Penina sent in this video of the boys that was done about back in 2014. Thank you Penina for sending it in and Daniela for translating it for us. It really is enjoyable to watch!!
When I was little, every day my mother was screaming, because when I came back from school, I ate, I did homework (when I did) and I went behind my house because we built huts and we were whole days inside talking, joking and playing, then we went out to play soccer.
Everything was more beautiful. Now it is very beautiful but many times I try to rethink everything that happened to me when I was little, also because I did everything with naivety, I did not think much about things.
We need to unplug and go back to where it all started. I grew up here, all my memories, all my past, I always carry it with me, even when I’m on tour.
My adolescence has been completely different from all my friends. Sometimes I think about my life and I say, “this is my life” and reflect and think about it. When you’re on tour, when you wake up every morning in a different hotel, in different cities, even in different countries and you think, “but all those people are here for me, for us” is like a dream.
I was short, fat, protruding ears, I had so many faults, I was a pacioccone (a plump boy). I remember that as a child I could not stay at home, in fact I started working when I was 11. The summer immediately after school I worked two years in the bodywork by my father.
MOM OF PIERO
Nothing is done this way from today to tomorrow, there are many, many sacrifices.
OPTICAL OF PIERO
We’ve known each other for a long time and I’ve always followed him in his musical and artistic career. Every now and then he came into the shop and I always offered him glasses that were a little more special than the others.
Immediately after the discovery of my voice, my grandfather Pietro discovered my voice, my father never, never stopped believing in me. In fact, I sang over the hood of the cars in the body shop and my father had all the customers listen to my voice.
I sang GRANADA, I sang UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE and you saw this little boy, 1 meter and 40 (cm) singing GRANADA and all the neighbors were looking out.
THE PARISH OF NARO
Let’s say that every time there is always at least one meeting. A meeting to tell me about his things that I do not tell you because there is the secret of confession. But also to meet, because even if he is smaller (younger) and I am older there is a friendship.
IGNAZIO FROM THE STAGE OF TAORMINA
When you’re a child, you do not imagine what can happen in the future, right? And we really have to say thanks to our families, because from the first day we decided to sing, they always believed in us. Always with the same strength in all these years we are singing. Always with the same strength they are helping us.
PIETRO OGNIBENE , PIERO’S GRANDFATHER
Always followed me, as a child, I took him, put him on the table and I had him sing in the country.
There was something true. I felt that something had to happen, but I never would have thought it would come to these levels.
PIERO FROM THE STAGE OF TAORMINA
I would like to say something before this song. Two years ago we made a television program with the present Massimo Giletti. Massimo gave me an immense gift. He let me find my grandfather on TV, because in every interview I always say, ” my dream is to sing in front of my grandfather” because it is he who has discovered my voice.
Well, today my grandfather Pietro Ognibene is here and I would like to dedicate this song to you all but especially to him because my dream has come true today.
Thank you grandfather.
GIANLUCA FROM THE STAGE OF TAORMINA
No, now that I’m here, sorry but I have to do it, grandfather Ernesto (he introduces his grandfather). I had to do it, a great grandfather.
Grandparents are the most beautiful thing in the world. Applause to all grandparents.
BARBARA DE ROSSI Italian actress
For example, Piero, is the person with whom I have a true friendship. I believe that he is living all this with great simplicity, also because his grandfather is the person who brought him to lyric music. Its roots are those of a simple family that made many sacrifices to let him sing. I think he manages to keep his feet well on the ground.
I believe that in their future there will be some very important things. The important thing is that they remain a group, as they are. They are very well followed because Michele Torpedine is very good and is also a humanly very smart person.
Ours is a united family, even when traveling to the United States and Latin America. This separated me a little from my wife. Being that (Ignazio) was a minor, we accompanied him (one of them in turn) so the union is a little upset, but now, with the age of majority, my wife and I reassembled, because he is traveling alone.
We are proud of what he is doing, so even if there was a momentary gap (between the couple), I would do it again 100 times.
State of being sad when Il Volo leaves your country
Feeling of hopelessness of not knowing when they will return
Excessive sleeping, hoping you will dreamabout them one more time
Condition of feeling lostwithout their touch, hugs, or smiles
Loneliness one is left with after seeing them too many times in a matter of a few months
The desire to follow themto their next concert no matter where it is
Your “no-limit” credit card is suddenly your best friend and you try to figure out how many mileage points you need for a free, or at least discounted trip to Italy – even if they won’t be there!
Avoiding social media and looking at their pictures, or even listening to their music, because it just hurts too much (this is a very severe symptom, that must be dealt with ASAP!)
If given the Rorschach test, no matter what blob you see, you say either Piero, Gianluca, Ignazio, or all three!
There are likely more symptoms than those indicated above, however those stated are ones observed most often in recent concert-goersduring the first leg of their Notte Magica tour in the United States.
Buying tickets with meet/greetsfor as many concerts you can afford
Seeing them three or more timesin a matter of a few weeks
Tracking them downat their hotel, and hoping to catch a glimpse of them on the street
Having awesome meet/greets, making you want to go back and have another and another!
Knowing they have a new album coming outand just sitting there, frozen, until you hear their new music
Some causes are unknown…as they may be personal to each individual, and have not yet been documented.
There are no known curesfor this, which is similar to Ilvoloitis. IVD is often a side-effect of Ilvoloitis, happening most often during their world tours. Ilvoloitis and IVD are especially dangerous for newbie Ilvolovers. Although Ilvoloitis and IVD are extremely contagious, no one really seems to want a real cure, however, there is the desire to learn to cope with the somewhat serious side-effects and symptomsof this condition.
Let’s see if we can adapt some of their suggestions to IVD.
The helpguide.orghad 6 tips for overcoming depression:
Tip #1 – Reach out and stay connected
As the old AT&T catchphrase goes – “reach out, reach out and touch someone….reach out and just say ciao!” Ok, we can’t reach out and touch the guys at this time, but we can reach out and touch, and call, other local Ivolovers. Who doesn’t want to hear from a fellow fan and talk into the wee hours of the morning, all about their concerts, meet/greets, and fantasies of meeting them again on the street, or at their hotel? With recent technology, you could start a group text (however, I caution you with this one, be careful that those in your group will not be upset, or need to get up in the morning!)
This is also a good time to find more Ivolovers in your area. Plan a party with your current group. Get together to celebrate their birthdays – Piero’s is next on June 24.Check out the various FaceBook pages – there may be some fellow fans lurking closer than you think!
If you can’t get together personally, plan a Skype party. I think you can have up to 24 or so people on one site. Find someone that has a big screen TV and hook up!
Tip #2 – Do things that make you feel good
One thing they suggest is volunteering. Why not do something in the “name of Il Volo?”Donate to your favorite charity. Spend time at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter, or spend time with those with special needs. All the while, you can share your love of the guys by sharing their music and introducing new fans. Remember, not all things contagious are bad?
This is also a good time to get in touch with your local PBS station and start volunteering. You may get the inside news on the next time they are coming back to town!
They also suggest getting in touch with your creative side… now is the time to sit down and write some prose – that meaningful poem you’ve been waiting to write, or now is the time for that fan fiction short storyyou always wanted to write. How about a little drawing or painting? Remember, we are not all DaVinci’s, but no one can duplicate what you are feeling in your heart. It will come through on the blank canvas or piece of paper. The hardest part is that first stroke or word…
If you haven’t already, clear a space in your house – a bookshelf area is a great place and fill it with all things Il Volo. We know everyone has saved every ticket, meet/greet lanyard, CDs, DVDs, VIP gifts, pictures, etc. that we don’t know what to do with. This is your opportunity to put it on display for everyone to see. I plan to do this, but just haven’t gotten the chance yet. You could even make a few shadow boxes with little Il Volo souvenirs and memorabilia. Get to the craft store and use your coupons!
You could also get together with some of your friends and share some pictures and make a scrapbookof all of your adventures and concerts together!
Also, getting some exercise or listening to music– or doing both at the same time!! How often do we see Piero or Ignazio walking away on the tread millwith their ear buds in? Go outside and get some good ol’ “O Sole Mio!” See, just seeing the sunshine will remind you of the guys and their first signature song.
Tip #3 – Move vigorously
Ok, that may seem too difficult, but there’s nothing wrong with looking at a few “nice” pictures to at least get our hearts racing? If not our feet! However, as above, a little walk in the sunshine is wonderful. Maybe put on one of their peppier tunes and walk to the beat of the music. I bet you won’t even realize how fast you are walking. Volare is a great one to walk to!
Tip #4 – Eat a healthy, mood-boosting diet!
Of course, eating healthier will make you feel better. Most Italian food is healthy for you if you limit your cheese and alcohol and eat pasta in properly portioned amounts. Unless you are Piero and can walk 10 miles on the treadmill, I don’t think I’d recommend a plate of pasta every day. But mix that pasta with extra virgin olive oil and garlic and that’s a great treat for your heart and maybe a little red wine on the side.Can’t forget a little gelato for dessert. Some gelato actually has less calories than ice cream.
It’s also a great time to go on that diet and lose those 10 poundswe all want to lose – who knows, maybe it will turn into more. Every time we reach for that cookie, we can think – “what would Piero do?”
Tip #5 – Get more sunlight(we went over this one already….)
Tip #6 – Challenge negative thinking
You are thinking – “I will never see them again!”Do not think that, you WILLsee them again, we just don’t know when. Until we see them again, refer to tips one through five! Or, you may think… I just can’t afford it! But this is the best time ever because they might not be back for over a year – we have time to save up for it now! Even if you can afford only ten or twenty dollars a week, or less, it adds up pretty quickly – at least enough for a ticket, and maybe even a meet/greet. (sure hope they don’t raise those prices anymore – or I may not be able to afford it either!)
Here are some personal tips from me!
This may be difficult, but think back to when you first discovered them. How did you feel? The smile that slowly, or quickly grew on your face. The feeling that you just had to tell everyone you knew about the greatest discovery you ever found on PBS. How many people did you call?
The time you saw them and decided you just HAD to see them in concert, no matter what, where, or when? For me, it was when I saw them for the 2nd time on PBS, about late August in 2013, during their We Are Love tour. I specifically knew the time because their next show was at the Fox on Sept 5 and it was my mom’s birthday. But it was during their rendition of Beautiful Day and Ignazio’s solo part that just took me in and I was an immediate goner and luckily, I was able to see them the following June in 2014.
When did you become an official Ilvololver? Meaning, you suddenly could just not get enough of them? For me, it was after seeing them at Freedom Hill that late spring of 2014. When I got home, I feverishly combed the Internet each evening, soaking up every song, every interview and every video I could find of them for the remainder of the summer. Grabbing at each and every tidbit of info I could find, until I finally stumbled upon the Flight Crew site! I knew I had found my solace here, when I started reading all of the stories and comments from the readers. I was no longer alone in my quest, but felt at home.
Do you remember that feeling you got when you found out you were going to meet them for the first time? I remember the giddiness of a schoolgirl, when us Detroit gals were putting 2 + 2 together and coming up with 4, figuring out they were coming to PBS to promote their Pompeii album. After I found out I was also volunteering that same night, I just could not sit still. I remember walking around the block and literally skipping along thinking, “I’m going to meet them, I’m going to meet them! OMG, what am I going to say, wear, etc.?” I knew others had met them before, but like many things, the first time is always the most special.
Do you remember the first time you had front row seats? I felt guilty, but I turned in my PBS tickets for the last two front row seats at the Fox. I got front row, I got front row, I screamed to myself. It was at the end of the day at work and I could not sit still – good thing it was almost time to go home. I could not wait to tell someone who cared and my dear friend Ginny who was the lucky recipient of the other ticket!
Do you remember that often dazed feeling you got after meeting them at a meet/greet after a concert? You are barely coherent and hardly remember anything because you are still in a hypnotic state after hearing their incredible voices.
And last, but not least, the feeling you had and will never forget, of seeing them perform not, once, but twice in their homeland of Italy. Under the beautiful evening air, the feeling was magical both times.
Think of all of the new friends you have made in the last several years – all over the world.Think of all of the new places you have seen and never would have seen, had it not been for Il Volo. Think of some of your talents that may have been hidden, that have blossomed forth all because of them. Think of all of the new techie things you have learned on the computer and your phone.
Think of all things Italianyou now care about, if you didn’t already.
Think of all the love, joy, and passion you have given and received – all in the name of Il Volo. When we think of that, how could we possibly be depressed? How many of us have healed ourselves through their music and bonding with each other over this love of these 3 men? They have touched our lives in ways we never thought possible, nor existed. They have touched our lives in ways they will never know, no matter how much we tell them. Men and women; young and old, from all over the world.
Even though there is no known cure, I hope that coming to the “Flight Crew – Share the Love” site each and every morning fills at least a small part of this void in your life. Just reading the comments everyone makes, even while I’m at work, will put a smile on my face. Our fearless Editor-in-Chief, Marie, along with Kelly,Leelee, Mary, Jane, Daniela, Dani, and all of the other contributors from around the globetake time out of their busy days to keep us all informed the best they can of where the guys are. I think we need a new category – “where in the world are the guys now?” I know I feel better now, having written this. Just remembering all of those things, makes you happy. Although they are as fleeting as a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the memory of them remains in your heart and soul, just as their voices lift us to incredible highs, so we can deal with some of the worst lows. It is such a joy and honor to know all of you! I feel truly blessed to have you and Il Volo in my life!
In the words of Charlie Chaplin… “Smile….! Life is still worthwhile, if you just smile… (and think of Il Volo!)”
So, we want to hear from you! What tips do you have to get you through the day without the guys? For those new to this site, tell us your story! Do you have a favorite CD or concert you watch? If you like sushi, does it remind you of the guys when you eat it?
All photo credits to Judy Thurman from the last concert in Atlanta. Edits are mine. 🙂
and to Marie, for the inspiration to write this – I texted her complaining of IVD and she said the more you see them, the worse it becomes…
While in Los Angeles, Il Volo had an opportunity to do some interviews and guest on TV.
Home and Family
The following is a video from Home and Family that shows Il Volo assisting in making Panzanella Salad and then participated in a game of charades. So fun to watch!
Video courtesy of Il Volo Mundial Oficial
Matrix is an Italian TV show that was broadcast on Canale 5 live from Il Volo in Los Angeles. The following link will take you to the show. Sit back, relax, and enjoy as the interview was close to an hour. Even if you don’t speak the language, just watching them is worth it. Be patient, though, as there are commercials.
Some beautiful photos were taken. Below is just a sampling.
Grazie, Il Volo Sicilia, per le fotografie.
I found the map of Il Volo’s fan base interesting. What do you think?
The following is a summarized translation of the interview by AAIV. Thank you, AAIV!
First, the guys talked about their March 23rd concert in LA, with Plácido Domingo as special guest, conducting the orchestra in 3 songs and performing together Non ti scordar di me. The Mediaset US correspondent Maria Luisa Rossi Hawkings was there at the concert and she interviewed Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca and Domingo in the backstage. As always, Plácido had very kind words, full of affection for them, such as “With Il Volo, I feel like home” and “Being with them here in LA means showing them my esteem”; and more, “Tonight in the audience there were not only fans but also people who love music. This means that these guys are really talented”. Short videos of the rehearsals were shown as well. It was amazing to see this parallel version of Nessun Dorma on/off stage and Ignazio discussing his part with the Maestro (and following his suggestion)! The Los Angeles audience was in awe, of course!
As the interview went on, Piero said that they decided to do this Tribute to The Three Tenors only because Plácido Domingo accepted to be with them. Gianluca added that he made them feel more confident.
A map of the fandom location was shown afterwords. But we are not sure about the data source. We truly believe it’s only a partial representation.
The night went on with many video clips taken from the LA concert. It was very nice to see them performing, we felt a little bit like if were there at the concert… Some information about how their tour work goes on were given, too. And the guys mentioned their collaboration with Maestro Joseph (Joe) Modica on Notte Magica tour. The guys having fun on stage and speaking English with Italian accent was also part of the topic!
There was also time for joking about them playing FIFA 2017 on their Play Station and the fans love for them! Will I Am of Black Eyed Peas was supposed to be at the LA concert, too but he couldn’t attend. He gave the guys new headphones as a gift! She was there instead, and very proud of Il Volo, Priscilla Presley! Wow!
We could also listen to a fragment of Grande Amore once again! The guys announced that 2018 will be a no tour year. They will lock themselves in a recording studio – and throw away the key! – to work on a new album of Il Volo’s hits! Yeah, we love this plan!
Our Daniela also added that in the original interview the journalist asks a question naughty boys talking about the issue Sgarbi / Trump, telling the boys that so many supporters persons Trump spent their money to go and see them and Gianluca wryly responds that Sgarbi from Italy came to see them.
In addition to a certain point and Gian Piero Ignazio tease calling him GOAT GOAT GOAT, these words are often used by Sgarbi, and is another clear reference to him.
I just watched Rebecca Granet’s interview with our guys on the program, The Trend, and I am thrilled and touched by what they had to say about their American fans.
Rebecca’s question to Ignazio: “What are the United States fans like? How are they different from other folks around the world?”
He answered that “they always give standing ovations.They are really proudof us. It’s like having an uncle or an aunt in the audience….like ourfamily.”
Gian interjected, “We are like a big family with our American fans….it’s like having a family in every theater in every place.” And Piero added, “The American audiences, they tell you everything. When you finish a song there is like silence and someone screams from up there, “How do you get that note?” Ignazio: “We like that.”
Well, guys, we like hearing that you feel like WE ARE FAMILY. Of course we are….we adopted you way back when you had your first USA tour. You immediately captured us and we took you to our hearts. That family feeling has just continued to grow, and how sweet it is to hear you affirming it in your own words.
As you travel across the country on this tour, we know that you will feel the love that we have for “our boys.” You will see it in the standingovationsand see it on our faces. As soon as the current tour is over, we will immediately start to dream and plan for when you will come again….how many concerts each of us will be able to attend. Some of us may have to cut back on basic necessities, but that’s okay–you have become a basic necessityto us.
What a sweet miracle that over these years when you have been becoming well known and loved all around the world, you have kept your humilityand your special affection for your American family. We’ve always known it was there, and we felt it emanating from you, but how sweet it is to hear it straight from your own lips.
Welcome home, dear ones–your American family is waiting with open arms.
I hope you all had a great holiday! Now pack your bags and head to the airport. We’re leaving for Piero’s home town to see him named Ambassador of Naro!
Athina via LiJoy; Facebook
“Piero Barone is the pride of Naro. Piero will be named “Ambassador of Naro in the world” by the Mayor of Naro, Calogero Cremona, on Sunday, Dec 28th, at 16:30 in a ceremony held at San Francesco Church. Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto will also be present in the event.”