(No offense Annie, but if I had a Granddaughter that looked like that I wouldn’t take her with me to meetthe Boys! Look at Gianluca. He knows what I’m talkin’ about. ~Marie)
(Ahh, that’s better. Just Annie and the Guys. What Gianluca? Lose something? ~Marie)
I just wanted to share my experience at the concert in Toronto on June 24, 2014. I went to the concert with my Daughter and Granddaughter, which I thought was great for all of us to enjoy the same kind of music. I had seen them last year at Molson Amphitheatre and didn’t see them as close as I would have liked, so when I found out they were coming to Toronto this year, I was determined not only to get good seats, but to do the meet and greet as well. My Daughter and Granddaughter agreed. I was not disappointed! The concert was great and we had good seats. At one point when we came back from the rest room, they were down off the stage and we almost bumped into them, when they saw my Granddaughter the did a double take, I think they thought she was cute and at that point I think I was invisible to them.
After we got to our seats, one of them ( I think Piero) yelled out, “I bet you just came back from the washroom“, of course we had, but we just waved our T shirts in the air and said that we were out there buying them, but we had a good laugh about it. Afterwards at the meet and greet when it was our turn Gianluca was holding his arms wide open for a hug, but it was not for me, but my Granddaughter and I felt a little foolish. Anyway we got autographs and pictures taken and hugs, it went by so fast I thought maybe I dreamed it all. What an experience I’ll never forget it and hope to be able to do it again. ( I saw a picture posted ATIV of Ignazio giving Piero a wallet for his Birthday and they were standing outside Luis Vuitton store which an area I’m in often and only wish I had been there then.) I hope this hasn’t been too long. I just felt I had so much to say.
Here’s Joanie to tell us about her experience meeting The Guys on June 14. It sounds really cute. 🙂
First of all thank you to all you beautiful people on this site for always understanding my Il Volo passion !! Nobody else does !! Of course that’s why we’re here for each other !! So here goes my story. I hope I don’t bore you to death !! My 3rd row seats in this relatively small theater were so close. Perfect !! The show was magical and the guys voices were flawless and magnificent as usual. I wished it would never end.
I met Barbara and wished her a Happy Birthday. We had a lovely chat and I said how wonderful it is that she and the guys love each other so much and she said they are family. So sweet. I also saw Anna. Now it was my turn to meet my gorgeous sweeties.
After hugging and kissing Ignazio I said can I jump up and down like your teenage fans? Then I jumped up and down and they jumped with me !! They are so adorable !! I hope they read the cards I gave them because the serious stuff I didn’t get to say I said in the cards. In fact,I was so excited that it all seems like a dream now ! I want a do over !!
Lots of kidding around,laughing and interaction !! They were so much fun. !! I hugged and kissed Piero and wished him a Happy Birthday( I thought I would melt into a puddle when they all hugged and kissed me too !!) Then onto my darling Gianluca. I had been dreaming about a big hug and cheek kiss from him and that’s just what I got !! He is so sweet and a really good hugger !! Heavenly !!
Now we took the group photo but afterwards I forgot to get the program signed so I ran back and GG signed really fast-then threw the pen in the air to Piero who threw it fast to Ignazio !! Very funny !! An amazing experience. I can’t wait to repeat it next year because I love them all more than ever now and miss them so much already. The End !!
Concert season is finally upon us—Yay! I love seeing all the excitement and camaraderie as you make your plans to attend concerts in your areas. It’s what this website is about: sharing the love of life, friends and Il Volo. 😀
But, this time has also brought up lots of questions for everyone, and going through e-mails and reading the comments here have brought out a few trends that we’ve decided to try to tackle for you—a “How To” of concert going if you will. Hopefully, we can answer some of the most common questions in a way that is helpful for you.
Are there any exceptions to set rules/requirements re: buying tickets and Meet and Greet Passes?
Here, I have to refer you back to our post, “When it Comes to Tickets.” We are flattered that you have so much faith and trust in us and the information that we can provide, but there are some things that we can’t figure out either. What we can say is that from everything we’ve seen this year, it’s been a little bit haphazard in the way that things are handled. It seems like each venue is doing something a little different than another, and information as to how that has been decided or even where to find it has not been forthcoming.
Our best advise: call the venue of your choice and try to find out the information directly. If that doesn’t work well, public sales of tickets will be starting soon, and following Ticketmaster’s website will give you an idea when that is. Also check http://tix.concertmaps.com/ilvolo/ for requirements for Meet and Greet passes. It is a guess that PBS seemed to get first dibs on those, and their requirements and pricing levels are different as they try to raise money for their respective stations. Requirements tend to change for commercial buyers.
And continue to use each other for tips and information. Word of mouth from someone that’s been here and done this is the best way to navigate the uncharted territory.
I would like to meet up with other members of the crew and maybe share travel expenses. Is there a way that you can help facilitate that?
Honestly, we’ve gotten this suggestion more than once, and we can see the appeal of that. It is very appealing to be able to share the experience of an Il Volo concert with fellow Il Volo lovers who “get it” and not just people who are tolerating us good-naturedly, and if they can help off-set the expense, that’s even better. Oh yeah; we get it.
But in this online age, we have to consider the safety of such a proposition. In addition, we live in a very litigious society, so we have to consider the legal ramifications for us as a website if we actively endorsed and facilitated such ventures and things didn’t work out. When coupled together, we feel that the risk is too great for us as a website and individually as officers to set aside space here and to help facilitate partnerships between readers for this purpose.
If you still feel like this is a situation that you would like to try, that is a decision that you can certainly make for yourself. We have a different group of readers here than the average website, I know, but there are a few things I would like to caution you regarding if you choose to meet up with an online friend. This list is based solely on my personal experience and from hearing the experiences of friends who have met up with other online friends for trips, and is not meant to be exhaustive or to take the place of good sense and your own judgement regarding your safety.
1.) Get to know each other a little bit before meeting up. I know it seems like we’re one big happy family while we’re here on the website, but we are functioning in an online capacity, and that person with whom you have good chats here might not make a good roommate. Trust me; I found that out the hard way. Whether it be email, phone calls or something like Skype, use the modality you feel most comfortable using to take some time to get to know the other person outside of Il Volo.
Do they snore? Do they like to get up early and turn on all the lights and disrupt your sleep early in the morning? Maybe take 2 hours to get ready? A 30 minute shower? Do you have anything else in common? I know some of those sound funny, but they were things it would’ve been good for me to know about my roommate ahead of time. Basically, ask all the questions you need to ask of each other to feel safe and comfortable.
2.) Make all decisions together and get everything in writing. Email is key for my friends and I when we make plans. We discuss what the plan will be; who is responsible for which aspects of the trip; how it’s going to be paid for; when the deadlines for payments are; if we all like the same hotel; if everyone is comfortable with the costs and prices being proposed—anything and everything related to making the needed arrangements. Once all the plans are agreed upon, and the services are paid for and confirmed, everyone gets a copy of the confirmations as proof of the reservations and the final costs. And we save all of those e-mails to protect ourselves and–in my case–for information for my mother as well. It gives her great peace of mind to know where I’m going, who I’m going with, when I’m supposed to get there and how to get a hold of me if no one can get in touch with me on my cell phone.
3.) Be clear about money. We all know how money can mess up a good thing, so as uncomfortable as it is too talk about, make sure there are no questions from anyone going in. My friends and I like to pay for things up front versus waiting to exchange cash/checks/money orders later, but protecting banking information is very important online. We like to use Paypal for monetary transactions, as they serve as a “middle man” so that no banking information has to be exchanged between parties.
4.) Listen to your gut. Like I said, I know we have a very level-headed group of people here, so I’m sure this point is a given, but it bears saying anyway. If at any point, something inside you says, “This isn’t safe,” or “I’m not comfortable with this,” run with it.
OK. One more item…
We need a badge or a name tag so we know when we’re meeting another member of the crew.
Well, you guys are in luck! We heard you, and Marie designed a badge that we are offering for free just in time for this year’s concerts. Look for “Flight Crew Badge” on the left side of your screen.
Has this been helpful? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂
EDIT: JUST RECEIVED THIS EMAIL FROM ILVOLOMUSIC.COM!! Thank you, Michelle, for sharing it!
Il Volo will be touring the United States and Canada during the month of June! As an Il Volo subscriber, you have the opportunity to be the first to find out about pre-sale tickets and Meet & Greet Packages for Il Volo’s upcoming shows!
For the dates listed below VIP Meet & Greet Packages will be available to you before tickets go on sale to the public here: