And here is the report of the concert in Matera, lived by Crystal Dawn, member of Flight Crew.
Ciao Flight Crew! I have arrived in Japan after a 30 hour travel day by my wristwatch.
I had little sleep— only 3 hours after the end of the Matera concert and my departure from Matera to make all my connection (bus, two trains, and two planes) prior to my arrival in Japan where I am visiting my son and meeting my one year old granddaughter Fiorina. Now for the highly desired concert details……
The signs we were holding up had written on them “Grazie Ragazzi” with a heart. We were instructed by Matera fan club members to raise the papers and wave them when Piero entered the stage for their first song. The guys were clearly touched from this gesture.
This Cava de Sole concert was another beautiful setting in Matera with a lovely sunset as the backdrop prior to the beginning. The sound quality much better for me here than at the PBS concert.
My front row seat was directly center. I was very close and when Piero sat on the edge of the stage near the end of the concert. I was the first to reach his side with Antonia a few paces behind me. I was able to hear the power of his voice as it entered the microphone. Quite a thrill. I was also first to reach Gianluca when he stood on the speakers (he did not sit). Such a beautiful smile as he acknowledged fans below him.
The banter near the middle of the concert when Gianluca acknowledged the inclusion of several songs in English and any Americans present— I had my hand raised and he pointed to me and asked where I was from and I said, “Oregon.”
Security was very heavy at both concerts, with local police, military, and hired security people—not necessarily staff. I do not know if this is usual, or new. But when fans approached the stage at the Sunday concert security pushed in and quickly pushed us back. Several times I felt it was a bit over the top as we were being very respectful of the guys.
The guys delivered an amazing concert. More relaxed than the PBS concert. Ignazio wore a black shirt and no jacket. Piero white shirt and jacket, and Gianluca in all black—always very stylish.
This concert was also fairly intimate with only about 500 seats—I overheard someone state that number and looking around I would agree. The evening warm, the lighting and sound breathtaking.
When the drums beat for the opening of “Musica Che Resta” I felt the vibration throughout my body. Alessandro Quarta delivered a passionate accompaniment. It is a sublime mixture of the guys and Alessandro. I was very happy to learn of his partnership in this tour.
This Musica concert was more in keeping with my concert expectations. I do feel that as this was their first one, that as they continue throughout Italia that they will be even more relaxed and have more fun on stage with each other and their audiences. By the time they reach America they will have a finely honed mixture of songs and banter.
My one GREAT disappointment was not having the opportunity to enjoy a meet and greet with the guys. Yes, prior to the PBS sound check I was able snatch a quick photo with only Gianluca and Piero—but no conversation in the few seconds exchange as they literally ran past me. Matera was considered a “Zero” concert by the promoters (why I do not understand). In any case, I had made great effort to attend. I extended my travels by two weeks to attend this concert—which gifted me with the extra days to visit their home villages (Roseto degli Abruzzi, Montepagano, Naro, Marsala (eating at Nina’s pizzeria), and Bologna). Prior to my travels in Italia, I was praying in 10 churches (along the Camino de Santiago during my 800 kilometers pilgrimage walk) for for IL VOLO’s continued success, well-being, prosperity, and joy. I traveled for 100 days with often an IL VOLO focus. To literally come to the end of my trip and not achieve that goal of spending a few minutes chatting with guys was honestly depressing for me. I was literally soooo close to them physically for the two concerts, yet also so far away with regards to meaningful conversation.
The guys always deliver a spectacular professional performance, are engaging with their audience, appreciate their band and orchestra members, and acknowledge their management. They are humble, sweet, gorgeous young men.
I was very honored to be able to attend both concerts in the historic Matera. It is now a cherished memory of a lifetime.
Once again, thank you so much Crystal Dawn for your report.
I have to correct a number.
You say there were 500 people, newspapers say 1,500.
I feel satisfied with what you saw, and I think you could interact with the guys.
You also did a beautiful spiritual journey.
It is true, you did not have the opportunity to exchange a few words with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, but you must believe me, do you know how many would have liked to have been in your place, attached them to the stage where Piero was sitting and close to Gian?
Thanks again for this report.
Our other crew member also sent me her impressions, here they are:
It was really extraordinary, I don’t know what to tell you what I liked most. For me the solo of Ignazio and also that of Piero and then the duet between all is three. But I didn’t make the video.
It was really nice when Piero said … “Now we have to sing a song in English for our fans who came from the United States.” I don’t know if it is possible but I always fall in love with them a little more every time I go there I see them in concert . It was really an exciting night.
I also thank you for your impressions.
Of course you were also in magnificent places, front row, you witnessed a beautiful concert during a beautiful sunset in an immortal city.
What can I say …… jealousy …. no, we are happy for you !!!!
The first articles and videos about the first concert in Matera have come out, some really nice.
Beautiful is this TRMh24 video that summarizes the evening, enjoy the images and activate the subtitles.
This is from Murgia Live 24, Radio Altamura 1. In this video, people entering to watch the concert are interviewed, they are very nice short interviews, in their answers we find all our thoughts.
I translate for you.
Where are you coming from? From Matera. From Matera, why IL VOLO, what is written on the sign? It says: Unique emotion, one thought. Ten years of career, Il VOLO. How wonderful, why do you love them? Because they are very good and sincere guys, they are not presumptuous, and of course they sing very well, they have a real natural talent. They are great, I love them.
Where are you from? From Perugia Why Il Volo? Because we always follow them, since they started, this is the sixteenth concert, and we have another five scheduled for this summer. Even? Yes, in Taormina and everywhere. We also went to Naro in Sicily. How wonderful, thanks.
Where are you from? From Matera. What’s your name? Antonella and Rita Why Il Volo? They are great, they are a show. The favorite song? Grande Amore What will you do when they sing this song? We will go directly under the stage, or we will even go over the stage.
Where do you come from? From Matera. Why Il Volo, ma’am? Because they have a music genre that makes me shudder. Your favorite song? Grande Amore, by far.
Where are you from? I from Policoro (near Matera), but my friend is from Poland. Even from Poland? From Warsaw Why Il Volo? Because they are extraordinary and deserve the success they have had. Thank you
It’s a video, we’re on Radio Altamura 1, where do you come from? From Matera What’s your name? Gabriella. Nunzia. Why Il Volo? Because I like them. The favorite song? Grande Amore
I’ll come to you, where do you come from? From Matera, always from Matera. Is she a lady from Matera too? Yes, I am from Matera. Look, lady, why Il Volo? Because they are very good. What do you like? I like all of them, all their songs and how they are. And Grande Amore? Grande Amore is beautiful. Great
Where do you come from? From Gallipoli. Why Il Volo? Because they are fantastic, what other explanation. Thank you
Where do you come from? My city is Matera 2019, capital of Europe culture. Why Il Volo lady? Because their music transmits emotions to the heart. Thank you
So where do you come from? Naples. But really Naples center? Yes. Why Il Volo? and why Matera? Because they are special and I love them.
Where are you coming from? From Lecce so far away. Why Il Volo? Because they are three simple and genuine and very good guys. Thank you
Where are you coming from? Matera Why Il Volo? Because they are special, they are three good guys and I like their songs.
Where does she come from? From Matera Why IL Volo? Why tonight here? Because it’s nice, see Il Volo. They’re good? Well done.
Where do you come from? From Matera. From Matera too, why Il Volo? Because we like them. From one to ten? 10 10 and praise with the academic kiss? Exactly, it’s normal.
Where are you coming from? I’m from Vietri sul mare, from Salerno, from Campania. They’re telling me you’re a soprano. Yes, I’m a soprano. Why Il Volo? Because we love the same musical genre, I’m soprano, and then I know them. What do you expect this evening? To get excited, they are very good and therefore, to share this evening with them.
Where is he from? From Palagiano. Why Il Volo? My sister is crazy about Il Volo, so I had to go with her, of course. But I like them too.
We are in Cava del Sole Matera, why Il Volo? Because it was a wish of both my mother and my in-laws and mine too. Where is he from? From Gioia del Colle, Taranto.
Madam, where did you come from? From Potenza. From Potenza, why Il Volo? Because I have been following them since they started their career, I have followed their entire path, I love them, I love them, as if they were my grandchildren.
Why Il Volo, why are you here? No, no. Why are they good? They are unique? Yes, I think they are very humble people, and they give me a lot of emotions. Where are you from? From Calabria. From Calabria, and how old are you? Fourteen Wow Why Il Volo? Because they are unique and inimitable.
Hi everyone, I’m from Matera. Where are you from? From Matera. After I chased them in all the cities, finally they are here in my Matera.
Matera, 17 June 2019 – These are feelings carved in stone in a city of sorrowful beauty, to be observed “through a veil of poetry and melancholy” as Pascoli said, those left in Matera by Il Volo to kick off the celebrations of their tenth anniversary.
A celebration in which Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble paid homage with two concerts in extraordinary spaces of the European Capital of Culture such as San Pietro Caveoso and, just yesterday, the Cava del Sole, ranging from the hits of its repertoire such as “Grande amore”, “Musica che resta” or “A chi mi dice”, Italian version by Tiziano Ferro of “Breathe Easy” by Blue, and classics poised between lyric and pop like “Nessun dorma”, “Arrivederci Roma” and “Caruso”.
“It was two quite different performances,” explains Piero Barone. “The first, in fact, was filmed by the cameras of Duccio Forzano for a television special that PBS will air in America in November, which will also feature a CD / DVD celebrating this anniversary of ours, while the second is the concert that we are going to bring on tour more oriented on the last album Musica.
The live record repertoire will also take them on tour, debuting on February 5th at Radio City Music Hall in New York and then returning to Europe and Italy between spring and summer.
With PBS you have often worked. Barone: “This is our sixth special with them. The first one was realized in Detroit, the second and third in Miami, the fourth in Pompeii, the fifth in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence and the sixth in Matera because we try to bring Americans not only singing and Italian tradition , but also the beauties of our country.”
The celebrations for the tenth anniversary began, therefore, in Matera. Barone: “Yes, even the mayor told us in front of the play of light for the special TV that Matera has never been made so beautiful.”
Boschetto: “The Americans said we were amazed and convinced in Piazza Santa Croce that we could not have done better, this time we were able to surprise them even more”.
You arrived among the “Sassi” before Daniel Craig with the filming of Bond 25. Barone: “But we already have our James Bond. And it is Ignazio.”On September 24th, return to the Verona Arena.
Ginoble: “News from yesterday, the date is sold-out. Last time we entered the Arena for a special TV, this time for the end of the tour party.”
What are the surprises of these 2019 concerts? Barone: “The largest is probably the violin presence of Alessandro Quarta. Because the public deserves to listen to music that remains performed on the tour as we did in Sanremo in the evening reserved for collaborations.”
Last month you were in Japan. A concert was shown in cinemas. What welcome did you find? Boschetto: “We brought the show of Magic Night because it rests on our most classic repertoire. And the record came in second place in the standings behind Bohemian Rhapsody of the great Queen.”
Ginoble: “It all started in the nineties, when lyric pop was exported all over the world by Pavarotti and Bocelli. Singing this music in Japan in 2019, doing it in a cradle of beauty like Matera or like the Arena makes us proud to export it all over the world.”
If a “tenor” voice like that of Alberto Urso triumphs today at “Amici”, is it not a little your merit too? Barone: “We may have cleared this genre of music, helping to free it from the prejudices it brought with it. Perhaps there are people attracted to this genre, but fearful of having to overcome the reserves that are there especially in Italy, because if it is very popular abroad, there must be a reason.”
Well, we are very happy with these nice articles.
I think that in front of the obviousness of such a beautiful concert, it was the least they could write.
We hope that things continue like this.
They deserve the best.
And here we are with the first day of Musica Tour concert.
What an emotion!
Everything is ready…..
We immediately see the beautiful photos posted by Ercole Ginoble, and we immediately enter the atmosphere of the concert.
But who do I see in the front row? Our two friends from the Flight Crew.
Damn, what luck first row, right in the middle, fantastic places.
I’m really happy for them.
Tonight it will certainly be a more pop program, this is my feeling. But let’s start seeing the first videos.
“IL MONDO”, and look at that beautiful public participation.
Now live videos, forgive the quality of the videos, but we thank Mr. Trombetta for the live broadcast.
A splendid solo by Ignazio that sings “E PENSO A TE” by Lucio Battisti, written by Battisti and Mogol.
“MY WAY”, “MARIA”, “CORE N’GRATO”
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”, Alessadro Quarta, solo.
“ANCORA”, “MERAVIGLIOSA CREATURA”, “IO CHE NON VIVO”, “VOLARE”
“ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO”, beautiful Ignazio’s solo.
“A CHI MI DICE”
“GRANDE AMORE”(sometimes the video is not heard)
“LOVE STORY”(Piero’s solo)
I don’t think we’ll have an immediate report from Crystal Dawn because she came back after the concert (she wasn’t very close to where she slept) and after only five hours of sleep (if she could do it) she caught the plane for Japan and then a 24-hour blackout.
We will hear your comment in a few days.
But this message came to me in the middle of the night, after the concert (which seems to have been very long).
It was sent to me by the other member of our crew:
Had a lot of FUN… It was Awesome 😘😘😘
Of course you will already have noticed that Maestro Giampiero Grani is back, I am happy with this return.
He published this video on his Facebook page:
The audience at the end of the concert was literally crazy, Piero asks: “Can we leave?”
So, after seeing all these videos and photos, what is your opinion ??
I would say that there will be a lot to interact with them and have fun.
We can’t wait for our concert to come !!
JUST FYI!! I just tried to order tickets (Feb 16 at 12p) and either the site is jammed, or blocked, not sure what, but I can’t get past the “go to shipping” info area. 🙁 My dear friend Veronica said she would try to order me some from there. Hope there are still tickets left when she gets home!
Good luck if you try to order any!! You will need to register on the site first and sign in. It actually still had my order from when I purchased them almost 3 years ago now! Lol!
Here, the first dates of the Italian tour have been announced.
Go to ticketone.it to find tickets. Verona venue is offering a gold package with a pre-event, but no guys for 250 euros. However the first 2 rows are already sold out. It is orch pit area. Best regular tx there after that start about 90 euros but when I checked a bit ago, they were already on the 3rd row there also. If you are a member of the fan club you should have gotten an email, however I missed mine! 🙁 Came in at 4am sometime! Pat forwarded it to me. It references going to fan club page for presale code, which has technically already expired, but maybe can get better seats still? I just looked at site though, and did not see any reference code? Jana
Finally the tour is taking shape.
Here is the list:
I think they are only the first dates, surely others will be added, in fact you will have noticed that there is no Taormina and this is not possible.
Also there are not the two dates of Matera, which we know well have been announced. Maybe those are the two dates of the PBS special, will they be by invitation only ???
I believe that I will go to Verona, but I still want to wait for the announcement of all the dates.
The dates of the instore have also been announced.
I will go to Milan on 22 February, only a few days are left, what a thrill!! I will be able to see them, even if only for a moment, while they sign my copy of the new CD.
I will give them all the greetings and all the love from all the IL VOLO FLIGHT CREW !!! ❤️
For now, this is the news, but it’s just the beginning . . . things are moving.
Soon other dates will be given.
Some good news was needed, given the latest news that had made us so angry, and things, here in Italy, are not yet settled.
On the contrary, every day we discover many wrong behaviors, ungenerous and unjust actions that our guys have suffered for years from the press.
Things do not end here ….. there will still be a lot to say.
Credit to owners of all photos.
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