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INTERVIEW WITH PIERO 2013 by Daniela

I got to see this old video of an interview of Piero in 2013.

It’s a very nice interview, made by the beautiful and nice Marcella Lattuca for the transmission Agrigentini Bella Gente.

It’s a long interview, made to a very young Piero, but interesting to hear and read his answers.

I noticed that there was the possibility of the automatic translator, but I read some passages and sincerely, there is not much sense in what is automatically translated, so I hope the length does not bore you, but I preferred to translate it for you.

ML = Dear viewers, welcome to this new episode of Agrigentini Bella Gente (Inhabitants of Agrigento, beautiful people).

This episode is very special because I have the privilege to talk with a real star of international music, you think, he has only 19 years, Piero Barone, whom I thank for intervening, has reached goals that perhaps, artists can not reach, over a whole career.

Thanks Piero, for being our guest.

P = It’s a pleasure. We did the chorus together and today we are here to do this fantastic interview.

ML = It’s true, you and me started in parallel, with a fairly considerable age gap, alas.

You start from Naro, you were born in Naro, you have a family from Agrigento, and you start with the Little Cantori di Santa Cecilia. (a choir of Agrigento).

Tell us how you approached music.

P = I have always pursued this dream of music, I grew up in the middle of music with my grandfather, grandfather Pietro and thanks also to my father’s constancy, because you know, sometimes there are moments, when you’re little, you play piano and you want to give up everything, but thanks to the constancy of my father, I always, always pursued this dream, first with the chorus of Santa Cecilia, studying with private teachers, and now fortunately, I’m here.

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ML = Anyway, your career was born a few years ago, when you were really a child.

What was actually this turning point, which made you feel you wanted to do something more? What was the spring?

P = In fact there was not, because I always wanted to sing, but there was luck, thanks to my father, always, thanks to my father, to do a summer festival in Cosenza.

My father called me and told me “Do you want to do this festival? Let’s go and come back in 24 hours (by car), let’s go and come back”.

I replied, “Dad, are you crazy?” and he “Come on, let’s try, I drive and you sleep in the car.”

For that selection they did not take me, but they gave my name to the editorial office of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, Antonella Clerici’s program.

One day I was returning from the piano school and I found my father on the phone with a lady Isabella Abiuso, and from there it all started, in fact my father asked me if I wanted to do that program and I replied “Why not, let’s try.”

ML = You started as a soloist at TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, and then maybe fate played a special role.

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P = Oh yes, we started this program as three singers, and now I, Ignazio and Gianluca are the group IL VOLO, and the fourth episode, the producer Roberto Cenci, had the idea to join our voices, and from there started … the three tenors …. the Tryo, we changed name, but in the end we decided to call ourselves IL VOLO.

Immediately after the program, we signed a program with Universal Music in Los Angeles.

ML = A little thing of nothing…..

P = They wanted a short Italian name.

IL VOLO was a metaphorical name, IL VOLO, to fly

ML = Anyway, what I understood from your words, the one that followed you the most, was your dad, also because, being a minor, you could not go around alone.

P = My father and my grandfather – my grandfather discovered my voice, my father helped me. He is great and he has been a great support.

ML = So immediately after TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, you signed this contract with Universal, and you started your flight.

P = Yes, we signed a contract with Universal, with our producer Tony Renis and Umberto Gattica and our manager Michele Torpedine, and from there, the first TV, the first album, with the first album we sold 1 million copies. And now the new album WE ARE LOVE has been released, where there is also a duet with Eros Ramazzotti and with Placido Domingo.

ML = But when you tell these things, do you realize where you’ve come from and all the way you’ve come in such a short time?

P = This is nothing, we made this new album, but behind this album we have done lots of experiences, like, a tour with Barbra Streisand, 12 dates with her. She was a great teacher for us and we learned so many things from her, like from many other great artists.

(the video is not a good recording, but it’s still fantastic !!!)

ML = I can afford to mention some reviews I read on the internet.

EL PASO TIMES: Electrifying: the name of the group means the flight in Italian, perfect name for a trio of young tenors who conquers ever higher peaks”, just to name one, another: “Beautiful and intense voices accompanied by beautiful harmonies that enchant the public by giving strong emotions “, this is the enthusiastic comment of the NEW YORK JOURNAL.

You are a trio, so you are dealing with two other guys who are the same age.

P = Ignazio and Gianluca

ML = Perfect. What is the relationship between you three? Is it really difficult to keep united, even if you go in one direction only?

P = This project was born as three friends, you know, living every day together, we have established a great relationship, we are like three brothers, because we share everything ….. not everything. There is a great relationship, a great agreement.

ML = But you also perform individually?

P = No, no, our concert is the concert of IL VOLO.

We have just finished a tour of 48 dates in America, this is the fourth tour. We have done an American tour, a South American, a European and another American just finished and now in 2013 we will do another South American, American and European.

ML = But for a boy of your age, you have spent most of your adolescence ….

P = On the plane

ML = In fact, and what effect does it make, having left your friends, your country, was it tough? Then you had to approach even with a language that was not yours, you had to learn English.

P = English is fundamental and we also had to learn Spanish.

ML = You have learned Spanish because now, however, you will start a tour, if I’m not mistaken in South America.

P = The second tour, and now there are great future projects, but I’ll tell you what we did in the last two months. We started the Rockefeller Center in New York, with the lighting of the Christmas tree, the Christmas season opens all over the world, the Christmas Time. We were there, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, everyone was there.

Immediately after we sang for the Nobel Prize presentation in Oslo. We represented Italy, because the Nobel Prize was given to the European Union.

There were Jennifer Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gerald Butler, Sial, it was a great experience.

ML = Informing me on the internet, I read that you have also become a style icon, because your fans have adopted this red eyewear look, is your brand?

P = If you come to our concerts, find all the girls with red glasses, it’s really nice !!

ML = And then you also have some very important fans, like for example …. say you …

P = We were in Panama and a friend called us and told us “Guys, read the interview about LA REPUBBLICA”, we go on the internet and we read that at Placido Domingo, they asked him what music he is listening at the moment, and he replied: “I listen to IL VOLO, they are three jewels that the whole world should know.” And the nephew of Pacido Domingo, is a wild fan, crazy about us, he wears red glasses, the vest, the tie ……. and from there was born the duet with Palcido Domingo.

ML = In fact, because in the last album, in addition to the duet with Ramazzotti, you also have one with Placido Domingo, which is one of the three historical tenors.

P = Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti. We dedicated the song we sang together with Placido Domingo, IL CANTO, to Pavarotti.

ML = It’s an extraordinary thing, and tell me, you said that you met so many famous people and I would like to know if any of these gave you advice, if they made you a “mentor” in addition to your grandfather and your dad.

P = The advice, be yourself, because the key to success is only one, talent and humility, because all the great artists are great people.

ML = The real ones.

P = Real ones, like Barbra Streisand, 70, and every night she entertains 25,000 people in America’s biggest arenas.

Now we have to start the tour with Barbra Streisand, in Europe. (pity that has never been done)

P = American Idol, as jurors were: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Steven Tyler is the singer of Aerosmith and we in our new album we sang “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, but we did it in a classic Italian “Questo Amore Splendido” (Piero begins to sing the song), just beautiful.

ML = Nice to even hear it live.

P = We did Jay Leno, it’s the third time, Jay Leno is America’s most watched Tonight Show, Jay Leno and Larry King are the most famous, we sang “Beautiful Day” two weeks ago, which is the cover of U2.

Let’s say that of our album, people ask us, but your kind of music, what is it? We did two duets, one with Ramazzotti which is the top of pop and Placido Domingo, which is the top of classical music.

ML = So you are versatile, you have shown your versatility and even those who gave you a kind of emulation of the TRIO of Tenors, like a bad copy of the trio, in the end it was denied.

P = This problem was, and there is, only in Italy, but you know, Italy is a very, very difficult country, but …. let’s do everything at the time.

But the thing that makes us angry, and I have to say this, we participated in the Nobel Prize, we have represented Italy, the whole world talks about it, who does not talk about it: Italy.

ML = It seems we are a little xenophilous.

P = But we love our country, so we love it as it is.

ML = With the merits and the defects.

You said you spent most of your teenage years on the plane, but how did you stay in touch with your friends and study?

P = I always say that what we do is what we like to do, so if you love what you do, everything becomes easy.

ML = But how did you study?

P = I study again, because I lost a year with my work. But this year I graduate, study in hotels, on airplanes.  (in reality, he will only get his diploma this year in 2018).

I took the license. I did the theory in August and the guide in November.

ML = Even if in America? It’s not like you travel by car there.

P = Yes, I do. I drive my producer’s car. Sometimes I hire a Ferrari, or a Porsche, I like driving.

ML = And can you orient yourself? You are now a citizen of the world.

P = But the beautiful thing … “beautiful”, so to speak, because sometimes you lack freedom, especially in South America, we walk with the escort, in South America we have five bodyguards at the baggage claim because at the exit of the airport there are a thousand girls.

ML = They recognize you on the street, it is shocking!

P = We travel with cars darkened and armored because unfortunately South America is a dangerous country but we love it and they love us, the girls chase us with taxis…. and shout, it’s nice !!

ML = Are you afraid of this thing?

P = No, no fear, it fills you with pride and satisfaction because you understand that what you are transmitting reaches people.

ML = But this life is so stressful, how do you recharge? What is your secret to recharging?

P = It’s my family. Many people tell me “you have traveled the world”, and it is true, I miss only Japan and Russia, because they are two very strong markets and we leave them ….. Everyone asks me “What is your favorite city? ? Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Paris? “ , my favorite city is Naro, Naro is my world.

ML = What’s your relationship with Naro?? After singing in far away places, with immense crowds, when you arrive at Naro, do you have to re-program again?

P = No, Naro is my homeland, so every time it’s always a party.

ML = What is your relationship with Naro’s inhabitants?

P = Fantastic, I love them!

ML = Welcome you?

P = Yes, I go to buy fruit, I go to the hairdresser … it’s very nice !!

ML = Perhaps paradoxically your country is the only place where you can roam freely.

P = With my little car, now I go around with my friends, I greet everyone, I am a very open type.

Piero 03(Piero photographed in Naro)

ML = It is a practice of our program, to ask what advice would you give to a person who has become a public figure, like you, to the Agrigentini boys who want to approach the art of singing, in this case.

P = My advice is always to follow your dream, never give up, there will be people who will say, “But come on, change jobs, change profession.” Never believe in them, believe in yourself, but when you arrive, stay where you are. Returning to the previous speech, I learned this from Barbra Streisand, and from all the great artists.

For example, we were on tour with Barbra Streisand, we were in the dressing room and we hear a knock, I go to open and there is Sting, or Michael Buble, David Beckham, Tom Hanks, all these great artists who knock on our dressing room, to have a photo, to greet us.

ML = This proves the fact that these great artists that have such long careers, it means that they remained what they were, it means that goodness of mind pays, beyond talent.

P = And then the humility even if it is really difficult to stay what you are, if you do not have great people behind, like a big family, I am doubly lucky because I am a person that could follow his dream and get there. Yet we have not arrived, but we are working, we study a lot, and my second fortune is my family – a moral support, a daily support, my father travels with me only when there are concerts, because the tour is very stressful. But for promotions, I travel alone, and you know, in the morning, when I call home, they give me the charge to start the day.

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ML = As a good Sicilian you have left the roots here, however you continually feed from your family.

P = When someone tell me “You know, when you speak, we hear the Sicilian accent, the Italian accent”….. let it be heard !!

ML = On the other hand your pride, it is this and, I can say, you are also our pride and I believe I also interpret the thought of all the inhabitants of Agrigento who followed you.

Last question, what do you dream of doing “when you grow up?”

P = I’m studying lyric now, because that’s my dream, that world, it’s my dream, the lyric is another dimension, but you have to study … too much … and now I’m studying, thanks to my possibilities, I am studying in Bologna, with my teacher Sergio Bertocchi, a great teacher, and he is a great person. I’m studying an opera setting, however, always with IL VOLO, Il VOLO is always …. the group IL VOLO …. IS IL VOLO. And so my dream is that one day maybe, to do the Premiere to La Scala or in some theater.

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ML = And we really wish you to stand out even more in this flight.

P = Before closing I have a gift, I brought you the new album of IL VOLO, WE ARE LOVE, this is the deluxe version, where over eight unpublished songs, including two duets, and four covers, there are five songs of Christmas.

ML = This is the advantage of interviewing these characters, but I accept it only if you sign it.

I wish you all the best.

P = It was really a huge pleasure.

ML = For me too.

P = When my father told me that they had called for this interview, I immediately said yes, let’s do it.

ML = I confirm it, because you have remained what you are.

Piero, thank you very much, AD MAIORA.

Thank you very much for following us and the next installment of AGRIGENTINI BELLA GENTE.

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I had not seen this video interview until a few days ago and I must say that I was pleasantly content to hear the really wise and mature responses of a young Piero.

Still I was very happy with this, and you?

I await your impressions.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

LAST HOUR!!!! by Daniela

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This video from Red Ronnie at Roxy Bar TV just appeared.

TRANSLATION:

Tomorrow evening from 10:00 pm, until 02:00 – 03:00 in the morning, in this studio, there will be IL VOLO.

The three guys from IL VOLO, will be here, and we will interact live with all the fans of the world.

In fact we aired late at night, from 10:00 pm onwards, to allow even those who follow us, will follow us from South America, United States, etc., to be able to connect.

There will be opportunities for interaction, to ask questions, to call via Skype, to interact via Facebook, so we will be on my Facebook page, on the facebook page of IL VOLO, on roxybar.tv, on my YouTube, Periscope page and so on.

It will be an experiment that I believe has never been done, that is, without term, in continuity, to be able to interact with all the fans of the world.

IL VOLO are artists who have a crazy following, all over the world, and so tomorrow evening we will do this experiment.

This experiment, all over the world, I believe has never been done, that is, being in a studio and interacting, answering the questions of the fans from all over the world that connect, for 4 hours, 5 hours, I do not know how long it will last.

We are not preparing the event, it is something that comes naturally, spontaneously, and it will be something special.

Do not ask to come, because it is impossible, the studio is this little you see, so you can interact from home, clearly the fans registered to the official fan club IL VOLO, will have a priority, so they will be the first who can ask questions, then, we will be open to everything.

Like a big party.

I’ll show you this trailer that has just arrived of IL VOLO and that explains who IL VOLO is.

Here, this is a video that shows what they have done, and so they will be here and answer all the questions.

The thing that I like, I say in an ironic way and I refer to Antonella Mosetti, who asks me (Red Ronnie while talking, he receives questions live and is answering a question posed by Mosetti):

“Hi Red, I would like to know what they did in that hotel in Switzerland.”

Antonella, I’m showing you a video of the enormity of things IL VOLO has done, and your only curiosity is to know what they did at the Locarno hotel in Switzerland ??? Guys, get over it!!! Go beyond this television that now is just a scandal, where we talk only about bad things, negative things, to look for …….. but have you seen what they have combined these guys here? Have you seen the success they have had???

However tomorrow night will be here, we will connect and answer all the questions, it will be an experiment, believe me, it will be a very interesting experiment, because it is the first time that the Internet is used in such a global way, for the total interaction, so I think be nice.

I’ll see you tomorrow night.

There will also be Torpedine.

See you tomorrow.

Credit to Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo and to Red Ronnie for the Facebook video.

 

Sabato Italiano by Daniela

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These days, Michele Torpedine is releasing several television interviews to sponsor his book, RICOMINCIO DAI TRE.

This is the last one he has released to “SABATO ITALIANO“, present in the studio Eleonora Daniele (presenter) and Iva Zanicchi (Italian singer).

I will translate it for you.

E= Let’s talk about the inspired book, also from them, the guys of Volo, a great international success.

I= I like them very much, finally someone who sings, come on.

<introductory song>

E= Hello Michele Torpedine, the one who also decreed the success of these guys.

Hi Michele, RICOMINCIO DAI TRE, ie from them, from these three talents.

T= Hello, let’s say that the book I dedicated more to them, because they were a kind of breath of oxygen, IVA can confirm that in our environment is a rare thing.

I= I’ve known Michele for a lifetime, he’s a great man, it’s useless to say so, for example now the next tour, we’ll do it in South America, he and I will sing in a duet (she jokes). It’s true or not Torpedine?

We will only sing ZINGARA (a famous IVA’s song)

E= In 2012 the guys of the IL VOLO were with a great artist and international actress, look.

<video with Barbra Streisand>

I= Come on Michael, let’s unveil the scoop, it was not Barbara Straisand, it was me with the mask.

E= In this book you wrote about these guys, not only, also of many artists you have followed in these years, but especially of them, because they have marked your transformation.

T= Yes, as I said before, after almost 40 years of colleagues, sometimes even a little particular, IL VOLO was a new window opening, people with a lot of sensitivity, respect for the things you do ….

E= Because Michele in this book spoke of the recognition of many artists, dear IVA.

I = Gratitude is not human, dear Michele. Did you find gratitude in this world?

T= Few times

I= Do you know why Lucifer has rebelled against God? It was unbearable for him to be grateful to God, so imagine if those artists know gratitude.

T = It’s true, I arrived a little late.

E= The guys from IL VOLO sent us video messages, let’s watch them.

Piero = Who are these three? I send you a hug, hello Eleonora hello to everyone, hello Micael

Ignazio = Hi Eleonora, listen, we’ll be back on tour next year, and we need a drummer, send it off Michele, send it to us, we need a drummer for the tour so do not waste time with him, bye.

Gianluca= I must say that I’m really proud to be part of this beautiful story with Il Volo, and thanks also for the title, RICOMINCIO DAI TRE, hello to everyone.

E = You play the drummer.

T = I did it for many years, the first 23 years I was a musician, I started with a colleague, Orietta, in fact she never misses an opportunity to say that she was the first to understand that I could do this job.

Your great friend Orietta Berti.

I= Orietta is a girl, very intelligent, and she is an exceptional girl indeed, as well as a good singer and an extraordinary woman. You worked with her, and why did you never work with me? But you played the drums with me once in Turin.

Because a good manager must also be a good musician to be able to love singers and music.

E = Let’s see Giorgia, Pino Daniele, many artists that you have followed in these years and really exclusive images that you sent us.

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E = Congratulations to Michele Torpedine.

RICOMINCIO DAI TRE, thanks to Michele Torpedine for being here with us.

Read the book, it’s very interesting, with some behind the scenes a little peperino, thanks Michele.

(I asked Daniela what the words “little peperino” meant. She better explained by saying, “The presenter, greeting Torpedine advises the public to read the book because it is interesting and because are described moments a little lively, pungent, and that we do not know.”)

A little trivia . . . I don’t know if this has been mentioned here before but would you like to guess who took the photo of Michele that was used on the front cover of his book?

RICOMINCIO DAI TRE - Michele Torpedine

Photo credit to CHI MAGAZINE and credit to the owner of the Facebook interview video.

 

~~ Dolce Piero ~~ by Daniela

During the Easter holidays, as we know, the boys were back with their families.

In one of those days immediately after Easter, Piero went to see NOTO, a beautiful Sicilian town near Syracuse.

NOTO is truly beautiful and is the capital of the Baroque style, and is also called “stone garden.”  The historic center has been declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site.”

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Piero, accompanied by his brother and two friends, wanted to be a simple tourist, but having posted his photo on Instagram, was seen by some students of the school of Tourism.  Through word of mouth, they were activated in a very nice positive way, as well as thanks also to their teacher Alessandra Brafa. 

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But here is all explained well by the same words of Alessandra Brafa.

When I arrived in this class, the III A Tourism of Matteo Raeli of Noto, the girls had no dreams or, at least, they could not translate them. I asked them that in the nine months to follow, from September to June, they would have to make an effort to find one, to bring their talents to the surface.

Today these girls have done more. Known on Instagram of the presence of the singer Il Volo in Noto, they asked me to interview him. They were excited, their eyes were shining, they bounced with enthusiasm asking me to make sure to meet him.

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A few minutes later, with the necessary authorizations, we were with him, the tenor of Naro, Piero Barone. He lent himself with kindness and irony. The girls were all excited, and my heart was smiling. After we went to the press office of the City of Noto telling about the scoop  they came home full of joy and with an extra motivation to enhance the skills because “Prof, but knows that it is difficult to do an interview? We found nothing clever to ask!”


The real school I think is the one that knows how to alternate theory with practice, which passes from manuals to people, from the tasks of reality to life, that experiments on the field and looks to the future with hope and certainty that if we start from the dream, in the end what you want becomes reality.

Thank you, Piero Barone of IL Volo for courtesy, kindness of manner and elegance of mind.

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And here is the article made by the students!

Piero Barone, the singer of the trio Il Volo, through the streets of Noto .

The visit of Piero Barone, has escaped many, but not all.

The component of the popular trio Il Volo, spent the morning of Wednesday, April 4,  in the streets of the historic center of Noto.

Il Volo, an Italian musical group, made up of three singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, needs no introduction. And the visit of Piero Barone, the “tenorino” of Naro who enchanted America, in the stone garden certainly could not go unnoticed. 

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To interview Piero Barone, some students of Matteo Raeli di Noto,  did not miss the chance to welcome him among monuments of art and notions of history.

Class 1993, Sicilian, the internationally renowned singer around noon posted a picture that portrayed him along with his friends on the steps of the Cathedral of San Nicolò: a publication that, in a few hours, has exceeded 10,000 likes.

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Barone responded with kindness and irony to the questions about his presence in the city.  To be in Noto for a walk through the baroque magnificence and because animated by the desire to know the city better, since his only visit to this city had been made to a school trip to elementary school.

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He added that he was enchanted by the churches and the color of the stone, fascinated by the story of the terrible earthquake of 1693 and the greatness that followed. 

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The students, who in May will be working on the front line in a project to promote the city on the occasion of the Infiorata, invited the singer to take part in the event and he, has admitted that he has already heard about this event and that he aroused not a little curiosity and interest.  

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Barone has, expressed that at the moment he is very busy with the other components of the trio for the upcoming release of the next record. After the ritual photo, he took his leave for Marzamemi, complimenting the great beauty that is breathed in the city and remains unchanged over time.

Class III A Tourism Address, Matteo Raeli

Many congratulations to the students of the III A Tourist address.

Many, many compliments to the teacher Alessandra Brafa who was able to seize the moment, for her students.

Many, many, many compliments to Piero who proved extremely available.

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Then the visit of Piero continued for Syracuse and the beautiful island of Ortigia.

Did you recognize Piero in the photo?

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Credit to all owners of photos.

DWTS – Kiev! For real this time! :)

Ok, we tried to bring it to you yesterday, but tried in vain, and all I finally got was “not available in your country!”  Not sure how all of this techie stuff works, but it can be quite frustrating at times!  🙂  Anyhow, thank God for those that can navigate all the rules, regs, and other techie areas, and allow us to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

I think we all hoped they’d be doing a little dancing, like before, however, below is the video of the guys singing Grande Amore, uploaded from the official Il Volo Facebook page.  I’m sure many have seen it by now.  I let the next video roll, and it was an interview the guys gave in Kiev on some TV show.  It appears it may have been from this morning, before the concert, as they were showing footage of the DWTS  show and the lady interviewer held up a signed CD and 2 tickets.  🙂  Even though it’s all in Ukrainian and Italian, there are some nice still pictures and snippets of other song videos in the intros of each.  And of course, it’s always fun to watch their adorable faces, even if you can’t understand a word they are saying!  🙂   The interview video was uploaded by something in the Ukraine – maybe the show, or that “1plus1” site.  I tried Google translate, but it would not take it?  Enjoy!!  (both videos were uploaded to YouTube)

If we have any fans out there from Kiev, Ukraine that would be willing to translate to English, that would be awesome!! 🙂  

Tomorrow I’ll canvass the concert!


 

I hope you are able to see this interview…

And where are our awesome gents off to next?  We have a blip of their next few dates here….besides what is listed below, I guess we’ll have to follow the trail of leftover pizza crusts and drips of gelato, onto their next appearance!  Love whomever put this together – such a great picture of them.  Looks like they are back to Italy for a few days for the furniture store opening/signing, then another TV show?  Altas Horas?  Then on to the cruise.   Several weeks rest and then on to Japan and Australia!

IL VOLO AGENDA

Ciao – Jana

Digithon – Featuring Gianluca! June 23, 2017

Gianluca was featured in this interview on Digithon!  Daniela kindly gave us her own translation summary of the interview.  Gianluca talked about their new album which will be in Spanish.  I know some are upset that it will be in Spanish, but there may also be a few songs in English as well.  We will just have to wait to find out!  But, as we all know, it does not matter what language they sing in, it’s the melodious sound of their voices and exquisite harmony that touches our soul.  Music is truly the universal language!   Whatever our amores sing, it will be grande!  🙂

Wherever they were, it must have been really hot!  The audience is fanning themselves and even poor Gianluca is sweating!  But he stays cool, like always!

Enjoy the video below and Daniela’s translation for us in English…. (thank you to AAIV for posting to YouTube)  This interview is just about 45 minutes long.

The interview for IL VOLO to Bisceglie (Bari) has just ended.

IL VOLO was represented by Gianluca Ginoble and was interviewed by Paolo Giordano, a journalist who at the time of Sanremo’s victory had criticized them very much and was now very much reckless.

Intro to the show video….. from Viva….

Here is a little more from Daniela, I believe this is what Gian is talking about in the intro  video, to the interview below…

G = Despite the many interviews I’ve made in these years, whenever there is a camera I sometimes get emotion to me, I block me, so it’s not easy for me, but to see all these people, from children to grandparents, that they appreciate IL VOLO and our music, it is beautiful.

We also arrived here in Bisceglie, so I’m really happy to be here, it looks a little like my country, I grew up in a country, in the squares, so I find myself as if I were at home.

I am downtown, south-central, so I see it very similar to my little village.

The interviewer asks: A date in Puglia asking the fans for IL VOLO, can we satisfy them?

G = I really think so, next year, this year, unfortunately we can not do this, we are heading to South America and Asia, so unfortunately we will not do it this year, but next year we will do as much as possible, 

I = a fast word on Digithon, the event that connects the digital world to all the world, a world that you run with your comrades 

G = Exactly, people should know and maybe it is a good opportunity to show the public things that maybe they were hidden and above all this theme that also concerns us artists, all very interesting

 Interview is very pleasant, at the beginning they speak of the origins and of Sanremo and of the importance of Italian music in the world.

They talk about haters who often make unpleasant comments and then they are people who if the meet on road maybe ask for the autograph.

Gianluca says that internet has given way to so many people to express themselves but also  so many “cretins.”

Gianluca says that he likes photography very much and uses a lot of instagram in particular he appreciates that when he is abroad in a moment they can see him at home.

Giordano stresses the fact that there are few Italian artists who can talk about success abroad as them.

Giordano introduces the topic of digital music (Digithon) and Gianluca says it is very much heard but it is a cellphone music that does not have much extension and construction, certainly not that of IL VOLO says Giordano.

Then he is asked to sing a piece of a song and Gianluca mentions “Falling in love” and Paolo Giordano appreciates him very much.

Gianluca talks about the next record and says it will be in Spanish and will be produced by Estefan that Giordano says is one of the two or three most famous and important producers in the world.

Giordano says he interviewed Julio Iglesias a month ago and when asked who he was listening to Italian singers he first replied to IL VOLO.

They talk to the public of various ages who love IL VOLO.

Giordano asks if Gianluca Piero and Ignazio quarrel and Gianluca responds “always but like three brothers, then we have lived unforgettable moments and shared the stage, memorable experiences, they are my companions not traveling, but flying.”

They remember when Barbra Streisand called them.

Gianluca says they will make their first concert in Japan in November.

Giordano admits that at the beginning he was not one of those who admired the Flight, but then saw that they too have changed, they evolved and in particular he realized they were good and so he changed their mind.

They talk about social criticism, and Gianluca says he is quite indifferent because there is so much jealousy and so many criticisms that are not constructive but only full of hatred.

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Photo credits to owners….

Giordano resumes the argument by saying that many journalists were wary of IL VOLO but now he is aware that this distrust is disappearing because the data of their success is visible and you can not ignore their skill.

Giordano asks Gianluca who he wants to thank and Gianluca takes the opportunity to thank the dad who has always supported and believed in him without forcing him and Mr. ERCOLE present moves.

A  girl from public asks Gianluca how he will be in 10 years and he says maybe there will be solo projects but IL VOLO will always be there.

Giordano remembers that the pastor died at Montepagano and tomorrow at the funeral Gianluca will sing for him, Gianluca is moved to tears by recalling the affection of this pastor who has always been close to him.

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Below is an excerpt from the interview, with some English subtitles.  Thank you to IV Performances for the YouTube upload!

In the end, it is asked Gianluca to sing a short song and he plays a bit of Anema and Core but also forgets the words. It was all improvised and unproven.

Near the end, Gian gets a bit frustrated with the interviewer, saying he is not listening….

I resumed the interview and I think I understand that is after the public girl’s question, almost at the end of the video, Gianluca is saying that Piero will be tenor because he is studying so much for this project, then while talking about Ignazio projects, he stops because he says that Giordano is not listening to him and he no longer takes up the subject, concludes by saying that there will be solo projects but IL VOLO will always be united. 

 

They salute and thank everyone.


Just in case we forgot how much Gian loves photography and Instagram, I thought I’d enclose a few reminders from the last few days…. 🙂  Could this possibly be the same little boy with the curls and impish grin that we remember from just a few years ago? 

 

Ciao, until next time….

Jana

 

Il Volo Professional ~~ Grammy Museum Event

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All the professional dealings of Il Volo

 

Hi!

An American Grammy Award isn’t part of Il Volo’s collection right now, but I feel like they must be working/wishing for a nomination with renewed energy after their appearance at The Grammy Museum.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

~~ Kelly

 

 

Volare

Photos: Il Volo ~~ Getty Images

 

Grande Amore

Eternally

 

Photos: Il Volo at the Grammy Museum 3/28/16 ~~ All Things Il Volo Facebook

 

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