This post is dedicated to all those who have not followed IL VOLO from the beginning (including me), but certainly will be a welcome review for those, however, followed Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca since 2009.
Mamma Mia!!! They were really small, almost do not know each other, how much sweetness, three children.
In this video we are in December 2010, a Sunday television program called “Domenica In”.
I had never really seen this, a participation in the PEQUENOS GIGANTES program, in Mexico.
Really sweet with these little children.
Same year 2011 but Italy, still guests at “DOMENICA IN”, tribute to Ennio Morricone.
Year 2012, our little treasures, are growing, notable transformation of Ignazio.
Here they are in Pietralcina, at the charity event UNA VOCE PER PADRE PIO.
Same year 2012 still a charity event, this time in France: TELETHON.
Year 2013, for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Year 2014 in Moscow, in concert with Toto Cutugno.
Same year 2014 Arena di Verona, in duet with Anastacia.
We have reached the year 2015, Sanremo and the victory, and immediately after the Italian tour. This video was filmed in Naples during the rehearsals of the concert in Piazza Plebiscito. Impressive to see the people present at the rehearsals and who will remain until evening under a scorching sun.
The boys almost can not try, but the affection of the public is really beautiful,an incredible chorus of voices.
Of course they have come a long way in singing, in life and in our hearts!
Credit to all owners of videos and photos.
A few days ago, Victoria Wilson in a comment to a post asked this question:
“What have the boys filled in your life?”
Then I read this comment by a friend that answered to a person who is not fans of IL VOLO.
In this commentary, perhaps we find the reason of so much affection towards Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
What is your thought?
The musical tastes are the most disparate and often incompatible with each other. But fortunately in the music world, there is room for everyone. What I do not understand, however, is how they may not like it, as people. They are three good looking young men, without visible piercings and tattoos, always correctly dressed for their public and already this today is a rare commodity. Apart from the outward appearance, they are polite, helpful and friendly, not only with the fans, but with anyone, as if they were any kind of boys, and not world famous stars .. Last but not least, they are bearers of values super-positive, love for Italy and our language that, thanks to them, has awakened to the four corners of the world, and for their homeland, family affections, tenderness towards the little ones, the affectionate concern for the less fortunate. If you know them ….. you can not avoid them! Indeed, you endure their charm that has been called a soft drug … that is addictive. The young women would like them as boyfriends or husbands, the others as brothers, children grandchildren.I am a kind of …. animals in extinction, especially in the entertainment world, to be protected. And all this regardless of their undeniable talent. This is to understand why we, who know them, have a family relationship, visceral with them. It is not the hysteria of a group of untamed females, but it is a Big Love aware of balanced people, of good culture, that of singers have known many without having ever tried anything like that.
Credit to owner of photos.
Though You Are Grown
I remember years ago,
you were so young then.
I can’t help but wish,
that you were small again.
I’ve ached when you’ve faced heartaches,
and saw, that as you grew,
nothing broke your Spirit,
instead it strengthened you.
I’m filled with mixed emotions,
as I hold back all the tears
and, with much pride remember,
back so many years.
When I first saw you
if only I’d have known,
the years would feel like moments,
after you had grown.
You aren’t a child,
though in my eyes,
I guess you’ll always be,
that young boy who changed my life,
and means the world to me.
I stumbled across this touching poem that made me think of watching Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca growing up before our very eyes, and of us, their devoted fans. So many of us have said how finding Il Volo has changed our lives for the better. Deepening our love of bel canto, discovering new friendships, traveling adventures to concerts and for some, to their beautiful Italy, and being witness to three genuine young men who are making the world a better place just by being themselves, have been but a few of the joys these boys have given us.
I wish someone had documented on film little Gianluca standing in the town square singing at the age of 3. Or the first time Piero’s Nonno heard him sing and asked who that was? Or Ignazio banging away on his drums in his bedroom at a tender young age.
I love going back and looking at footage of our boys at young ages as their talents were beginning to be recognized. Daniela sent me this first video of Ignazio , back in 2007, performing at Marsala Impero Theater in a re-adaptation of Gen Rosso’s musical, STREETLIGHT. I found the second video filmed during the same performance. Ignazio knew his way around the spot light way back then. This boy was meant to be on a stage!
The next video is of Piero singing with Nonno Pietro in what looks like the town piazza. Note how Piero is directing the children’s choir right behind him. How adorable!
And finally we have Gianluca with his younger version of Il Mare Calmo Della Sera. His voice was so strong and powerful way back then. Note the sweet quick smile he breaks into when the audience applauds. I remember in an interview with his parents they stated he was so shy when he was young, he would look upwards the entire song or turn and face the wall, so as not to have to look at people while he sang. Here he actually sneaks a few glances at the camera.
Yes, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio…you will always be…the young boys who changed our lives and mean the world to us.
Credit to all owners of videos.
Poem author: Cynthia A. Sieving