As promised, I am posting more reviews of the concerts. They are shorter than Leena’s and so I thought I’d put them together in one post.
The first review was sent to us by email, the others that follow, are comments to the concerts and perhaps not all of you have read them.
Everything that has been written reflects exactly our feelings towards Il Volo, therefore reading these beautiful words makes us relive special moments of lived concerts.
Happy reading, I await your comments : Daniela 🤗
Let’s start with the Clearwater concert review sent to us by Judi Edwards.
Ciao Daniela & Pat,
Another wonderful concert for our guys, and the full-house audience with some Latinos and Italians in attendance was extremely enthusiastic and appreciative—with partial to full standing ovations on most of the songs. My sister and I had fantastic seats – 3rd row, but with no one in front of us—a few steps and we could have grabbed a foot or two! Slightly different repertoire, with Here’s To You and Nella Fantasia replaced by El Reloj, Historia de Un Amor and El Triste, pleasing the Latinos—and me too. I was so happy also to hear Would She Even Know My Name as well—so beautiful! Plus I have to mention the excellent orchestra of about 30 musicians. Ignazio was his usual lively self, and at one point, when he was introducing My Way and wanting to sound like a boxing match announcer, he dropped to the floor when the other guys surprised him with a mic coming down from the ceiling (flies). I had my first Meet and Greet (this is my second concert) and it was a thrill, but there were estimated to be over 100 of us—obviously there are a lot of serious fans of our guys! I hope you like the photos from my sister Kathi–sorry we were too busy soaking up the glorious performance to take videos.
Toronto concert, review from Dolores.
I’m 90 yr. old, this was the third time I’ve seen them, twice at their earliest shows in Canada and then on September 7th in Toronto. My step-daughter and I took the train to Toronto from outside of Ottawa, and got a hotel room close to Meridian Hall. We had seats in the 7th row, with me sitting in an aisle seat.
When Ignazio came down the aisle he sat on the knee of the woman directly behind me, so I got an exceptional view of that wonderful guy and heard his voice like you wouldn’t on a CD!! The whole concert was unbelievable and the Meet and Greet afterwards was super. I told Gianluca and Ignazio it was my 90th birthday present to ME!! Got Piero to sign a CD insert for my good friend, Roz from the UK, who I’ve been writing to since January (meeting through your Flight Crew columns)..
This was an experience I will remember if I live to be 100 yrs. old. and, hopefully, I’ll get to go to another concert before I check out of this world!!
Hugs to you all!
Phoenix concert, review from Martha Lukaszewski
Daniela and Pat, Thank you both for your joint efforts in bringing us all the spectacular highlights of the US tour. I saw the Phoenix concert and I witnessed their growth and maturity as artists and performers.
As a group, superb harmony. As solo performers and
in duets, they have reached new levels. Piero’s voice has matured and the audience was in awe. Gianluca’s “If I can Dream” was an emotional ride with a physicality, that showed a confidence in movement. As a soloist and in the duets, Ignazio shines. But as the “Ringleader of Merriment”
he is an original. The contrast from 2 years ago allowed the time to grow, and mature as men.
We are all in awe. We are here for them for years to come.
Grateful : Martha
Maryann Schlessinger wrote this nice thought:
Only heard them for the first time about 1 year ago, but I was hooked immediately! I need to have my IL Volo fixed every day, so I have many of their songs on my playlist. Saw them in concert recently and they were just wonderful. They are so talented, so beautiful, so generous, so humble, so filled with love & joy that it comes through in all their songs. I am so glad to have found them & will love them forever.
…… and to her, replied Jil Shaw
Maryann Schlessinger you sound just like me. Heard the guys first last year – instantly obsessed with their beautiful voices. I saw them in Melbourne – have all their CDs and listen every single day. Don’t know what it is about Il Volo that is so special but there is something unique – in their voices, their affection for one another, their sense of fun on stage and I am just so glad I found them!!!!!!
Credit to owners of all photos.
And after 11 years from the first promotion, Il Volo returns to Australia, but this time for three concerts.
The Australian audience has been waiting for many years to be able to attend concerts there in Australia, and now, after a long wait, is satisfied, because there are three concerts : one in Melbourne, one in Adelaide and one in Sydney.
But as usual, let’s go in order.
First of all, let’s take a dip in the past, when 11 years ago Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, really children, came to Australia.
Here they are guests at the Morning Show.
How sweet to see these old videos, and to reconfirm how much skill there was already in Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
And here is a promotional video made by John St. Peters, an Australian singer and presenter who recommends not to miss the Il Volo concert in Australia.
So, after having done the beautiful concert in Los Angeles on October 15, the boys immediately left for Australia, a long plane ride awaited them, 15 hours of travel plus the long check in and arrival and a difference of 18 hours more time than in Los Angeles, and a concert to do in Melbourne on the 18th, really amazing how they could do all this, but they did !!!
October 18: MELBOURNE
Let’s say right away that the lineup of songs has changed, many songs have been removed and others from their repertoire have been added.
The audience greets them with a great roar, here they are!
A beautiful collage
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
TORNA A SURRIENTO with irresistible Ignazio
After the concert, IL Volo released this thank you video.
Our First Tour in Australia 🇦🇺 and we started last night in Melbourne with a sold out show. Amazing audience!👏
Next Stops – Adelaide – Sydney
October 20, ADELAIDE
HALLELUJAH (final) and LA DONNA È MOBILE
MY WAY you will laugh with Piero, and HALLELUJAH
At the end of the song after the applause, a fan calls Gianluca, from the seats above, and Gianluca answers, everyone laughs.
The fan says in Italian that she has been following them since they were little. Gianluca thanks everyone because they have been following them for so long, thanks for the support and love even from so far away and says they will try to come to Australia more often, people respond with a roar of agreement.
(the rest of the speech is in English)
In Adelaide, Il Volo was also greeted by Radio Italia 1, an Italian broadcaster that broadcasts from Adelaide.
Wonderful to have Il Volo in Adelaide.
Congratulations to Frank Scali for bringing them to Australia. And to Radio Italia Uno
President Dino Musolino for helping bring this extraordinary trio to Adelaide.
We do not miss out this time.
In Adelaide there is also RADIO ITALIANA 531, which followed and broadcast part of the concert on the radio.
In the afternoon Il Volo was interviewed by Radio Italiana 531, a nice and friendly interview, a chat between friends talking about football, cooking, about the beginnings of Il Volo. Radio Italiana 531 also asked Piero Ignazio and Gianluca if they are aware of how much love there is for them in Australia!
But here are the words of Radio Italiana 531:
“Stefano and Marco, interviewed the band Il Volo on the day of their concert in Adelaide at Thebarton Theater, on the occasion of their World Tour.
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca opened up and made themselves known better, between official promotional moments and fun and authentic moments.
We had a great time with Il Volo. 💗”
Here is a nice video taken during the interview.
And then in Adelaide, there are things that happen and are good for the heart, things like these that Marisa Borrillo tells us:
“Sometimes you have to believe that anything is possible! 🙏 We are so happy to have received backstage access for the opportunity to make Carlo’s longtime dream a reality!
Our sincere gratitude goes to “Loretta” who made it possible!
Thank you LORI 💗 and the guys 💗 for taking a moment of their time to make Carlo happy 🙏💘
🎼 IL VOLO … 🎼..you’re VERY GOOD …. you are AMAZING !!! 👏 ❤
Before the Sydney concert, Il Volo was intervened in the TV program: TODAY EXTRA, here is the interview.
And it is already time for the last concert on Australian soil.
October 24: SYDNEY
The Australian tour ends this evening.
This concert also had to reserve some surprises, and so it was.
The very warm audience laughed a lot this evening.
ECSTASY OF GOLD
WOULD HE EVEN KNOW ME NOW
QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA
LIBIAM DE LIETI CALICI
Ignazio unleashed, in this last concert, as you can see from these small videos.
This is the reason for Ignazio’s laughter, he read the sign held by this woman!
And here is the surprise of the evening, SMILE will sing in four, with the participation of the good singer NAOMI PRICE.
And here are the words of Naomi Price:
“What an honour to sing with Il Volo as they closed their first ever Australia tour last night. Three elite voices at the top of their game, but more importantly kind and generous men who welcomed me with open arms.
Thank you Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca ✨”
Like all good things, everything has a beginning and an end.
Gianluca thanks with these beautiful words:
“@ gianginoble11 Canada, the United States and Australia.
Thanks for your love. We had a great time together. Soon!
After so many successes, it’s time to go home.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will soon return to Italy, a week of rest, but then, immediately to work, there are good projects to prepare, and many surprises for the fans and even three concerts in Italy, before the end of the year.
Get all ready, because these guys will surprise us a lot !!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
Come in and share the love of life, friends and Il Volo!