The adventure of our fantastic friends Deborah and Jeannette continues …
Enjoy reading and ……. keep your jealousy !!!
Saturday, March 9
Now here is the scoop for Saturday night!!
After we left Max Cream, we went to the mall to get our passes for the instore tour on Sunday in Castrofilippo, then checked into our B&B in Canicattì.
So what should we do for dinner tonight!! Well, let’s go to Naro and eat at Ristorante Pizzeria Maison. This is a lovely restaurant we visited last year….and of course we knew that the boys were in Catania that day for the instore tour there. So we also figured there was no chance in “hell” that we would accidentally run into them!!
The two waiters recognized us from last year, and were excited to see us back! We had a great conversation with them and had a several course, fantastic long dinner, in typical Sicilian style.
Well….while we were sitting there, suddenly we noticed some familiar faces coming into the restaurant. I looked up and there was Gaetano Barone coming towards us with a huge smile. He gave us hugs and a warm welcome to Naro. It appeared to be a family gathering along with a few friends, as Eleonora, Mariagrazia, Nonno Pietro and Nonna were all there!!It was nice to see the family enjoying each other’s company!
As we were served our delicious dessert, we received an extra special treat! Walking towards our table was none other than….you guessed it….our gorgeous Piero!!! He gave us a warm welcome and was happily surprised to see us as we were him, because we thought he was still in Catania. He had a little conversation with us, and then rejoined his family and friends!
As we were leaving, we got hugs & kisses from Eleonora ….. Piero with an absolutely gorgeous smile, waved to us and said, “See you tomorrow!”
Sorry, we did not take any photos as we wanted to respect their privacy!!!
Sunday, March 10
Instore tour at Centro Commerciale LaVigne
We arrived several hours early to get a good spot…Unfortunately Mall Security had other ideas!!! They explained in detail to us, what we needed to do and where to go…. however … Non ho capito!!!
So we wandered around until we saw a group of people gathered together and thought “Are these other Ilvolovers???”
As we approached them, we asked if they were there to see IL VOLO…the only thing they understood from us was…IL VOLO!!!! They said Sì! So we got in line! … We decided to mingle with the fans there…so unable to adequately communicate in Italian…Jeannette pulled out her special IL VOLO picture book that the boys had signed previously and that’s all the communication we needed!!!
We were actually adopted by this very nice couple that was in line in front of us!! They spoke no English and we spoke no Italian, however through Google Translate, sign language and “The now famous Book” we had a blast!!!
As we were standing in line waiting, it became apparent that crowds of people we going up the escalator for the CD signing!! We were getting upset because we came early to get a good spot and we were going nowhere!! To our surprise, when they finally let us go up the escalator, there was a lane that lead us to a special area with seats for the pass holders!! (Sure beats standing for hours like we did in Carini.)
The MC entertained us (in Italian) and was very funny even though we had no clue what was being said…He picked three girls out of our area..and named them…Ignaciette, Pieramia and Gianlita or something to that effect…and had them sing 🎶Musica Che Resta🎶!! They sang very well!!…
It was finally time for our boys to enter and everyone went wild!! The CD signing went pretty quickly this time, but we received their love and attention before we were hauled off the stage by the the big burley bouncer that was waiting for us!! 😉😂😊 As we went off the stage, who do we first see??? Eleonora and Mariagrazia!!! Once again we get big hugs and kisses!! We also saw Dario, Piero’s good friend, and talked with him for a bit and spent some time with Max Messina and his beautiful girlfriend!
The instore tours have now come to an end…with wonderful memories for us to cherish….Until our next IL VOLO adventure….we say ….
I am sure that after you read this beautiful and long adventure of the instore in Sicily of our friends Jeannette Giglio and Deborah GeorginiBeaupre, you will all want to come to Italy, preferably to Sicily, to participate in an instore ……. Jeannette and Deborah are just two forces of nature: Daniela
Centro Commerciale Poseidon is where the IL VOLO adventure of a life time started for Deborah Georgini Beaupre and Jeannette Giglio, oh that’s me… We went to the CD signing two hours early and there we met Giovanna and Nino Leone, Daniela Galati-LaFata’s sister and brother-in-law… They were up front and we were able to get to them with a great view of IL VOLO when they came onto the stage…Deborah purchased our CD’s a couple of days before I arrived and had our passes for our CD signing with the boys…We met some nice people in line and did our best to communicate with our limited Italian and their limited English. With the help of our new found friend, Giovanna, we were able to share stories of the love we have for IL VOLO…Nino took pictures of us all together and then surprised us by taking pictures of us on stage withlL VOLO...
In 2016 after the Las Vegas fanfare I had a beautiful book made up with pictures of IL VOLO when they were young boys and through the years…In the middle of the book was pictures of the fanfare and lastly pictures of them in 2016 , Notte Magica pictures with Placido Domingo, and some of Michele and Barbara mixed in. The Italian ladies and a few Italian men were thrilled to see the book and it was funny to see Deborah and I trying to explain the activities in the pictures to them, you have to remember we are trying to explain to them in English and a few Italian words sprinkled in and them talking fast in Italian to us and we just had the best time with them in spite of the language barrier…
It was finally our turn to get in line to see our boys and get the CD’s signed … There were about 400 to 500 people crowded around the stage. We pushed our way out of the crowd and tried going around to the left side of the stage where the fans were lining up… The people standing there watching our guys would not let us through even though we were holding up our passes to show why we had to get ahead of them… We gave up and went around the entire crowd of people and went to the right side of the stage and around the back of the stage to where the ticket holders were lining up and the mall cop would not let us in!!! He said we had to go back around and just work our way through the crowd…Now we are angry and hot from jogging around the mall of 500 people so this time we just pushed our way through the crowd and let them yell at us in Italian, we didn’t care, we didn’t understand them anyway, we were not going to miss our time with “our boys.”
Deborah went up first and said, “Ciao guys!!” They were very surprised to see her and recognized her right away!! Ignazio gave her a big hug and smile and Gianluca a big smile and said to her, “Come stai?” She drew a blank and almost said “Bueno”!!! The words “Molto bene” just wouldn’t come out, until Gianluca said you need to speak in Italian “Va bene”? As she was speaking to both of them, we found out later it was being filmed, as you probably already saw in her post. As security was about to have her move on, Piero said wait, grabbed her hand and told the MC that she was from America, so he came to her with the microphone and asked her what her name was and where she was from and also gave her a big hug!! What an special moment!
Now it was my turn. I went up the first two steps and Ignazio was the first to see me and he wrapped his arms around me and gave me a big warm hug… I was flabbergasted almost at a loss for words… but this is mighty mouth Jeannette and I recovered my vocabulary quickly and asked him if they would sign my book… He took the book and smiled as he looked at some of the pictures and then signed on the front page.
As this was happening, Gianluca saw me and with his biggest most loving smile said, oh you are here tooooo!!! He gave me a big hug and double cheek kisses then played tug of war with Ignazio trying to grab the book away from him… Ignazio said something in Italian and made one of his angry funny faces in his comical style and let Gianluca have the book… Gianluca got all excited and started looking through each page and commented how great he thought the book was… Then by this time Piero noticed the book and pictures and wanted to see it… Gianluca said no, no, no and continued looking through pages until he saw a picture of him and me, he then signed the picture and handed the book to Piero and asked if we would be going to Catania… I said no but we will see you Sunday… His face lit up again with that million dollar smile and said good, see you there and gave me a little hug as I turned to Piero…
By this time Piero found a place to sign and we had a minute to hug and talk… He wanted to know how long I would be in Sicily and would I see them again. I said yes on Sunday… He smiled that big smile and said you mean you are coming to my hometown? I said yes and I got a hug for that… The guys were just surprised and very happy to see Deborah and I. We certainly had more time with them than most fans did…What can I say, it was better than any meet and greet because they made the extra time for us and we have been on cloud nine ever since…
Today was a long drive from Palermo to Canicatti .. We had our GPS take us to places we had never been before, however after the third time around we figured that was not where we wanted to be. After about and hour or more returning to dead ends, unpaved roads with paths that could not even be called a road, with huge pot holes so big that we were afraid we would lose the car in one of them. We decided to give up on the GPS and find the sign that said Canicatti … We were there in a short period of time but so stressed out that we just had to go to Max Cream and have a gelato to calm our nerves. We had a great conversation with our friend Max Messina…We checked into our B&B and relaxed and put this first episode together for all of you…
We had another great adventure tonight but we will keep you in suspense until tomorrow as our adventure continues…
The long instore tour is over. It was really long and crossed all of Italy from north to south.
The official Facebook page has published this beautiful picture of the guys with this beautiful dedication.
“Hi guys! The InstoreTour ended, and it was really CRAZY! Thank you very much for your affection, you have seen many and it is always exciting to chat with you live. Now is the time to think about the tour, we are expecting more loads than ever.”
I think it was a very tiring period for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, all people want to hug you, kiss you, take pictures of you, everyone wants to exchange a few words, everyone wants your attention …….. but you guys, you have been unsurpassable, you have had a smile for everyone, a sweet words for the weakest, hugs for everyone, because you are like that, without filters, just as you appear, humble and generous guys.
I propose a nice rundown of some of the most beautiful shots of the instore tour:
Beautiful photos, but surely the video that follows, is my favorite, it was done without our guys knowing about this. This video shows exactly the great hearts of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca towards this disabled child.
And who wouldn’t want special hugs like that?
OK, guys, the tour instore is over, you have dispensed so many smiles, so much joy, so much affection towards your fans, that, if possible, they love you even more.
These days, the boys are facing the commitments of the instore.
We get many photos, but some certainly sweeter than others, confirm to us, the sweetness and availability of Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.
The shots are really very sweet, but that’s not all, during their stop for the instore in Pescara, they made a special visit, documented by this video of AGBE (Association of parents of children with haemopathy)
PROMISE MAINTAINED: IL VOLO SURPRISES ALL🏠🎶
They had promised it at Christmas with a video greeting message, announcing a visit right at home at AGBE !!!!! Back from Sanremo and on tour for the new album … Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio …. have conquered everyone for affection, sensitivity and their overwhelming sympathy !! Thank you for this gift !!! 💖👨👩👧👦
How much sweetness in these videos.
These guys fill the heart, how can you not appreciate these gestures?
You guys are fantastic!
And what about this child who did a haircut in honor of IL VOLO?
Really very special!
But now I want to talk about another very sweet thing, let’s call it a sweet memory.
About a year ago, in May 2018, I told you that IL VOLO had received a nice prize called ARTE E CULTURA. They were in Bagnaia, in Tuscany, and the award was given by Mrs. Marisa Monti Riffeser, here is the picture.
Mrs. Monti Riffeser, has held the figure of majority shareholder and president of the group Poligrafici Editoriale, in short, a very important person.
During the award ceremony, Piero explained how IL VOLO personally met the lady, by pure chance.
She was on an air flight and could not open a bottle of water.
Piero who was behind her, saw her in trouble, he offered to help her and opened the bottle, then when she got off the plane, Piero gave her his arm because she could get off the ladder easier. Piero did not know the lady, but instead, she knew very well who those three boys were and so she told to Piero, “Mr. Barone you, besides being a great artist, are a great person”.
From that moment a beautiful friendship was born between Mrs. Monti Riffeser and IL VOLO, and this friendship culminated last year with the award ceremony in Bagnaia.
I bought the MUSICA CD in the Deluxe version and inside there are several photos of the guys. At the end of the booklet, there are three single photos, where each of the boys have written thanks. In the photo of Piero, among the various thanks, there is this writing:
“A very special thank you to a great person Mrs. Marisa Monti Riffeser.”
The CD was released for sale on February 22nd.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Monti Riffeser passed away a few days earlier.
The announcement was given in the newspapers and among the various announcements there was also this:
Michele Torpedine, Il VOLO, Barbara Vitali, Eliana Dalila Biondi, embrace Andrea, with his sons Sara, Matteo and Bruno.
They remember the smile, the passion and the enthusiasm of Signora Marisa Monti Riffeser, grateful to have had the honor of meeting her.
A passionate greeting to Mrs. Marisa Monti Riffeser, we will always follow her valuable advice, and we will keep for example her enthusiasm.
We add an affectionate hug to Andrea with his sons Sara, Matteo and Bruno.
Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble – IL VOLO.
In short, these guys, as well as being good singers, humble and special guys are also very very sweet …. there are no words !!
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.
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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