUSIC! ❤️

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I read that Michele Torpedine had personally contacted Bruno Farinelli. I remind everyone that Torpedine is a good drummer, but I believe that after you have read this you will have noticed how important the human side also is during the tour of the boys. In fact, Farinelli himself, says in the video that the band was chosen also considering their socialization ability, so as to create together a nice group, that works a lot, but also has fun while in each other’s company. 

And we like this very much.😉

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

IGNAZIO to RED RONNIE by Daniela

Ignazio’s participation in Red Ronnie (Barone Rosso) was really nice.

He was also connected with Lidia Schillaci and Nico Arezzo.

Their performances were beautiful and Red was very happy to have them as guests.

Red = I can’t wait to start this live. There will be many guests tonight. The first person I share contact with is Ignazio Boschetto from Il Volo. (here Red asks to share the live broadcast, and makes a long speech that the internet is trying to limit the connections and he is against this thing.) Then he says that Ignazio has joined the live, also Lidia Schillaci and also Nico Arezzo and then there will be many other guests.

Initial theme plays of the Barone Rosso Solo Flight show.

Red = Let me immediately call Ignazio. He has just returned from a tour, so now let’s see if I can find him ……. “are you there?”

I = Maybe, I’m here.

Red = Here you are, listen to Ignazio, will we call your friends immediately?

I = As you wish, yes.

Red = We start first with the young ladies and so with Lidia.

“Are you Lidia?, wait because Ignazio was vertical.
(Ignazio turns the video horizontally), well that’s better.

Meanwhile Ignazio, welcome back from your tour.

I = This time I don’t have the chance to break anything (he refers to the first time Il Volo was with Red Ronnie and Ignazio broke the juke box.)

Red = In fact, the juke box, it is still here and still suffering, if I put a record in, it does not go and you know why.
(Ignazio laughs). Maybe it’s better if you stand vertical, so Nico is there too. (Ignazio returns to vertical). While I call Nico, explain to me why your friends are involved, are they only Sicilians?

I = No, there is nothing patriotic, it is a question of relationships, with Lidia there is a great friendship that binds us and with Nico, there is a friendship but also a working relationship, because as you know, we are preparing Nico’s CD and I can’t say anything anymore because he’s here.

N = I’m here, I arrived on time.

Red = Let’s explain well, where are you, from Sicily, Ignazio?

I = I was born in Bologna, but my family and in any case my Sicilian house that I have is in Marsala.

Red = Lidia instead you are from Palermo?

L = I am from Trapani, born in Palermo but I live in Trapani, from Castellammare del Golfo and then I live around Italy.

Red = Is Nico from Ragusa instead?

N = Yes, I’m from Ragusa, Ragusano, point down (in the sense the lowest point of Sicily)

Red = So we have Sicily, here, of the excellence of Sicily. Lidia I have to tell you one thing, I saw that you are on all platforms, even periscope, because your friend was responsible for periscope, and she is also called like you.

L = Livia, her name is Livia and not Lidia. (Lidia’s image appears) I was doing these crazy live shows, but now I have stopped, now I’m more on Facebook.

(Finally there is the image of all three.)

Red = Now all three of you are here, stay in that exact position because you are at the center of the image.

N = But is it okay horizontal?

Red = Okay, now you are all vertical because Ignazio dictated the rule

I = But I have the phone like this.

Red = But you could turn it.

I = I did, but then you said to go back vertical.

Red = Okay that’s fine, you all are so beautiful.
Listen Ignazio, let’s start from Il Volo, how did it go in America?

I = It went very well, we were lucky enough to bring the tour almost to the end, we only canceled three concerts. Without talking about what happened in the end, we had a lot of fun, because it was already a year and a half, two, that we were not returning to America, and it was nice to come back with the tenth anniversary, because we celebrated 10 years. However, we are used to taking nothing for granted, and receiving people’s affection in that way, after 10 years, has been surprising.

Red = And after that you came back, you had the greatest contrast, a tour in America and then armored in the house.

I = Think what luck (ironic).

Red = It went well because you have almost finished the American tour.

I = We canceled the last concerts, when the decree arrived, which canceled flights to and from Italy, we looked each other in the eye and we said to each other, we have people who work with us and have families, small children, it is it’s just that we make a serious decision and go home.

And that was it.

Red = How many dates have you canceled?

I = Three

Red = And how many dates have you had?

I = About twenty.

Red = How did you meet Lidia?

I = I remember Lidia, when I was a child, at the time of “Operazione Trionfo” (Star Academy talent show), and I was extremely in love with her voice, obviously and I don’t go further because it would be obvious.

After years, we met personally through a mutual friend, guitarist, right? (Lidia nods), Gino De Vita, in Sicily and so this friendship was born.

Red = But will you do things together?

I = We have already done something.

Red = But something more substantial, now let’s see something, because you sent me some wonderful videos. At two in the morning the videos arrived, I downloaded them and I thought, now I go to bed and then tomorrow I watch them and instead I started to watch them, beautiful, with a fantastic technique, besides, very beautiful. I don’t like to make people sing live, because in the end, there is no synchronization, the audio is bad etc., instead your videos are spectacular. (certainly all Ignazio’s work)

L = Ignazio is very good, he does the editing, he does everything , it’s crazy,  I have to say it’s all thanks to him.

Red = Having had him in my studio, I don’t know how he does things without breaking something though …….. Lidia and Nico, you must know that when Il Volo came here, he went to the Juke Box and started to push and remove at the same time, the buttons …… Lidia you are gone, what have you done? (there is no longer Lidia’s image)

L = But do you hear me at least? Maybe it’s my connection, I try again.

Red = You are there, you are there. Ok. No, you went away again.

N = Red, as soon as you spoke of Ignazio who breaks everything, the connection was automatically dropped.

Red = But do you see the coincidences? I said “Ignazio who breaks” and immediately see what happened !! (everyone laughs)

Here you are Lidia ….. no you are no longer there.

Wait until I attract positive energy: “Ignazio doesn’t break anything, Ignazio is a good boy, Ignazio brings Lidia back in connection …….”

I = But what have I got to do with it ???

(Lidia’s image comes and goes.)

Red = So Nico, I was telling you that Ignazio came here and started pounding the buttons on the juke box, like a computer …. tac tac tac …. and the juke box went haywire. They have already come twice to fix it ….. today I reminded Ignazio of this and he said “reset”, but it is not a computer !!!!

That juke box is from 1956.

N = I saw you in the next phase, (means the second episode of Il Volo da Red), when you had already placed the prohibition signs for Ignazio.

Red = But look, I didn’t put those signs, it was my staff.

I = There is Lidia doing ping pong (Lidia’s image appears and disappears)

L = I don’t know what to say, I don’t stay connected.

Red = I take advantage of it to put up one of your videos, I will put up ENDLESS LOVE ?? What do you want to hear?

I = As you want, if you want to put a song made by all three WHAT FOR FRIENDS ARE FOR.

Red = Yes a song made by all three. Look at the technique, I don’t know how Ignazio did it, in my opinion there is some dwarf who works or some worker who does everything for him.

It’s a beautiful song, are Ignazio Boschetto, Lidia Schillaci and Nico or Nico Arezzo?

N = For today Nico Arezzo.

Red = Not for today, it must be forever. OK, then WHAT THE FRIENDS ARE FOR, Nico Arezzo, Lidia Schillaci and that wretched one !! (everyone laughs)

Red = How nice guys. I don’t know how you did Ignazio, you were really good, I must say that it’s done in an incredible way.

I = But it’s simple ….

Red = How simple, how do you do it?

I = It’s simple, I make my video, then Nico does his, Lidia his part and then I assemble everything.

Red = I hear your voice coming and going.
Even Nico, feels bad, I do something, I call everyone back, let’s see if it works.
I will call Ignazio back.

I = Can you hear me?

Red = of course I hear you.
(Ignazio appears with the golden tapir in his hand, which is given here when there is a situation of particular embarrassment.)

I = As the best phone call of recent times !!! (Red laughs loudly, amused)

Red = But when was it given it to you?

I = When there was the history of the hotel.

Red = It’s true, when they invented that you had destroyed the hotel. Also this story, in your career. Wait I add, first Nico, that we are sure he has a good connection …… nice tapir ….

I = Yes, one never thinks of receiving it, but it is cool.

N = Here I am.

Red = Here you are, Nico and we also call Lidia, but where does she connect from ???

I = She is in Sicily.

Red = She’s in Sicily, that’s why the connection is hard. Here is Lidia.

L = Do you see me?

Red = Yes, here are all three. Listen Lidia, but where are you now in Palermo?

L = I’m in Castellammare del Golfo, do you know these areas? In short, San Vito lo Capo, these areas here, are beautiful.

Red = Do you know that I have never come to San Vito lo Capo? I was hoping to come this year with the festival, with a project, but then it didn’t go well, so …….

I = I invite you.

Red = Why are you down (in Sicily) in the summer?

I = Always, I always spend August in Sicily.

L = See you all, this summer, come to visit us, Red.

N = Sorry, we make a midpoint.

I = Sorry, you come to Marsala, we all meet in Marsala.

Red = Yes, then maybe we will cross the sea and go to Favignana or …….

I = Favignava is in front of my house, so …..

Red = Now I am sending another video of yours, because the songs you have made are very beautiful, but the concept is this, since your collaboration is very beautiful, as soon as the borders reopen (intended as the quarantine ends), as soon as they let us leave the house I wait for you here.

I = Of course.

Red = You should have already come, in the last episode (of the Barone Rosso) available before you went to America, only that I was already full of guests and instead I wanted to give you the necessary time.

So, Ignazio we all know him, Lidia, you did OPERAZIONE TRIONFO, so Ignazio saw you too, then what did you also do?

L = I was on tour for a long time, I was on tour for a few years with Ramazzotti and others and then I have dedicated myself to many things, soundtracks, I have written a lot. I did TALE E QUALE SHOW (she played a copy of Lady Gaga, very good), and now I’m in the process of processing, and writing.

Red = But does Ignazio also have something to do with your project or not?

L = No, I don’t know.

I = I have something to do with friendship, we give each other advice.

L = Exactly, I’m working on my own. I am writing many things, let’s see what happens.

Red = You Nico instead, you did XFACTOR, if I’m not mistaken.

N = Yes, Xfactor from three years ago, I think.

Red = And then you did Sanremo Young.

N = Yes, last December, therefore more recent.

Red = But did you show up with your own song? Or didn’t they let you do your own song?

N = Yes, a song of mine that I wrote about two years ago at the beginning of my writing phase. I introduced myself and …. we chose this song because it was the one I felt the most and therefore it was the right one.

Red = Now I would like to put up a video, what do I put up Ignazio?

I = What you want.

Red = But they are all beautiful …. there is Shallow with you and Lidia (Red mispronounces Shallow, and the three laugh a lot, because as pronounced by Red it seems a forbidden thing.)

I = Put ENDLESS LOVE

Red = Wow, Ignazio I want to know what the word means, you could explain it with words spoken well?

I = I am a lively, spontaneous boy, but I have a certain dignity, so I don’t say it, and you go look for vocabulary. (everyone laughs)

Red = Let’s give some dignity.

I = Let’s hear the song. (laughs)

Red = Watch how they laugh, shut up I put the video.
ENDLESS LOVE Ignazio and Lidia Schillaci.

(after returning from the video, Red’s voice is not heard)

I = Let’s say that after this video a particular love was born between me and Lidia.

L = Yes, incredible.

I = A crazy professional love, there is a great esteem between me and Lidia.

L = But the esteem has always been there.

Red = I forgot to turn on my microphone.

I = So?

Red = So, nothing, I’m doing some chaos.

I = I know that I made you anxious.

Red = Look, when I deal with Ignazio, I sweat. Even when he arrived with Il Volo at the Red Ronnie studio, I expected him to sit down to the piano, instead he immediately went to the drums. Luckily Torpedine was there and took him away.

Listen Ignazio, what does it mean that your love for Lidia was born, does it mean that you will make children together?

I = No, no, only that professional love was born.
You know, when I came from America, I thought what I can do, to be close to the people who follow us and who love us? And I thought about making videos, but I thought it would be fantastic to do something like a collaboration, a duet, something …. and I immediately thought of Lidia. Because thinking about ENDLESS LOVE I thought that Lidia was perfect , and she immediately made herself available, just as when we thought of What The Friends Are For, Nico made himself available immediately.

All this has been done to give a message of hope, to remain close to the people who are forced, like all of us, to stay at home, to live a life they were not used to.

Red = But, what to say Ignazio, that with this speech, you made sense of this live?
Now I’m serious too.

I = Wait for me to turn the page to the talk. (jokes)

N = Do you know that I have never felt Ignazio so serious?

Red = But neither did I, in fact, amaze me, because he has an incredible ability, because he is from Il Volo, the funny boy, the jester of the three, then, this guy here, seats on the piano, he sings and you think but is he the same person that was around here before?  Because he is completely transformed. It’s a crazy thing, understand?

I = I can say, singing is a little like making love, when one makes love it’s like entering another world and for me, singing is the same thing.

L = He enters another dimension, understand Red?

Red = You Ignazio, you told me that, with Nico you started your own project, your label.

I = Yes, we have been talking about this for a long time with Torpedine. In our group everyone has roles and certainly Piero and Gianluca are the ones a little closer to Michele for some decisions, I too say my opinion, but I always give my ok. I do the recording studio part more, I play. It’s been a while since we’ve talked with Michele about doing something, producing guys. We had started with a girl named Shari, but then we took different paths, we were busy doing other things, so it was a mess.

Then, the other two (Piero and Gian) said that they were not so interested, instead I wanted to have my record label, and so I told Michele that I would like to produce Nico, who had already been seen by Michele and Ciotti (Il Volo press office manager) and so Floki Production was born.

Red = What does FLOKI mean?

I = Floki is a Viking character, he was a ship builder, so behind Floki there is the genius of the builder and also hope ……. and then why Nico and I are passionate about the TV series that  is on Netflix, where there is Floki.

Red = Here is the reason.

I = Now I tell you, Nico has been waiting for a long time to go out with the new CD, we had to go out in May …. what could have happened ??? World pandemic !!!

N = You must know that I had had several projects, which for one thing or another had never started, now this year finally in early January, we closed ourselves in the studio every day and at the end we already had the CD. We wanted to publish it for May then it was ready and we wanted to anticipate and instead ….. the decree of the pandemic. Maybe it was all, because the album  was supposed to come out.

L = Too bad all this.

Red = In my opinion it is a pandemic-juke box, which has come at the right time.

Ignazio, there are a lot of people, from Salvador, Brazil, Morocco, Miami, Rome.

I = But what is behind you – the mask of THE PAPER HOUSE?

Red = Yes, I also have a sweatshirt, I’m a friend of Helsinki, I did an interview with him in Venice, very beautiful, it’s on my Facebook.

I = I tell you the truth, when it all started (his career) for a young age, I didn’t know you, then when I did some research I discovered everything, but the pinnacle, for me, was seeing you with Pavarotti and Bono, in the film by Pavarotti.

Red = But you know that critics have criticized that documentary but they say that’s that is the most important part. I haven’t seen it yet.

I = They do it on Monday it seems to me.

Red = Where?

I = I don’t remember, but on the main TV channels.

Red = Then I see it. One day, Ignazio, you and I go to dinner and I’ll tell you everything, because they are good adventures, understand?

I = Absolutely.

Red = So, I salute you, I hope you will come here when you can. Nico, I hope your CD comes out soon.
Tell me Ignazio.

I = Do we say goodbye with the medley made with Nico?

Red = Yes, do you want to teach me how to make TV? I don’t teach you to make songs.

I = Also because it is better not.

Red = No, I’m out of tune …..  greetings also from Bolivia, from America …..

I = Do you know how this medley was born with Nico? Because when there is a certain type of music …. even with Lidia, we love Pino and then we decided to do a 4/5 minute medley of Pino Daniele.

Red = This medley is amazing. I greet you, you have an appointment here. Lidia, you are very good, and then you and Ignazio are well together, he looks like D’Artagnan and you sweeten things a little.
Nico, a question, in Pino Daniele’s medley, you play the guitar, but do you really play it then?

N = Yes

Red = Good.

I = He plays very well, like it was from God, heavenly.

Red = Ignazio greetings from Detroit, Mamma Mia, what a great success Il Volo has had.

I = We have been so lucky and it is nice to bring our culture.

Red = Ignazio is no luck.

I = Also

Red = Luck does not exist, remember, they are always merits.

I greet you guys, I love you.

I + L + N = Final goodbyes.

Red = I put this video, which I find amazing, is a medley of Pino Daniele.

I must also say this that, when there was a tribute to Pino Daniele, made at the stadium in Naples, Il Volo’s participation was criticized, in reality, as Pino Daniele sings, Ignazio, I believe that nobody sings it like this.
I don’t say it because I have him here, live, but because it is reality, because he is simply magical.

This is a Medley, with QUANDO – QUANDO PIOVE – CHE MALE C’E’.

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Below, instead, I publish the video of the song that Nico presented in December at Sanremo Young.

The title of his song was “VOLO”.

And here the magical interpretation of Lidia Schillaci TALE E QUALE, after which every singer had to imitate a famous singer.

Very good Lidia who imitates Lady Gaga.

I must say that here too there is a lot of talent and skill.

Very beautiful both the duet and the trio, and then Pino Daniele medley, really strong.

Lidia you have a beautiful voice and Nico you have many skills.

Ignazio you are a boy who has many facets, you know how to be funny, but also serious, you are bright and romantic and you also have an entrepreneurial soul.

What can we say again, we wish everyone a lot of luck for your projects.

Daniela

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PIERO AND A JOKE ON IGNAZIO by Daniela

Our Piero, a few days ago, woke up with the desire to make a joke on someone.

And who could it be, if not poor Ignazio ???

P = Igna, do me a courtesy ….. since Marta from the Press Office called me, and I had to do a video interview, you can do it, which I took this morning ….. I fell asleep …..

I = (Ignazio is very amazed, but he still hasn’t realized what happens, he doesn’t see Piero entirely).

Can you ask Gianluca to do it? Today I have to finish one thing.

P = No, Ignazio, Gianluca cannot. I fell asleep in the sun this morning.

(At this point Piero shows his face, greets Igna with his hand. Ignazio says an exclamation, then and Ignazio’s face is a mixture of amazement and concern 😁)

I put aloe vera ….. (Ignazio doesn’t know what to say, he’s open-mouthed) …. and now my skin is burning, it’s burning me.

I= But why can’t Gianluca?

P = I don’t know, Igna, in your opinion, with aloe vera, it passes.

I = Yes, yes, it must pass. Damn I had to finish one thing.

P = It is important.

I = Who is it with? (the interview)

P = Bho, I don’t know what to do. (Piero laughs, and bring his face closer)

I = Why are you laughing? (observes Piero’s face) But you are crazy.

P = I don’t know what to do “cumpa” (word in Sicilian dialect that is addressed to a friend). I have all scrapes.

I = Of course. But did you wear sunscreen?

P = The oil.

I = Then the oil reacted to you.

P = Sure !!! Good this face mask that I put, I recommend it.

(Piero laughs but Ignazio has not yet understood but begins to suspect).

I = But are you taking me for the bottoms ??? (big laugh by Piero) “Che facisti”. (Sicilian dialect to say “what have you done?”)

P = It’s the face mask. (keep laughing)

I = Bip Bip Bip  (series of censored words)  But is it a face mask?

P = Yes

I = You made me “scantare” (Sicilian word to say frighten). Cretin

P = Bye, bye, I love you!!

I = Bye.

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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On Sunday there was a call between Piero and Anastacia. I think you all know the good singer Anastacia.

Their dialogue is very beautiful, and this time no translation is needed, but for those who haven’t seen it, here is the video.

At the beginning Piero says: “Hi everyone, how are you and happy Sunday. Today is a beautiful sunny day. Today I will do a live with a special friend that you all know, but many do not know the human side of this fantastic woman, we have been friends for a long time and I wanted to share a Sunday chat with you. Many know who I’m talking about, here she is” :

 

Really interesting what was said by Piero and Anastacia, and as I’m curious, I went to look for the video of Budapest where Piero said he lost his voice. 

Poor Piero, in the first verse, Ignazio came to his aid, and more ahead,  played only the orchestra. Who knows what fear Piero had, and here it is the video:

And here is a video of a performance at the Arena di Verona, by IL VOLO and ANASTACIA.

Really fun.

Ignazio’s face was an open book, with his faces.

But be careful Piero, Ignazio will surely devise a way to return the joke to you. 

Very nice live between Anastacia and Piero, two good artists.

Daniela

 

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Billboard Italia w/Piero! by Giovanna

Piero Barone with Stefano Fisico:

“Billboard Calling” 8 April, 2020

 

You can tell that the Il Volo guys are natural performers, and need an audience.  Since the shut-in situation started, they’ve been making themselves available non-stop on live-streaming, webchats, and other media, to stay in front their fans, and probably to keep their sanity as well.

Piero was in very good spirits last week on a live interview with Stefano Fisico on “Billboard Calling.”  This is a summary of their chiaccherata (chat) with a few highlights for fun.

S: Stefano remarked that yesterday they had hoped there’s be a nice sunny day today, but by last night it was obvious it was going to be wet and rainy.

P: Remarked that this is making it easier for us to stay indoors, warm and cozy.

Stefano also offered Piero his bottle of germicide hand cleaner on screen while thanking Piero for accepting his invitation and for the guys always being so kind (about making themselves available).

P:  Asked if Stefano saw the live stream last night with Ignazio.

S: “I even flagged you because you were exceptional, and sweet as usual.  I could tell you were having fun, but it’s right that you should act like that.”

P: He explains that he’s at home in Naro, in Agrigento province, and has been alone for 20 days.  He said he’s survived thanks to the microwave, because he doesn’t know how to prepare anything homemade. 

(In other Flight Crew posts, Piero has mentioned that he has not learned how to cook, no matter how hard Ignazio has tried to teach him.  In other live casts, we’ve seen that Gianluca, who also never cooked, has learned to make dairy-free banana bread and rigatoni al forno.  That’s what happens when you’re shut in with your Italian Mamma). 

P:  He explains that these days at home he has discovered things he would never have imagined he’d be doing.  He’s read a lot of books, and watched a number of TV series, because he’s never watched much TV, and has cleaned the house.  Since his Mamma and relatives always used to clean the house every 5 or 6 days, he started doing the same thing. He’s been going around the house with the vacuum cleaner, and his house is now immaculate. 

(I think it would be hilarious to photoshop a picture of Piero with a microwave, the TV remote, and the vacuum cleaner.  Maybe my son or one of you readers can help us do that.)

S:  Let’s go in order because you gave us a bunch of information.  Ok you said you watched a little TV, which you normally don’t, because you’re always on tour.  You need to take a break from all the touring.

P:  No, we couldn’t.

S:  What are you watching?

P: Narcos Mexico.  It’s pretty rough stuff.  I don’t recommend it for young kids or people who are too sensitive.  Then I watched Elite. (Stefano says that ran last year.  Piero just watched it).  Piero says “Ignazio and Gianluca recommended it and they knew it well, so I watched it and liked it.  It was really nice.  Now I’m starting to watch the series “Decine.”” 

S:  Jokes to Piero that the character Carla, from Elite, an 18 year old Spanish girl, sends her greetings. 

Piero adds that his favorite character on Elite is Nadia, who’s a really beautiful young girl.

Stefano remarks that sooner or later they must inevitably have encountered some of these celebrities on tour.

P: They a TV show did a month ago, and there one of the judges was Donna Paola, the fidanzata of Guzman on Elite.  Piero didn’t know who she was, but Ignazio did.  He adds that he only watched 2 or 3 TV episodes a day and that’s enough. It gets to be too sad.

P: These days he also plays the piano quite bit, and posts a lot on Instagram.  He recently sang “Ave Maria”.  His sister Maria records him.

S: Wanted to congratulate him and his colleagues on what they have been doing to help with awareness and the fight against COVID19.

P: Explains that when they were in the US, they were not really aware of the gravity of the situation in Italy.  When they arrived, it became very apparent what was happening.  It was like waking up, or the light going on.  He understood that if what had occurred in Lombardia, were to reach Sicily, they were not equipped to respond.  He felt it was necessary to talk about the issues and do something to save Sicily.  He got together with other artist from Agrigento in Sicily, like Daniele Magro, a great singer, and agreed to set up this fundraiser to support the hospitals in Agrigento Province, who have been using the funds to buy many needed supplies.  The response has been very positive.

Now that they understand the need to stay home, Piero felt it’s useless to complain or get nervous, because you can’t do anything.  In cases like this, you need to look on the bright side, always, even while understanding that the circumstances are sad.  For example, if you look on the bright side, there are many, many things to do at home.  One day isn’t enough to enjoy it all.  For him he’s busy, he’s content, and enjoying himself, and he’s doing really well.

P: Posted greetings were coming in from Venezuela, Poland, Argentina, Mexico, and all over Italy.  After hearing Stefano say “Mexico” Piero remarks that he’s in love with that country.  Then he spontaneously breaks into “Cielito Lindo”, in honor of the Mexican fans. 

(His voice is remarkably rich, deep, and clear, even sitting down, with no warm up!)

P: Mentions a game he’s done with Gianluca and Ignazio.  He names a pop song title or some funny lyrics, and they have to sing it in Il Volo style.  He gives Piero “Soldi di mammuta, come potrebbe essere” (“Huge amounts of money, how could it exist?”) Piero looks up the lyrics and pops off an operatic version of “We have so much money, money…”.

In response to the next title, he does the Baronebel canto version of “Rolls Royce… That’s the life I want, that’s how I want to end up.  That’s the life….”

Then he was asked for a Francesco Gabbani song “Occidentali’s Karma.”  (Francesco was the 2017 San Remo and Eurovision winner.  He is a delightful composer whose debut album was wittily entitled “Greitizt Itz” Greatest Hits?). 

Piero didn’t know this song and didn’t want to do this, but Stefano goaded him on.  He pushed him over the line telling him, it’s his own fault.  If he had seen Gianluca’s interview the other day. . .   That did it. 

Piero blurts out, “When I see that guy (Gianluca) I’m going to beat him up, I tell you.”  And for good measure, he calls Stefano a miserable wretch for making him do this.  But he did it.  The ridiculous lyrics are something to the effect of:

Le brutte intenzioni, le maleducazione, la tua brutte figura di ieri sera… (your rotten attitude, the rudeness, the lousy impression you made last night, your ungratefulness, your arrogance, you joke by putting your foot in my face…)”

Piero had to take a break from laughing too hard, while Stefano checked the posts from fans.  Piero spotted a post from a girl who apparently understood all the goofy lyrics, because she wrote “Let’s skip that and move on…”

Another fan posted “What character from an opera would you like to do?”

After mulling over the fact that there are so many, Piero decides on Cavaradossi from Puccini’s Tosca, which is one of his favorite operas.

A fan from Panama asked:  How long do you train every day?  Piero asks “Train in which way?  I get up at 9.  I have breakfast.  At 11, I train for an hour of running and one of gym workout.”  After lunch a little bit on the phone.  At 4, I takes care of business accounts, and at 5, I start an hour or an hour and a half with my voice teacher.  Then dinner.  If you want to send me Instagrams, do that around 5:30, Because at 7 I’m working on my singing lessons.”

A fan from France asks for a joke he pulled on Ignazio or Gianluca. 

P: Piero describes taking a strange orange with weird texture, and putting under Ignazio’s pillow while he was sleeping.  Ignazio knew right away who was to blame, because it’s usually Piero who harasses him. 

He wanted to be sure that the other guys weren’t watching, so he could talk about one prank he really wants to do to both of the other two sometime.  While Stefano checked who was connected, Piero decided to share it anyway, because it could be a whole year, or who knows, before this confinement ends and the other two catch up with him. 

Piero is waiting for the next time he can sneak into Ignazio’s or Gianluca’s room, hide in the closet, and chase them right back out when they come in exhausted after a concert.

His favorite joke is one the whole group did to their pianist, who has a habit of going to bed early at night.  When they were in Chihuahua, Mexico, Ignazio was able to pick the lock on the pianist’s hotel room door, because in Mexico the locks are pretty lousy.  They all went in dressed like police with flashlights yelling “Federal police, federal police” and yanked the poor, frightened guy out of bed. 

S: He recounts that Gianluca shared a story of their biggest goof-up, and wanted to know if Piero would recall the same incident. He added that it was not the one about forgetting all the French lyrics to “Tous les Visages de l’Amour.” He was referring to one that happened at a dinner.  After a few hints, Piero remembers being dinner guests somewhere.  One of the boys held a prawn by the tail, waving it in the face of the president of the historical society, and it escaped from his hand.  Piero insists it was Gianluca’s fault. 

Piero is laughing about a girl whose on-line name is “Ignazio Boschetto, Argentina.”

S: With what meal could you conquer a lady’s heart?

P:  Spaghetti ricci di mare. (Ricci di mare is the Sicilian equivalent of caviar, but from the sea urchin).  He says when it’s done well, like at a certain restaurant he likes, it’s something you don’t want to miss.  When he returns from a concert tour, one of the first things he does is go with his sister to eat at the restaurant that makes it so well.  We all know very well why he couldn’t do that this time.

  1. Asks for one good feature and one fault of each of his Il Volo colleagues.

P: (always a smart-mouth) asks, “Just one?”

S:  Asks him to start with Gianluca, because he was already interviewed, and Ignazio will be next time. 

P:  His immediate response was “What did he say about me?”  Then he says Gianluca’s most annoying quality is that he always wants to be right.  He’s like a cat that always lands on its feet.  Gianluca always wants to be the one to land on his feet (to be correct).  His best feature is that he’s so knowledgeable.  He’s always up to date on every artist, every bit of news, every score and ranking.  He knows even before Spotify, or any other music platform, everything they need to know.

P:  Ignazio’s defect is that he plays everything like an instrument, even the house doorbell.  Piero has had to beg him to stop the doorbell performance.  Also, on tour, they have rule that between soundcheck/practice and the performance, no one is supposed to touch any of the tuned/prepped instruments.  Ignoring the rules, Ignazio goes straight to the drum kit, and Alessandro often has to drag him forcibly off the kit. On the other hand, one of Ignazio’s great abilities is that he understands every technical thing in the recording studio.  For example, during this last tour, the guys were recording a song they really liked, and there was a repeated glitch/imperfection in the recorded track. The pianist and recording engineer struggled with it and couldn’t fix it.  Ignazio politely offered, “Let me deal with it,” and amazed them by getting it perfect on the first try.  Piero, who doesn’t have the patience or skill to correct technical problems, considers that they are really fortunate to have Ignazio who is so technically gifted.

Piero, still a wise guy, called Ignazio the other night just to hear him pronounce the future tense of “laurearsi” (to graduate).  (I can imagine what kind of noises Ignazio made.  The future is laureerò, which is hard to pronounce even for Italians! Honestly, I don’t know how these guys put up with each other).  Piero asked Ignazio just for a laugh, and got more than he could handle.

Of course, the Ecuador and Brazil fans (and the rest of us) wanted to hear Pieruzzo’s voice.  He chose to do “My Way”, which he usually sings as a duet with Gianluca, saying that it sets him dreaming.

Stefano offered a symbolic 92 minutes of applause, and a tip of the hat like Frank Sinatra.

S:  How much do you miss being in contact with the public?

P: That desire is constant, it never stops.  Yesterday I watched our concert at Santa Croce with Placido Domingo from 2017.  I told an interviewer backstage that the sensation I experience, and I speak also for Ignazio and Gianluca, is that there is no adjective that can describe the feeling.  There isn’t anything more beautiful than to land anywhere in the world and find there are people who have been waiting (to greet you) since 7 AM at the airport.  No matter what hour we land, I see that there are people waiting. It’s the most marvelous feeling, this unique sensation, that God has given me such a blessing.  It’s our task to keep that going forward and not quench that flame.

S:  I also asked this same question of Gianluca, because your musical perspectives are different. What international singers do you want to get to work with in person?

P:  They are so many, and Il Volo has already some beautiful collaborations with artists like Eros Ramazzoti.  There was an artist I was listening to this morning, Mercedes Sosa.

(She was an Argentine singer considered the “Voice of the Voiceless”, who died in 2009.  She sang folk material from unpublished songwriters of the South American nueva conción movement.) 

P: I like some specific things. I’d like to perform personally with Luis Miguel. (He’s known as El Sol de México), and also Celine Dion, and why not Lewis Capaldi.

The Piero described how to support the fundraiser by accessing GoFundMe® or by going to Piero’s Instagram page which has a link to the same site, to make a donation.  He asks that even if you are unable to donate, please share the information and the link to the site with others.

Finally, he asks what song does Piero suggest we sing while we wash our hands.  Piero sings “La Vita” while practicing his hand washing.

Note:  I was watching Stefano’s face, and it was obvious how much affection he has for the Il Volo guys when they speak their hearts.    I also love Piero’s face when he closes his eyes and says how much God has blessed him.

By Giovanna

 

And here’s a few more pictures from Jo Ann’s collection…

Pieruzzo and Igna waiting for their cue
Waiting for their cue…
Igna heckling the roof crowd
Igna heckling the roof crowd…

Thank you so much Jo Ann for your translation!!  🙂

Jana

GIANLUCA and FRANCESCO RENGA by Daniela

And here’s another good call, this time between Gianluca and Francesco Renga, which I translate for you.

Gianluca starts immediately with a joyful phrase: “How beautiful we are !!” and Renga replies laughing, “Hi Gianluca, how are you.”

After the first greetings, Renga says he is making a red wine aperitif.

Gianluca explains that Il Volo returned from California on March 13 and have canceled the last concerts. They took the last Alitalia flight and the whole crew, about 20 people, fortunately they are all well.

Renga asks Gianluca if he is at his home and Gian confirms that he is in Montepagano and shows a view of the panorama from his home (very nice indeed).

Even Renga shows the view from his house and this is very nice too, in fact both claim that they are really lucky. (I remind everyone that Renga is from Brescia, my city. What you see above the hill in front of Renga is Brescia Castle, this means that to have this view, Renga lives on Monte Maddalena, a small mountain, from which dominates all of Brescia from above.)

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At this point they talk about future concerts and Renga asks Gian if he has heard that they will be able to return to concerts in a year.

Gianluca states, and says that he also heard Ferdi (Ferdinando Salzano, organizer of the concerts of many artists : F&P group).

Gianluca agrees that it will be very hard to resume for their singers, because restaurants or large companies, all have been affected, but in the field of music it is more difficult, (he is speaking for concerts) especially for fans, who are waiting impatiently, the dates of the concerts, to see them live.

Gian says fans will have to wait a long time and Renga replies that the solution could change if a vaccine is found, but certainly a year goes by. Gian confirms that he has read that it will easily return to normal life in March.

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In this photo, the wedding of Salzano, where many singers were invited. In the smaller photo is Gianluca with Renga.

Renga asks Gian with whom he is at home and he replies that he is with his brother Ernesto.

Gian remembers that a couple of days ago their 2015 concert was broadcast by RAI1, where they sang L’IMMENSITÀ (together Il Volo and Renga), and he also remembers that it is thanks to his brother Ernesto, (admirer of Renga) that IL VOLO sang L’AMORE SI MUOVE.

In fact, Gian remembers a fact that was also explained during the 2015 concert, that Il Volo was looking for a good song to make a new single and Ernesto told them to listen to the song IN MOME DEL PADRE (In the Name of the Father) that Renga had written for the birth of his son. Il Volo liked the song very much, so Gian called Renga and asked him to vary the words and make a version for them.

Renga found the right words and was born, L’AMORE SI MUOVE, and he says it is so beautiful that it is better than the original.

Gian instead says that the original is beautiful and also has an emotional value.

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Renga goes on to say that he sees Gianluca is in excellent shape and Gian replies that he has a small room used as a gym and does training. Renga says that he also has a small gym at home, but it is one thing to have it, another is to use it! 😁.

He admits to being very lazy. Both agree that if you have a goal, like a Sanremo festival, you have been training for a few months before to be fit, otherwise it is easier to lie on the sofa.

At this point Gian tells Renga that he wants to pay him a tribute.

Gian says he grew up with Renga’s music, and Renga claims that this makes him feel much younger thank you ….😁😁 (of course it’s the reverse.)

Gian sits on the piano and plays a part of one of the favorite songs written by Renga  (he is really a good songwriter):

DIMMI SE TU CI SARAI (Tell Me if You Will Be There).

Like a photograph
With uncertain outlines
And this life
My
I find it in a drawer
And then every day
Inside your eyes
If you want
talk to me
of how luck waits
And hold me
in your arms for a while longer
Tell me you’ll be there
When the weather is on us
It will have by now, imprinted
Signs you don’t want
Tell me you’ll be there
When melancholy
He will dress the memories
Of my life


Renga sends him a kiss, says it‘s fantastic, and that made him goosebumps and thanks Gian so much.

Affectionate greetings between both.

Renga says that Gianluca is an incredible person.

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Gianluca I must say that you improve more and more on the piano.

Of Renga I can only say positive things, he is a beautiful person, an excellent songwriter, his songs always have very sweet words.

He admires Il Volo and the boys reciprocate him with affection.

Hopefully there will be more Renga songs written for them.

Daniela

PS = For those who want to try singing the song with Gianluca, I also publish the verses in Italian.

 

DIMMI CHE TU CI SARAI

Come una fotografia
Dai contorni incerti
E questa vita
La mia
La trovo in un cassetto
E poi ogni giorno
Dentro gli occhi tuoi
Se vuoi
Parlami
di come la fortuna aspetta
E tienimi
tra le tue braccia ancora per un po’
Dimmi che tu ci sarai
Quando il tempo su di noi
Avrà ormai lasciato
Segni che non vuoi
Dimmi che tu ci sarai
Quando la malinconia
Vestirà i ricordi
Della vita mia

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