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REQUEST FOR A LIST AND… BYE BYE JAPAN by Daniela

Today I need your help.

In these days, an article has been published, which is concerning in a limited way, also IL VOLO.

The article speaks of Italian singers who are more successful abroad and writes a list based on notoriety.

Now I kindly ask you to draw up your own personal ranking, so as to check whether this article has made careful evaluations or has written inappropriate things.

Of course I will not tell you the order in which the article published the names, I will tell you after you have made your ideal list.

The names of Italian singers are these (in alphabetical order).

BOCELLI Andrea

Carrisi ALBANO

CELENTANO Adriano

CUTUGNO Toto

FERRO Tiziano

MENGONI Marco

PAUSINI Laura

RAMAZZOTTI Eros

Il VOLO

ZUCCHERO Fornaciari

Please make a list by putting at number one the singer you think is best known where you live.

You got it right – the best known. I don’t want you to list who is the best for you, but who is best known.

Of course, even if all of us are fans of IL VOLO, I would like your list to not take into account the affection for our guys, which absolutely does not change, but I would like a truly impartial list.

And now we continue to list what happened to our guys these days.

The tour in Japan is over, and I would say in the best way.

The boys have had great success!

The last concert in Osaka.

From Tokyo, we received this video of Piero singing “Pourquoi Me Réveiller” taken from the opera WERTER, really very good Piero!

I would say that guys are very popular !!

Some shots of the boys between one concert and another.

They even found a store that sold their CDs, what a thrill!!

The tour in Japan was also filed, but there was another official announcement, that of the partial dates of the South American tour.

Many new dates and Mexico and Argentina are still missing.

Well, the next dates will be for Canada and the US, time is approaching!  

Well guys, congratulations on the Japanese tour, concluded beautifully and …… wow, how many new dates, but you never get tired?

 

 

I now turn to you volovers, I wait for many of you to respond by publishing, in addition to comments, the list of the most popular singers, so we can make some nice comparisons.
Thanks for the help: Daniela

 

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INIZIA IL TOUR: YOKOHAMA by Daniela

The tour has started.

Japan, first stop, Yokohama.

The theater that will host IL VOLO is very beautiful.

Everything is ready, last moments in the backstage, sent by our beautiful baritone.

The evening program booklet is also very nice.

The concert will be set to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but there will certainly be variations.

And here is the list of songs that will be performed in the concert.

A really intense program.

It is very similar to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but with some variations.

The following have been introduced:

“QUESTA O QUELLA” taken from IL Rigoletto,

“NOTTE STELLATA” (lately they sing this only in Japan and instead we would like to hear it everywhere),

“LAMENTO DI FEDERICO” from the Arlesiana,

“BE MY LOVE” and “MUSICA CHE RESTA”  from the last CD.

Furthermore “O ‘PAESE D’O SOLE” is sung by all three and not only by Piero and Ignazio.

Unfortunately in Japan, it is not allowed to make video footage while the concert is taking place, therefore there are no videos, only a very short video of the concert already finished with standing ovation, taken by Mrs. Lenora.

And here are the only photos of the concert.

The Japanese are very observant of the rules.

However we can guess that it was a success, and we wish Piero, Ignazio and GIanluca to continue their tour with great success …… and we hope, for us, to be able to see some videos!

The boys continue to be hosted in the various programs, here they are in the UTACON show, where the boys sing a small song in Japanese.

Very nice as usual and always available for photos.

What do you think about the concert program and the new songs included?

It is clear that the program will not be the same here in Italy and also in the US.

I think it’s a very intense program and honestly I’m curious to hear Rigoletto and Arlesiana.

I also think that these guys can do everything, and range from a classic program to a pop with great ease and this is certainly not for everyone.

Well guys are you ready for the next concert ???

Tokyo awaits you !!

Daniela

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START THE TOUR: JAPAN by Daniela

We’ve known it for a long time Japan was on the horizon.

The boys arrived in “the land of the rising sun” and have already had some commitments.

Here they are upon their arrival.

Visit to Sony Music Japan and the announcement of the start of the tour.

The promo link from Sony Music Japan, of “NOTTE STELLATA”.

Short interview in the program Music Station, in Tokyo.

I = In these photos, there are our passions: fashion, football, music.

G = It is also an honor to be close to these great characters, whom we dreamed of meeting as children, and whom we then met.

P = Singing in front of Pope Francis was a great thrill and also in front of a million people and this is the most beautiful selfie of our life.

P = Hi, I’m Piero

I = I am Ignazio

G = and I’m Gianluca

P = and we are IL VOLO.

I = Our favorite song, lately is “Shallow”, by Lady Gaga

P = and Bradley Cooper

G = also has also won the Oscar, is one of the most beautiful songs ever, of the last period.

P + I + G = Goodbye, goodbye.

But here we are at the most important moment of the program, IL VOLO performs “NOTTE STELLATA”.

There are no words, this short video of “Notte Stellata” gives us a sweet execution made by our boys. Superb, even if shortened for program needs.

Magnificent words related to this video by Valeria Bosch:

HOW YOU CAN FALL IN AN “ENCHANTMENT” – A video of just over two minutes, shot in Tokyo, in a television studio: three young and handsome boys with unique voices, already beautiful at the beginning, but now, as that the maturation proceeds, even more penetrating, passionate and sensual, a timeless music, “The swan” by Camille Saint Saens, arranged by Tony Renis (“Notte Stellata”), a skater who designs magical evolutions on the ice. It is possible that all this could cause an enchantment, indeed I would like to say, with the permission of Dante Alighieri, an “enchantment” why does it seem to me that I can capture the state of grace in which I felt immersed ?

The degree of perfection to which these youngsters have arrived in solo interventions, in the fusion of the voices, in the musical harmony, in the understanding between them, I think has no worthy comparison in any other musical group in the world: Gianluca starts with that voice persuasive and velvety that immediately immerses you in a special world, made of dream, love, pure romanticism; Piero then softens his powerful voice to prolong the magic and dilate it so much that you seem to be completely enveloped in it, and Ignazio takes you to the stars, enchants you, fascinates you, forces you to hold your breath, until Gian returns to you with his singing an incomparable sweetness.

Three male voices of a poignant beauty, more and more ductile, ever more melodious, sweet and powerful at the same time, singing the eternal law of love, passion and dream.

Valeria Bosch.

Some shots of “life in Japan”…

Here is the full video of IL VOLO’s stay at the MUSIC STATION show.

Yes, the tour is officially starting.

And then it will be a very long run from Japan to Italy, and then Europe.

In lightning will also come from you and the long wait will be over.

Did you enjoy performing Starry Night?

Daniela

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IL VOLO AND THEIR MOTHERS by Daniela

Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio arrived in Japan, the tour begins and it starts from the east.

At the airport in Japan, they were greeted by fans who kindly waited for a welcome.

Always followed by the inevitable, sweet Barbara, who does not abandon them for a moment.

But there is also another female presence, Mrs. Lenora, Gianluca’s mother, followed her son in this oriental adventure.

And because today is Mother’s Day, let’s talk a little about the mothers of these fantastic boys.

Here they are:

Eleonora, Caterina and Lenora, are three very sweet women, not at all intrusive or obsessive with their famous children.

Surely, at the beginning these women suffered the distance and all the worries, for these children, little more than little boys, distant thousands of kilometers.

At home there were other children, and the presence could not be divided, but the maternal love, that one, could overcome the enormous distances and make itself felt strong and vigorous, always.

For this reason the role of their fathers, associated with that of the extraordinary Barbara, was also fundamental.

Lenora,  Gianluca’s mother.

Caterina,  Ignazio’s mother.

Eleonora, Piero’s mother.

Mamma Eleonora, mother of Piero, has a big problem, she has the phobia of flying, so on tours abroad she didn’t follow her son, except perhaps rare cases.

For this reason we have often seen photos of Lenora and Caterina together, that during the tours of the children, they keep each other company. 

Do you recognize Piero’s gaze in Signora Eleonora’s eyes?

For this reason Eleonora  was not there during the special PBS, when the boys sang and were filmed with their mothers.

Really sweet this video !!

But let’s also see the splendid concert in Taormina, where Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca sang “MAMMA” clutching their mothers warmly.

Fantastic, what adorable kids.

Who wouldn’t want to be in place of those three moms ??

They will be very proud to huddle with their children, in front of all those people.

Really beautiful images, which move us and prove the great love that binds these guys to their mothers.

An interviewer, one day asked the boys, if they considered themselves “mammons” (very close to their mother, often said in the negative sense) and they answered, “What is wrong with loving their mother?” We have to admit this is a sign of a great son’s love.

We owe a great thank you to these women for having raised children with sound principles, with great education and respect. 

A mother’s love goes beyond time and circumstances, and is forever.


Naturally we are all linked to our mothers, certainly is not a party to remind us of them, but it serves to make us linger a little and distract ourselves from the daily life of this frenetic world and send our thoughts, to the one who created us, our mum, wherever she is.

I think of you too, mum, and I know you’re always here with me.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone !!!

Daniela

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IL VOLO ON THE RADIO by Daniela

Today, April 24th, here in Italy, there will be an interview at IL VOLO on radiovision , or rather two, one on radio RTL 102.5 and one on Radio Zeta.

Radio 01

Let’s start with the direct RTL 102.5.

The program is called The Flight, nothing more appropriate !!

Preparations before the live broadcast:

Start the direct, activate the subtitles.

Radio 02

Radio 03

Radio 04

Radio 05

Radio 06

Radio 07

In the musical interludes the boys have fun.

Here Ignazio is giving the time signal, saying that:

“Even in all the remote villages of Sicily, such as Marsala, Ventrischi and Naro (Naro is called by Piero), it is 4:00 pm!” 😂  😂  😂

The interview was pleasant and they let us hear several songs from the new CD and others already well known.

But now it’s time for RADIO ZETA.

Radio 08

Here is the direct, there are no subtitles, so I translate for you.

Speaker = Wonderful boys, “A CHI MI DICE”, Il Volo. It’s 16.05, I welcome Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, the boys from IL VOLO, are here, ladies and gentlemen . 

How are you?

Piero = Well, very well.

Speaker = I remind you 266 of the digital terrestrial channel.

Look there how beautiful you are, we are on radiovision and also on instagram.

Today the listeners are unleashed, there are so many questions, I have chosen some, so soon I will propose them to you.

Ok, guys?

Piero = I like it.

Speaker = We have just heard live this beautiful song “A CHI MI DICE”, so I would immediately salute Tiziano Ferro.

Piero = Hello Tiziano.

Ignazio = Hello Tiziano

Speaker = Tiziano Ferro who wrote this text in Italian, he loves you very much, and so we also talk about your new CD MUSICA, your new album.

Piero = Our new album.

Radio 09

Speaker = I have to ask you something very nice, how exciting is it, to inaugurate your new album here on Barbra Streisand’s birthday?

Piero = Why, is Barbra Streisand’s birthday today?

Speaker = Of course.

Piero = And do you know what happened on April 24th ten years ago?

Speaker = What happened?

Piero = April 24th 2009, Il VOLO, sings together for the first time, “O Sole Mio”! Do you think it’s a case?

Ignazio = I feel like crying! (jokes)

Speaker = You have already figured out what the atmosphere will be this afternoon. Today is the birthday of this great protagonist, of this woman, who brought you with her, for 13 tour dates. There is a beautiful song that reminds her.

Piero = “PEOPLE”

Ignazio = “PEOPLE”, it’s like a tribute to her, anyway. It is one of the songs that impressed us the most when we were on tour with her and we couldn’t not sing it.

Speaker = You have duet with the older ones really, from Andrea Bocelli, to Placido Domingo, to Barbra Streisand, you have participated in a lot of important things in your life, you celebrate 10 years, I would like to know …….. the thing which has not really changed among you, in 10 years, what is it?

Ignazio = Hunger. (laughs)

Certainly the desire to share music, in fact the album is called MUSICA. The desire for music has never passed, also because we live every day of music, and it is the only thing that understands us and that is closer to us than all, music, also because I think there is a music or a song for every mood and for every occasion.

Speaker = How nice …. from MUSICA, let’s go back to the stage of the Ariston, “MUSICA CHE RESTA”  Il Volo. (starts video of “MUSICA CHE RESTA”)

Radio 10

Speaker = Boys, here is Il VOLO, Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca.

Gianluca, are you there? (Gianluca does not speak because he does not have a microphone.)

Gianluca = Yes, here I am.

Someone asks a question.

Speaker = Now we answer him. About this direct instagram, which is becoming more and more lively and interesting …. Ignazio you were very good because you have already quickly remembered the dates of your tour …..

Ignazio = Can I still remember you quickly? (start reading tour dates)

Speaker = Let’s go back to the questions that the fans sent you, we have many questions, I chose two at random.

Erica, asks: Among all your albums, what is the song you like the most?

Piero = Personally, from the last album “VICINISSIMO”.

Speaker = Ignazio?

Ignazio = It’s difficult, I don’t know, it’s like asking a mother who has fifty children, which is your favorite?

Piero = But a mother with fifty children does not exist ….

Speaker = Or anyway a song you are most fond of …. Gianluca?

Gianluca = For me it is “PEOPLE”.

Ignazio = But of this CD? I really like  of this CD, “A CHI MI DICE”.

Radio 11

Speaker = And now this question from Laura: “Will there be surprises, in the lineup, in the next tour?”

Ignazio = Come to the concert and you will see it. Yes, there will be some surprises, we do singles every year and then we also sing in duet, and there will be new singles, new songs ….

Piero = Whoever comes to our concerts, he knows very well, that in every concert, we are instinctive, we don’t create a lineup, speeches are always improvised, so every concert is always a surprise. (you can hear the first notes of “Grande Amore” and Piero asks if he can introduce the song): “Gentlemen, you are listening to ‘Grande Amore’”.

Speaker = They are indomitable, Il Volo here, we are with the IL VOLO guys, it’s 4:17 pm, Gianluca put you in the center so you have the microphone all for you and we can finally chat with Gianluca too.

Gianluca = Here I am, I’m there too.

Speaker = So, MUSICA, an album that really represents you well, because all your musical tastes are represented, and then with this cooler pop sound, thanks to Michele Canova, what was it like working with Michele?

Gianluca = Michele certainly gave a more contemporary touch to our vocals and sounds, even if then, it is clear, that maintaining our classicism all over the world, is what wins, because it is what they appreciate of Italy and of the Italian spirit. A bit like Bocelli, these great singers who take Italian music around the world, is the elegance of Italianness that makes us special, especially abroad. But it is clear, that sometimes, daring, doing experiments is not always good.

Speaker = About “bel canto”, highly appreciated all over the world, our Italy, in this CD there are great tributes, There is a Tribute to Sergio Endrigo, “LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI” ….. there is “LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”, a great tribute to Paolo Limiti …….. now I ask you the question ….. are there any songs that you have sung and that cause you emotion? I have your own song that moves me a lot and then I tell you.

Gianluca = Of our repertoire, surely the tribute to Charlie Chaplin: “SMILE”.

But in this CD, I am very excited, apart from the unpublished works that are beautiful, “PEOPLE”, moves me a lot.

Piero = There is a song that I really care about a lot, which is “LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”. It excites me so much, because every time we sing it, I think back to my 12/13 years, before getting to know them, because the three of us before we met, took part in regional festivals, and I always sang “LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”.

Speaker = Wonderful. Great tribute to Paolo Limiti (writer of the song).

Ignazio, meanwhile, think about it and then you will also tell me your song that excites you the most, now we announce the unpublished “VICINISSIMO”.

Il Volo, “VICINISSIMO”, from MUSICA, released on February 22nd, we are presenting it to Radio Zeta, we are with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

Ignazio, then tell me the song you are most attached to. Gianluca said his, Piero said his, now tell me yours.

Radio 12

Ignazio = Honestly, I don’t know …. “A CHI MI DICE”. But instead, of you to us our song that moves you the most.

Speaker = Mine is “CANZONE PER TE”. by Sergio Endrigo and Roberto Carlos (authors). 

So, in May you leave for Japan, how long will you stay in Japan?

Ignazio = Two weeks.

Piero = We return on May 23rd.

Speaker = Then officially start with the tour on June 16th from the “capital of culture” Matera, officially opens the celebrations with the IL VOLO concert. Then chase IL VOLO, on June 16th they will be in Matera, then there will be many other dates ….. until September 24th.

Ignazio = Go and read, on ILVOLOMUSIC.COM

Speaker = On your social pages, then, there is everything. There are also some beautiful images that tell of you.

Ignazio = There are also photos of Piero, naked, if you want you can go and see.

Piero= There is also a fanclub, you need to know that we care so much about the fanclub, it’s like entering a house full of friends, people who share the same passion. Our fanclub is like our second family. We always do something with them, for example, we shot the video of the last single, “A CHI MI DICE”, which will be released in a few weeks, and we called three girls who assisted the video …..

Ignazio = It’s not like we called them personally, they won a kind of contest

Piero = Yes, they won a contest, and so they took part in the video shoot.

Speaker = How nice. So they are 100% protagonists and live with you this adventure.

Ignazio = We had lunch together, ate ice cream together …..

Speaker = A quick question, who answers me? What did you try to sing in front of Pope Francis?

Piero = It was an emotion that cannot be explained, but the nice thing about a group is that you have two people next to you who are feeling your own emotions, and that moment was a magical moment, personally I am very Catholic, and then to find myself in front of the Madonna of Fatima, Pope Francis, a million people who were listening …

Ignazio = next to me ….

Piero = Him beside ….. imagine !!

Speaker = Guys, I am happy to have had you here, I leave you the latter seconds to say hello to you from Radio Zeta.

Piero = Friends of Radio Zeta, we are IL VOLO.

Ignazio = We want to send a big greeting to all our friends starting from A to ZETA

Gianluca = From the ZETA to the A, a hug to everyone and thanks for having listened to us.

Piero = See you on tour and don’t miss MUSICA.

Speaker = Thanks to IL VOLO, Grazie mille!

Radio 13

In the Radio Zeta backstage, the boys answered this question:

“How do you expect to be in 20 years?”

Piero = In twenty years we will be … him without hair (Gianluca), I without a beard and he without a belly (Ignazio)

Ignazio = Maybe !!!

Gianluca = Famous.

Ignazio = Under a sofa.

Piero = With a potato chip …

Ignazio = But what a potato chip ???

Piero = With a girl !!!

Ignazio = But you said potato chip …..

Radio 14

Well, even this radio adventure ended, as always the guys tried to be fun.

Their interviews were interspersed with many of their videos and songs, not just the latest album.

I must say that it was nice to see the videos of “GRANDE AMORE”, “L’AMORE SI MUOVE” and “PER TE CI SARÒ”.

On April 25th, in Italy it is a national holiday- Italy’s Liberation Day (Festa della liberazione), but on Friday the 26th there is already a new adventure for you, the tireless Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

Daniela

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