Crew, I do not know which way to start telling my day.
I just came back from Milan, where there was the instore for the presentation of the new CD, MUSICA.
My feet are broken, and I’m very tired, but I want to fix immediately, the emotions that have marked the day.
I had already decided to go to Milan on Friday, but on Thursday, I received a letter from the official fan club, which warned me that I had been drawn, to take part in the mini-live that would take place a couple of hours before the instore.
Here I am with, in my hand, my copy of MUSICA, the new CD.
Waiting for the mini-live.
What about the Duomo behind me? Always beautiful to see!
After a couple of hours they call us for the mini-live. After going through the check of documents, here we are all lined up in the corridor, waiting.
We will spend more than an hour in the corridor, with an incredible heat, because it was a beautiful spring day.
Meanwhile, we fans talk, and who should I see but Veronica. She bought tickets for Jana, for the Verona Arena.
Veronica sends you her greetings, Jana !!
Really nice, Veronica!
And finally they let us in and tell us to sit on the ground ….. is not the best of the comfort, but they explain that they can stand up only at the bottom, otherwise nobody can see before.
Ok, I sit on the ground …. what we would not do for these guys !!! 😜
We are 150 people admitted to the mini live.
The director of Radio Subasio comes and begins to present the event.
He says that during the week in Sanremo he was able to know Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca well and he says they are really special people (we already knew that) and he says that Radio Subasio will always play the music of IL VOLO.
Begin, the notes of, “MUSICA CHE RESTA” …
But now here they are ……. IL VOLO….. Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca !!!
Did you manage to see me in the video?
They are really beautiful and funny, they sing and we all sing with them. This is a video of mine and of course what you hear is my voice!!
And here’s another video, of the same time, we were all singing. There was a very relaxed atmosphere.
My legs hurt so much to stay in that position, but it did not matter!!
Gianluca also made a video!
A small interview follows from the director of Radio Subasio:
RS = In this CD there is music present and also of the past.
G = Yes, it is a slightly different album from the others we did in the past, because however there are more contemporary sounds, the choice of songs, also, but without abandoning the classic, such as “Be My Love” sung by Mario Lanza, but also by all the greatest tenors.
This represents a new beginning, a new path, which will lead us to have “a new face”, we sing with what are our true voices, our musical styles, which are different. It represents us 100%.
RS = Are you a little more pop, compared to the past, is it true Piero?
P= We have undertaken this collaboration with Michele Canova, we are fans of Mengoni, Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, and Canova has produced all the albums of these great artists and we have decided to collaborate with him and I must tell you that we are very satisfied and surprised of the work he did.
RS = Well, Ignazio, in the meantime, congratulations.
Congratulations because of you, this week, there was the image of you give a caress on the cheek to Mahmood (applause).
A gesture of great class, “chapeau” to Il Volo but above all to Ignazio, because this is the thing that remains of this Sanremo, as you have accepted this result.
P = The most famous profile of Italy (that of Ignazio)
RS = Proving that it is absolutely not true that they did not like the result, and that they are envious …. the envious one is another (Ultimo).
I = There is a whole story behind that caress. Because behind the scenes, while we finalists were waiting, Mahmood was sad and I asked him:
“Excuse me, because your face is so sad, you are living a beautiful experience, we are in Sanremo” and he said, “The microphone did not open when the song started.” I told him, “What are you saying, you have a good song, you’re good, you’re among the first, you have to be happy and not sad.”
So when they said he was the winner I went to him and whispered to him, “What did I tell you?”
RS = So, you won the festival 4 years ago, in 2015, this year you came back, because you had to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, and you showed that, despite having won a Sanremo, and after having participated as super-guests, you are back in the race.
G = Because you do not have to live Sanremo only with the spirit of competition, certainly it was a courageous choice, but from guests to competitors, should not be understood as a step back, it was our choice, we did it for you fans, that you’ve been waiting for us for a long time. (applause)
It’s nice to be able to live Sanremo and sing for four nights in a row, even for you who have followed us, and voted.
RS = Yes, voted, because IL VOLO on Friday evening are splashed at the televoting. What did I tell you? Televoting !!
P = Now, girls, we know that in Sanremo you have voted so much, now give your banking code to Ignazio, who will think about making the wire transfers to you.
I = Besides giving them to Mahmood, I give them money too !! (laughs)
RS = It is nice to feel the warmth and the affection of your audience, now they have bought the cd and then they will come to see you on tour in concert.
P = One important thing, I read that you ask for dates in Sicily, in other places ….. in a few days, we will publish many other dates, now we have announced 7/8, there will be many.
I = It will be a summer tour.
RS = Long
I = It will be a summer tour and then there will be other surprises, indoors (indoor concerts).
RS = Let’s say that they are back in Italy and do not leave us, they want to be heard and sing live. We listen to another song, because we have to get ready for the tour, for the concerts, from today the new album is out, we need to learn the new songs, like “VICINISSIMO”.
I= We decide, “A CHI MI DICE” or “VICINISSIMO”
G = “A CHI MI DICE” because they already know it.
I = Let’s say to “A CHI MI DICE” and then we end up with “VICINISSIMO”.
RS = “A CHI MI DICE” in the version of IL VOLO is the track number 4. This song was brought to success by the BLUE and was written by Tiziano Ferro.
After the song, the director of Radio Subasio, asks if there are any questions, no one raises his hand.
Only a 10 year old girl, name’s Chiara, close to me, asks to speak.
Chiara tells the boys, that they are very beautiful and that she feels Gianluca as a brother!!
Here is the short video.
The boys are very relaxed, Gianluca is the most elegant, with light trousers and gray jacket, Piero has a grey turtleneck sweater and black trousers but wearing fluorescent yellow sneakers, very showy, and at some point asks the fans if his shoes are beautiful.
Ignazio wears a flannel trousers and a simple mustard-colored sweater, he looks a lot thinner in person and all three are really young, young men.
The director of Radio Subasio, still asks if anyone wants to ask questions.
A boy takes courage and says that he follows IL VOLO since they won Sanremo and he likes them a lot.
A woman says they are very good and would like their greetings, for her 86-year-old mother.
Another boy says that thanks to IL VOLO he has established many true friendships.
In short, no real question, and then I make a sign, I have a question, or rather two.
They give me the microphone and they tell me to stand up. My legs are numb for the position on my knees, but I get up, too bad that there is no video of my intervention ….
Me = I’m Daniela and I’m from Brescia. First of all, congratulations for Sanremo, you were really great.
In the fourth evening, that of the duets, you did a wonderful duet with Alessandro Quarta, do you think that, in any of your concerts, we will see the participation of Alessandro Quarta?
G = We cannot say anything but there is the idea.
P = It’s possible, let’s see.
I = First of all we must say that with Alessandro we have a good friendship and then everything is possible.
Me = I have another question, the American fans . . . I have been advised to tell you that when you go to do concerts in the USA, they would like a less classic program, because at the end of the concert they would like to stand up and sing and dance like Italian fans.
G= Now our program will be this, it is no longer Notte Magica.
I= Of course, the program that we will bring will be that of the CD …..
Me = … yes, but when you talk of concert on American soil you say you will do a more classic program.
I = ….. but if you let me finish (everyone laughs), I was saying that before we were bound by Notte Magica, but now we’ll bring more pop there too.
Me = Thank you.
I must say that I was not at all troubled to talk on the microphone and in front of everyone, in fact, I felt in the family.
I took the opportunity to talk about the American concerts, because then during the signature-copies, they stop for a few minutes.
After the series of questions, ended with my speech, they asked to pose for the final group photo and then we had to get out and queue for signature-copies.
These are the last shots I took before going down.
There were fans waiting to sign-copies, so we had to get off.
In a short time it became dark.
We who were at mini-live had precedence, so we all started waiting for our turn.
We were on the second floor, for the mini-live, about two hours of which one of waiting and one of mini-live.
I arrived in Milan by train, accompanied by my husband, but he was not admitted to the mini-live, so he had to wait outside …. what a treasure! When I got out, he said the voices were heard downstairs, so he figured out that I was talking at the microphone.
And here are some photos, while we are in the queue and we approach the boys.
Finally our turn has arrived, and here is our official photo – me and Beppe and IL VOLO.
I was able to make a few words with the boys to whom I brought your greetings, they signed the CD and also the book UN’AVVENTURA STRORDINARIA that I had brought with me.
I gave two kisses to each of them.
A few moments and it was all over.
Outside the library, there were Torpedine and Barbara Vitali sitting outside a bar talking to a couple of friends. I wanted to stop and talk to them, but I did not want to be inappropriate.
And so we headed to the train station, about 3 km to do on foot, as we had already done on arrival, under a hot sun.
We arrived at the station, everywhere there were great videos that projected the event of IL VOLO.
Finally on the return train, I was able to rethink that frantic afternoon.
It was worth it.
I was finally holding my new CD and I was so close to the boys.
They are really simple and genuine.
I hope this CD will lead to their sales success, which is really deserved.
For info on the Panama youth day vigil tonight 6:30p Panama time and Mass tomorrow, scroll all the way to the end.
Yesterday on the official page of IL VOLO was published this beautiful message from our boys:
Hi #ilvolovers! We are almost ready! We promised you a 2019 full of surprises and start immediately!
On February 22nd our new album “Musica” will be released, and shortly we will communicate in the stories the link to the PRE ORDER AVAILABLE FROM TODAY on Amazon.
We are leaving for Panama, tomorrow we will sing for the Pope, the emotion is great and in these days we can not think of anything else, but as you know, we are preparing for another important event … Sanremo festival and we can not wait to present the single “Musica che resta” on the stage of the Ariston!
You are ready?
Yes, you got it right, the new CD, the CD of pop-lyric music, will be released on February 22nd. In it, is the new song that will be presented at Sanremo MUSICA CHE RESTA will also be contained.
For now you can pre-order on Amazon.
This will be a month full of events, the Sanremo Festival is getting closer and closer.
Meanwhile, the cities of our boys begin to encourage.
I LOVE NARO the city of the baroque, has published this post:
“It would be nice that all the Narese would share this post in the Facebook profile since our fellow citizen Piero Barone brings ever higher our beloved city of Naro.
Musica Che Resta is a song by Il Volo.
It is the song with which they participate in Sanremo 2019.
For the trio this is the second time on the stage of the Ariston, after the victory of Sanremo 2015 with Grande Amore.
The song speaks of a love and the strength it gives to move forward:
“Love hug me, I want to protect you, we are the sun on a rainy day, tonight hold me, kiss my soul, we are true music that remains.”
The text of Musica Che Resta was written, among others, by a great name of Italian rock music: Gianna Nannini.”
This is the beautiful banner hanging above the bar in the middle of the square of Montepagano !! The inhabitants of Gianluca are really nice.
Also this event was published: Tuesday, January 29 press conference of IL VOLO where they will exhibit their projects for the year 2019 and 2020 ……….. surely they also talk about the tour !!!!
But in the meantime our boys are certainly not resting.
Yesterday they left for PANAMA for the WYD event.
G = Just arrived at the Amsterdam airport, ready for this flight to Panama, about 12 hours, but it will be a magnificent experience. Follow us on this journey.
P = Boys, we are in Amsterdam, we will soon board the flight to Panama, because tomorrow we will sing in front of Pope Francis, for the World Youth Day. Hello.
(the sweet Barbara is always with them)
Ignazio: Hi everyone! We’ve just wrapped up the shooting of “Musica Che Resta” video.
Gianluca: This Saturday we’ll experience a great emotion because we’ll sing a very special “Ave Maria” for Pope Francis in Panama.
Piero: As you know, when we’ll come back in Italy Sanremo Festival awaits us, to sing for the first time our new song. We can’t wait to present you, let you listen our new single “Musica Che Resta” on stage at the Ariston theater.
In fact, two days ago the filming of the new video ended, little is known of it, but it seems to have been made in Milan.
G= We are recording the video with a great director, Mauro Russo.
MR = Come on Gianluca, you cannot say that we are recording the video, now we are not doing anything.
G = Look what kind. We are doing a masterpiece.
……. and there is someone who has a lot of fun, during makeup sessions….our Ignazio is too funny. 😂 😂
I am very excited! We will see the boys sing in front of the Pope and to thousands and thousands of young people from all over the world. Simply fantastic!
At 6:30 pm (Panama time) today, the vigil in Panama will begin and the boys may sing.
Sunday at 8.00 am (Panama time) there will be Mass, where our boys will sing the Ave Maria.
For those who want to follow the live streaming please try the link below.
A pleasant surprise, which not everyone could access, a private event in the beautiful DUOMO in Milan.
As usual, let’s go in order.
Some clues had been given by our guys, in fact in the early morning Gianluca had published this photo:
We all thought that Gianluca was in Milan for purchases, seeing Christmas just around the corner.
Then Piero has posted this picture where he shows his departure …. where? He had recently returned to Bologna.
Finally, does Piero resume the arrival of Ignazio at the entrance to their hotel?
P = But what a beautiful child we have below … (Ignazio makes a gesture towards Piero) …. thanks Ignazio, very kind!
But what would our boys want to tell us?
Why were all three in Milan?
Towards evening there is another clue …
Ignazio and Piero are in the car, there is also Valentina. Elegant clothes, where are they going? Valentina tries to unveil but is stopped by Piero.
P = This evening we go to the streets with the escort ….. Love, where are we going?
V = We are going …
P = ….. and who knows !!
Begin to filter the first gossip, IL VOLO will perform in the beautiful DUOMO in Milan.
But why all this secret?
Milan, damn a few steps from my house, I could go and see them !!
Everything is explained by this short video.
On stage, Ennio Doris, owner of the most famous Milanese bank, the MEDIOLANUM Bank.
After making Christmas wishes to all those present, (shareholders, supporters, customers, friends), Mr. Doris announces that he has adopted one of the spires of the DUOMO in Milan, and his bank will pay for the restoration of the spire. Then he introduces the guys from IL VOLO who will start the concert offered by the bank, for all his guests.
Here are his text words:
“I do not want to say anything else and I leave you in the company of this great orchestra and with this concert of these three great young Italian artists, who are our pride, in Italy and around the world. When I hear them sing, I am proud to be Italian like them, so I leave you to this evening and take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas”.
And here are some short videos and shots of the evening.
Ennio Doris does not hold back, bewitched by the trills of the three young men of the bel canto of Il VOLO and launches to embrace them at the end of their talented concert, offered by Banca Mediolanum for Christmas greetings in the Duomo of Milan.
And here is a beautiful article of the event, which I translate for you.
The master is Matteo Parmeggiani, the orchestra La Filarmonia Veneta, and the lineup has the most beautiful pieces of the classical repertoire, Christmas declension. It starts with Nessun dorma da Turandot, and the first applause is even timid. Then O Holy Night, then Maria from West Side Story, the tension melts and the participation of the thousand special guests is released – the Duomo is neatly full – then Smile, Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae, Panis Angelicus, and My Way … The ban on photographing and filming videos is kindly pointed out on the invitation. So much so. As the notes of the three of IL VOLO rise, the mobile phones are raised. Selfie and secular prayers.
The cathedral closed as always at 18.30. Then an hour of environmental reclamation for safety. And so for the private concert of Mediolanum the trio has tried for an hour, no more. Just how long the evening lasts. There is Astro del Ciel, O Sole mio, naturally Grande Amore that conquered the Ariston, year of grace 2015, and closes – in a climate of standing ovation – with Adeste Fideles. Even Milan, sometimes, is able to be moved.
They say that the three (former) boys, contacted by Mediolanum, have not discussed the cachet in the slightest, so much they wanted to sing in here, at least once.
And anyway, a concert like this – offered by a bank – is priceless.
And finally, a comment by our friend Valeria Bosch:
“Of course, listening to Ennio Doris, president of Banca Mediolanum to praise our boys, was a true balm on the heart, an immense joy, for all of us who follow them, but first of all for them, our young friends who deserve all these praises and even more!
While I watched them sing, in those few videos that have arrived, I thought that rarely a concert can offer an image of such perfection: a church of unique beauty in the world, a great orchestra, three beautiful and elegant young people, a music immortal, three sublime voices … what more could you wish for?
This is the true image of Il Volo, the image of which I fell in love, from the now distant December 21, 2014, when I saw them for the first time perform in the Senate. An image where the beauty of the place and the exceptional skill, the incomparable power of great music and the deep emotion of three angelic voices are closely intertwined. Thanks guys, thank you because you are certainly a great pride for us!”
How wonderful, a concert of IL VOLO in the Duomo of Milan, an event to which we all wanted to be invited.
To hear the magnificent voices of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca singing these beautiful melodies, performing them in an impeccable way, in a place like this ….. incredible emotions.
Immediately after the performance the boys were interviewed by Gordon backstage.
After the pleasantries, Gordon says that it is the first time that IL VOLO has taken part in a RadioItalia concert (in reality, although it is only an Italian radio, it never transmits the songs of IL VOLO and NEVER invited them to their concerts, Daniela).
The boys confirm that they are happy to be there and they say the audience was singing well.
Gordon warns them that in the afternoon, during the rehearsals, there was a live on Facebook, IL VOLOhad the peak of views on Facebook.
The boys are very happy and hope to have had positive comments, and Gordon says they have ONLY had positive comments.
After an exchange of jokes and laughter, Gordon asks what they feel, to bring Italy to a high level, because they are our flag-holders.
Ignazio says that it is not easy, because sometimes there are many prejudices, he says that they do not make a strictly classical genre, but this is what reflects them, that represents them and that is really appreciated by the public all over the world.
Piero says that they must thank the Italians anyway, because even if they are almost 10 years into their career, in Italy they only started to be followed for the last 5 years.
They end up laughing and joking.
But the thing that I personally liked the most was a comment on Paoletta’s Twitter.
Paoletta is a radio speaker, long ago, while on the radio they were broadcasting the song by Nek, she commented that Nek was the moral winner of Sanremo 2015. I was very sad and angry.
Here is his tweet from last night:
#Twitter @Paoletta_F Grande impatto, Piazza Duomo abbraccia @ilvolo. Per me è LA prima volta che li sento live e ho voglia di un concerto! @GianGinoble @IBoschetto @piero_barone #RILIVE @RadioItalia 🔊🗣#IlVolo#IlVoloSicilia grazie per la condivisione
Great impact, Piazza Duomo embraces IL VOLO. For me it’s the first time I hear them live, and I want a concert.
And also this comment on twitter of MUSICA TV OFFICIAL:
Unico grande amore: e piazza Duomo tira fuori la voce! @ilvolo @GianGinoble @IBoschetto @piero_barone #RILIVE @RadioItalia 🇮🇹❤
Unique GRANDE AMORE and Piazza Duomo brings out the voice: IL VOLO.
And finally an article that speaks well of our boys and their performance:
In Piazza Duomo also “L’AMORE SI MUOVE”: only applause for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
It’s time for another first time to RADIO ITALIA LIVE – THE CONCERT: on stage in Piazza Duomo, in Milan, IL VOLO debuts.
The power of the voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca resounds throughout the square: “L’AMORE SI MUOVE” in the audience, right in front of the Milan Cathedral. The trio takes in the applause of the crowd, full of amazement for the three prodigy boys.
“It’s time to sing together”: so IL VOLO anticipates their encore in “GRANDE AMORE”. One by one, the three singers walk the entire catwalk and approach the audience: first Gianluca, then Ignazio and finally Piero. “You are my only big love” is the statement that the trio launches with force and enthusiasm to all the spectators, who return with a full voice singing the piece that, in 2015, had triumphed at the Sanremo Festival.
The phenomenal voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca come together in a shivering finale. Then, the trio intones the refrain again to hear one last time the impressive choir of Piazza Duomo. “Hurray, the music!” Is the cry that closes the show.
What to say, it was simply fantastic, the guys were amazing and people reacted by singing.
The people present, not all fans of the IL VOLO, could hear and appreciate the magnificent voices of the boys.
We are finally back in Milan which is where our adventure began. We have mixed emotions. We are tired, but floating in happiness and satisfactionknowing the entire trip was a huge success beyond our wildest dreams! From the time we arrived in Milan to the day we left Milan for the airport again we had logged 2,060 miles in two weeks while taking our large circle tour! That number paled in comparison to the total number of miles logged for the entire trip which was 12,647. No wonder we were a wee bit tired.
We arrive at Milan Centrale train station which is HUGE. By now we were pretty good at finding theTrenitaliaoffice for help with train issues, bagnos, food areas and were really proud of ourselves that we could stand along with throngs of others and stare at the huge billboard of train arrivals and departures and actually know what we were looking at!
Making our way through this immense station we were suddenly looking at a fantastic advertisement for Il Volo’s upcoming concerts in Italy! WOW, it looked great! Marie was so excited she kissed her hand and touched each face on the marquee. No, Marie, I am sorry, but as far as I know you can not extract DNA from a picture.
We had good intentions of shopping and site seeing on our last day, but soon realized our bodies were begging us to do something else…REST. A quick decision was made to shop at the airport the next day and rest up today. A very wise decision I might add.
The next day we get on a train that is taking us to Malpensa Aerporto, a one hour ride from Milan Centrale. I am sitting across from Marie so we both have different views from where we sit. She is smiling ear to ear and NOTat me. She then informs me there is a “Gianluca look alike, especially theEYES”sitting directly in her view in a seat just beyond ours! I take my time, but have to peek a look at this vision that is tantalizing Marie. Yep,she’s right! Now we have spotted many handsome Italians along our journey, but Marie realizing these visions of good looking men will soon be but a memory, decides she will have one lasting close up encounterwith our Gianluca look alike. Keep in mind we have only been on this train for maybe 10-15 minutes of an hour long ride when this handsome man stands up in the aisle right next to Marie as he is getting off the train at this point. Marie quickly leansinto his handsome face and is eye to eye asking him if this is the Malpensa Aerporto stop? He kindly replies that no, we have 4 more stops to make before the airport. Marie thanks him, “grazie”(using her best Italian skills) sinks back into her seat with a smiling glow about her. She is now looking at MEwith this ear to ear grin. I can only think, “smooth Marie, R-E-A-L smooth”. If only I had had my camera ready to capture that Kodak moment.
Come in and share the love of life, friends and Il Volo!