The theater that will host IL VOLO is very beautiful.
Everything is ready, last moments in the backstage, sent by our beautiful baritone.
The evening program booklet is also very nice.
The concert will be set to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but there will certainly be variations.
And here is the list of songs that will be performed in the concert.
A really intense program.
It is very similar to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but with some variations.
The following have been introduced:
“QUESTA O QUELLA” taken from IL Rigoletto,
“NOTTE STELLATA”(lately they sing this only in Japan and instead we would like to hear it everywhere),
“LAMENTO DI FEDERICO” from the Arlesiana,
“BE MY LOVE” and“MUSICA CHE RESTA” from the last CD.
Furthermore “O ‘PAESE D’O SOLE” is sung by all three and not only by Piero and Ignazio.
Unfortunately in Japan, it is not allowed to make video footage while the concert is taking place, therefore there are no videos, only a very short video of the concert already finished with standing ovation, taken by Mrs. Lenora.
And here are the only photos of the concert.
The Japanese are very observant of the rules.
However we can guess that it was a success, and we wish Piero, Ignazio and GIanluca to continue their tour with great success …… and we hope, for us, to be able to see some videos!
The boys continue to be hosted in the various programs, here they are in the UTACON show, where the boys sing a small song in Japanese.
Very nice as usual and always available for photos.
What do you think about the concert program and the new songs included?
It is clear that the program will not be the same here in Italy and also in the US.
I think it’s a very intense program and honestly I’m curious to hear Rigoletto and Arlesiana.
I also think that these guys can do everything, and range from a classic program to a pop with great ease and this is certainly not for everyone.
We’ve known it for a long time Japan was on the horizon.
The boys arrived in “the land of the rising sun” and have already had some commitments.
Here they are upon their arrival.
Visit to Sony Music Japan and the announcement of the start of the tour.
The promo link from Sony Music Japan, of “NOTTE STELLATA”.
Short interview in the program Music Station, in Tokyo.
I= In these photos, there are our passions: fashion, football, music.
G= It is also an honor to be close to these great characters, whom we dreamed of meeting as children, and whom we then met.
P= Singing in front of Pope Francis was a great thrill and also in front of a million people and this is the most beautiful selfie of our life.
P= Hi, I’m Piero
I= I am Ignazio
G= and I’m Gianluca
P= and we are IL VOLO.
I= Our favorite song, lately is “Shallow”, by Lady Gaga
P= and Bradley Cooper
G = also has also won the Oscar, is one of the most beautiful songs ever, of the last period.
P + I + G= Goodbye, goodbye.
But here we are at the most important moment of the program, IL VOLO performs “NOTTE STELLATA”.
There are no words, this short video of “Notte Stellata” gives us a sweet execution made by our boys. Superb, even if shortened for program needs.
Magnificent words related to this video by Valeria Bosch:
HOW YOU CAN FALL IN AN “ENCHANTMENT” – A video of just over two minutes, shot in Tokyo, in a television studio: three young and handsome boys with unique voices, already beautiful at the beginning, but now, as that the maturation proceeds, even more penetrating, passionate and sensual, a timeless music, “The swan” by Camille Saint Saens, arranged by Tony Renis (“Notte Stellata”), a skater who designs magical evolutions on the ice. It is possible that all this could cause an enchantment, indeed I would like to say, with the permission of Dante Alighieri, an “enchantment” why does it seem to me that I can capture the state of grace in which I felt immersed ?
The degree of perfection to which these youngsters have arrived in solo interventions, in the fusion of the voices, in the musical harmony, in the understanding between them, I think has no worthy comparison in any other musical group in the world: Gianluca starts with that voice persuasive and velvety that immediately immerses you in a special world, made of dream, love, pure romanticism; Piero then softens his powerful voice to prolong the magic and dilate it so much that you seem to be completely enveloped in it, and Ignazio takes you to the stars, enchants you, fascinates you, forces you to hold your breath, until Gian returns to you with his singing an incomparable sweetness.
Three male voices of a poignant beauty, more and more ductile, ever more melodious, sweet and powerful at the same time, singing the eternal law of love, passion and dream.
Some shots of “life in Japan”…
Here is the full video of IL VOLO’s stay at the MUSIC STATION show.
Yes, the tour is officially starting.
And then it will be a very long run from Japan to Italy, and then Europe.
In lightning will also come from you and the long wait will be over.
The interview begins as if Assante were a teacher and Piero. Ignazio and Gianluca, his students.
Assante = Gentlemen, what subjects of study did you bring?
Piero = Mathematics
Ignazio = Physical education (gymnastics)
Gian = I geography.
Assante = None of you brings singing, of course, because IL VOLO, which we have here today with us, does not sing.
You have gathered together, to do something else, tell the truth.
Piero= Today we do something else, he cooks (Gian), he tastes (Ignazio) and I buy the food.
Assante = The new album which is called MUSICA, a challenging title, because “music” means many things.
For you three, for each of you three, music, what is it?
Piero= It’s our life, we chose this name for the CD, without any presumption …..
Ignazio= But it speaks for you, because he has asked, “For each of you, what is it”.
Piero= For me, music is the only thing I can do, maybe I was born and I hope to live all my life for music.
Ignazio= I am sincere, I as a child, I did not pursue the dream of becoming a singer or a musician, I did not have the thought of being born to be a singer. I always enjoyed doing a little bit of everything, playing soccer, tennis, doing everything. I was lucky enough to get interested in music, at a certain point, and to make it the daily bread of my life.
Assante = And so it remained, the daily bread …. and for you (to Gian)
Gian= I’d like to become a musician.
Assante = So I can ask a more specific question, beyond the work you do, beyond the commitment, the music remains your main interest?
Gian= My dream is to start writing music, songs, I do not play an instrument, I’m the only one who does not play an instrument.
Piero = But music is not an interest, we need music.
Assante = Of course, I understand that, you need to sing, above all.
Gian= To sing, absolutely, but I want to learn how to play the piano, and I’ll do it, I’ll have to abandon laziness.
Ignazio= If we do the calculation, that the driving license has taken him six years, we still have time.
Assante = The experience of Sanremo, however, has presented another aspect of your “being a trio”, each with its own personality, a different way of singing, you are a little freed from the scheme of IL VOLO.
Gian= We say that we cannot change what IL VOLO is, but we can bring out the personalities of each of us, who have not yet come out completely, so from this CD MUSICA, this path of slight change has begun towards what are also our personal tastes, to make them reflected also in the songs of IL VOLO.
Assante = The tour that is about to start, as usual, you will be around the world. What experience is at your age, having seen so many different audiences, so many different cultures, and everyone appreciates something very Italian like the one you do?
Piero= Surely, travels, concerts and getting to know many people, makes you grow a lot and understand many things. Each concert is a story to be lived and told, for us that this year we celebrate 10 years, we could not celebrate them without concerts, so it will be two years of tour, of course we will return to the city where we have been several times, but it will always be a new experience, we must repeat ourselves and this is our goal.
Assante = What do you like about Italy that you carry around?
Ignazio= The beautiful melody for sure.
Gian= The classical repertoire. In fact, when we return to Japan, or even to the United States, they require a certain type of repertoire.
We have got a tribute to the three tenors, with Placido Domingo, for example we will soon go to Japan, this year and we will return with that kind of repertoire and we will do about 6/7 concerts throughout the territory of Japan.
Gian= So, it depends, sometimes you have to travel on two different tracks, maybe in Italy, you can not always do the classic repertoire, here you can allow to record new songs, unpublished, that maybe have a different path, in radio, that in Japan they would not transmit.
Ignazio= It is not to criticize what our colleagues do, but unfortunately in Italy, but a little in the panorama of music in general, we are losing a little, that which is the true melody. In the songs now, there is no real melody, it’s all based on the production, the sounds. Instead it is this that we like to carry around the world, the melody.
Assante = Is there something you missed or miss?
Ignazio= It is normal that we have not made the life of any fifteen year old, or even twenty years old.
But it was nice, because we skipped a few stages, which came back also useful to jump, because we grew up quickly and we see things differently from the boys of our age.
Gian= Take it the other way around, if we had not done this life, we would have lost a lot of things, so in the end we have more earned than lost.
Piero= The only thing that perhaps is missing is the fact of waking up in the morning more carefree, with less responsibility.
Assante = Responsibilities, you certainly have them.
Gian= Even if sooner or later, when you become an adult, your responsibilities are always there.
Still many beautiful questions and answers that make us discover deeper and deeper, who are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, and what we discover, we do not mind at all !!
Crew, I do not know which way to start telling my day.
I just came back from Milan, where there was the instore for the presentation of the new CD, MUSICA.
My feet are broken, and I’m very tired, but I want to fix immediately, the emotions that have marked the day.
I had already decided to go to Milan on Friday, but on Thursday, I received a letter from the official fan club, which warned me that I had been drawn, to take part in the mini-live that would take place a couple of hours before the instore.
Here I am with, in my hand, my copy of MUSICA, the new CD.
Waiting for the mini-live.
What about the Duomo behind me? Always beautiful to see!
After a couple of hours they call us for the mini-live. After going through the check of documents, here we are all lined up in the corridor, waiting.
We will spend more than an hour in the corridor, with an incredible heat, because it was a beautiful spring day.
Meanwhile, we fans talk, and who should I see but Veronica. She bought tickets for Jana, for the Verona Arena.
Veronica sends you her greetings, Jana !!
Really nice, Veronica!
And finally they let us in and tell us to sit on the ground ….. is not the best of the comfort, but they explain that they can stand up only at the bottom, otherwise nobody can see before.
Ok, I sit on the ground …. what we would not do for these guys !!! 😜
We are 150 people admitted to the mini live.
The director of Radio Subasio comes and begins to present the event.
He says that during the week in Sanremo he was able to know Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca well and he says they are really special people (we already knew that) and he says that Radio Subasio will always play the music of IL VOLO.
Begin, the notes of, “MUSICA CHE RESTA” …
But now here they are ……. IL VOLO….. Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca !!!
Did you manage to see me in the video?
They are really beautiful and funny, they sing and we all sing with them. This is a video of mine and of course what you hear is my voice!!
And here’s another video, of the same time, we were all singing. There was a very relaxed atmosphere.
My legs hurt so much to stay in that position, but it did not matter!!
Gianluca also made a video!
A small interview follows from the director of Radio Subasio:
RS = In this CD there is music present and also of the past.
G = Yes, it is a slightly different album from the others we did in the past, because however there are more contemporary sounds, the choice of songs, also, but without abandoning the classic, such as “Be My Love” sung by Mario Lanza, but also by all the greatest tenors.
This represents a new beginning, a new path, which will lead us to have “a new face”, we sing with what are our true voices, our musical styles, which are different. It represents us 100%.
RS = Are you a little more pop, compared to the past, is it true Piero?
P= We have undertaken this collaboration with Michele Canova, we are fans of Mengoni, Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, and Canova has produced all the albums of these great artists and we have decided to collaborate with him and I must tell you that we are very satisfied and surprised of the work he did.
RS = Well, Ignazio, in the meantime, congratulations.
Congratulations because of you, this week, there was the image of you give a caress on the cheek to Mahmood (applause).
A gesture of great class, “chapeau” to Il Volo but above all to Ignazio, because this is the thing that remains of this Sanremo, as you have accepted this result.
P = The most famous profile of Italy (that of Ignazio)
RS = Proving that it is absolutely not true that they did not like the result, and that they are envious …. the envious one is another (Ultimo).
I = There is a whole story behind that caress. Because behind the scenes, while we finalists were waiting, Mahmood was sad and I asked him:
“Excuse me, because your face is so sad, you are living a beautiful experience, we are in Sanremo” and he said, “The microphone did not open when the song started.” I told him, “What are you saying, you have a good song, you’re good, you’re among the first, you have to be happy and not sad.”
So when they said he was the winner I went to him and whispered to him, “What did I tell you?”
RS = So, you won the festival 4 years ago, in 2015, this year you came back, because you had to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, and you showed that, despite having won a Sanremo, and after having participated as super-guests, you are back in the race.
G = Because you do not have to live Sanremo only with the spirit of competition, certainly it was a courageous choice, but from guests to competitors, should not be understood as a step back, it was our choice, we did it for you fans, that you’ve been waiting for us for a long time. (applause)
It’s nice to be able to live Sanremo and sing for four nights in a row, even for you who have followed us, and voted.
RS = Yes, voted, because IL VOLO on Friday evening are splashed at the televoting. What did I tell you? Televoting !!
P = Now, girls, we know that in Sanremo you have voted so much, now give your banking code to Ignazio, who will think about making the wire transfers to you.
I = Besides giving them to Mahmood, I give them money too !! (laughs)
RS = It is nice to feel the warmth and the affection of your audience, now they have bought the cd and then they will come to see you on tour in concert.
P = One important thing, I read that you ask for dates in Sicily, in other places ….. in a few days, we will publish many other dates, now we have announced 7/8, there will be many.
I = It will be a summer tour.
RS = Long
I = It will be a summer tour and then there will be other surprises, indoors (indoor concerts).
RS = Let’s say that they are back in Italy and do not leave us, they want to be heard and sing live. We listen to another song, because we have to get ready for the tour, for the concerts, from today the new album is out, we need to learn the new songs, like “VICINISSIMO”.
I= We decide, “A CHI MI DICE” or “VICINISSIMO”
G = “A CHI MI DICE” because they already know it.
I = Let’s say to “A CHI MI DICE” and then we end up with “VICINISSIMO”.
RS = “A CHI MI DICE” in the version of IL VOLO is the track number 4. This song was brought to success by the BLUE and was written by Tiziano Ferro.
After the song, the director of Radio Subasio, asks if there are any questions, no one raises his hand.
Only a 10 year old girl, name’s Chiara, close to me, asks to speak.
Chiara tells the boys, that they are very beautiful and that she feels Gianluca as a brother!!
Here is the short video.
The boys are very relaxed, Gianluca is the most elegant, with light trousers and gray jacket, Piero has a grey turtleneck sweater and black trousers but wearing fluorescent yellow sneakers, very showy, and at some point asks the fans if his shoes are beautiful.
Ignazio wears a flannel trousers and a simple mustard-colored sweater, he looks a lot thinner in person and all three are really young, young men.
The director of Radio Subasio, still asks if anyone wants to ask questions.
A boy takes courage and says that he follows IL VOLO since they won Sanremo and he likes them a lot.
A woman says they are very good and would like their greetings, for her 86-year-old mother.
Another boy says that thanks to IL VOLO he has established many true friendships.
In short, no real question, and then I make a sign, I have a question, or rather two.
They give me the microphone and they tell me to stand up. My legs are numb for the position on my knees, but I get up, too bad that there is no video of my intervention ….
Me = I’m Daniela and I’m from Brescia. First of all, congratulations for Sanremo, you were really great.
In the fourth evening, that of the duets, you did a wonderful duet with Alessandro Quarta, do you think that, in any of your concerts, we will see the participation of Alessandro Quarta?
G = We cannot say anything but there is the idea.
P = It’s possible, let’s see.
I = First of all we must say that with Alessandro we have a good friendship and then everything is possible.
Me = I have another question, the American fans . . . I have been advised to tell you that when you go to do concerts in the USA, they would like a less classic program, because at the end of the concert they would like to stand up and sing and dance like Italian fans.
G= Now our program will be this, it is no longer Notte Magica.
I= Of course, the program that we will bring will be that of the CD …..
Me = … yes, but when you talk of concert on American soil you say you will do a more classic program.
I = ….. but if you let me finish (everyone laughs), I was saying that before we were bound by Notte Magica, but now we’ll bring more pop there too.
Me = Thank you.
I must say that I was not at all troubled to talk on the microphone and in front of everyone, in fact, I felt in the family.
I took the opportunity to talk about the American concerts, because then during the signature-copies, they stop for a few minutes.
After the series of questions, ended with my speech, they asked to pose for the final group photo and then we had to get out and queue for signature-copies.
These are the last shots I took before going down.
There were fans waiting to sign-copies, so we had to get off.
In a short time it became dark.
We who were at mini-live had precedence, so we all started waiting for our turn.
We were on the second floor, for the mini-live, about two hours of which one of waiting and one of mini-live.
I arrived in Milan by train, accompanied by my husband, but he was not admitted to the mini-live, so he had to wait outside …. what a treasure! When I got out, he said the voices were heard downstairs, so he figured out that I was talking at the microphone.
And here are some photos, while we are in the queue and we approach the boys.
Finally our turn has arrived, and here is our official photo – me and Beppe and IL VOLO.
I was able to make a few words with the boys to whom I brought your greetings, they signed the CD and also the book UN’AVVENTURA STRORDINARIA that I had brought with me.
I gave two kisses to each of them.
A few moments and it was all over.
Outside the library, there were Torpedine and Barbara Vitali sitting outside a bar talking to a couple of friends. I wanted to stop and talk to them, but I did not want to be inappropriate.
And so we headed to the train station, about 3 km to do on foot, as we had already done on arrival, under a hot sun.
We arrived at the station, everywhere there were great videos that projected the event of IL VOLO.
Finally on the return train, I was able to rethink that frantic afternoon.
It was worth it.
I was finally holding my new CD and I was so close to the boys.
They are really simple and genuine.
I hope this CD will lead to their sales success, which is really deserved.
With the approach to the start date of the Sanremo Festival, IL VOLO was interviewed by Radioitalia.
Here is the translation of the interview.
PRESENTER = I’m punctual today too. Today I have to present three great voices, three great artists: IL VOLO, hello guys.
P + I + G= Hello
PR = I have made the first compliment to you and you laugh so?
P = We laugh for that.
PR = Why, are not you great artists? You are!
G = Also, it is also nice to remind the audience that I was born on the same day, 11 February, that we last participated in the Sanremo competition.
PR = But not the same year dear…. but yes, in fact you were born the same day and in Sanremo we reciprocate the birthday wishes, but this year no, because Sanremo will already be finished, but I must say that for the Aquarius, will a good year and, closed parenthesis! Are you happy ? (she ask to Gianluca)
G = Very
I = And Libra?
PR = I do not know, I know the Aquarius because it is our sign and then …. then, I inform myself.
PR = So, welcome back to Sanremo, in the race, I have to say, because in Sanremo you were there last year, nice, it was a great participation.
You come back to Sanremo, because logically, you have a track in which you believe very well, come back to Sanremo, because in Sanremo, good or bad, you are born, and because you celebrate 10 years of career.
P = Exactly, we celebrate 10 years of our friendship that binds us, the passion that unites us, we could not choose a better stage the Ariston (the theater of Sanremo) which saw us born 10 years ago and we wanted to celebrate this goal together.
PR= Gianluca, do you want to talk about it, and tell us something about the song entitled MUSICA CHE RESTA?
G = To remember that Grande Amore has given us so many emotions, so it’s one more reason to come back, we are fond of this stage, but especially this song, we believe a lot, in this piece, because the important thing is to get to the people, win people’s hearts, this is the most important thing.
PR= You always come to the people, anyway.
Listen, Ignazio, can we imagine/anticipate a pop-lyric song?
I = I think an artist never wants to lose his personality, then surely it will be a big surprise, we would like to say anyway, that among the various authors and writers of this song, there is also Gianna Nannini, whom we value a lot, and we are really happy to have her on the team.
PR = Ok, very well, so great return to Sanremo. I’m thinking about 10 years, you are very young and have already played the most important stages in the world, you duet with the most famous international stars, you have made a journey that an artist, even in 50 years can do.
Sometimes you stop to think about this and you are afraid of having burned the stages, apart from that, your dear friend Michele Torpedine will invent one every minute, but do you think it all happened too quickly?
P = We met at the age of 15, our teenage period was different from that of our peers, but, as you said, Michele Torpedine invents one opportunity after another, so it’s never enough. When we are on a stage, we always think about the next one.
PR = But are you happy to come back to Sanremo? I feel you are a little like this ……. are you excited?
G = We are happy, a little tense, because anyway it is an experience ……
I= It is a stage that always creates a little anxiety.
PR = You are on another stage right now, but we’ll think about it in a few days.
G= Also here we had a beautiful concert in 2015.
PR = Of course.
I = And sure Radioitalia will invite us again this year.
G = Again, exactly.
PR = Absolutely yes.
PR = I know that then there is another beautiful international project, a right album, of unpublished songs and not ..
G = Yes, it will be a surprise, we cannot tell you more, it will be an international project, where there will be new songs.
I = We can only give you a clue.
I= This year we celebrate 10 years, so we are very happy.
P = and in the album there will be MUSICA CHE RESTA …..
PR = All right, I cannot get more information from IL VOLO, it is so, but we will listen to them in a few days on the stage of the Ariston.
We are very happy of your return to the race. We love you.
P + G + I = Thanks, us too, thank you for your affection.
Did you like this interview?
They said many things but did not reveal anything, but, reading between the lines, maybe a few hints to a further album there was.
What do you say if the output CDs were two ???
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