Our guys were back in peak form to entertain the fans of Mexico! I think the rest did them well. Their first concert being in Chihuahua/Mexico City on September 7, followed by Monterrey and Guadalajara on September 9 and 10.
As Marie says, the earth always moves when they are around, but this time it was for real on September 7. Shortly after their concert, Mexico was struck with the 8.1 earthquake. They felt the tremors all the way into Mexico City. Of course, all the fans were worried and concerned and Il Volo and all of their management, assured us that they were fine. However, in the one article I read, when they got back to their hotel, they did move from the 25th floor, down to the first floor for the evening, as there was a slight amount of damage in one or two of their rooms.
From the many videos that I saw, it appears that the Mexican fans got a little more variety in their concert than we did. They got to hear a few and favorite “old” songs like, Mas Que Amor and a few others in Spanish along with Grande Amore in Spanish.
I found some nice videos and pictures of the Mexico City concert from Glenda Kaye’s Facebook page. Please see below:
Translation (provided by <3 IL Volo <3 Pittsburgh fan club Facebook):
The wait is over and the tenth edition of the International Chihuahua Festival began today with a press conference with Il Volo, the great trio of young Italians, who said they were happy to be the ones who will open this great festival.
They said that Mexico is a great country and that it is one of the countries where they most want to share their culture, their music with their fans there.
Also, they said that they felt that young people are not the future but that they are the present world, and there is not much difference between the young people there than in their native country, Italy.
They said they have never tried drugs, and that that is for “stupid” people and that the only “drug” for them is music, something they enjoy doing, which shows with their songs and when they are on stage.
They further said that having money and fame at such a young age is a great responsibility, because now their lives are public, and everything they do is captured on camera. They enjoy their lives but reiterated that it is a great commitment, because they are an example for other young people.
Il Volo consists of three male Italian singers: Piero Barone , Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, who sing classic songs, as well as pop songs, in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.
The trio was formed after they participated as three individual singers in the second edition of the Rai 1 talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone in 2009. They are the first band of Italian origin to sign a contract directly with a major U. S. record company, Geffen Records, part of Universal Music Group.
Beginning promptly at 8 PM tonight in the Plaza Mayor they will be giving a great show. The concert is free and will inaugurate the tenth edition of the International Chihuahua Festival.
Off to the venue for sound check! Everyone still good? 😀
Getting Ready; a look at the venue
By Tiempo TV Noticias
Sound Check; Un Amore Cosi Grande
By Martin Daniel Parra
Nap time! Then get pretty for tonight! 😉
Il Volo Sets Record For Largest Audience in Chihuahua; Conciertos de Chihuahua; Athina Angelopoulos
El Triste; Segundo a Segundo Facebook; shared by <3 IL VOLO <3 Pittsburgh fan club
Granada; Segundo a Segundo; shared by All Things Il Volo
Translation: “Masterful presentation of iL Volo in the Plaza Mayor in Chihuahua, in the framework of the International Festival of 2014” Highlight video; Conciertos de Chihuahua; by Athina Angelopoulos
Well, it’s time to say, “Goodbye.” What a whirlwind trip–but such a success! Congratulations, Guys!
Il Volo Invites You to FICH 2014; shared by All About Il Volo
By ICHICULT Representacion Juarez
Well, The Guys’ Invited us, so let’s hop on our virtual plane and head down to the Festival Internacional Chihuahua (FICH) 2014!
The Chihuahua International Festival is an artistic and cultural festival that takes place in multiple cities throughout the Chihuahua region of Mexico. The program includes over 400 cultural activities by artists from more than 20 countries. Each year a guest country is featured at the Festival, as well as a guest state and municipality. Activities take place both at indoor and outdoor venues.
Promotional Video; Come to FICH 2014; shared by All About Il Volo
FICH 2014 Program and Artists; shared by Athina Angelopoulos
We know from past experience that Il Volo has always been very well received everywhere they go in Mexico and South America, and that they seem to pick up a little bit of a different energy themselves. This year has not been any exception. Based on tweets and shared pictures, they have been excited about going to Mexico from the jump. They were greeted warmly at the airport before heading to their hotel in Juarez where they did a lot of relaxing, and it seems like they’ve been mixing it up informally with the fans as well.
But there has been a lot of working too, of course, giving the interview from which the above clip was taken and this press conference included:
Il Volo on Qrelajo TV; shared by All About Il Volo
TRANSLATION (by Athina Angelopoulos): The 10th edition of the International Chihuahua Festival starts today with the opening show by the Italian trio Il Volo whose tenor voices will vibrate the esplanade of the Cultural Center Paso del Norte.
At exactly 8 pm Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, the group members, will interpret their ballads including Italian classics and pop songs in Spanish, English, and Mexican themes.
With free mass events, the activity of the festival will last until 21 August with a series of concerts and theatrical presentations which this year include singers and groups of international stature, as Óscar Chávez, Lila Downs, Millions, Candlebox, and Yuri Buenaventura and the Mexican band Zoé, which will close the stage of the massive events on August 12.
Like every year, the evets will take place at the esplanade of the Cultural Center Paso del Norte, as well as in the theater Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, but also have been prepared some alternate venues as the Auditorium Benito Juarez and some settlements in the west and southeast parts of the city.
TRANSLATION (by Athina Angelopoulos): The time has come. The 10th edition of the International Chihuahua Festival begins tomorrow night with the presentation of the group Il Volo, for the first time in Juarez.
The trio of the Italian singers is in Ciudad Juárez, and with a relaxed and informal attitude, they posed for pictures, sang and flirted in perfect Spanish.
During a press conference that lasted about 17 minutes, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble declared that they had been sleeping since they arrived in the city on Wednesday night and all they know of Ciudad Juarez so far, is the way from El Paso airport to the hotel where they are staying.
The trio expressed their excitement to return to Aztec lands after a year when they performed at the National Auditorium in Mexico City in front of 10 thousand people.
When asked the name of a favorite Mexican song, without hesitation, Ignazio Boschetto started singing ‘Bésame Mucho’ (by Consuelito Velázquez).
“Mexico has been a great country for us, every time we come back is a pleasure and now is an honor for us to sing in the Festival of Chihuahua, here in Juarez.”
Ignazio Takes a Phone Call…???? *hmmmm*; Il Volo Juarez Press Conference; Nomada, Juarez Television Facebook
edited by All About Il Volo
😀 No, it wasn’t a personal phone call. It seems like the phone belonged to a member of the press, and I’m told by Athina that Piero actually answered the phone, but Ignazio is the one that spoke to the caller. Lucky caller!
Time for Rehersal!
Sound Check Preps; IVELS Con Il Volo En Latinamerica Somos amore. Facebook; @theilvoloversmx
I’m sure both days will be well attended, if past history of Latin American crowds repeats itself. And I’m anxious to hear about this tour Gianluca is talking about. That information seems to be a bit elusive. I’ll have to think of a nice gift for the first person or persons that can provide us with confirmed information…
***This just in: Il Volo announced today that they will give a concert in Naples, Italy on September 12th at The Arena Flegrea at 9pm.
****Gianluca just tweeted at 2:30, going to Cannes, France.
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