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MOMENTS TO REMEMBER by SUSAN

Over the last seven months I’ve been writing about the lives of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca from the day they were born to the present day.  As I wrote each story, there were certain highlights in some stories that I thought should be put aside and revisited in another article. These were, what I consider, Moments to Remember.

If I asked you “What would you consider to be a memorable moment in the career of Il Volo?” I’m sure you could come up with at least 10 if not 50 moments. So, I needed to take these moments and decide what I thought were the most memorable and I actually got it down to 13 memorable events.

So where do we begin? Well you might say the night the three won first, second and third place (Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero) of Ti Lascio Una Canzone. Yes, that certainly was a memorable moment but, I think there was a moment before then that was more memorable. Gianluca points to that moment, “I thought there were three hundred thousand boys singing like me, and instead that night I discovered that there are only two: Ignazio and Piero.” Of course, Gianluca was referring to the night they sang together for the first time on Ti Lascio Una Canzone.  So, let’s begin there!

Ti Lascio Una Canzone, Night 4 and Michele Torpedine – I have to put these two together because one wouldn’t happen without the other!

It is the fourth episode of Ti Lascio Una Canzone and the boys are given the music for “O Sole Mio.” They walked out on the stage, sang “O Sole Mio” and walked off stars!  

Alone in his apartment, Michele Torpedine was sitting on his sofa with the volume off on his TV. The show he was watching was Ti Lascio Una Canzone. He keeps looking at the screen and he suddenly thinks, Ignazio reminds him of Luciano Pavaroti, Gianluca seemed similar to Jose Carreras and Piero is similar to Placido Domingo. He still had not heard them sing. Out of curiosity, he raised the volume and Michele says, “Here I am aware of another element, that is even more important than the first. The three casually put together to sing a song of the program possess an incredible vocality for their age.”

At this point Michele’s head is spinning. He’s thinking these guys are good and again repeats it to himself, they’re good! He thinks, “What if I try to put them together seriously? A trio, he tells himself.”

The rest is history!

“We Are The World for Haiti”  – In 2010 shortly after arriving in America, the guys were invited by Quincy Jones to join “We Are The World for Haiti,” together with 80 international artists such as Celine Dion, Bono, Lady Gaga, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Natalie Cole. Il Volo were the only Italian artists to be invited. The three voices from the background caused such a sensation. “Who was that?” Everyone present couldn’t believe what they were hearing but, “Who were they?” Soon they would find out!

Barbara Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn Tour – In 2012 Barbra Streisand invited the guys to be an integral part of her “Back to Brooklyn” tour. They performed with her in America and Canada. They were not an opening act, no, they shared the stage with Barbara. To the guys this was a dream come true!

2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards – In 2013, “Más Que Amor” was certified “Gold” in Mexico and Argentina. And this catapulted the guys into the Latin market. From that day on they took the Latin market by storm.  In February 2014, they receive two nominations at the 2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards, as “Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group” and “Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.” At the awards show they were awarded as “Best Group of the Year in the Latin Pop Album” category and they also won the “El Pulso Social Award,” as the artist who dominated interactions on social networking sites during the Billboard Awards. This is unheard of! Three Italian kids taking over the Latin market! What a win!

The Christmas Concert at the Italian Senate,  December 21, 2014.  Ignazio wrote in their book: “We want to talk about the thrill of singing in front of the highest offices of state! What twenty-year-old boy has something like that happen? It happened to us, and it seems to me a beautiful result, an honor. You cannot imagine the emotional feeling to be called “guests of honor” inside the Senate. We were accompanied by the, fantastic, Filarmonia Orchestra Veneta conducted by Diego Basso. Half the beauty of the song is in the orchestra.

The most exciting moments? Everyone! But the hymn of Mameli was the heart-pounding one, the first song, singing in that place, with everyone singing along with us, including Giorgio Napolitano, (President) and Pietro Grasso (President of the Senate). It is one thing that I cannot explain.

And then, of course, the pleasure of shaking hands with the President of the Republic and of feeling that he knows Marsala, he has been there.

Sanremo Music Festival 2015 – On February 14, 2015, the guys participated in and won the Sanremo Music Festival with “Grande Amore.” This is the top award in the Music Industry in Italy. With this win the guys really came home. They were finally recognized by the Italian people. This win also gave them the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. 

Eurovision 2015 – As Italy is a member of the Big Five, Il Volo went straight into the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Vienna on May 23, 2015. Grande Amore came in 3rd with 292 points but, they won the televote with 366 points and won the Marcel Bezencon Press Award, as best song according to the collective voting of the accredited press. The extended play Sanremo Grande Amore was released in Italy on February 20, 2015 and it was certified triple platinum by FIMI. At the Latin Billboard Awards, they dominated the social networking sites and now, they win the televote and the best song according to collective voting by the accredited press. The people speak!

Ignazio’s Accident in Tampa March 7, 2016 – While they were singing in concert in Tampa, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca brought 3 children on to the stage. The stage was narrow and, Ignazio picked up a child and carried him in his arms to take him to the center of the stage. There were electric cables on the ground and Ignazio tried to avoid them, but he tripped, and fell on the stage with the baby in his arms. To defend the child, who in addition to the fall would also have Ignazio on top of him, Ignazio twisted his body, so that his shoulder hit the ground and the child was protected. The two of them immediately got up and Ignazio finished the song.

When Ignazio began the next song, it was clear he had a problem with his arm but, he managed to finish the concert. He did not stay for the final greetings instead Barbara immediately took him to the hospital. At the next concert he had a splint on his arm and for the next two concert his arm remained in the splint. It was also recommended that he rest. Fabio Ingrassia, Ignazio’s dear friend, was in Miami, and he immediately came to help Ignazio. Ignazio was disheartened by the experience and Fabio remained with him to help him through it. Fabio made a nice drawing to dedicate to the fans with two hands that clasped. What a Friend!!!

Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, July 1, 2016 “Notte Magica” – 2016-2017 were the years dedicated to the “Notte Magica” project, the tribute to the 1990 event where the Three Tenors, Josè Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, enchanted the whole world from the stage of the Baths of Caracalla. On July 1st in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence Il Volo presented on stage “Notte Magica – A Tribute to the Three Tenors,” which was broadcast in prime time on Canale 5.  The guys were joined by Placido Domingo who conducted the orchestra. This marks the beginning of the world tour of “Notte Magica – A Tribute to The Three Tenors” which debuted on March 4, 2017 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The show was sold out. After 15 stops in the United States, all sold out, the tour is extended to Europe from May 5, 2017 for 29 performances and from September it extended to Latin America. The concert “Notte Magica – Tribute to the Three Tenors” was filmed and broadcast in the United States by the national television network PBS, and in Italy by Canale 5 and, starting in June, it was broadcast in over 500 cinemas in Italy and around the world.

Ignazio Conducts the Asti Symphony Orchestra while the guys sing with Marcello Rota Jul 5, 2017 – During the rehearsals of the last date of the Notte Magica Tour in Naples, Ignazio steps in as conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Asti while Maestro Marcello Rota sings Ignazio’s tenor part! They sang “Libiam ne lieti calici.” Ignazio had everyone in awe of his performance as a conductor. The guys enjoyed singing with Marcello who usually conducts for their Concerts. Gianluca enjoyed it so much that he hugged Marcella in the middle of the song! All good sports! They all had lots of fun! A unique performance!

Mexico Earthquake September 8, 2017 – On Thursday evening September 8th, at 11:49 PM Mexico City time, (in Italy it was 6.49 on Friday) an earthquake of 8.2 on the Richter scale sowed panic in the country. The earthquake, defined by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as “the strongest since 1932”, had its epicenter off the south west coast of Mexico, but its strength reached the capital where the guys had just finished their concert at the Theater Metropolitan. Gianluca gave Facebook a short message shortly after the earthquake: “Thank you all for the messages, we are fine despite the strong shock that hit Mexico a little while ago.” Read the full story here!

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World Youth Day Jan 27, 2019 – If you ask the guys after winning Sanremo, which truly brought them home, “What was your greatest performance,” they would probably answer, there were two. Singing for the Holy Father at World Youth Day was one of the most amazing events in their life!

Por Una Cabeza, Il Volo at Luna Park Buenos Aires October 30, 2019 – So I will end by going back to the beginning. This last moment tells me how far the guys have come and how the strangers became brothers.

When these three young men started out, they were 15 and 16 years old. Think of being 15 or 16 years old and you have a dream, and someone tells you that that dream, needs to be shared. To fulfill that dream you have to leave your family, your friends, your home, you have to go to another country and you have to share this journey with two people who you really know nothing about except that they had the same dream you did. You have to trust that the decision that was made by you and your family, was the right decision. If not, it’s back to square one! You’re going to be lonely and you have to learn to survive without the people you love. So, you learn to lean on one another. That dependence turns into a friendship and that friendship into a brotherhood. It enabled them to trust enough to collaborate and perfect something truly amazing. Something that revolutionized the music industry. Let me go further by showing you a collaboration by these three amazing, very, very talented, young men that is so unreal that it boggles your mind. This is a collaboration of love. You will notice that the whole Orchestra is in awe and Giampiero Grani can’t stop smiling. Stop and listen to this performance of “Por Una Cabeza”.

Look at how they smile at one another during the performance. A smile that says yes that’s it! Their faces are ablaze! Their expressions let one another know that it works. And, finally, when it’s over, they are so excited they can hardly contain themselves. Look at their smiles, their faces are lit up in joy and their embrace says it all! They are brothers who love one another! This is truly a Moment to Remember!

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AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW by Daniela

Today I want to amaze you and even have a little fun! ☺️

A friend of mine, she posted a video on Facebook and when I saw it I really enjoyed it, in fact it moved me.

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This is a reaction to the execution of the Eurovision 2015 final song. Of course, I am biased, seeing IL VOLO, but observing the reaction of this boy, I become more convinced of the greatness of interpretation of our Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio.

I hope that not all of you have seen this video, in any case it is always nice to see it again.

This time there is no need for translation!

Really fantastic and absolutely sincere his reaction.

“That was amazing, it really was ….
I’d never three male vocalists perform like that. It was like hearing one person in a studio performs all three parts, that’s how strong their harmony was and how their voices complemented each other and blended together …”

Then I also found this good reaction.

It’s really a great satisfaction to see such positive reactions and given by young guys who are certainly not traditionalists but who appreciate the skill.

And finally, again to emphasize how our boys are taken as a model, I propose this video of PER TE CI SARO performed by three young and modern Asian boys at a race like XFACTOR.

It’s great to hear these three guys singing in Italian, and it must also be very difficult for them to learn the pronunciation well, also look at how young they are.

What pride to see the effect that the songs of our beloved boys make on a genuine audience.

Also, I’m so happy to see young boys imitating our fantastic young men, because they are the TOP, and their example is absolutely positive.

Come on, guys, the road is right !!

Daniela

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Here’s What’s Flashing Back This Friday

Eurovision 2016 is over.  We hardly knew it was happening.  Remember last year?  We were eagerly watching every moment!  We held our breaths!  They were great!  We were proud!  

We saw a video of their performance yesterday.  Here is  a compilation, you’ll enjoy!

 

Remember  Sanremo?

Will we ever forget this?

This one just because I love it!

Have a safe and happy Il Volo weekend!
~Marie

 

 

Eurovision 2015 ~ One Year has Passed ~ Lydka

Time flies so quickly. Sometimes I feel like it was just yesterday. After Eurovision boys have experienced a lot of success, such as the Italian summer tour, released new album in three versions, appeared in a number of show programs, and this year perform around the world…

So a little small remembrance of Eurovision. What I wrote before the contest….

My winner is Il Volo, have beautiful voices, they are making the kind of music that I love, in my opinion, these three boys are the best and should win.

I wish them good luck in the final ! 🙂 For me, they are winners, beautiful song, beautiful voices and especially I feel that when they sing, so sing their souls and always put into singing their whole heart and pure emotions. Their music and singing are able to reach, caress people’s hearts and evoke different feelings and strong emotions. For example, my mom, when she listens to their songs, she cries and I have goosebumps from their singing. When sounds Grande Amore, so I imagine how our Earth is all coated with a vibrating red heart full of love that spreads to all sides and above our Earth are placed a protective angel wings.  Music can also create visual sensations in our minds. 🙂 All-embracing love is the eternal essence of life and light that leads our souls on the way of goodness and beauty. I wish to the group Il Volo a lot of success in their future career, many good songs :-), fulfillment of all their dreams and especially, to stay still modest, kind, humble and gentle people with a heart in the right place. 🙂

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What do you expect from Eurovision? Do you think it will move your career in an interesting way?

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Simplicity is beauty, good singers with beautiful voices and with beautiful emotional song need no lavish show.  Music should be perceived primarily through the ears, soul and heart.   In today’s world many singers are not real artists, they make music only as a business, they are only ”money makers”,  sing often on playback and they have huge and extravagant shows, but forget on the most important things, which are beautiful songs, beautiful voice and singing, and emotions that the singer puts into his performance. These things can make from them great real artists, not just dancing “mouth openers”, because the music is the mission and expression of love of life, nature, people..,  mediation of emotions.  There is no old music, only good and bad music.:-) It is not important whether singer is handsome or not, but important is his voice, his love of singing and music, his passion and joy that he gives into songs, humility, modesty, and mainly charisma and spark in the way of communication through his music.  Il Volo music has divine power. 🙂 Carla, one of Il Volo fan, wrote :  “This is the greatness of the real art: to transform human into divine!”, I agree with her, we have the same feelings, when we listen to Il Volo, they are really great ARTISTS . 🙂 Buona fortuna, ragazzi ! For me, you are winners, no matter at what place you end up in the finals. Let Grande amore prevail !♡❤❦

I wrote after Eurovision:

Il Volo demonstrated outstanding performance! They won the hearts of people across Europe and this is the most important! The whole evening I was looking forward to Il Volo, their performance was the highlight of the evening, a fantastic experience, for me THEY ARE THE BEST AND MY WINNERS!  I believe that they will take from this show only positive things and good memories I think that Eurovision was a good experience for them, gained many new fans in Europe and introduced people to their beautiful music, I believe that their career will be successful.

Televoting winners are Italians, so in fact they are the real winners, because people chose them and Grande Amore triumphed ! <3

So now Eurovision is the past and in front of Il Volo are many new challenges, events, concerts, and achievements and let us hope that also many successful years. 🙂 What does the future hold? Who knows ?…But let’s be always  patient, optimistic, supportive, loving and loyal fans. :-).   I believe that their stars will shine brightly and clearly on the musical heaven forever !  <3

Lydka

Memories in photos:

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 17: Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone of Italy pose prior to a meet and greet with the press ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on May 17, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Nigel Treblin/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – MAY 17: Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone of Italy pose prior to a meet and greet with the press ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on May 17, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Nigel Treblin/Getty Images)

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MY PERSONAL THANKS TO THE JURIES! ~ Vivian Liebgold

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We have decided that this website would not get involved in the negative Eurovision controversy. That’s not what we do here. We all know those amazing Guys and know how much notoriety was gained for them because of Eurovision. It’s hard to be mad about that!
This is probably the least angry article that has found it’s way to my mailbox in the past week. I think it’s fair, I think you would like to read it…she sums it all up nicely. It was written by Vivian Liebgold and sent to me by Jeannette.

~Marie

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EUROVISION BUZZ – 4 DAYS AFTER – MY PERSONAL THANKS TO THE JURIES!
It hasn’t died down – social media of all types is still very active with the opinions; still the topic of conversation all around the world! I have had these past few days to absorb and reflect; watch the number of views grow rapidly on YouTube and music charts, reviewed comments, articles, posts on Facebook and elsewhere. Like everyone else out there I was shocked and disappointed UNTIL the true results were revealed in black and white for the whole world to see. Then the most important vote of all, the popular vote, was announced that Italy was #1 and that’s where the tides turned in my thinking about the outcome.
So, yes, I do want to thank those few who tried to suppress the vote and keep Il Volo in 3rd place. Through your arrogance and false sense of power you opened up “Pandora’s Box” for yourselves, which day by day, all around the world, we are learning more about! Conversely, while Il Volo walked away (with heads held high) in 3rd place for Italy, they were ultimately rewarded with something even more amazing than that glass trophy! Sometimes “Lady Fate” steps in and corrects an injustice. This is one of those times! They ended up with something far greater than that 1st prize: The massive press and media coverage continues showing outrage and support; increased sales of their music; Grande Amore on the top of iTunes charts, etc.; people everywhere singing the song; millions of new fans who have shown so much love and support for them. I believe this has had far more power and impact than walking away with what should have been their rightful 1st place prize. The recognition and pay-off is proving to be much greater as a result. I call it poetic justice! Thank you to all the countries who voted in support of them.
Written by Vivian Liebgold 5/27/2015