Despite the very strong wind, MERANO, at Ippodromo di Maia, was also done.
It was the first time Il VOLO had performed in Trentino Alto Adige, and despite the wind, the people were warm and it was a success.
Here is a twitter of the Regional TG.
Quarto e ultimo concerto del Maia Music Festival all'ippodromo di #Merano. 3.500 spettatori per ascoltare le canzoni del Volo, i tre cantanti lirici, due tenori ed un baritono, famosi in tutto il mondo. Accompagnati da un'orchestra, hanno eseguito i classici piu' noti.@TgrRaipic.twitter.com/Tmx3pVvlxJ
Fourth and last concert of the Maia Music Festival at the #Merano racecourse. 3,500 spectators listen to the songs of the Volo, the three opera singers, two tenors and a baritone, famous all over the world. Accompanied by an orchestra, they performed the most famous classics.
Here, a short video of “MY WAY”, you can hear and see the strong wind, but the boys have continued in their performance undaunted …… and the people, liked.
“LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI”
“LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”
“E PENSO A TE”
“L’AMORE SI MUOVE”
My friend Marina was present at the concert, and said it was a success.
There were many people from Germany and Austria.
Despite the wind, the curtains flew, and then the musical scores, the boys have not lost their way of making jokes. This is a video of their “siparietto” (witty, sequence of jokes).
(a spotlight fell on the stage)
G= A sudden gust of wind I= (turning to the orchestras and playing down) in the end you only took a blow from the lamppost. G = Even the lights can take flight !! (laughter and applause). The important thing is that you are well. (addressing people) And how are you? I’ve already seen some of you, we’ve known each other, some haven’t, because it’s the first time we’ve come here. I= I really see many new faces. P= The lady is from Germany. I= Wasn’t it better to wait until we came to Germany? P= Here you speak German, don’t you? (the people disagrees) I= That is, here they speak Italian and, as a second language, German. (this is an area on the border with Germany and Austria, but the identity is Italian)
(Ignazio reads aloud, a great message among the people) I wish I had wings to fly there from you ……… but you don’t need wings, lady, but your legs!! P= (reads another message)I would like a hug ……. love, later, later. I= What is it now guys? P= I don’t know. G= It’s time to sing, to go on, we all know this song.
These guys are too nice, real entertainers, Marina, also said that, at a certain point, as the wind was getting stronger (in fact Ignazio and Piero finally put a sweatshirt on), Ignazio said: “Okay that our name is Il Volo, but do not overdo it with this wind !!”
They are too funny.
This instead is a short video of amusing speeches, between Ignazio and Piero, taken up by another friend, Antonietta.
P = This is a fairly important year for us, in these 10 years, we have discovered that we have different musical tastes, even three personalities and three different vocalities. So for a couple of years, we started singing singly even during concerts. Tonight, the new silhouette of IL VOLO (indicates Ignazio, who has lost weight …. laughter), before we were 4 to sing, 1,2,3 and 4 (while he says this, he indicates himself, then Gianluca and two sometimes Ignazio), now, we are three. I= I too, I remember we were: me, Gianluca and Dumbo (refers to Piero’s ears …… laughter). P= I had a little ears like that! (he spreads his ears), then, like tonight, there was a gust of wind and they became like this (he squeezes his ears). I= But be careful that this wind makes them reopen to you !!
Really hilarious, and Antonietta, told me that so many people in front of and behind her, commented saying, “But how good, how nice they are.”
And here an interview published by the TG Alto Adige.
PR = You are in Merano for the first time, what was your impression? I= We arrived at night, so we didn’t get a chance to see the place, but it is a very beautiful place, in the mountains, really very beautiful and relaxing. PR = In a Hippodrome, have you never sung? I= No, never sang, but I’m a horse lover, so I’m in my habitat.
PR = And you instead? (addressed to Piero) P= This morning, I woke up, opened the window, and it really looked like a surreal landscape, I sent a picture in the family group, because it looked like a postcard. PR = Singing at the Hippodrome? (addressed to Gianluca) G= Surely it is something different, singing at the Hippodrome will be a beautiful emotion. We have had the opportunity to sing in different places, but we will surely remember this, a place as beautiful as Trentino, we love it and Merano is a wonderful city.
In this beautiful video of another TG of ALTO ADIGE TV, there are beautiful words for Il VOLO, I bring you the most important ones.
“Not just music, because Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are also true entertainers, last night, despite the wind and singing in chorus, the audience also enjoyed the joking words that framed the 15 songs sung by the three boys. Voices set for opera singing, vocal skills, out of the ordinary, but also the desire to revisit the best of Italian pop music.”
Some beautiful shots.
Perfect, even Trentino Alto Adige, has been successfully archived.
Wherever they go, there are only nice comments and nice articles.
The tenth year celebrations are going very well, and success is really deserved.
But there is still a long way to go, it’s time for Cattolica!
Between the various commitments of IL VOLO in this period, there is also a presence at the Collisioni Festival Barolo.
This event takes place in Piedmont in the beautiful land of Barolo, which also gives its name to the very tasty and famous wine.
It is a beautiful land, full of vineyards and certainly with a very pleasant climate, given the stifling heat of these days.
Look at the picture, what a splendor!
Collisioni Festival, promoted by the Piedmont Region, was conceived in 2009 by an artist team made up of Italian journalists and writers.
Collisioni is the agrirock festival of literature and music in the hills. Concerts, meetings with writers, actors and musicians, musical and theatrical performances, street artists, all in the natural amphitheater of the green hills of Barolo.
The Festival takes place outdoors in the country itself, which is therefore totally involved. Of course there are also food stands and in particular dedicated to wine. Good music, good literature, good wine, fine place, what more could you want?
The peculiarity is that the singers are first interviewed on stage, and, in the case of IL VOLO, the moderator was Ernesto Assante, music critic journalist, who has never been too benevolent with IL VOLO and who had also promised to go to the concert From Rome. We didn’t get any feedback, that Assante was at the concert in Rome, but surely, today, he will have the opportunity to ask Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca some questions and then also be able to hear them in live performances.
So let’s keep our fingers crossed, and let’s hope that some fans will record videos, because Collisioni Festival does not provide any connection, it will only publish some photos.
Here, to you: IL VOLO. Thanks guys and welcome to Collisioni. They are very expected. Good listening.
Fortunately, the Volo Highlights, whom I thank, made a video of the interview. Unfortunately at some point the view is tilted, but the interview is really interesting.
Translate for you.
A = I guess they’ve already asked you a million times: what did you think the first time you sang together?
I= It’s not about what we thought when we sang together, but what we thought about the week before, when they gave us the parts of the song to study …
A = It is true.
G= ….. but with these I have to sing ??
I= … because we were three singers, and at a certain point we have to study “O SOLE MIO” because you have to sing it in trio with other guys. Who knows what it will bring us. Then we re-found ourselves on stage, you know when you are small you face things with naivety, with less responsibility and less knowledge of what you are doing. But we had fun and then it went great. (very well)
A = You realized at the time, that an alchemy had been created, which in fact now exists. Then you couldn’t be friends without knowing each other. Alchemy, is created immediately, because people from home noticed that it wasn’t the usual thing.
P= The thing that brought us together right from the start is the musical genre we were singing, we understood and we all felt the same thing, the same passion for bel canto. At the beginning they called us “the three tenorini” (small tenors), that nice name was born with Antonella ….
I= But now how do you manage to call me a “tenorino”? I also weigh 120 kg.
P= Fortunately, that alchemy has always improved, day after day.
A= Apart from “O SOLE MIO”, what was the song that you immediately understood to be in perfect harmony?
P= Maybe “SMILE” by Charlie Chaplin
I= But also, “IL MONDO”. I also explain to you, that all the songs we proposed together, I had already sung by myself, in the program. I had sung “IL MONDO”, “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”, “É LA MIA VITA” by Al Bano, and then we sang them together. I think that “IL MONDO” is really the song, where we immediately found ourselves in harmony.
P= He too (Ignazio) immediately found harmony with “SMILE”, tell him about it.
A= I want to know.
I= When we recorded the album, they divided the parts, we were small and I came from Sicily and I didn’t speak English well, and then, we arrived in the studio, I entered the first room to record the song, then I repeated the first sentence 58 times.
G= And in any case we were three children, catapulted into a totally different world, which perhaps did not belong to us, or perhaps belonged to us, and we still did not know it.
A= Being so young on television, what was it like? After each television episode, did you return home, and life, was it normal or wasn’t it normal for nothing?
G= For us, life has always been more or less normal, the important thing, even during the journeys that have taken us away from the family, we have always found the time to go back to being the ones we have always been. It is as if we lived a life with two parallel tracks.
A= Are you telling me that you haven’t lost anything? Childhood, adolescence?
G= More than lost, we have gained something, because we have certainly been privileged, we have lived experiences, which probably our peers have not done, and we are aware that there are so many whose talents they cannot explore, so we feel lucky and privileged in this. (applause)
I= I think it’s also very subjective. Each of us lives it differently.
A= You, how do you live it?
I= I am a bit special, I live everything as if nothing had happened, in the sense, sometimes, I can’t distinguish the two things, for me it’s always normal.
A= This, however, helps you overcome certain difficulties that I believe you have had.
I= I always try to surround myself with normality, I always look for a daily life, which is difficult to find, since we are always traveling. I am always in constant search for normality.
P= I suffer this thing, I can’t enjoy the moment, I always think of tomorrow, I always have the urge to do more and more. When we do a concert, an event, something important, when we come down from the stage, I think … and tomorrow what should we do ?? I always think I do more and so I don’t live the moment.
G= As often they tell us: “getting to success is the easiest thing, keeping it is difficult”, because after the summit, there is only the descent.
A= But did you think about doing this career when you were small? I do not believe.
P= When I was 8 I went to piano school, I helped my father in the body shop to fix the cars, then I went to my uncle to be a mechanic.
A= Did you think you were a mechanic?
P = No, I wanted to live on music, being a piano teacher and after a path in the conservatory, becoming a singing teacher and then the tenor in theaters.
A= Teaching music to others.
G= We were so young that we really didn’t know what we wanted to do. Imagine if at 14, one can know what to do, but in the end it happened like this, so fast that we didn’t realize, a sudden change, of life.
A= What you said before, that you don’t think about what can happen tomorrow, is it perhaps due to the speed with which it all started? I mean, it wasn’t your choice, and now maybe you have a little fear that everything can end?
P= Do you know what the biggest problem is? That this year we are celebrating 10 years of career and we are 24 years old.
G= Even if it’s beautiful, it’s also scary.
A= Indeed, if you were not afraid, I would be worried. And to you Ignazio, you are less afraid, what do you think?
I= It is not that I am not afraid, but sometimes I do not realize what is happening.
A= You can also be afraid of so many things, but don’t be worried.
I= I think that a person must always be worried, and be afraid, because in any case it is what gives you the incentive to do more and more. I am a very cheerful person, and often, when I spend moments of solitude, they immediately tell me, “What’s wrong? Why don’t you laugh?”, but I think that every person needs that moment of sadness and loneliness, because then it is what helps you to produce, to invent, and to do more and more.
A= 10 years, not a few, we have just said it, and you only have 24, but the thing that comes to me to ask you, when did you realize that it was really a success? That you were IL VOLO, that something had changed, you were no longer in the television program, it was no longer the success of the moment that could end, that it was really your way ……. always, if you understood it.
P= The difference, the transition between hobby and work. Yes, there was the moment when we realized that it has become a serious job, in effect, when Torpedine, our manager, who is that guy among them with white hair, calls us and starts the meetings to solve problems. Maybe at the beginning, everything comes suddenly and you just have to decide whether yes or no.
G= I think the answer is simple, when at the beginning when we were little we took part in concerts, but now we are the ones doing concerts for the people, that’s where the change happened, we’re on the other side, and we, we didn’t expect it.
A= That is, people come to hear you.
G= Yes, now we are on the other side, first I used to go and hear the singers I liked, now, after years, I’m on the other side, I even met and I sang with the singers I used to listen to when I was small, you realize how life has changed and you appreciate it.
A= Can I ask you a trivial question? How do you define yourself? Artists? Singers? Entertainer? Because you are all three things for sure, that is people who entertain the public and therefore know how to do an important and beautiful job, but singers of an important and beautiful and rich repertoire, and artists, of those who put something of their own, to transform something improper, in something of IL VOLO. Is there any for you that prevails over others or not?
I = It is a very difficult question, because we are, in some respects artists, in some respects singers and in some respects ….
A= ….. entertainers.
I= Communicators, because we think that music is sharing, music must be shared, any genre and any way of making music. So for us, being able to transmit emotions, especially with the kind of music we play, is a very important thing. And then it depends on where. On stage we are artists, but we always try to bring the more human side, also because this is the beauty, knowing how to put yourself naked on stage and show what’s inside you, to people, and it’s the thing, harder.
P= Don’t worry that he doesn’t (to get naked).
I= Also because it’s not a good show.
P= Do you know what the beautiful thing is for us three? Do the concerts. You never came to one of our concerts.
A= No, I confess I never came.
P= You ask the people who came to our concerts, we have fun, because for us, there is not that barrier between stage and audience, for us it is a whole, and we talk to people, we joke, we laugh, everything we think, we externalize it, and it is the most beautiful thing. Your question before, as we define ourselves … we are three normal but extremely lucky boys, because we love music and sing it and there are those who come to listen to it. If these 10 years have passed, it is only thanks to the people who come to listen to us, we are not super-heroes. (applause).
I= He said something nice, really.
A= Now I speak as a critic, not as a music critic, you know that I haven’t been your fan since the beginning.
P= No, but what do you say ….. (Assante has always written bad comments on IL VOLO) … his vote in Sanremo 3,5 !!!
A= …. I got there very slowly ….. besides, my vote was high, because to other singers I gave even less. In reality you know that, with those like me, you have struggled, because you were very good but very small, more considered phenomena than artists. Now, for those like me, I don’t say the public, because they loved you from the beginning, overcoming this fact, it was not easy, you committed yourself, not only to convince me, but also to convince yourself that you were not only child prodigies,
P= Yes, because at the beginning we were child prodigies, a phenomena, but after so many years, after so much study, so much effort, so much dedication, so much h.24 work, we never stop, our work is not alone on stage, before arriving on stage, there is a lot of work, which does not depend only on us three. Our manager works every day, at the beginning we had a record company that was on the other side of the world, so with the different time zone, he worked until 5 am. OK, at the beginning we were child prodigies, but then it was time to show that there was something else, that there was commitment, and all the projects and collaborations done together with great artists, therefore, the criticisms bad, we couldn’t tolerate them anymore.
A= (to Gianluca) I want to know what you think of the passage, from child prodigies to IL VOLO.
G= It is clear that it was not easy, important and doing something, to have a goal, and ours has always been to sing, because it makes us happy. We do not do it just for success, but to reach people, which is the most important thing.
Usually there are child prodigies, like Nikka Costa, for whom it is difficult to overcome that line that marks the transition from child prodigy, so you can last a year, two years, but then, if there is not a team that works for you, as Piero used to say, but also the ambition itself to go beyond, and go farther and farther. So thanks to all the people who are working for us, but also thanks to our perseverance and determination, which has helped us to keep going.
A= And how do you choose songs? Choosing songs is crucial to making others understand who you are.
G= We choose the songs together, and then 80% of our songs are covers, the repertoire of the bel canto, of the crossover, is not only Italian, but there are songs like “SMILE” or “MY WAY”, we follow, a little in the steps of Bocelli.
A= Exactly, but considering a song, instead of the other one, is very important, it makes the difference, how do you do it? Do all three choose songs? Do you bring the proposals and discuss among you?
G= Yes, we discuss every day, also because we have different thoughts and tastes, different personalities, but with a single goal, to get the best for the group. In the first CD there was “IL MONDO” by Jimmy Fontana, “SMILE” by Charlie Chaplin, two unpublished ones in English, there was “O SOLE MIO”, in short, all the songs that contain the Italian and American tradition. The bel canto, a little like the repertoire of the 50s where Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin also sang in Italian, or Elvis Presley who sang SURRENDER or IT’S NOW OR NEVER and above all in those countries, Italianness is thanks to those singers who they made it known to the general public.
A= Being, of the flags of your country, do you feel it as a burden, a responsibility or an honor?
P = He (referred to Ignazio), heard it, for a long time as a burden.
I= No. Surely it is a great pleasure, from the first day, we tried to bring the Italian spirit to the world.
A= And you, you succeeded.
I= Yes, and it just makes us feel that pleasure and honor, it was a goal, and that’s what we’re doing.
G= We want to greet the great Mauro Corona (an Italian writer and sculptor, a frank and unconventional person)
P= Grande Mauro, number one. Last night we had dinner with Mauro, boys, it’s an idol!
A = How is Italy welcomed abroad? You represent the traditional way of being Italian, the historical culture of our country. What reaction is there from the foreign public?
P= Not only that, as far as Italian music is concerned, for everything, ITALY IS THE MOST LOVED AND ENVIED, COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
G= Many abroad, they do not know Italian music, they appreciate lyric music, bel canto, Italian music, it is not really known.
A= De Gregori (an Italian singer-songwriter) does not know him.
G = No, unfortunately. He is one of my favorite artists (De Gregori sang with IL VOLO all’Arena)
P= However, the answer to our success abroad is due to the strength of the music we sing.
A= But what do you like about the great Italian melody you sing? Is it something that moves you and excites you?
I= It’s not an easy thing to explain, it’s like if you like pistachio ice cream, but you can’t say why, there are things we can’t even explain ourselves.
A= Is it the satisfaction of singing it?
I= I can’t tell you, for example, I really like lyric music, I listen to the opera, we also sang it, but it’s something for which, I personally wouldn’t do projects, instead Piero, in his life, he wants to sing opera in theaters, full time, what maybe, I don’t think, but listening and I really like it, when I listen to it, it gives me a very strong emotion.
G= Instead I arrived afterwards to opera music, at most I listened to Andrea Bocelli first, I didn’t listen to opera, because my father made me listen to De Gregori, Guccini, Lugli (Italian songwriters). A music even, far from what I sing now. So I came later to appreciate classical music.
A= But do you think that this variety of tastes is actually the real value?
G= It also depends on the choice of songs, because if there are less national-popular songs, there is a different choice. (a person from the audience speaks loudly with Piero, Assante jokingly says to stop talking to each other)
I= He wants to offer (to Piero) a glass of wine, but he is a teetotaler, and when he told him that he gave him a pear juice.
P= That guy, he doesn’t like my glasses ….. I’m a serious guy, I don’t wear glasses like yours.
A= Torpedine, these are unruly, you must tell me how you manage them, on tour, for the world, they do as they like, it’s a big problem. (he jokes) Talk to me, not with them (Assante refers to guys who disturbed the interview, but Piero decides to leave the stage and satisfy them by taking a picture with them.)
I= (to the people) We lost Piero, someone wants to play the part of Piero?
A= I speak, with you two, if you listen to me (Piero returns to the stage), thank you for this off-program. The relationship with the public, how is it? Above all abroad? (The boys among the people continue to disturb and Assante takes them back.) Is not that you always satisfy all the people like that?
G= There is something to worry about when people don’t ask you anything anymore.
A = There is no doubt about this, I agree with you.
P= Do you know why our relationship with the public is beautiful? We always say, often we have seen, of our colleagues who, in the past have denied photos with fans, now you put yourself in the condition of that person, who comes to you, asks you for a photo because he appreciates you, how can you say no? It’s the same thing as a shoemaker with customers, you can’t say NO.
A= But do you like being a star a little bit?
G = One STAR nut.
I = You talk to the wrong person, I live things very quietly, sometimes even wrongly.
The video is interrupted because the girl who was shooting, discusses with the guys who disturbed the interview, however I think it was almost over.
And here is the final moment, the boys sing a cappella “GRANDE AMORE”.
And here is the time to say goodbye.
IL VOLO, greet all the friends of Collisioni Festival.
And here are the guys who disturbed the interview because they wanted to take the picture with Piero.
The same guys with Ignazio who says, “The noisiest guys I’ve ever met.”
This interview was really very interesting and with many questions never proposed.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are always very correct.
I believe that Assante admitted to having changed his mind about IL VOLO.
Finally we also make a nice toast to Barolo, with Gianluca.
BIANCA MAGAZINE, has dedicated the cover to IL VOLO and inside there is a nice article by Omar Gelsomino, which I now translate for you.
IL VOLO, WE SING OUR TRADITION IN THE WORLD.
When we saw them on TV for the first time, they were single beginners at the second edition of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE. Since then Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto(both Sicilians, the first from Naro, in the Agrigento area; the second from Marsala, in the province of Trapani) and Gianluca Ginoble, from Abruzzo, have come a long way and since 2009, they have “taken off” as IL VOLO. This is the name of this extraordinary trio that in 10 years, from the talent of Antonella Clerici onwards, signed a contract with Universal and then with Sony, sang for the greatest personalities in the world, dueted with international stars, done and continue to do sold-out tours in every part of the globe, and in 2015 won the Sanremo Festival with “Grande Amore”.
We saw them at the cinema with “Notte Magica”, a concert film that marked the stages of the silimar “A Tribute To The Three Tenors”, recently in a film “Un Amore Così Grande”, and now engaged in their “Musica Tour”.
Three different personalities, but who are you really?
We are three guys with a great desire to make music and share what we love doing. Three boys, with completely different personalities, united by the passion for the same musical genre, a little forgotten, and we are trying in every way to bring back again among the “young”.
From a talent to global success. How do you experience it?
We live it with a lot of tension, as it gives you the incentive to produce new things, to make music, to never give up.
Our typical day is marked by the 24-hour workday, we can’t imagine our life without this work, the last thing the artist does is get on stage and sing, before the whole job is behind.
The people who are close to me every day, see me one day nervous, one day very happy , one day thoughtful, one day tense, we all have the stimulus and the question mark of tomorrow, but we must always enjoy the moment. (Piero’s words).
If you look back, what and how do you see yourself?
We see three very privileged boys, looking at our past we cannot but believe in destiny.
If one of us had participated in the first or third edition of that program, IL VOLO would not have been born.
Since then, thanks to Michele Torpedine, our current manager, we have done a lot of work.
How you have changed?
On the positive side, but also on the negative side (they joke).
We have grown humanly and professionally.
It is clear that each of us has his own needs, he wants to spend the holidays alone, he wants to be more alone.
We cannot complain, clearly as any marriage or cohabitation there are moments of discussion, the most mature thing for a group and for any relationship is to find the right compromise, a meeting point.
How do you feel, being ambassadors of the Bel Canto in the world?
It is a great responsibility. Pavarotti, Bocelli and Il Volo share the same songs.
People living in the wild cannot wait to hear “O sole mio”, “Torna a Surriento”, “Nessun dorma”, “Libiamo”.
Our success is due to the echo and strength of the Italian musical tradition.
Among the celebrities you have met, who has impressed you the most?
Each of us has his favorite, when we signed the tour contract with Barbra Streisand we didn’t realize how important and great the meeting was.
A magical moment that I will carry throughout my life and tell my grandchildren, it was two years ago, when we were next to Placido Domingo (We grew up listening to his music, I always listen to him because I am an opera lover, points out Piero Barone.), an icon of classical music who gave us advice on how to sing.
It is the luck of our work, a way of life, it leads you to sing with Placido Domingo, a moment of extreme difficulty and two days later you find yourself in front of the Pope in front of one million people!
There are mood swings and moods that are difficult to control.
When you look in the mirror, the most important thing to do is to think, “What can we do tomorrow?”
We think of tomorrow, never cradle ourselves in success and what it gives you, and never say, me, me, me.
You returned to Sanremo celebrating ten years of career, what did you feel?
We felt so much emotion to sing there. The edition of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE in 2009, took place right at the Ariston Theater, so that stage saw us being born. Last year we went as guests, this year instead as competitors.
The stage is a moment of sharing, whether you are a guest or a competitor, people are there to listen to you, the rest are just circumstances.
Tell us about “Musica Che Resta”, the song you brought to Sanremo and your new album Musica ……
This album is particular because it contains our other musical tastes, explains Gianluca, we believed that it was necessary to satisfy our three tastes and our personalities: “Be my love” is close to Piero, “Arrivederci Roma” is more my genre , while “A Chi Mi Dice”, to Ignazio.
“Musica Che Resta” is a fairly representative piece for IL VOLO, so we called Gianna Nannini, because it was missing that rock feel. When we sing this song, we perfectly express our vocals and we can’t wait to go back on tour, in June and July, among other things we will do two concerts in Sicily, on July 21st in Palermo and July 23rd in Taormina.
In what spirit did you start this new tour?
With a smile. With this tour, we celebrate our 10-year career in front of our audience, our fans, those who have allowed this.
The public is the reason we live.
We consider ourselves privileged and for this reason we thank them, because they allows us to share our gift, our voice and our passion.
What are your future plans?
There are so many, but IL VOLO’s goal is to confirm and consolidate everything we’ve done in the past.
And the time has come, for the Italian MUSIC AWARDS.
They will be held, as is well known, in Verona, in the beautiful Arena.
During this show, the singers who have had more CD sales or more people at the live concerts, the previous year, are rewarded.
There will be no prizes for IL VOLO, because as you all know, the year 2018 didn’t have new CDs and there were few live concerts.
But our guys were invited as guests, and to promote their work.
Here they are during the rehearsals.
And here in a funny video, where they say “THANK YOU” in many different languages. 😂
Even Torpedine has fun during the rehearsals .
Piero says:“Tonight we have an exceptional drummer, Torpedine. Torp”.
Here on their arrival, with some fans.
They also gave interviews, here is one for which you can use the translator function. Activate it.
This is another interview with Radio Italia(one of the few radios that always broadcast IL VOLO songs).
Man= From the Arena of Verona, ladies and gentlemen: IL VOLO.
Gian = Good pronunciation.
Woman= with a slightly American accent.
Man= They are international artists, guys, come on.
Ignazio= In my country say “U VOLO, more international than that.”
Man= How nice to meet you guys, how are you?
Ignazio= Well, happy to be back at the Arena, we will be back again in September on the 24th.
Man= Will be the final of a tour that?
Piero= Yes, from July we will sing, from north to south, in all the cities of Italy.
Man= Also, you just did a tour in Japan, where you were.
Piero= Yes, a month of concerts in Japan.
Woman = Furthermore, you are young, but you already have 10 years of career behind you.
Ignazio= In fact, look, to Piero, white hair has already grown. It has been 10 intense years, Piero always says that they have gone on the fly. They have passed quickly, intense, we have traveled a lot, but above all, it is a concentration of emotions, because getting to different cultures has always been our goal, and succeeding, after 10 years also in Japan, is something that makes us very proud, and repays us for all the sacrifices.
Piero= In Japan, we were lucky, because they praise a discipline that is ice skating. Their champion, won the gold medal at the Olympic Games on the ice last year, with our song. So, we’re second in the standings.
Man= Boys, it must be beautiful.
Woman = That is, he introduced you to Japan.
Piero= Do you know who is first in the standings?
Man= Who is first in the standings?
Ignazio= Bohemian Rapsody
Woman = But, what an honor, second only behind Bohemian Rapsody.
We thank Radio Italia, and for the interview and always spread the beautiful music of the boys.
The day was long and hot for the boys, but now we have arrived at the time of the show ………. here they are !!!!!
What can I say?
This is the video of the only song the boys sang, but before and after them, there were many singers and …… trust my judgment, the guys of IL VOLO are spectacular, their voices are unique. “I’ve heard so many singers who have sung so many false notes.”
Always in excellent shape, an amalgamation of perfect voices, and the high notes of Ignazio ………. excellent !!
Their live performances, however, never disappoint.
There are things that happen, so, by chance. Remember this beautiful fan-art from IL VOLO that I used for a post?
I found this beautiful image on the officialIL VOLO fanclub. I liked it immediately and so I asked who had made it, permission to be able to use it.
In this way I met Xinjie, a sweet Chinese girl who has lived in Rome for seven years. She is a graphic designer.
We have established friendship, started chatting and getting to know each other a little.
Looking through some photos of her Facebook profile, I found this beautiful photo.
Really a beautiful girl, but did you recognize the landscape in the background? It is just what you think: Capri.
I see Capri and I immediately think “A CHI MI DICE”and the beatifulIL VOLO’Svideo, and I write, a little amused: “But are you perhaps one of the three chosen girls to watch the video shoot?”
And she immediately replies “Yes, I am”.
You can imagine my amazement, of course I asked Xinjie many things about Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca and what she felt during that day.
She had no photos of that day, she had not been allowed to take pictures of it, but the photographer had taken pictures that would later be published.
These days the photos have come out and so I thought I’d do an interview with Xinjie and publish it for you.
Here she is among our boys. That is a nice picture. I’m happy for her, but the envy !!
D = How did you manage to be chosen to watch the video?
X = I replied to the email of the official IL VOLO fan club that asking those who wanted to assist, to send the request to watch the new video resume. It would have been shot in central-southern Italy and asked to make the whole day available. I sent the membership and after a few days, the staff contacted me on the phone telling me where I should go and that I had to keep the secret.
D = How long have you been following IL VOLO?
X= Since I came to Italy seven years ago. I came for study and work and I came alone. At the beginning it was very hard. One day I was looking for videos on you tube and by chance I heard “O SOLE MIO”, sung by Il Volo, it was immediately love, but I had no one with whom to share this interest and on radio and TV I heard little about them.
D = Who were the other two chosen girls?
X= The other girls came from Campania (Italian region with Naples as capital). They were 14 and 27 years old. But I have been more with Sara, the girl from the official Fanclub, she is very kind and pleasant.
D = Had you met Ignazio Piero and Gianluca before that day?
X= Only once, this year in Rome, at the Instore at the Discoteca Laziale.
D = How did they seem to you?
X= They are very beautiful. They are normal boys, but more kind and nice
D= So many people, say they are nasty and haughty boys, to you, how did they look?
X= They are the most sincere and nice guys I’ve met, real angels.
D = How long were you with them ?
X= It was supposed to be from about noon until 6:00 pm, unfortunately they arrived three hours late, because the video footage around the stacks was longer, but the wait was also nice.
D = What did you do when they arrived?
X= They were so hungry !!!! They had not had lunch, so we looked for a restaurant together for lunch. They asked us if they wanted to have lunch with them, but we had already had lunch so we said no. So we watched IL VOLO eat!
Then, when they finished lunch, Ignazio asked me: “Coffee? Ice cream?”, And I said “Yes”, so they got ice cream for us.
D = Were they embarrassed about your presence (as they were eating) or were they very natural?
X= Absolutely very natural.
D = Who was the most witty or who spoke the most?
X = Ignazio, but also Ignazio and Piero together.
D = Did it seem to you that between the three of them there really is an understanding as brothers?
X= They are really good friends.
D= After lunch, did you all go somewhere else or did you just stay at the restaurant?
X = We left but stayed close, they took some scene.
D = Don’t you mind that they didn’t record you in the video?
X= Absolutely not, I thought we were invited only to assist from afar and instead we were together with the boys.
D = You girls could take pictures?
X = No, it was not allowed.
D = But the photographer took some very nice pictures of all you and you Xinjie are really a beautiful girl.
X= Thank you.
D = Were you excited for that meeting?
X= Very much.
D = Have you been to a concert already?
X= No, never, this year I will go to Rome and then to Verona.
D= Do you want to hear them in concert?
X = Yes, at 10,000%, I can’t wait any longer. My Japanese friend who met IL VOLO only this year (thanks to me) went to the Tokyo concert before me, I was jealous !! Also for her it was the first concert and she said she was moved. She said that their voices were divine. She wanted to come to Verona this year, but it’s hard to take this vacation now, maybe she’ll come to Italy for their concert next year if they do it in Sicily.
D= What’s your favorite song?
X = In this CD is “VICINISSIMO”.
D= If you were to win a dinner with one of them, who would you like to go out with?
X= It’s a difficult question for me, because I can’t really choose. Fortunately I have already had a lunch with them in Capri !!
D= Yes, but they ate, and you three girls ate them, with your eyes !!!
X= But they also talked to me a lot. At one point, Ignazio and Piero (especially Ignazio) started talking to me with Sicilian words and then they explained to me. Then they tried to pronounce my name and they were good. Gianluca didn’t talk much, but when they said my name Gianluca said “Who is better? Me or him? (Ignazio)”, but they were good both, they did the right pronunciation. After lunch, Ignazio looks at me and says: “But you’re shy, don’t talk at all,” and Gianluca replied: “She is shy like me.”
D = Were you sorry when you said goodbye? Did they hug you?
X= They had to leave with the boat, yes, they hugged us. Then Piero, from the boat, greeted us calling all our names, even mine !!! Mine is hard to remember, I know, and I’m so moved.
D = After meeting them, do you think they deserve all the success they have or, in your opinion, are too valued or undervalued?
X= They deserve all possible success. They are really the best, most confident, good and positive guys ….. I can say that they are perfect guys.
D= Was it sad to leave them? If you were to go back, would you do this adventure again or is it not worth it?
X= I wanted to stay in that moment, I thought: “Ah, how I would like this moment to become eternity”. And then I realize that it has already become eternity, with the video that has been made. For me it was a divine day. It was my real “THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE”.
Thank you, Xinjie, for giving us all these nice details of your special day, we really appreciate it.
We are all very happy with this beautiful experience of yours and we wish you, with all our heart, to be able to have so many other meetings with Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio.
Surely they will remember you very well, you will have left your mark of beauty and kindness.
A hug from the whole Il Volo-Family!
Credit to owners of all photos.
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