Sunday 10 November, an instore, this time Milan, with a mini-live from the Mondadori balcony, overlooking Piazza del Duomo.
The whole week there was bad weather, rain and cold, but on Sunday a sun 🌞 and ablue sky welcomed our boys!
In this video, the boys say that they have just arrived in Milan and are waiting for the fans in Piazza Duomo.
And here they are, from the balcony where they performed, happy to show their NEW CD with a sea of people behind them in one of the most beautiful Italian squares.
Yes, among that multitude of people, I am there too, with my husband. We are there, impossible to recognize ourselves.
What a thrill, we arrived by train in Milan and, going up the underground staircase, and going out in front of the Duomo, white and magnificent that raises its spires in a preciousblue sky …… priceless.
As soon as we arrived in square, here they are, Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, who face the balcony of the library, located in a beautiful old building, right next to the Duomo.
The square is full of people, not everyone is a fan. A lot of people are walking around Milan, but they stop to listen, and we are all with our noses up, listening to these beautiful voices, the arms at the top holding cell phones, intent on recording this beautiful event. Nobody moves, everyone looks up, wonderful.
The event was very beautiful, the boys sang four songs and exactly: IL MONDO
MUSICA CHE RESTA
A CHI MI DICE
GRANDE AMORE and the square responded with so much warmth.
An incredible emotion, seeing them and hearing them sing from that balcony, with the Duomo a stone’s throw from us.
And here is the video I recorded, I missed the beginning, but then I recorded the whole moment for you, without interruption. Good vision to you……enjoy! 😘
After “IL MONDO”, the boys say goodbye and Piero says they are here because their new album celebrating their 10-year career was released the other day and this is their way of thanking them for their support.
Gianluca thanks everyone for being here.
Ignazio says that this year they were in Sanremo and presented a song that he likes very much, “MUSICA CHE RESTA”. (fans acclaim Ignazio)
Immediately thereafter follows “A CHI MI DICE”.
After the song, Gianluca says they want to remember one of the most exciting moments of their career, when they won the Sanremo festival in 2015.
Piero adds that it’s their way to greet everyone.
Gianluca adds that with this song they want to transmit all their “GRANDE AMORE” to us.
Here are the few photos I took:
Here I am, happy and proud, with my new CD, in my hands. ❤️
Unfortunately I couldn’t get the CD signed. 😢
The day was beautiful, but when the sun went down, it started to get very cold. I was at the end of the long line, I was frozen, it was dark and there was still more than an hour waiting in the cold, and unfortunately also the train ride to return home. So, happy for the unexpected day (I wasn’t sure I could go to Milan), I returned home.
And here, below, other photos of the event in Piazza Duomo.
Very nice video from Radio Subasio.
This is also from Leggo.it.
The speaker asks the guys what they felt.
Piero replies that it is a great emotion to see all those people there for them, for an artist it is the greatest joy, looking out at a balcony and seeing all those people. Il Volo loves these people so much, and people love them. ❤️
Ignazio says that today they understood, what the Pope feels.😁
Gianluca says that for them it is like a birthday, 10 years of career, a great goal, and there will be other years of friendship, music and loyalty.😘
The speaker asks what was the most beautiful emotion of these 10 years and Piero replies, the honor when they sang in front of Pope Francis, a memory that they will carry with them for their whole life.
There are no words to describe the excitement of that square full of people and to hear Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca raise their beautiful voices up, up, even higher.
But there are still so many events awaiting us.
Thanks guys, it’s always possible to be with you.
The boys, seeing this photo, said: 10 years of instores, the first photo is the first year, where there would have only been a dozen people and the second photo is today. ❤️ 😄
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca are promoting their new CD, and these days they have many appointments with radio, TV and instore. One of the most popular appointments is certainlyVerissimo, where they are expected by Silvia Toffanin.
In short, I translate what was said:
After the first pleasant and playful pleasantries, Silvia says that they have just arrived from overseas. Piero confirms that they have just returned from a tour in South America, where they have had great satisfaction and great emotions and says that they celebrate 10 years with a tour of 100 concerts.
Silvia says that, to celebrate these 10 years, she has prepared a video dedicated to them, where she will tell who they are and what they are in the world.
(I literally translate Silvia’s words that accompany the images in the video.)
Dear Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, here we are.
Even if you’re young guys, you’re ready to celebrate an unprecedented career. 10 years of music and songs that warm the heart. It was 2009, when we were struck for the first time by your incredible voices.
10 years of career, of music, but above all of friendship and fidelity, in which you have become brothers, and it is precisely on this your indissoluble bond that you have built everything.
Those who have always followed you, know that this year you have marked a new goal in South America, where the Latin rhythm meets all the power of singing. Puerto Rico, San Salvador, Buenos Aires, San Paolo, Rio, you have enriched with magic their eyes, the views of those lands so far away, entering into the daily life of gestures, smiles and the eyes of those who have run to listen to you.
As in your last Latin stop in Santiago de Chile, or as when you sang for Pope Francis, in Panama.
Piero: there were 450,000 young people, there was a great silence. Gianluca: a deafening silence
You have grown quickly, but thanks to the values that your origins have taught you, you have found the true strength, the ability to return where it all started, because for those who count, you are always and only: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.
Your life for 10 years is made of journeys that continue. Next year you will be back on tour between the United States and North America, passing once again to the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York.
But the most beautiful thing is that in all these years, each of you has remained himself.
This is the power of dreams, to get anywhere, without ever feeling truly arrived.
Let me tell you, dear Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, you are an Italian pride.
With love: Silvia.
The boys, moved, embrace Silvia (who is confirmed as a true Volover). Ignazio, jokes, pretending to cry. 😁😁😁
Gianluca states that Ignazio is the craziest of the three and Silvia responds ironically, that she didn’t understand it!
Gianluca says that without Ignazio, it would be a deadly bore, instead Piero jokingly says that are 10 years of endurance.
Silvia says they do everything together, travel together, eat together and Piero specifies ….. separate rooms. Piero confirms that they eat the same things and are intolerant to the same foods, then he says that they go to the gym and train together.
Gianluca says that they are profoundly different, but over the years the relationship has been strengthened.
Silvia asks if they fight and they say yes and Ignazio says that Piero and Gian are lower (shorter) because he hits them on the head. 😁
Piero says they argue but they don’t fight. Gian says that now they know what the things that annoy each other, and they avoid them.
Ignazio says that Gianluca is spiteful, while Piero is stubborn and wants to impose his ideas.
Then they talk about the physical aspect and say that Ignazio is happy with his newfound physical form and he says he is happy because he wants to show to those who have a physique like his, softer, which can get a slimmer shape.
Now Silvia faces the topic “girlfriends” and immediately tells Ignazio, whom she has read in some interviews, that he is looking for his girlfriend.
Ignazio replies that he is indeed for the family, and when he meets the right person he will be happy. Silvia asks him about his last girlfriend and he replies that he was very much in love, but then, as often happens, everything is over.
Silvia says it’s difficult for artists like them, always on tour to have a bond, Ignazio replies that it’s not easy, but it’s nice to leave and know that there is a person at home waiting for you. ❤️
Silvia asks if it is true that Ignazio also knows how to cook well and Piero replies that he does not like knowing what a dish is made of, but Ignazio must always explain it to him.
Then Piero says that he and Ignazio both live in Bologna and Ignazio, every now and then he sends him some ready-made food, just like a grandmother!!
Then Silvia asks if it’s true that they eat pasta before concerts and they confirm it, but three hours earlier.
Now Silvia, remembers Gianluca that last time he told him that he had a girlfriend and he confirms it and says that the girl becomes part of the family and she expects him, even if he stays out for months. Silvia asks for the name of the lucky one and Gianluca answers Francesca.❤️
Gianluca then, says that, they have learned to be selective with friendships and he says that boys of their age often confuse friendship with habit.
Silvia asks if the boys sleep close together and Piero says they have separate rooms well away from him, because Piero likes to sing when he takes a bath or a shower, so Gian and Ignazio want rooms far away from Piero.
Silvia takes a guitar and gives it to Ignazio, followed by a short performance of “Musica Che Resta”.
After playing the song, Silvia says she had goose bumps.
Silvia says she saw gestures of affection between them, so she asks if they really love each other. Gianluca confirms that they are like a big family, living their lives on two tracks, occasionally jumping on one or the other.
Speaking also of their daily life and studies. Piero confirms that he recently graduated, Gianluca admits to having only the first two years of gymnasium (classical high school).
Then Silvia shows a video where the guys play sports.
(Ignazio says to Silvia …. “You show us, what we do in our spare time.” 😁)
All three are very sporty.
Ignazio says that before the concert he goes to the gym, because he already arrives with a warm voice.
Silvia asks Piero if he has a girlfriend. He replies no and that he is well and that he sings better with fewer thoughts.
Silvia asks for a piece of “Grande Amore” to be performed.
Gianluca recalls that they have confirmed two new dates for Italy, Verona 30 August and Taormina 4 September for 2020. He says that they like to bring the beauty of Italy to their DVDs, in fact the last concert was done in the beautiful Matera . They confirm that their latest CD, IL VOLO The Best of 10 Years, was released all over the world on November 8th. Piero states that the Matera concert will be broadcast on Italian TV on Channel 5 on November 19th.
Silvia shows a video with a preview of the concert in Matera.
At this point, Silvia confirms the very important things, says that what is striking about the three of them, is that they are very different from their peers, who sometimes sing vulgarities, but they are very careful, good guys, guys of other times.
Piero says that they do not sing an ancient genre, but a classical genre, which never sets. It is the music that is part of the Italian cultural heritage, known to all, and they are only trying not to let it be forgotten and bring it to their peers.
Silvia confirms that they are really exemplary guys.
Ignatius says that they always try to give good examples.
They make the lives of three normal, regular, simple boys who convey love for what they do, and have gratitude for those who followed them from the beginning.
At this point Silvia proposes a very nice thing, the boys have to perform all the 19 songs on their CD in a minute.
Beautiful and nice demonstration that the boys perform very well, without however performing the “Nessun Dorma”.
Silvia says that they are music that remains!
There are the final greetings.
Ignazio thanks all those who in 10 years have always accompanied them, starting with Torpedine, Sony Music, thanks to Silvia who manages to transmit an artist for what it is and above all thanks to their fans who always support them and always make them feel the their affection.
Silvia thanks them, as they are and says her program is their home, to travel the world, but remember that the doors of her show are always open for them.
Kisses and final hugs.
What to say, it was a wonderful interview!
Silvia does not hide her genuine admiration for our boys and they are completely at ease and offer themselves to the people for what they are, beautiful, nice and cheerful.
Surely you will remember that during the IL VOLO concert in Rome, we saw on video, two nice fans who came specially from Japan to attend the IL VOLO concert.
Here is the video that made them known to us, along with grandma Maura.
Their names are Yukio and Kumiko. In this video they say that they came to Italy for the concert and that they attended three concerts also in Japan.
They seemed really a very nice couple and so I thought I’d do an interview with them, to satisfy our great curiosity about everything about Il Volo.
So I contacted them via facebook and then email, and they were very kind to answer my questions:
“Hi Daniela, following are the replies of my wife and I, on your questions.”
The first question is certainly the simplest and most obvious: how did you come to know IL VOLO? How long have you been their fans? Was it an immediate pleasure or has it matured over time?
It was the morning of November 24, 2017. I happened to hear an Italian speaking voice on TV. I thought I must record it for my study immediately, since I have just started to learn Italian.
Later, I replayed the recorded program, it was the voice of Il Volo, three guys, and their witty answering with the TV interviewers was exactly full of my favorite Italian taste.
They sang Grande Amore!Sono molto commosso! (I am very moved!)
I was totally knocked out.
After my husband came back home, I showed him this video. My husband also loved it very much.
In this TV program, I found that there were two concerts in Japan, I really wanted to go to the concerts. I tried to find tickets for them, but the tickets in major ticket offices had been already sold out. But I decided, never give up to purchase. I called one of the offices of concert, Kawasaki, directly. The answer was “there are only two tickets remaining.” Lucky!
Of course, I bought them immediately. Il concerto era meraviglioso!! (The concert was wonderful!!)
Since then, we have become Il Volovers.
How many concerts did you attend?
Just before the concerts in Japan, 2017, we bought CDs and DVDs, “IL VOLO with PLACIDO DOMINGO (Notte Magica)”, commemorative album for Japan, and “Grande Amore”.
We listened to and watched the concert of Florence and Pompeii, which were contained in the DVDs. The videos ignited our dream to go to a concert held at Roman ruins in Italy.
After their concerts in Japan, we became the member of IL VOLO official Fanclub.
In line with the above and our willingness, I had been searching their concert in Europe by way of internet with a keyword of “I concerti Il Volo” in Italian. I found there was their dinner show in Monte Carlo, Monaco and asked the ticket agency in Monaco directly and got tickets.
While scheduling our trip to Europe, the official fanclub announced there were several concerts in Italy, 2018. We found we could go and listen to in Taormina, July 29. We had rescheduled and decided to go there. (Kumiko wrote)
In 2019 May, IL VOLO 10th anniversary tour started from Japan. Obviously, we planned to listen to their concerts except due to some blocked dates for us:
We attended the concerts described below:
May 13, YOKOHAMA – MINATO MIRAI HALL May 15, TOKYO – BUNKA KAIKAN MAIN HALL May 19, TOKYO – ORCHARD HALL
We brought handmade banners/flags and Japanese fans for these concerts to congratulate and send cheers to IL VOLO.
These good pictures were attached in this email.
In addition to these formal concerts, we attended/listened to following TV
recording/broadcasting programs as well as FM broadcast program:
On May 10, “Music station” produce by TV Asahi, is a live studio broadcasting by a set of guest artists, a kind of amusement show.
On May 14, “Utakon”. The program purpose produced by NHK is a wide variety of music genres, from enka and kayokyoku to pop, western music, and classical music, will be delivered to a wide range of people through live broadcasting and live singing.
On May 20, Daimei no Nai Ongaku Kai (Untitled Music Concerts) produced by TV Asahi. The program purpose is to challenge to integrate orchestra and music of different genres.
**Local FM radio**:
May 12, “Koyama Janet Aiko Botanica”. Inviting guests and talk to introduce on the current topic at noon time.
Finally, as you know, we attended Rome concert, June 26. (Yukio wrote)
We know that in Japan, IL VOLO has presented “Notte Magica”, while the concert in Rome, to which you have attended, is much more pop. Did you enjoy the concert in Rome? Your taste, is it more towards pop or more towards Notte Magica?
Yes, we enjoyed the concert in Rome, there is no discomfort for me. Even though the concert venue is not real Roman ruins, their performance was wonderful and the selection of the music from classic to pop was well-balanced. We were also very happy to hear new songs by Gianluca, Ignazio, and Piero.
As a matter of fact, we like to listen music from classic to pop very much. It may seem that I have no philosophy on music, Yukio sometimes listens to Flamenco guitar music.
As Il VOLO members say, their music is constantly changing and changing, so I’ m looking forward to how it will be changed in the future. (Yukio wrote)
Is there much difference between people’s reaction to concerts in
Japan and Italy?
It seems to me that Japanese audience want to listen to their music carefully and to get their message through their music. On the contrary, sorry to say this, in Italy while Il Volo sings, there are a lot of private language (talking) of the audience who is not interested in the music.
The reaction, applause, to songs seems to be the same; if the song is so emotional and touching, there is big applause.
In addition, there is one big obstacle between IL Volo and Japanese audience, that is language. Japanese audience can only understand the guys’ talk by the interpreter, even though she (Ms. Michiko Taguchi, who is an excellent translator for them, I believe.) translated the boys’ words with witness and changing voice tone depending on who speaks. In Italy, the guys could very easily communicate with the audiences, and back-and-forth of communication was speedy and comical.
What’s your favorite song ? (if you and your wife, have different tastes, make different answers as well.)
As I love too many songs, it is very difficult for me to choose just one song.
Therefore, I chose the following five songs: – E lucevan le stele – Grande amore – Music che resta – Ave Maria – Ricordami
I also pick my favorite 5 songs: – Il Mondo – Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae – Musica Che Resta – Grande Amore – El Triste
I hope these answers will satisfy you.
Il Volovers: Kumiko & Yukio
Dear Yukio and Kumiko, thank you very much for your kindness and for having accepted the interview.
It was not easy, I, an Italian, had to write in English and you, had to translate everything in your language to understand what I was asking you.
But in the end, we understood each other very well, our topic was music, and we all know that music has a single language and that of IL VOLO, unites people from one end of the world to the other.
Il Volo fell in love with thousands of fans during the concert they offered as part of their “Music Tour” tour, with which they celebrated 10 years of their artistic career.
In the Italian, English and Spanish languages, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble have interpreted, for two hours, twenty themes of Latin American classical music, their successes and the new songs from their album.
As soon as the intensity of the National Auditorium’s lights decreased, the show began. The silhouette of each of the singers was barely glimpsed and the audience, mainly women, started screaming with excitement.
The baritone Gianluca Ginoble, the tenor Ignazio Boschetto and the tenor Piero Barone provoked the euphoria of their Mexican followers, who gathered at the National Auditorium to answer the call of their idols, Il Volo, which after six years of absence is climbed the national scene again and simply fell in love.
The power in the voice of Ginoble, Boschetto and Barone was the perfect pretext for the warm applauses, and regardless of the genre, compliments were shouted, like a strong “I love you Nacho!”, From a man, or the amusing – and already popular – cry of a woman: “Make me a son!”
Piero’s sensuality, Gianluca’s gallantry and total feeling, which Ignazio gives to each of his interpretations, as well as his renewed figure, caused delirium, all the more when they dedicated part of their repertoire to a tribute to one of the greatest performers Mexicans: José José.
Another of the highlights of the night was when the Mariachi appeared, with whom they delighted to the rhythm of “Cielito Lindo”, who made it clear that the clear register of Boschetto and Barone’s voices, and the most serious of Ginoble, reaches harmony with vernacular instruments, which have also generated the absolute emotion of the public.
The trio also made room for hearing their own songs, which reached a monumental chorus. If their mere presence was no longer a matter of madness, euphoria was unleashed at most when every young man invited a girl from the audience to sing directly with them. The face of the three lucky girls, between emotion and disbelief, will remain in everyone’s memory.
Guys, what to say, Mexico has also been conquered, by your talent and your love.
Mexico has not forgotten you, has patiently waited, and has rejoiced with you.
Beautiful songs, many in Spanish, which we would also like to hear more often in concerts.
How much love, how much happiness in these three concerts ………. but now away, Russia is waiting for you !!!
On August 16th, Piero received an award from his beloved NARO.
Let’s go in order:
This message was published by Piero, I translate the words:
On August 16th evening I will have the pleasure of dedicating time to my splendid NARO: being recognized and honored, from one’s native country, is an honor that is not at all obvious.
Here are the roots, here my story is born: the houses, the alleys, the faces, with which I grew up and of which I could tell a thousand stories.
At the moment, I will tell you only one, the affection I have for my country.
All Naro waits on the beautiful staircase.
Here is the moment of Piero’s arrival.
And here is the awarding of the prize, by the mayor, very proud of our Piero.
Mayor = Meanwhile I wanted to put the institutional band, even if it is wrong (Piero rushes to fix the band), to give the official status of the institution, the solemnity of this moment, to pay our affection, our gratitude, to a great, to an international star, which is Piero. (applause)
Considering that at this moment, I do not feel I am just the mayor of Naro and its 7500 inhabitants, but I feel like the mayor of all the Naresi (inhabitants of Naro) scattered all over the world.
So I make myself an interpreter, of all the Naresi, scattered around the world, to say THANK YOU to Piero, for the emotions he always gives us. I also greet all the friends of Canicattì who are here for Piero.
I will not dwell much, but I must tell you that I am particularly excited. You saw the first part of the video (before calling Piero, they projected a video dedicated to Piero ), well, that little boy was Piero …. (to Piero) I don’t know where your grandfather is … . (Piero indicates with his hand, on the stairway). Pietro, a big hug to Pietro, to whom a family friendship, of many years, binds me.
That mayor of 10 years ago, when Piero started it all, was me.
To give you the prize, I would like to call Magda. (Magda is a small child, new promising star of Naro, Piero goes to meet Magda and kisses her.)
With the hope that in 10 years we will be here again to celebrate even Magda.
Best wishes Piero. (kisses and hugs to Piero and delivery of the prize)
I was at Piero’s house, I saw, how many plaques, how many photos with “the powerful of the world” ….. Piero, but this is the gift of NARO !!!(applause)
One last thing and I finish, a memory, when they, in the theater of Taormina, dedicated the song to their mother, and he bowed and Eleonora, beat the song’s rhythm on his leg ….. Eleonora and Gaetano, thank you for what you you have done, for believing us, for the sacrifices you have made to make him a great man.(applause, a second awarding ceremony continues, during which Vincenzo Porrello gives Piero a special gift.)
And here is the video broadcast by local television. At the beginning Piero sings a beautiful song “NARO FULGENTISSIMA” (I think his grandfather composed it, during the video, while Piero sings, you can see his father Gaetano and his mother Eleonora, sitting on the staircase, near a white lantern.)
Mayor= For us it is a source of great pride, to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, but in particular, allow me, of our fellow citizen Piero Barone. A boy who is an international star, but who has remained a humble boy, has remained a boy devoted to his city.
I am the mayor of all the Naresi scattered in the world and for us, having Piero Barone this evening, who is the ambassador of the beauties of this city, but above all of the heart and love, of this city, can only make me absolutely happy.
Piero= My first thought, but I also think of all of you here, goes to the Bracco family, for the pain that struck them. (a young citizen of Naro, on vacation on the lake near Rome, drowned … applause).
The love I have for this country, and for our city, will never end.
Host= What do you feel for this city?
Piero= Naro, it’s me, it’s my blood. I grew up here, my whole story is here.
If it’s about my past, it’s all my grandfather’s fault, he gave me my passion for music.
When I was 8, it was he, my grandfather Pietro, who had me engraved, “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”.
In one of those beautiful summer evenings over 10 years ago, my grandfather made my father hear that song, and from that moment, my father, stubborn as he is, every time someone came into the garage (he repaired cars), put me up on the bonnet of cars and made me sing either “GRANADA” or “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”. I couldn’t take any more, every customer heard “GRANADA” or “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”(Piero’s parents laugh).
In the same evening, there was the election of Miss Naro, and here is Piero photographed with all the participants.
Some shots of the evening, thanks to Il Volo Sicilia fanpage.
What a beautiful emotion Piero, to hear you sing that beautiful song dedicated to Naro.
And your words, for your city, fill every citizen with pride.
Bravo Piero !!
Piero Barone with Nonno Piero Ognibene Singing “Naro Fulgentissima”
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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