Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca are promoting their new CD, and these days they have many appointments with radio, TV and instore. One of the most popular appointments is certainlyVerissimo, where they are expected by Silvia Toffanin.
In short, I translate what was said:
After the first pleasant and playful pleasantries, Silvia says that they have just arrived from overseas. Piero confirms that they have just returned from a tour in South America, where they have had great satisfaction and great emotions and says that they celebrate 10 years with a tour of 100 concerts.
Silvia says that, to celebrate these 10 years, she has prepared a video dedicated to them, where she will tell who they are and what they are in the world.
(I literally translate Silvia’s words that accompany the images in the video.)
Dear Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, here we are.
Even if you’re young guys, you’re ready to celebrate an unprecedented career. 10 years of music and songs that warm the heart. It was 2009, when we were struck for the first time by your incredible voices.
10 years of career, of music, but above all of friendship and fidelity, in which you have become brothers, and it is precisely on this your indissoluble bond that you have built everything.
Those who have always followed you, know that this year you have marked a new goal in South America, where the Latin rhythm meets all the power of singing. Puerto Rico, San Salvador, Buenos Aires, San Paolo, Rio, you have enriched with magic their eyes, the views of those lands so far away, entering into the daily life of gestures, smiles and the eyes of those who have run to listen to you.
As in your last Latin stop in Santiago de Chile, or as when you sang for Pope Francis, in Panama.
Piero: there were 450,000 young people, there was a great silence. Gianluca: a deafening silence
You have grown quickly, but thanks to the values that your origins have taught you, you have found the true strength, the ability to return where it all started, because for those who count, you are always and only: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.
Your life for 10 years is made of journeys that continue. Next year you will be back on tour between the United States and North America, passing once again to the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York.
But the most beautiful thing is that in all these years, each of you has remained himself.
This is the power of dreams, to get anywhere, without ever feeling truly arrived.
Let me tell you, dear Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, you are an Italian pride.
With love: Silvia.
The boys, moved, embrace Silvia (who is confirmed as a true Volover). Ignazio, jokes, pretending to cry. 😁😁😁
Gianluca states that Ignazio is the craziest of the three and Silvia responds ironically, that she didn’t understand it!
Gianluca says that without Ignazio, it would be a deadly bore, instead Piero jokingly says that are 10 years of endurance.
Silvia says they do everything together, travel together, eat together and Piero specifies ….. separate rooms. Piero confirms that they eat the same things and are intolerant to the same foods, then he says that they go to the gym and train together.
Gianluca says that they are profoundly different, but over the years the relationship has been strengthened.
Silvia asks if they fight and they say yes and Ignazio says that Piero and Gian are lower (shorter) because he hits them on the head. 😁
Piero says they argue but they don’t fight. Gian says that now they know what the things that annoy each other, and they avoid them.
Ignazio says that Gianluca is spiteful, while Piero is stubborn and wants to impose his ideas.
Then they talk about the physical aspect and say that Ignazio is happy with his newfound physical form and he says he is happy because he wants to show to those who have a physique like his, softer, which can get a slimmer shape.
Now Silvia faces the topic “girlfriends” and immediately tells Ignazio, whom she has read in some interviews, that he is looking for his girlfriend.
Ignazio replies that he is indeed for the family, and when he meets the right person he will be happy. Silvia asks him about his last girlfriend and he replies that he was very much in love, but then, as often happens, everything is over.
Silvia says it’s difficult for artists like them, always on tour to have a bond, Ignazio replies that it’s not easy, but it’s nice to leave and know that there is a person at home waiting for you. ❤️
Silvia asks if it is true that Ignazio also knows how to cook well and Piero replies that he does not like knowing what a dish is made of, but Ignazio must always explain it to him.
Then Piero says that he and Ignazio both live in Bologna and Ignazio, every now and then he sends him some ready-made food, just like a grandmother!!
Then Silvia asks if it’s true that they eat pasta before concerts and they confirm it, but three hours earlier.
Now Silvia, remembers Gianluca that last time he told him that he had a girlfriend and he confirms it and says that the girl becomes part of the family and she expects him, even if he stays out for months. Silvia asks for the name of the lucky one and Gianluca answers Francesca.❤️
Gianluca then, says that, they have learned to be selective with friendships and he says that boys of their age often confuse friendship with habit.
Silvia asks if the boys sleep close together and Piero says they have separate rooms well away from him, because Piero likes to sing when he takes a bath or a shower, so Gian and Ignazio want rooms far away from Piero.
Silvia takes a guitar and gives it to Ignazio, followed by a short performance of “Musica Che Resta”.
After playing the song, Silvia says she had goose bumps.
Silvia says she saw gestures of affection between them, so she asks if they really love each other. Gianluca confirms that they are like a big family, living their lives on two tracks, occasionally jumping on one or the other.
Speaking also of their daily life and studies. Piero confirms that he recently graduated, Gianluca admits to having only the first two years of gymnasium (classical high school).
Then Silvia shows a video where the guys play sports.
(Ignazio says to Silvia …. “You show us, what we do in our spare time.” 😁)
All three are very sporty.
Ignazio says that before the concert he goes to the gym, because he already arrives with a warm voice.
Silvia asks Piero if he has a girlfriend. He replies no and that he is well and that he sings better with fewer thoughts.
Silvia asks for a piece of “Grande Amore” to be performed.
Gianluca recalls that they have confirmed two new dates for Italy, Verona 30 August and Taormina 4 September for 2020. He says that they like to bring the beauty of Italy to their DVDs, in fact the last concert was done in the beautiful Matera . They confirm that their latest CD, IL VOLO The Best of 10 Years, was released all over the world on November 8th. Piero states that the Matera concert will be broadcast on Italian TV on Channel 5 on November 19th.
Silvia shows a video with a preview of the concert in Matera.
At this point, Silvia confirms the very important things, says that what is striking about the three of them, is that they are very different from their peers, who sometimes sing vulgarities, but they are very careful, good guys, guys of other times.
Piero says that they do not sing an ancient genre, but a classical genre, which never sets. It is the music that is part of the Italian cultural heritage, known to all, and they are only trying not to let it be forgotten and bring it to their peers.
Silvia confirms that they are really exemplary guys.
Ignatius says that they always try to give good examples.
They make the lives of three normal, regular, simple boys who convey love for what they do, and have gratitude for those who followed them from the beginning.
At this point Silvia proposes a very nice thing, the boys have to perform all the 19 songs on their CD in a minute.
Beautiful and nice demonstration that the boys perform very well, without however performing the “Nessun Dorma”.
Silvia says that they are music that remains!
There are the final greetings.
Ignazio thanks all those who in 10 years have always accompanied them, starting with Torpedine, Sony Music, thanks to Silvia who manages to transmit an artist for what it is and above all thanks to their fans who always support them and always make them feel the their affection.
Silvia thanks them, as they are and says her program is their home, to travel the world, but remember that the doors of her show are always open for them.
Kisses and final hugs.
What to say, it was a wonderful interview!
Silvia does not hide her genuine admiration for our boys and they are completely at ease and offer themselves to the people for what they are, beautiful, nice and cheerful.
The well-known Italian magazine SORRISI E CANZONI TV, has dedicated the cover photo to a beautiful image of IL VOLO, taken in Budapest.
Inside, a really nice article dedicated to Gianluca, PieroandIgnazio and which I translate for you.
Budapest, night interior.
Stained glass window of a room overlooking a square in the historic center.
Inside, in a slightly secluded area, a strange group of people is laughing, to tears: Ignazio has just hit the mark, on the third attempt, throwing a bottle cap with his thumb, inside a mug of beer, on the opposite side of the table.
Gianluca, between a miso soup and tempura shrimp, interrupts the river of jokes, to greet a young Greek tourist, who came over to ask for a selfie (during the day it was a continuous pilgrimage of fans of all ages and nationalities).
And while Ignazio sings the tune of a Robiola spot (an Italian soft-ripened cheese), and Piero is chatting with Priscilla (his friend, as well as Elvis Presley’s ex-wife), the manager Michele Torpedine uses the chopsticks of the Japanese restaurant, to give us a proof of his first life as a drummer.
All crazy for us, all normal for IL VOLO guys.
Il Volo celebrates their first ten years of career: while the tour that will take them to Latin America in October and to North America in February continues, on November 8th the collection of “10 Years” hits will be released worldwide.
Canale 5 will celebrate the anniversary with a great evening of honor, dedicated to the three stars, which will be broadcast in November.
And we, from Sorrisi, also reveal that Il Volo is preparing a surprise for all the fans: the appointment is November 10th in Piazza Duomo in Milan, for an extraordinary event, which will see their three incredible voices, and which will continue with the signature of “10 Years” at the Mondadori Megastore.
“We like to say that it is ten years of friendship, music and loyalty, the most important thing,” explains Gianluca. “We are three leaders and sometimes it is not easy to live together, but we have grown together and we have helped each other, both professionally and humanely. We are like brothers”.
The exact day, in which their partnership was born, is well printed in the memory of Il Volo: “It was April 25th 2009, third episode of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, Roberto Cenci, (director and creator of the talent led by Antonella Clerici, ed). He put us together and we sang ‘O Sole Mio’. From there it all started.”
How have you changed since then?
Ignazio: In addition to being physically, we have grown professionally. On stage, however, we feel the same adrenaline of the early days. Singing for us is not a job, but a passion, a fun, a way to feel complete.
The first time you met, what did you think of each other?
Piero: Ignazio was unpleasant to me. I remember him on the bus he was singing, but he was also the first one I tied with. Gianluca, instead, was in the group of dudes ……
Ignazio: I never thought about this, Gianluca was on the sidelines, but then it was natural to be together.
Gianluca: When you’re small and you’re on Rai1, you do everything they tell you.
The program lasted nine weeks and we were rivals, a bit of envy was created, and in those days we exchanged only a few words. But the success we received was incredible.
What’s left of those kids?
Piero: Everything. We are always us and we have fun at every concert. We have the same passion and spontaneity of those times. Before going on stage, we laugh about anything. We do not follow a script, we help each other and we get excited a little.
We are not spoiled. We have certain needs, just because we need them to stay healthy and do concerts well. The responsibility we have towards those who work with us, and the public, is enormous. If one of us gets sick and misses two or three concerts, it’s a disaster. So, to avoid the risk, maybe we avoid going to the disco.
Ignazio: Also because we always sing live. This summer, for example, after the concert in Palermo, I didn’t go out with friends, because the next day we had another concert in Taormina.
Gianluca: Musically speaking, we are always in search of perfection, and we strive to grow and make people understand who we are.
How can we grow as brothers without being brothers?
Piero: It was difficult, but lately our relationship has improved. Before, we did the spite, now we openly say to each other, what is wrong. There is no grudge between us.
Gianluca: There is a difference between being together for work, or by choice. In the first case there is a little tension, when instead we are together to have fun, it is another thing, indeed we should do it more often.
You have very different characters. What is your way of living love, family, friendship and social media?
Ignazio: I am the least social of the three. I know it’s important to keep my private for myself. A little privacy, it takes. My character is particular, I am sensitive, but very strong and hard. I do everything, but you must respect me.
Gianluca:I am a little narcissistic, because I need confirmation. In kindergarten, I always asked the teacher twice if I was good. And this insecurity, I brought it with me, until today.
Every day I hear my parents, my dearest ones, my girlfriend. I vent with them, as well as with Piero and Ignazio.
We love each other. On social media, if I put lots of photos, the fans are happy, the haters are a little less, but I continue to be myself.
Piero:We can’t hide anything between us. If I lie, they notice it.
With the people I know and choose, I am very generous, open, sunny. But I only trust my best friend, my brother and my sister. I have a big flaw: for me, either it’s white or it’s black, I give you my heart, but if you do me a wrong, you’re dead.
Gianluca:I have learned that we must try to understand why a person behaves in a certain way. I never hold a grudge. Piero instead gets angry, for the criticisms and the free offenses.
Piero:In fact, before I used social media so much, now only for work things.
The secrets of your success?
Piero:The first is that we study a lot. The second is our manager, Torpedine, who has been following us for years. The third is the music we sing.
Gianluca:But talent and work alone are not enough, sometimes timing counts. To be recognized, you have to be special, and we were the first to perform at a very young age, in bel canto: this struck people’s hearts.
Who are the hottest fans?
Gianluca: Perhaps the South Americans. (Torpedine told us that in Mexico, fans broke through the window of the hotel where they were staying, ed)
Piero:But even in Bulgaria, they showed us unexpected affection. And the Japanese, apparently so rigid, go wild during the concerts and come to the front of the stage.
Gianluca:Let’s say that with our performances, we help the public to free themselves. We tend to make a very engaging event, not a serious concert.
How can you not let this go to your head?
Gianluca: With intelligence you cannot get carried away by the wave of success, but the people who follow you and the support of the family matter a lot. Staying attached to the origins is the most important thing. If you let it go to your head, then people will notice it.
What are you missing when you’re on tour?
Gianluca: Normal life. Ignazio: Waking up at home, carrying the dog around, everyday life. Piero:After the concert at the Arena di Verona, I went home one day and enjoyed that moment, like never before. I felt an immense pleasure in going to the laundry and to the yogurt shop: it was how I did it for the first time.
Do you want to try your hand at some other musical genre?
Gianluca:If we changed genre, we would no longer be us and people would no longer recognize our music. In ten years, how do you see yourself?
Ignazio:Ten years ago, they asked us the same thing and we didn’t know what to answer. Our way of thinking has changed: so I would have answered married, with children, today not. Situations change.
Piero:I don’t know, new artists are born every day, the future is a question mark. We hope not to disappoint the fans.
Who do you want to thank for what you are now?
Piero: If today we celebrate ten years of career it is thanks to the fans, we have grown together and we hope to celebrate with them 50 years of career!
Gianluca:We thank the musical heritage we have, the bel canto, which has allowed us to travel around the world.
Ignazio: Words are not enough to thank all those who deserve it. I say thanks to those who believed in us, Michele Torpedine, our manager, and those who work closely with us. And thanks to life, for what he has given us: voice and luck (word that has been tattooed on his arm, ed).
Piero:And thanks to Sorrisi for this cover and for having always supported us.
LOOK, WE’VE PEOPLE IN THEIR HOTEL ROOMS.
Piero: In the room I always ask that they cover the carpet with sheets, because I am allergic and I must preserve the voice.
I always have two suitcases, a big one with all the clothes and things I need (including Sicilian vacuum-packed almonds and natural tuna in a can) and an emergency trolley, with a second dress for the concert, for safety. And an agenda on which I record the commitments. Including this interview for Sorrisi.
Ignazio: When I’m on tour, in Italy, I always carry my guitar with me, abroad, unfortunately not.
I go to the gym, in fact we only choose hotels with a fitness area. In the room I relax as much as possible, maybe watching a soccer game on my mobile (I support Juventus). I also play football, as an offensive midfielder, and I’m pretty good. In fact, when I’m at home, every Wednesday, I go to play with friends. And when I can, I make two tennis matches with Piero.
Gianluca:I have no special requests and I adapt easily. I am very tidy, almost maniacal, I keep everything perfectly folded and I even line up my slippers. I am lactose intolerant and pay attention to what I eat: rice, fish, vegetables, protein snacks and for breakfast pancakes with egg whites and peanut butter.
Once a week we “go” with a pizza. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink and I have never got drunk in my life, because I don’t like losing control. I train early in the morning and go for a run. Sport has changed my character, I have become more willing and disciplined.
BACKSTAGE: How do I shoot a service for the cover of Sorrisi? Here is a nice backstage with the guys from Il Volo directed by our photographer Pigi Cipelli.
I= Hello everyone we are IL VOLO. G= From Tuesday on the newsstands our cover on Sorrisi e Canzoni, which celebrates our 10-year career. P= Don’t miss it, a hug from Budapest.
Really a beautiful article and beautiful photos, the boys responded with sincerity.
But how beautiful and natural they are in the backstage video !!
They are loving.
But what will they be preparing for Milan in November? I really hope to go there!
Il Volo fell in love with thousands of fans during the concert they offered as part of their “Music Tour” tour, with which they celebrated 10 years of their artistic career.
In the Italian, English and Spanish languages, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble have interpreted, for two hours, twenty themes of Latin American classical music, their successes and the new songs from their album.
As soon as the intensity of the National Auditorium’s lights decreased, the show began. The silhouette of each of the singers was barely glimpsed and the audience, mainly women, started screaming with excitement.
The baritone Gianluca Ginoble, the tenor Ignazio Boschetto and the tenor Piero Barone provoked the euphoria of their Mexican followers, who gathered at the National Auditorium to answer the call of their idols, Il Volo, which after six years of absence is climbed the national scene again and simply fell in love.
The power in the voice of Ginoble, Boschetto and Barone was the perfect pretext for the warm applauses, and regardless of the genre, compliments were shouted, like a strong “I love you Nacho!”, From a man, or the amusing – and already popular – cry of a woman: “Make me a son!”
Piero’s sensuality, Gianluca’s gallantry and total feeling, which Ignazio gives to each of his interpretations, as well as his renewed figure, caused delirium, all the more when they dedicated part of their repertoire to a tribute to one of the greatest performers Mexicans: José José.
Another of the highlights of the night was when the Mariachi appeared, with whom they delighted to the rhythm of “Cielito Lindo”, who made it clear that the clear register of Boschetto and Barone’s voices, and the most serious of Ginoble, reaches harmony with vernacular instruments, which have also generated the absolute emotion of the public.
The trio also made room for hearing their own songs, which reached a monumental chorus. If their mere presence was no longer a matter of madness, euphoria was unleashed at most when every young man invited a girl from the audience to sing directly with them. The face of the three lucky girls, between emotion and disbelief, will remain in everyone’s memory.
Guys, what to say, Mexico has also been conquered, by your talent and your love.
Mexico has not forgotten you, has patiently waited, and has rejoiced with you.
Beautiful songs, many in Spanish, which we would also like to hear more often in concerts.
How much love, how much happiness in these three concerts ………. but now away, Russia is waiting for you !!!
Q = Your new single “A CHI MI DICE”, is a song with a bitter and nostalgic taste. Are you always around the world, but there are moments of bitterness and nostalgia in your life, when maybe the lights on the stage go out?
P= I state that this beautiful question, I had never been proposed, therefore, thanks. We are fortunate and have the privilege of traveling a lot, but never staying still means unfortunately giving up; distance, very often, takes us away, from a person we care about, or, even before, does not allow us to know this person, as we would like.
“A CHI MI DICE”, tells us this, the awareness, of not meeting that person anymore. I am not referring, only to the girls, but to all our loved ones, on the other hand, however, we live by our greatest passion, that is, music.
Q= Is the single from the album MUSICA, when music has become your traveling companion?
P = We were born in the midst of music, all three, we have a very similar past. My grandfather made me discover the art of musical notes.
After a concert, around the world, we continue to sing music, that’s all for us: it’s oxygen.
Q= How would you define the art of notes?
P= A life without music would be meaningless. A film cannot exist without music.
We may not notice this, and yet, wherever we are, and in whatever phase of our life we find ourselves (whether it is full of light or darkness), music is always there.
Q= You are Sicilian, precisely from the province of Agrigento, what do you always carry with you, from your land?
P= It is a particular land, mine. Many boys of my age are forced to leave it, it’s nice to come back, but it’s very difficult to re-start.
When I leave it, it’s like taking a piece of me. Sicily is a land that teaches you to fight for what you want, it allows you to get used to it and adapt to everything. When I’m away from my land, a few words in Sicilian always come out of my mouth.
Q= Everything started with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, with Antonella Clerici, what did you expect from that talent?
P= It was all by accident. I can say that our journey was really a fairy tale, like all those unexpected encounters that change your life forever.
TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, it was a nine-week experience that marked us a lot. We were noticed by Michele Torpedine who is our current manager, Tony Renis and Roberto Cenci.
The great fortune is that of being a group of three boys, who have developed a great friendship.
Q= Now, to whom “would you leave a song” to say Thanks?
P= The first person, it would be my grandfather, because it was he, who when I was little, accompanied me to piano lessons: I have the same, identical voice, it was he who advised my father to insist on this path. As a blind person, he gets sad, because he can’t see me, but fortunately we can hear each other.
Q= In Sanremo, in 2015, you won with “Grande Amore”, but love to whom? What meaning do you attribute to this word?
P= It is a theme that occurs a lot in our melodies. In this profession, you can discover the positive and negative side of people and understand what is really needed.
I spend a lot of time on the phone with my brother and sister, because I love them unconditionally; a girl can leave you, but your family doesn’t, that’s a love that will never end.
In my opinion, in life we must not trust someone outside our loved ones, but we must be able to enjoy the moment of people who are really close to us.
Q = 10 years have passed since your debut, how were you?
P= We were completely different from what we are now. We were shy and insecure; today, getting on stage means emotion and to do emotion all those who are listening.
If before, we quarreled, the quarrels lasted two days, now, a few minutes. We are much more mature than before, we live and we throw ourselves headlong into what we do.
Q = You have walked the most important stages in the world, but which one really gave you the chills and much emotion?
P = I could say New York. Before “Grande Amore” we did many concerts abroad; we were sorry not to share the songs with our Italy. After Sanremo, we started here too, and I must say that our country, gives us unique places in the world, which are not found anywhere else.
Q = What message do you want people to get from your music?
P = The same desire that we all three have, to make music, and not let die, this musical genre that was born in Italy, and that is always played in our country.
Beautiful answers Piero, by now we know your character, but every time we learn something new and that we always like.
There are fixed points in your education, family, friendship, respect, very important and not obvious qualities, for an excellent artist like you.
While IL VOLO, was on tour in Genoa, they were interviewed as usual by several journalists, but two were really special, here is their interview that aired on the TGCOM24 channel, and what I translate for you.
PR1 = Hello everyone, and welcome to a new episode of the children’s news, here from the Children’s City of Genoa.
PR2= Today we start with a trio, known and appreciated all over the world: IL VOLO.
PR1 = Marta and Giorgia, two great fans of theirs, went to the International Festival of Nervi, to meet these three artists who are celebrating 10 years of career together, despite being very young. Let’s see the interview together.
MARTA = You have been together for 10 years, but how was your trio born?
I= We met in a TV show of young talents, and the producer and director of that show, joined us, and we started singing together.
GIORGIA= At your beginnings, you have been selected, to represent Italy, in a new version of “WE ARE THE WORLD”, dedicated to Haiti, how did you feel in the midst of great artists?
P= Look, I don’t know if it was a greater experience, that of doing “WE ARE THE WORLD” or that of being interviewed by you, because it never happened to be interviewed by some beautiful girls like you.
At the age of 14, we found ourselves, in the midst of great artists, but we didn’t immediately realize the event, but then we realized how important that adventure was.
MARTA = One of your big fans is Palcido Domingo, one of the three tenors, along with Pavarotti and Carreras, you also did a great CD and a concert with him, right?
G= We had the honor of sharing the stage with the great master. I guess you have dreams? We had them at your age and we continue to have them even now, and we had the honor of making our dreams come true, that of singing with one of our idols.
GIORGIA= The song “GRANDE AMORE” that you presented in Sanremo, to whom it is dedicated, if you can reveal it.
G= You are curious! Do you want to know if we have a girlfriend? “GRANDE AMORE” is our favorite song, we dedicated it and we continue to dedicate it to all the people who are 10 years old, who follow us and support us.
MARTA= Your voice has a lyrical setting, why do you use it also for pop music?
I= Between us there are differences, for example Piero is the one who has the most lyrical voice, I the most pop and Gianluca is in the middle. We also use it in pop, because we think that an artist must never be limited, we must always go further and see where we can go, and this is what we do.
GIORGIA= You tour all over the world, but what is the Italian song you sing that has the most success ever?
P= “VOLARE” ….. how does it do next? Do you know the song “VOLARE”? (the girl does not know the song)
G= You know “MI FA VOLARE” by Rovazzi (an Italian disc jokey)
P= Hello everyone, to our friends of the TG of kids.
G= We had the pleasure of being interviewed by two princesses.
P= What’s your name?
I= My name is Ignazio (with the voice of a small child).
P= We send you a big hug. Bye Bye
What do you think of this type of TG?
I find it a great idea, and that these children play in a special way, good!
I also think that our boys, as usual kindly, have agreed to be interviewed by these little beautiful “princesses”. 👸 👸
Credit to owners of all photos.
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