It is well known that Michele Torpedine was born in Minervino Murge, a small town in Puglia. In the days of late July, by taking advantage of IL VOLO’s passage for the two concerts in Puglia, Michele Torpedine was awarded honorary citizenship.
Here is a nice article published in GAZZETTA DEL MEZZOGIORNO.
Minervino, the manager of IL VOLO, honorary citizen: party with the trio
The honor to Michele Torpedine, celebrated in his hometown and accompanied by his 3 pupils
“I always thought it was a small country town with few inhabitants. Instead it is an extraordinary community, alive and vital, industrious, kind. I am really moved, and above all proud of being born in this land.” Starting from … Minervino Murge, the internationally renowned manager and music producer Michele Torpedine, who in the 1950s, in swaddling clothes, had left the “balcony of Puglia” to move with his family to the north.
An amazing career of Torpedine, discoverer of talents, producer, manager (from Zucchero and Bocelli, passing through Lucio Dalla, also collaborator of Pavarotti), who returned to Minervino yesterday in the company of “his” three young pupils of Il Volo, Piero-Ignazio-Gianluca, arrived in Puglia for the expected concerts of Barletta and Lecce: in the packed hall of Palazzo di Città, Torpedine received the Honorary Citizenship, welcomed by the mayor Lalla Mancini, the Council and the Municipal administration, by numerous authorities (such as the president of the province Pasquale De Toma, the bishop Monsignor Luigi Mansi, Bruna Piarulli, the regional councilor Francesco Ventola) but above all by his fellow citizens, who among the applauses have named him “ambassador of Minervino Murge in the world”.
In reality, everything is born on the internet: thanks to the social networks and the “I like it”, some time ago some relatives of Torpedine contact their sister Liliana. And so Felicia Angiulo, cousin of the manager’s mother, and then Vincenzo and Nella, together with Mattia and Luigi Spineto(all with different degrees of kinship) intertwine with contacts and memories, unpublished photos of the good old days, memories faded and the desire to meet, to talk about each other and hug each other.
The occasion arrived as if by destiny: the Il Volo concert in Barletta, the decision to confer Honorary Citizenship by the city council. Everything perfect, including the presence in the Hall of the “three tenors”(actually two tenors and a baritone)extraordinary boys who besides their voices also have a great gift of sympathy and humility.
“Minervino Murge is the birthplace of many personalities who, in different sectors, have achieved important successes in their work sector, the result of commitment, passion and also genius – said mayor Mancini – and Michele Torpedine is without doubt one of these.”
Also presented was the autobiographical book of the manager “RICOMINCIO DAI TRE – From Minervino Murge to the White House”, Giuseppe Tucci, president of the Pro Loco, gave him the original volume “Minervinesi distinguished in the world”, also containing the biographical profile of Torpedine. Then the flavors of the Murgia, with Torpedine and Il Volo “To the south of the soul”.
But here’s how the award ceremony took place.
And here is a service aired during the regional newscast and I translate for you.
PR = Il Volo, one of the bands launched by the manager Michele Torpedine, from Bologna, originally from Puglia, received today the honorary citizenship of Minervino Murge.
He is the manager of the IL VOLO group, tonight in concert in Barletta, we talk about Michele Torpedine, a Bolognese from Puglia, in particular Minervino Murge, who today gave him honorary citizenship, the service is by Alessandro Trevisani.
I = We will change, Minervino (laughter)
AT = When they arrive, the city council becomes a show. Il Volo is in Minervino Murge to accompany Michele Torpedine, the manager of the three singers, receives honorary citizenship, from the municipality where he was born 67 years ago.
I = We don’t sing, we came only for our manager, for Michele, we are happy ….
AT = Do you feel a little Pugliese too?
I = A little Pugliese, it is strong to say, but Puglia is a land that we love so much, we love coming so much.
MT = He was over 60 years old, I didn’t come, I was six months old, when they took me away from here, and I never came back.
They (Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca) made me understand that in the musical environment, there is also the good part, the positive part.
AT = In his career, Michele Torpedine, produced, launched and re-launched artists such as Zucchero, Gianna Nannini, Lucio Dalla, Giorgia and Andrea Bocelli, but in Minervino, the eyes of the people, are all for Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, that this evening will perform at the Fossato del Castello di Barletta.
Are you ready for the Barletta concert?
P = Yes, yes we are ready.
AT = The first song on the lineup?
P = We can’t say.
Girl = Magnificent, fantastic. AT = Where are you from? Girl = From Milan. Woman = I would like to hug that gentleman there, who is above (Torpedine). Woman = They are very nice. I = But you have it with me ?? (he jokes) Man = We wish the guys of IL VOLO, to keep their feet on the ground, and never to take flight with their heads. P = The appeal I make: Minervino Murge, capital of European culture (applause).
And here is what Massimiliano Bevilacqua writes, present at the ceremony.
Impossible to describe with images the emotions experienced on this day. The conferment of honorary citizenship on our fellow citizen Michele Torpedine, beacon of the fantastic boys of “Il Volo”, witnessed the strong bond of the well-known manager with his hometown. The presence of civil, political, ecclesial and military authorities honored the Municipal Council of Minervino and all citizens. Thanks to the Minervino family members of Michele Torpedine, who gave unforgettable moments and rediscovered the great value of the family. A day dedicated to music, which Michele Torpedine brought to the world with Minervino in the heart. Music expresses feelings, represents our emotional part, but above all it unites. Today Minervino has taken off. That it is only the beginning of a path of growth that sees us all involved in overcoming divisions and in considering the beauty that surrounds us with different eyes.
It took more than 60 years for Torpedine to return to his hometown ……. but how wonderful it is to come back and be received with all the honors, in that town, from which his family had to leave, in search of fortune.
Even Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, were close to you, in this happy moment, because they too, are part of your family affections.
Congratulations, Michele Torpedine.
And here is a summary of the entire day published by Torpediniera.
Bologna, 27 April 2019 – The Fico Central Eataly World Arena(photo) struggles to contain spectators for the presentation of Ricomincio dai tre. Young, very young and less young, they fill the stands enthusiastically, waiting to be able to hear the sweet and thunderous voices of their idols. Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble. They are the three youngsters, from whom, ten years ago, Michele Torpedine, manager of VIPs, set off again.
You can perhaps call it a bet, the one that Torpedine faced when he decided to “take three small singers by the hand”. Who would have said that, at the time of pop, overseas music and digitization, two tenors and a baritone would have broken through the national and world music scene to the point of becoming the first Italian artists to sign a contract with Geffen Records, US major? “These three talents are here for their great friend – began Oscar Farinetti, founder of Eataly – who, in the world of music, worked with great artists like Gino Paoli and discovered talents of the caliber of Andrea Bocelli and Giorgia”.
Michele Torpedine, always in the world of music, has seen us along and perceived, right from the start, the potential of the trio ‘Il Volo’ and it is this that is told in his novel, autobiography, Ricomincio dai tre, published from Pendragon. “The first victory at Sanremo was with Bocelli – Torpedine recounts, digging into his memories – an enormous talent that was not easy to break into the music world because of his handicap. But as soon as I put him on the Zucchero tour, everyone noticed the power he had.”
A manager-mentor, who, after working for thirty years as a drummer for big names like Dalla, Orietta Berti wanted “to give” his knowledge to these three boys, today almost godchildren for him. “One thing that all the young people who want to emerge should know is that talent and application are not enough – Torpedine warns in his autobiography – you have to have your head, otherwise you end up off the road before you even get into gear.” Ricomincio dai tre covers the stages of the career of the manager from Puglia with anecdotes, stories, advice and experiences. At Fico, they discussed this, including laughter and chatter, Torpedine, the three of IL VOLO, Farinetti and Red Ronnie.
When, then, the three opera stars took the microphone to sing (video), the spectators reacted with enthusiasm and the boys dominated the Arena as true gladiators. “You have been fundamental for us – Boschetto emphasizes – it is not easy today to find someone to help you realize the dreams and you did this for us.” Piero Barone then underlines: “We are three privileged boys because we travel the world doing what we like.” At the end, they sang “Grande Amore” that moved and united all the fans who are then rushed to the center of the stage to greet the boys and Torpedine without forgetting to get selfies and autographs with the three of IL VOLO.
This nice article was published by the newspaper IL RESTO DEL CARLINO.
In these days, on all the fanpages, photos of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have appeared in Capri, the beautiful island that is located in the Neapolitan gulf.
Capri is an island much frequented by VIP’s, and famous for its beautifulFARAGLIONI(rock formations which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the island’s coast).
The first clues were given by the boys as they reached Capri.
Gianluca says: We’re going to Capri, I’ll show you ….. Here it is.
But why do the boys go to Capri?
Certainly it is a beautiful island and the sea and the weather, these days deserve a vacation ….. but the boys are certainly not there to have fun.
A couple of days ago, to all the Italian members of the official fan club, (I don’t know if, even to foreigners) an e-mail arrived, warning that IL VOLO would record the new video of the new single and wanted to involve also the his fans in the shooting. It was also anticipated that the day of the video shoot would be the 18th and in southern Italy, but did not specify the place.
But after the first videos posted by the boys, everything was clear, the new video would have had the background of Capri.
Here is a photo of this video for the song: “A CHI MI DICE”.
How wonderful this video will be, and the guys seem to have had a lot of fun, work, yes, but with fun.
Ignazio says:Float in the water.
I seem to be Jim Carey in ONE WEEK FROM GOD (BRUCE ALMIGHTY).
Their arrival has not gone unnoticed, here is a video posted on a local newspaper that headlines:
Il Volo in Capri, touch and escape Easter on the blue island
Il Volo, the group composed by Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, was last night for a few hours on Capri. One hit and run just before sunset. The trio arrived with a speedboat at the marina, then a walk in the streets of the seaside village before returning on board. The arrival on the island, probably linked to a photo shoot or a video clip, has not gone unnoticed: so many photos and videos taken by the fans.
…….. and this:
Il Volo, a surprise blitz on the island. The ecstatic musical group: “Magnifica Capri”
“Blitz” on Capri for Il Volo. Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, the two tenors and the baritone. members of the famous musical group, made their fleeting appearance on the island yesterday afternoon, returning from a sea excursion. “Capri, you were magnificent! Today was one of those days for which 24 hours are not enough, we look forward to telling you more. Stay tuned.” These are the words given to their own social channels. A presence in Capri, apparently, for work and not for vacation. As it turns out, the three artists were busy shooting a video clip or a photo shoot. Many selfies with fans: in this photo Il Volo is in Marina Grande with Lia Guercino.
Barbara, always with them, beautiful and good, Barbara !!
Beautiful things run fast, and the day ends early.
Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero greet Capri.
CIAO CAPRI !!!
Once again a beautiful adventure.
The e-mail had also arrived to me, I never saw Capri, I dreamed for a moment, but only a moment.
I can’t wait to see this new video, I already feel it will be beautiful, and you, what do you say ??
On Wednesday 10 April, Piero. Ignazio and Gianluca warned that they were going to Paris …… we are all wondering, to do what ????
Actually a small clue had already been given by this photo published a few days ago.
The wording says, “with the great Oscar Farinetti of Eataly”.
For those who don’t know, Oscar Farinetti is an Italian entrepreneur and business manager who founded the Eataly chain. Eataly is a chain of medium and large retail stores specializing in the sale and distribution of Italian food products.
The question could be …… and what does IL VOLO have to do with Eataly and with Paris?
The answer is that April 12 in Paris opens a new store of the Eataly chain, at the La Fayette Gallery.
Wednesday was open by invitation, IL VOLO, delighted all guests with traditional Italian songs.
We could not miss “GRANDE AMORE”.
IL VOLOwith Emanuele Rabotti, owner of an Italian winery based in Franciacorta.
What can I say, the Italian taste for the excellent food, combined with listening to “the beautiful song”, I would say a sublime union.
Even Farinetti seemed enthusiastic about the event.
And after a good music …… at the table …. Piero brought his little sister to Paris.
Gianluca with the Italian soccer goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
And Ignazio with Gianluigi Buffon.
But perhaps not everyone remembers that IL VOLO has already participated in an opening of EATALY in Milan, in 2014.
Here they are in this short video singing “IL MONDO”.
Too cute, in 2014.
Other photos from EATALY Paris:
Guys, you are always very active, one event after another. Run home, Saturday you have an appointment in Italy on Canale 5.
After all those food pictures, I got hungry!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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