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IL VOLO AT VERISSIMO by Daniela

A few days ago it was announced that IL VOLO would be a guest of VERISSIMO, on Channel 5, an entertainment program conducted by Silvia Toffanin.

And here they are, beautiful and likeable as usual, indeed, more than usual, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca at VERISSIMO.

Silvia = Today is really a fantastic episode, we are about to attend another event, they have chosen VERISSIMO to celebrate their 10 years of career, they are Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero: IL VOLO.

P+I+G = Hello

Silvia = Welcome (kisses and hugs), these applauses for you.

Piero = But they are many.

Silvia = There are so many. Please make yourselves comfortable.

Ignazio = Here we are.

Silvia = Here we are, I did it !!

Piero = We never came here.

Silvia = You never came here, and I discovered some incredible things about you.

Some of you didn’t want to go to school and watched the news at 7 am.(Piero)

Piero = How do you know these things?

Silvia = Someone escaped from the stage, because he no longer remembered the words of the song when he was 11 …

Gianluca = That’s me.

Silvia = Yes, that’s you.

Piero = Can we leave?

Ignazio = (in a deep voice) And what information do you have about me, Miss?

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Silvia = I have evidence and documents, we will tell all about you, we will celebrate your world career, really, because you are the Italian representatives of music, you are loved everywhere, Brazil, China, Japan, America …… where? everywhere!

Piero = Now, let’s not exaggerate.

Silvia = But it’s true! (applause) How many languages do you speak?

Ignatius = Four.

Piero = One (at a time).

Ignazio = Quattro (four) – English, Italian, Spanish and Sicilian (laughter). Sicilian is a language!

Gianluca = I am the only Abruzzi in the middle of two Sicilians, so you can imagine what happens …..

Silvia = So in addition to singing lessons, you can also take English, Spanish lessons …..

Gianluca = We have learned traveling, it is the only way to learn to speak it well, probably.

Silvia = (small exchange of Spanish words)

Piero = There is a lady who is watching us, who does not understand ….

Silvia = Let’s talk in Italian, let’s start right from the beginning (addressed to Ignazio) since you were a baby ….

Piero = No, he was two babies (spreading his arms to show the size……..laughter and applause)

Silvia = You understand, we see them all strutting, in reality they are very nice ….. then, he was two babies and you had glasses, already as a child.

Piero = No, it’s that television was born thanks to me. Because when I was born, I had two ears like that (holding hands open, next to the ears, as if they were antennas), I took all the channels, in my house we never paid the TV license.

Silvia = So, are you ready to start our journey?

Gianluca = We can’t wait.

Silvia = Go, let’s start.

(begins a video that covers the career of the boys, with a voice that describes)

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Voice = “Destiny always finds you”, has convinced Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, who for all, will become IL VOLO. That fate of artists who would lead them, on stages all over the world. It was written in their DNA, from an early age.

Two Sicilians, Piero and Ignazio, and an Abruzzese, Gianluca,  grew up in the countryside and the sea, in their provincial villages, with humble families behind them, very tied to traditional values.

In their eyes, they hope to one day become, like their great music idols, for Piero, Domingo and Pavarotti, for Ignazio, Stevie Wonder and Pino Daniele, for Gianluca, Sinatra and Bocelli. (You see the video with Bocelli telling Gianluca, “If in the book of destiny, it says that you will be a great singer, this is the right way to get there.”)

Piero, sings on the sofa at home, with his grandfather Pietro, Gianluca performs in the church choir, Ignazio, instead he stays all day in front of the karaoke given to him by his father. For each of those kids, music becomes an indispensable passion.

There is no doubt, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, who still walk different paths, have talent to sell.

(plays a phone) “Hello? Hello, we selected your son for the TV program TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, can you come to Rome for the audition?”

It is 2009 when each of them receives this call and immediately afterwards, thanks to an intuition of Roberto Cenci who already imagines them as a trio, they will find themselves for the first time really singing together “O SOLE MIO”.

From that debut, is born:  IL TRIO, and destinies are redesigned together by a single talent. (long applause)

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Piero = Were we quite unlucky? (He means in the sense of an image, that they weren’t really the best aesthetically speaking.)

Ignazio = I would like to ask a question. Why in the shots, were there always Piero and Gianluca, and I alone? Did I fill the frame by myself? (laughs)

Gianluca = I don’t deny that I was moved.

Silvia = You’re moved .

Gianluca = Yes, because he said a word, which is THE TALENT.

Because unfortunately, sometimes, there are people who are talented, but are not lucky enough to be able to express it, meeting the right people.

We met, there, so everything happened so fast, therefore, we are privileged.

All we want to do though, even if we go against the tide, surely singing a different music, from what our peers sing, is that we want to be an example to young people, to our peers, that is, to try to …… (applause , Gianluca is visibly moved) … ….. try to always be yourself, to believe in your dreams, but above all, it means that perhaps, going against the current at times, can win, and we do everything to try to get there in people’s hearts.

Silvia = And you, you are a very positive example, a good story, yours.

Piero = Look, we don’t do anything in particular, many people tell us “But you are successful abroad, you do so much abroad.” In reality our success is due to the music we sing, the music that is part of the our tradition, of the Italian tradition, and that is what the foreigners of Italy love.

Silvia = You have started to have contact with music, more or less all of them around the age of three, thanks to the grandparents and thanks to a father.

You thanks to grandfather. (Piero).

Piero = Yes, thanks to my grandfather. Little did you say we grew up in the mountains and the sea, I grew up in the countryside with my grandfather, because during the summer season, I used to spend it there.

Ignazio = In a big city.

Piero = A small village, Naro, in the province of Agrigento, to which I am really attached (sorry, he clears its throat).

My grandfather is a blind person, and he discovered my voice, he wrote songs. Then, thanks to the patience of my father, who never gave up … I met them (Ignazio and Gianluca …. Piero has a hoarse voice).

Ignazio = Do you need a little water or are you okay? (applause and laughter)

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Ignazio = I discovered by myself what I liked to do, I was born in Bologna, from a Sicilian family …

Piero = You hear the accent that you are from Bologna …. (laughter)

Silvia = You are the one who has the most tattoos of all, or am I wrong?

Ignazio = Why do you think this? (he tries to cover his ankles, which are tattooed)

Silvia = Is it true?

Ignazio = Yes, I’m a bit of a rebellious soul, I’m a little rock and roll.

Silvia = Did you write “BORN TO ROCK” on your body?

Ignazio = Yes.

Silvia = Where?

Ignazio = Would you like to know it !!! (laughter), I wrote it here, on the arm.

Silvia = So you alone, you approached the music.

Ignazio = Yes, because, I explained to you that my family has Sicilian origins, I was born in Bologna, I stayed in the bedroom with the keyboard they had given to my sister, and on that keyboard there was the musical base of “La donna è mobile”and I was in the room singing this opera, inventing the words about Pavarotti.

Silvia = And how did your “La donna è mobile” go by Pavarotti?

Ignazio = (humming) “And Pavarotti, who was sweating, and slipping, in the handkerchief” …. (applause)

Piero = But I’ve never heard this version !!

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Silvia = Today we only tell the truth, today new things come out. And you (Gianluca) are the one who left the stage at the age of 11, in a panic, because you didn’t remember the song anymore ….

Gianluca = Yes, because I sang in a choir, I didn’t remember the song, I didn’t remember the text and I ran away. We were in the center of Roseto, on the seafront, there was a lot of people, we were performing with the choir, I was singing with a little girl, I forget the text, I look at her, I start to cry and run away, and I go to hug my mother, who was practically in the crowd. She turned red, I remember very well. I was always a little instinctive, but …….

Ignazio = ….. even a gentleman, who left the girl alone on stage !!!! (laughs)

Piero = It also happened to us to forget the words. In a concert in Locarno, it was the opening of the summer tour, we had to sing “TOUS LES VISAGES DE L’AMOUR”, a French song by C. Aznavour. We haven’t been singing this song for about a year.

He starts (Ignazio, and mentions his part in French)

He continues (Gianluca) with his text and then I ….. Tous les visages de l’amour ….. Tous les visages de l’ amour …. Tous les visages de l’amour…. (everyone laughs) .They start laughing and I said “Help me, sing you.”, we sang 3.15 minutes of song, always saying the title: “Tous les visage de l’amour” …. we all forgot the words !!

Ignazio = No, you forgot the words. He (referring to Gianluca) forgets the words and what does he do? It is not that he is silent or remembers the words …. he says “Ignazio” (and makes the gesture of passing the microphone) ….. to me ???

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Gianluca = Now I want to say that there is an artist that I have always appreciated, besides Bocelli, who has been my idol since I was a child, and then we also had the honor of singing with him, right here in Milan. This artist is Alex Baroni (Italian singer, unfortunately died in an accident with his motorbike). His story moves me every time, I remember as a child, I recorded a record at home, with friends, and I always sang his songs: “Cambiare”, “La voce della Luna”, “Onde”, I was 11- 12 years old, I sang his songs, even in the choir, there were some solo parts, and I always sang the songs of Alex Baroni, and every time  moved me, even listening to my “white” voice, from when I was little and I sang his songs.

So I wanted to say this thing.

Piero = Great artist.

Silvia = You are the most shy of all, or you have been the shyest.

Gianluca = I still am, I am moved when I do certain interviews ……. apart from that it is a pleasure to be here, because I follow you, we follow you, you manage to get into people’s hearts with these interviews, I want congratulate you, really.

Piero + Ignazio = (they mime the execution of the Love Story music ….. how to say in a joking tone, that Gianluca is making a kind of declaration of love)

Silvia = Okay, we’re leaving ….. they don’t deserve us.

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Silvia = Come on, sorry, Gianluca wants to be nice …..

(Piero and Ignazio, continue to make fun of Gianluca’s attitude ….)

Piero = Silvia every time I look at you on Saturday ……

Silvia = Stop it.

Ignazio (with a deep voice) Silvia, your gaze penetrates my mind and makes me feel surreal emotions ….. (Silvia laughs amused) …. I must say that I was struck by how intelligent you are ….

Gianluca = Do you understand what I have to bear?

Silvia = But how can you survive?

Ignazio = No, how can we survive !!

Gianluca = The romantic soul, they don’t understand it.

Silvia = They don’t understand it.

Then 2009, because we are here to celebrate your 10 years, dear Ignazio, 10 years of career flown ….

Ignazio = Fly … why are we IL VOLO (THE FLIGHT)?

Silvia = I made the joke without realizing it, (laughter) no oh well, it’s wonderful this joke I made.

Gianluca = Here it ends badly.

Ignazio = How much do we still have? Half an hour? Let’s do an hour.

Silvia = So, your career has flown in 10 years, and it all started in 2009 with the program TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, with Antonella Clerici and the first song you sang is O SOLE MIO, you want to sing a piece for us ?

Gianluca = But we wanted to make you “GRANDE AMORE”?

Silvia = “GRANDE AMORE” is the one with which you won by returning to that stage, Sanremo 2015.

Piero = Yes, exactly.

Silvia = Which one do you want to give us?

Piero = A piece of “GRANDE AMORE” ….. (they sing, the refrain of GRANDE AMORE)

Silvia = Beautiful, what voices !! (applause)

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Silvia = It was 2009, exactly 10 years ago, you called yourself THE TRIO.

Piero = But we didn’t even know what we called ourselves.

Gianluca = Before we were THE TRYO, then IL TRIO, in fact we went to Sanremo in 2010, the presenter was Antonella Clerici and IL TRIO was written there.

Ignazio = In fact, we had changed name, because in America THE TRYO has a pronunciation that in Italy ….. is not the case.

Silvia = And so you became IL VOLO.

Gianluca = Actually few people know it, but it was also to recall VOLARE, which as a word is famous throughout the world, therefore IL VOLO, VOLARE, a metaphorical name.

Piero = The reality is that our first contract was with an American record company, Universal, and they wanted a short and simple name to remember, but above all in Italian, so in the beginning we thought LA SCALA.

Gianluca = No, LA SCALA no.

Ignazio = LA SCALA anti-fire …

Gianluca = Ladies and gentlemen, LA SCALA

Silvia = And in any case IL VOLO was born.

Success has been resounding.

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Voice = No goal is so far away when you have the strength to pursue your dreams.

They start singing together in 2010, going on stage like THE TRYO, but those three boys, with an extraordinary talent, will soon become a phenomenon with a prophetic name, IL VOLO.

IL VOLO, they are also immediately called by the great Quincy Jones, to record, with over 80 international artists, the song “WE ARE THE WORLD” for Haiti, and immediately afterwards their first international tour kicks off.

They sing in the Senate of the Republic, in front of Pope Francis, even in the evocative Basilica of Assisi. They play duets with the greats, from Placido Domingo to Anastasia, from Laura Pausini to Andrea Bocelli. After the success of the 2013 South-American tour, two years later they finally get on the Sanremo stage, and with the track of “GRANDE AMORE”, they win.

The success is unstoppable and after the victory, the albums Sanremo “GRANDE AMORE” and “L’AMORE SI MUOVE”, are published all over the world, in a few days, they will reach the top of all the international rankings.

The three boys, raised with an artistic awareness that consecrates them among the most beautiful voices of Italian music, bring the NOTTE MAGICA tour to the world, a tribute to the three tenors, Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras. They have recently given birth to their sixth album, MUSICA, along with the song “MUSICA CHE RESTA”, arriving on the podium at Sanremo 2019.

Today they are preparing to celebrate their 10-year career with a new tour in Italy and abroad, ready, as always, to fly.

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Silvia = This year you have returned to Sanremo. You arrived third, with a beautiful song, written between the authors, also by Gianna Nannini and unfortunately, I don’t know if you feel like talking about it, but I think it is right to say it, the last night, some journalists from the press room, while it was decreeing the winner, they really used words, I don’t even know how to say them, because they really made a bad figure, even compared to the whole category, using expressions, horrendous and unrepeatable insults, the video runs on the internet, we’ll never do it see why it’s really a terrible thing to you. I find it a shameful thing, because journalists are there to judge and not to do these insults.

Piero = Silvia, we, after two days, expressed our opinion. Obviously we read and appreciate all the criticisms, also because the compliments are pleasing, but the criticisms make you grow. We, but I believe any artist, any person, do not tolerate offenses, because there is a clear difference between criticism and offense, if you do not like the musical genre that we propose, listen to another song, listen to another artist, we we do not oblige you to listen, but you respect what we do. Those three or four people, because they were few, have offended the whole category, and we respect to the work of the journalist, they are people capable of what they do, thanks to them the music criticism goes on, thank goodness there is music criticism, but of the incompetent, they must not allow themselves to offend the category of journalists. (applause)

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Silvia = So Gianluca, we can say that you have grown a little quickly, you have not known the adolescence of your peers. You became very famous at 14-15 years old.

Gianluca = We lived an anomalous life, we didn’t even expect such a thing. We had to give up things, but we learned languages, we discovered the world and, in any case, travel, it opens the mind. But I always come back home, my friends I’ve never abandoned them, and every time you come back to Montepagano it’s nice that they are always there. Finding the right people, who are always there for you, willing to do anything, family, friends, girl, so I’m happy because ……

Ignazio = Girl or girls?

Silvia = Girl said. He said girl.

Gianluca = It got out of my mouth.

Silvia = Did he say it on purpose Piero?

Piero = I don’t know …..

Gianluca = I also have to tell you that she looks like you ….

(applause….Piero and Ignazio  pretend to make a serenade of love)

Silvia = What is the name of this girl.

Gianluca = Now you want to know too much.

Piero = Aureliana

Silvia = Aureliana?

Ignazio = Gertruda.

Silvia = But is it Italian?

Gianluca = Yes, of course.

Piero = If he returns home and the girl is there, of course she is Italian.

Silvia = She is from Abruzzo (Silvia tells Ignazio)

Ignazio = I know it, you don’t know it. (laughs)

Silvia = Your eyes shine when you talk about her.

Gianluca = It’s nice, isn’t it? Being able to sing for someone, and think of someone.

Silvia = So do you sing for her?

Piero = He sings for her, we (Piero and Ignazio) sing for you (for the audience ….. applause)

Silvia = He sings for his girlfriend and also for the audience.

Gianluca = Absolutely, you saw what happened, in an instant I lost a band of audience.

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Piero = Fortunately we are three. At IL VOLO concerts ….

Ignazio = At our concerts, not IL VOLO ……

Piero = At our concerts, I find audiences of all ages. Some people catch a slice of the public, some another. Gianluca has more girls, I have mothers …..

Silvia = And you? (addressed to Ignazio)

Ignazio = Wait, I go to rest homes.

Silvia = Grandmothers, you are for grandmothers.

Piero = Why you must know, the most adult people, are the most affectionate and Ignazio greet him like this. (he takes Ignatius’s cheeks and shakes them)

Ignazio = How aggressive you are.

Silvia = So we discovered that among you, there is a girlfriend.

Gianluca = It escaped me, I didn’t want to say it, sometimes they advise not to say everything, in the entertainment world.

Ignazio = They say that engaged people are the most courted, you know?

Gianluca = It will be so, I don’t know.

Ignazio = Inverse psychology.

Silvia = Are you a psychologist today?

Then, for all the grandmothers, for all the mothers, for all your fans, let’s see that IL VOLO, has participated, practically ……

Piero = I worry when you talk like that …

Silvia = You have been to Good Morning America, to American Idol, you have opened 12 Barbra Streisand concerts, you have been in the most important programs of the US and not only that, right? And then I’ll show you this video.

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Voice = 2011, IL VOLO conquering America.

They will be the first Italian singers to sign a contract directly with an American record company. First in Miami, then in Los Angeles, they are hosted by the most important TV programs, such as American Idol, which makes them known to the general public. Among the international stars who notice them, there’s Britney Spears who after seeing them on the show, throws a tweet where she writes all her appreciation for the young tenors.

“We would like to embrace, one by one, all the people in front of us, and who have made us become what we are today”.

Their hybrid style, between lyric and pop sounds, conquers the world and in 2012, even Barbra Streisand, calls them on her tour.

They have also recently been chosen to represent Italy at the Friendship Gala between Italy and China.

Three boys, who besides their worldwide success, have kept the simplicity of their soul of timid and simple children, linked to their families.

Always ready to read new scores and live new melodies, because as they say “Music is magic, which can never end.”

(long applause and standing ovation)

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Silvia = For you, even. Everyone standing. How beautiful!

Piero = Seeing these images …..

Ignazio = Lady Piero is talking, she can’t call me …. (everyone laughs)

Piero = Seeing all these images, we would like to say something important. All this is not just our merit, our team is behind us, the merit also goes to the record company, but above all to a person who has been with us for 10 years and we can call him our mentor, it’s our manager Michele Torpedine, thanks to him, we managed to do this.

Silvia = You are very humble, and it is a beautiful thing about you, that you have kept humility, you are really sweet, right Ignazio? I think I made a mistake, because you didn’t open Barbra’s concerts, you really sang with her, in her concerts. Have you met the older ones, from Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, who is it that fascinated you the most?

Piero = Barbra …. no, personally Placido Domingo, sorry.

Gianluca = Have you thought about it?

Piero = I grew up listening to the Three Tenors, to be close to Placido Domindo, I think it was the greatest emotion of my life, besides the one with Pope Francis.

Gianluca = You must know that we, we have three different personalities, three different voices, also thanks to this CD just come out, which is MUSICA, that we can convey what are our single vocalisms, and we are really happy.

For example there is a cover of “A CHI MI DICE”, maybe no one expects it, we made a beautiful version.

Silvia = By Tiziano Ferro.

Gianluca = Yes, of Tiziano Ferro, who also published a post, saying he was very happy with this.

Ignazio = And like magic, here is the CD.

Silvia = Here is the CD, how did you know that ???

MUSICA this is the CD that will take you everywhere and this is Titian’s post “IL VOLO will sing my song ‘A CHI MI DICE’. I’m happy to see my song go around the world again.”

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Piero = We give you a dedication.

Silvia = Give me a dedication.

(Begins a series of sentences on which Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca do not agree and so decide to write “A Silvia” which is the beginning of a famous Italian poem).

Silvia = This CD will go around the world.

Gianluca = You are officially invited to a concert, wherever you want, even to more than one, if you want, you can always follow us.

Piero = In July we will sing in Rome, in Taormina, it will be a summer tour of 17 concerts and then there will also be a winter tour.

Gianluca = At the Verona Arena we will close the summer tour in September.

Silvia = This for Italy and then you will be for the world.

Gianluca = In May we will be in Japan.

Ignazio = Write “A Silvia, I enlighten with immense.”

Gianluca = We light up immense.

Piero = Write “To Silvia, with much esteem, IL VOLO.” is enough.

Silvia = Here … but sorry he wanted to be kind.

Piero = But she is married, has two children.

Ignazio = But what does it mean, if she is married you can’t give her a compliment?

Ignazio = A Silvia, the most splendid woman in the world.

Silvia = Enough.

Gianluca = You are special.

Silvia = Let’s finish singing?

Ignazio = We write “A Silvia” is a poem, she is a poem.

Silvia = That is sweet. What do you say, let’s close singing? I would have thought of a song, since you go around the world, I would have thought of the song “IL MONDO”.

Piero = So we close like this?

Ignazio = Are we closing? I just want to tell you one thing, can I? Come closer.

Sometimes for an artist, to show his inner side is very difficult, so from IL VOLO, I want to say thank you, because in this program, you give the opportunity to show the most intimate part of a person. So thank you for inviting us, it was an honor for us.

(collective and final embrace with “IL MONDO”)

Silvia = You are three fantastic guys, see you on tour and you deserve all the success.

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Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, in this interview you were wonderful.

We all know what kind of people you are, and in this program, you have given reconfirmation of this, but there was no need, because we all know that you are wonderful boys.

Silvia, you are a very sweet girl, who opened your heart and put our guys at ease.

On one thing Piero, I disagree with you, it is true, at the beginning you had the success thanks to the beautiful Italian melodies, but this, now is just an added value to your skill, because people are also in love with you, with your way of being, as only you can be, IL VOLO.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

INSTORE TO REMEMBER – Part 1: by DEBORAH AND JEANNETTE

I am sure that after you read this beautiful and long adventure of the instore in Sicily of our friends Jeannette Giglio and Deborah Georgini Beaupre, you will all want to come to Italy, preferably to Sicily, to participate in an instore ……. Jeannette and Deborah are just two forces of nature: Daniela

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Centro Commerciale Poseidon is where the IL VOLO adventure of a life time started for Deborah Georgini Beaupre and Jeannette Giglio, oh that’s me… We went to the CD signing two hours early and there we met Giovanna and Nino Leone, Daniela Galati-LaFata’s sister and brother-in-law… They were up front and we were able to get to them with a great view of IL VOLO when they came onto the stage…Deborah purchased our CD’s a couple of days before I arrived and had our passes for our CD signing with the boys…We met some nice people in line and did our best to communicate with our limited Italian and their limited English. With the help of our new found friend, Giovanna, we were able to share stories of the love we have for IL VOLO…Nino took pictures of us all together and then surprised us by taking pictures of us on stage with lL VOLO...  

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In 2016 after the Las Vegas fanfare I had a beautiful book made up with pictures of IL VOLO when they were young boys and through the years…In the middle of the book was pictures of the fanfare and lastly pictures of them in 2016 , Notte Magica pictures with Placido Domingo, and some of Michele and Barbara mixed in. The Italian ladies and a few Italian men were thrilled to see the book and it was funny to see Deborah and I trying to explain the activities in the pictures to them, you have to remember we are trying to explain to them in English and a few Italian words sprinkled in and them talking fast in Italian to us and we just had the best time with them in spite of the language barrier… 

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It was finally our turn to get in line to see our boys and get the CD’s signed … There were about 400 to 500 people crowded around the stage. We pushed our way out of the crowd and tried going around to the left side of the stage where the fans were lining up… The people standing there watching our guys would not let us through even though we were holding up our passes to show why we had to get ahead of them… We gave up and went around the entire crowd of people and went to the right side of the stage and around the back of the stage to where the ticket holders were lining up and the mall cop would not let us in!!! He said we had to go back around and just work our way through the crowd…Now we are angry and hot from jogging around the mall of 500 people so this time we just pushed our way through the crowd and let them yell at us in Italian, we didn’t care, we didn’t understand them anyway, we were not going to miss our time with “our boys.”

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Deborah went up first and said, “Ciao guys!!” They were very surprised to see her and recognized her right away!! Ignazio gave her a big hug and smile and Gianluca a big smile and said to her, “Come stai?” She drew a blank and almost said “Bueno”!!! The words “Molto bene” just wouldn’t come out, until Gianluca said you need to speak in Italian “Va bene”? As she was speaking to both of them, we found out later it was being filmed, as you probably already saw in her post. As security was about to have her move on, Piero said wait, grabbed her hand and told the MC that she was from America, so he came to her with the microphone and asked her what her name was and where she was from and also gave her a big hug!! What an special moment!

Now it was my turn. I went up the first two steps and Ignazio was the first to see me and he wrapped his arms around me and gave me a big warm hug… I was flabbergasted almost at a loss for words… but this is mighty mouth Jeannette and I recovered my vocabulary quickly and asked him if they would sign my book… He took the book and smiled as he looked at some of the pictures and then signed on the front page.

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As this was happening, Gianluca saw me and with his biggest most loving smile said, oh you are here tooooo!!! He gave me a big hug and double cheek kisses then played tug of war with Ignazio trying to grab the book away from him… Ignazio said something in Italian and made one of his angry funny faces in his comical style and let Gianluca have the book… Gianluca got all excited and started looking through each page and commented how great he thought the book was… Then by this time Piero noticed the book and pictures and wanted to see it… Gianluca said no, no, no and continued looking through pages until he saw a picture of him and me, he then signed the picture and handed the book to Piero and asked if we would be going to Catania… I said no but we will see you Sunday… His face lit up again with that million dollar smile and said good, see you there and gave me a little hug as I turned to Piero…

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By this time Piero found a place to sign and we had a minute to hug and talk… He wanted to know how long I would be in Sicily and would I see them again. I said yes on Sunday… He smiled that big smile and said you mean you are coming to my hometown? I said yes and I got a hug for that… The guys were just surprised and very happy to see Deborah and I. We certainly had more time with them than most fans did…What can I say, it was better than any meet and greet because they made the extra time for us and we have been on cloud nine ever since…

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Today was a long drive from Palermo to Canicatti .. We had our GPS take us to places we had never been before, however after the third time around we figured that was not where we wanted to be. After about and hour or more returning to dead ends, unpaved roads with paths that could not even be called a road, with huge pot holes so big that we were afraid we would lose the car in one of them. We decided to give up on the GPS and find the sign that said Canicatti … We were there in a short period of time but so stressed out that we just had to go to Max Cream and have a gelato to calm our nerves. We had a great conversation with our friend Max Messina…We checked into our B&B and relaxed and put this first episode together for all of you…

We had another great adventure tonight but we will keep you in suspense until tomorrow as our adventure continues…

Buonanotte Amici…❤❤❤

Jeannette Giglio and Deborah Georgini Beaupre

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

 

IL VOLO IN ASTI CONCERT by Daniela

The first of five summer concerts this year in Italy has begun, in Asti.

In these days, several journalistic articles have announced the arrival of the boys, presenting them as true stars, they had never been in concert at Asti.

Let’s start with the soundcheck.

And here they are, ready to start, beautiful and elegant.

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Asti 2

Thus the “Volomania” infects all the public in Piazza Cattedrale. Accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Asti, the three tenors of Il Volo and their repertoire of “Magic Night: A Tribute to Three Tenors” – a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Josè Carreras.

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Asti 4

Asti 5

Asti 6

Asti 7

The program seems to repeat the program of NOTTE MAGICA of Florence.

Directed by the master Marcello Rota.

Some amateur videos have arrived, the first one, which is out on stage, of the boys, has no audio. The others yes, we listen to some songs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Asti 9

 

But they also sang IL MONDO:

Along with L’AMORE SI MUOVE, GRANDE AMORE and VOLARE.

Attention to this next video:

LIBIAM NE LIETI CALICI begins and Gian looks for words on the musical score and does not find the page. Starting slightly late, he does not remember the words, then makes a sign to the guys who understand, Ignazio and Piero go on in his part and at the end Ignazio hugs him.

It can happen to anyone, but this gesture by Ignazio and Piero is wonderful !!

 

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IL VOLO with the municipal council of ASTI

IL VOLO with the municipal council of ASTI

In the afternoon, the guys with Torpedine presented the book RICOMINCIO DAI TRE.

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Another really nice thing is that last night on the streets of Asti were hanging messages that said:

I LOVE GIANLUCA

IL VOLO IS OURS

WE CAN COME ON TOUR WITH YOU

PIERO I LOVE YOU

IL VOLO VITA

IGNAZIO I LOVE YOU

Another thing to report, the friend of Ignazio, Roberto Amade published this post:

“I really want to do a big good luck to my little brother Ignazio and my friends of Il Volo who will perform tonight in Asti, near my house !! I will not be there but with the heart I will be there ….. and who else can go because it is a really beautiful show!”

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I would say that the boys had an extremely long and heavy day, and there was also a little rain at the beginning of the concert.

They will be tired but certainly happy for this beautiful concert.

……. and in a few days it’s up to me !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

 

EVERYTHING HAPPENED FOR A TRULY MAGICAL NIGHT !!!! by Daniela

July 1, 2016 ……… I can not believe it’s already been two years since that fantastic night, where in the warm sunset of Florence, you could feel in the air the magic that these three young boys were giving, at the public present.

It was wonderful and I was there.

It was my second concert and I was very excited, it was also the first time I used my daughter’s camera, I made videos that re-post to you, sorry for the various tremors and my voice in the background.

The magic was, that no one knew what to expect, we all know that the boys have incredible voices, but when they started with the Nessun Dorma, I think all those present held their breath to the end.

“O my God, it’s very difficult”, I thought, and even the boys were very emotional. There was a palpable tension in the air.

At the final note, we could not believe our ears, we all got up in a very long applause and a few teardrops wet our eyes. They were very good, we were all very proud of them, and they were tighten their hands, hugging each other, moved to be successful.

The various songs went by fast and the evening was beautiful. The muggy heat of the afternoon had given way to a nice evening temperature and Piazza Santa Croce was truly magnificent and the public really very much involved.

Between one song and another there were presentations made by the boys themselves, repeated twice, one in Italian and one in English and this was funny because Piero said: “Rewind everything and repeat because the grandmother in the front row has not heard well.”

There were also strange moments, because it was full summer and it was hot and yet, because the CD would come out at Christmas, they also sang a Christmas song, which was not added on the CD.

And Gianluca occasionally said, “Congratulations, Merry Christmas!”

The boys were really elegant, and the stage was huge, with a large chandelier that came down from the roof and emanated lights of many colors.

People reacted with enthusiastic applauses for their great affection, but also because they recognized the skill of the boys of IL VOLO.

But why in the title of today I wrote “Everything happened for a truly magical night”? Because of the videos I had taken that night…. once I returned home, I wanted to share them with someone.

It was about a year that I was following the IL VOLO FLIGHT CREW website, but I had NEVER commented, I read the various comments that I liked so much.

In fact, at that moment, I took courage and made a comment, attaching one of the videos.

Immediately Marie contacted me and told me to write my impressions on the concert and to attach all my videos that today, I’m re-posting.

I received so many very beautiful and enthusiastic comments of the videos, even if they were shaky and with background voices.

I immediately felt accepted by the group, indeed part of the group.

After three months I was able to meet Marie and Jane personally, what a wonderful meeting.

A few days before going to Florence I read that even Jana would be there to see NOTTE MAGICA, but I still did not make direct contact with Jana so we could meet and get to know each other personally. There will certainly be a next time.

Since then, every day I check the page of our beautiful website several times, and I always feel very close to all of you, even if you are on the other side of the world.

By now I have learned to know most of you. I have so many fond friends, I’m lucky.

The architects of all this are three boys of gold, our dear Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio.

Their wonderful voices console us and their family affairs, into which to our great joy, they allow us to peek, make us proud and also very united, as if we were all part of a large family.

This beautiful magic was also repeated in Verona, where I got to know other members of our crew, such as Mary and Mark Minton, Sue and Graham Hemshall, Jeannette Giglio, Susan Tafanelli, to whom I send a big hug.

Within a few days I will go to the concert of Marostica, and I am sure, it will be a beautiful concert.

I will try to get as close as possible to our boys, to whom I will certainly bring the affection of the whole crew.

I hope to be able to make good videos that I will certainly send you with a detail of the whole concert.

This is the whole story, for now, of how I started writing for Flight Crew, all because of a Magic Night.

Here is the photo of our arrival in the beautiful Florence to attend the concert, my husband and I.

Did you see that beautiful shirt I was wearing ??? I took the first shirt on the fly !!

Daniela and Husband 2015

I send a hug to the whole crew, and I hope I have not bored you too much.

Kisses: Daniela

All videos and photo credited to Daniela!

IL VOLO to Marostica by Daniela

Every day, there is a special announcement that makes us happy.

After the news of the participation in the

WIND MUSIC AWARD on June 5th and RADIO ITALIA LIVE – THE CONCERT on June 16th

we hear of another very important date:

The trio, IL VOLO arrives at the Marostica Summer Festival.

IL VOLO 2016

Marostica – The billboard of the fourth edition of Marostica Summer Festival is still enriched. After the announcement of the presence of Alvaro Soler, on the stage on 18 July, the next day, Thursday 19, in the chess square, IL VOLO will return. Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and Gianluca Ginoble, will in fact present their project, on tour since 2016, which is titled “NOTTE MAGICA – A Tribute to the Three Tenors”. After the two lucky events of 2014 and 2015, sold out in every place order, the three tenors, who in these years have won successes in all corners of the world, with their typically Italian voices and a repertoire ranging from Opera to pop music, thanks to Due Punti Eventi they announce a new concert, in the Scaliger town, which has always responded with generosity and affection.

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The beautiful Piazza degli Scacchi, where the concert will be held.

The one scheduled for July 19th, beginning at 9:30 pm, will be a show in which the successful melodies of the Neapolitan, Italian and international repertoire will alternate with pieces taken from great musicals and with the most famous opera arias.

On the stage with the orchestra, the trio will also present some pop-inspired pieces and other surprises.

Pre-sales of the “IL VOLO” concert will be available shortly online and in the Ticketone and Vivaticket circuits.

On 1 July 2016 in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence Il Volo brought on stage for the first time “NOTTE MAGICA – A Tribute to the Three Tenors”, broadcast in prime time on Canale 5; the show has seen the participation of Placido Domingo and marked the beginning of a world tour that debuted on March 4 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, registering sold out. After 15 stages in the United States, the tour arrived first in Europe (29 dates) and then in Latin America and, finally, in Japan.

Marostica Summer Festival

Marostica Summer Festival is organized by Due Punti Eventi, with the artistic direction of Valerio Simonato, in collaboration with the Municipality of Marostica and with the patronage of the Veneto Region and the Province of Vicenza. The event supports Woman For Freedom, donating a number of tickets to the shows to support the association’s activities.

Here the original article:

Vicenza Report – Click Here

Ok, I think it’s great news, a whole concert, I think I’ll do everything to go there.

There will be Magic Night songs, but also pop songs and some surprises (maybe the new single), moreover, from Roncadelle where I live in Marostica, it’s only 100 miles, and then I’ve never seen Marostica and the famous Piazza where every year plays the Chess Game with real people.

No, I can not miss, Marostica, wait for me!

How many of you would like to be here, at that time ??

Meanwhile, as we wait on 19 July, we enjoy this piece of concert taken at Marostica in 2014, beautiful CARUSO.

THIS NEWS JUST IN!

Il Volo returns live in Italy in July with five dates in the following cities:

July 15 – ASTI – Piazza Cattedrale
July 16 – CODROIPO (UD) – Villa Manin
July 19 – MAROSTICA (VI) – Piazza Degli Scacchi
July 26 – CERVIA (RA) – Piazza Garibaldi
July 28 – TAORMINA (ME) – Teatro Antico

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Flashback Friday: Notte Magica, PBS Miami

Hey, Y’all!

It’s time for another edition of, Flashback Friday!

Today, we are flashing back to one of Il Volo’s PBS events to promote Notte Magica with the help of Joan Brenin, who went to the Miami event.  Enjoy!

~~ Kelly


Better late then never !!  I am posting yet another PBS Experience !!! Mine !!!

December 2, 2016 was a very memorable night at the WLRN PBS Studio in Miami !!!  Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero were there to promote Notte Magica !!!  And myself,Debbie Gastauer and Vivian Liebgold were also there to attend an Interview, Reception and M&G with our guys !!  We arrived 45 minutes before the doors opened, but the wonderful people that work there saw us standing outside and and let us in!!  After they checked us in, they showed us the studio where there were candlelit tables that sat four in a nightclubish atmosphere.  About fifty people were there to see them including many from the Il Volo Miami Fan Club, including Diana Ramirez Velasquez, who interviewed them along with WLRN’s delightful Mia Lorenzo.

 

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Our handsome trio finally walked into the studio graciously greeting each of us as they took their positions on stools set up on a low platform directly in front of us !!  We watched their interview which was awesome!!  Ignazio was not feeling well that evening but rose to the occasion, and they were all very relaxed, engaging, animated and fun!!  Afterwards we had our photos taken with them.  I walked in front of Ignazio to stand next to my Gianluca, and he said,  “No!! No!! No !!” and pulled me over to him!!  However I still managed to keep my arm wrapped around GG’s waist!!  It was really funny!!  They were their sweet, kind, charming selves, and we were able to spend quality time with them for another two hours in a very relaxed atmosphere without security shooing us away which was absolutely incredible!!  It was by far the longest and most fun M&G ever!!  PBS also served us a delicious buffet dinner!!  It was a party for sure and a very memorable evening that we will never forget!!

A couple of weeks later, one of the young women who works at the PBS studio and who I befriended kindly sent me and Debbie discs of the interview from that night which are now a treasured memento!!

 

Joan Brenin

We left the studio late for our 1 1/2 hour trip back home, but we didn’t want our exciting night to end so we went to McDonald’s near Vivian’s home so we could rehash our extraordinary evening over coffee!!  It was by far the longest and most fun M&G ever!!!
I hope they come back in 2018 to promote one of their new projects !!! Fingers crossed !!🤞

The Wind Music Awards! June 5 & 6, 2017 – Arena di Verona! – by Myron Heaton

The “ WIND MUSIC AWARDS” and some other thoughts for this summer of Il Volo 2017.

 

I was pleased to view the Wind Music Awards presentation today and to see that our group, Il Volo, was presented with an award honoring 1myronthe fact that their Notte Magica has achieved a Platinum album level of sales (meaning sales of a miniumum of 50,000).   Also, in this category, Amazon lists “Notte Magica” as number one in sales. There are also some other awards they have won this year having to do with sales and honoring the fact that they are the best Goodwill Ambassadors that Italy has ever had to the rest of the world.

During the presentation the guys sang Nessun Dorma again, which makes sense since this song has a very, very wide audience around the world – opera lovers or not. But only one song is not a good way to judge a singing performance. Usually we have 15 to 20 songs to use for source material, but I will say that the guys’ singing artistry was very fine as usual. If I were to make one tiny comment it would be that they sounded a little tired – vocally – which makes perfect sense. After all they have been on tour ever since the last part of January with only a few short breaks and further more they have more to do yet up to near the end of July. That is a lot of concerts. One good thing I noticed when they started here in the USA in February was that they are avoiding having two or more concerts back to back to back. That sort of poor planning really hurt them during the 2013 Latin America tour. If you play Trumpet and break it then you can go out to a store and buy a new one but if you ruin your voice you cannot go to the store and buy a new one. The human voice is very resilient, but sometimes we push it too far and it does not bounce back fast or, maybe, at all. The Latin singer Jose Jose is an example of that sort of thing. He can never sing again – ever. You may remember that for the Latin Grammy awards show a few years back the boys sang Jose’s “El Triste” on a program where they were giving him an honor. He received the award and could barely talk – sounded like gravel – too much over singing, too much booze, too much drugs, and too much bad living. Thus, Il Volo sang his song for him.

I have written about this already, but want to share it again. When the boys came to Las Vegas this March they had been already fighting the desert-dry throat since Los Angeles so here our people made sure that there was humidity on stage and plenty of water bottles.  My point is that because of taking good care of themselves, vocally, they sang one of the best concerts of the whole USA tour.  This sort of thing has to be handled and taken care of from one moment to the next through all 2 ½ hours of the concert. But these guys are very smart about handling themselves. I sat in the front row and (as a vocal coach) admired tremendously how well they adapted. The singing was SUPERB! Less well trained singers would have coughed or broken phrase or sang out of tune. I know because I have heard some very famous singers give way to exactly that.

But not our boys. They had it under control from beginning to end. This is what professional singing is all about. Not just the money. All that and the fact that this program is THE most demanding set of songs that they have ever put together for a concert. The famous tenors did this program when they were in their 50s, but our boys are doing it in their early 20s. Bravo !

We need to hope that they keep this pacing steady as they head into the next batch of concerts. I am so proud of these guys.

My two cents worth….(Jana)

On the 2nd day of their performance, the guys did a “360 loop,” opting for a change in dress from their formal wear for Nessun Dorma, to a more comfortable leather and jeans, to sing their cherished hit, Grande Amore!  The guys didn’t miss a beat, battling downpours of rain – even stepping out from the stage to get a little wet – all for the love of their fans!

They were also presented with a new award this year.  They received the “gold” award for audience attendance.  This seemed to be calculated only using the concerts from Italy during May 2016 to May 2017.  The gold range level was from 40,000 to 100,000 audience attendance.  Per Daniela,

The concerts from May 2016 to May 2017 are taken into account. I believe, but it is my opinion that only Italian concerts are taken into consideration, at that time (2016) the concerts in Italian palasport had already been made, only Florence And Verona that you also saw (6000 + 12000) then concerts in 2017 in Italy but only until May, so the major ones were Torino 11.000 milano 11.000 Verona 24.000 (both night) Roma 12.000 (both nights) then others have more capes small Ancona, Roccaraso  Livorno and Bologna.

Last night they were good, admirable for being differentiated from the rest of the performances and also brave to bring a piece so busy on a very light evening. They have shown yesterday that they are serious professionals, elegant, mature at their age. Today they are three boys in jeans and leather jackets, show their age, have been addicted, certainly more suitable to this type of audience, they were cool and nice. They sang under a rain shower and Torpedine accompanied them to the drum. Bravo in both cases, have shown two faces of IL VOLO, they can do it.

Thank you to Daniela who sent us the link to the show!  Watch it before it is gone!

http://www.raiplay.it/video/2017/05/Wind-Music-Awards-2017-a460e9c0-9369-4c01-b348-85efd9652df6.html

Here they are singing just Grande Amore:

Here they are singing Nessun Dorma!

A little sad… this is from 2015 – listen how the crowd sings along 2 years ago!

This is Maria/medley from 2016 WMA:

Here are some pictures!

trio with awards

trio gold award

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Ignazio and the rain!

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trio with hosts

I think this is so cute – they are all looking at the award at the same time, the same way!

looking at award

The last 3 years of memories for the WMA – what will the future hold for them next year?  Only time will tell….  Maybe they will win a movie award of some kind for Notte Magica or Un Amore Cosi Grande?

We can only hope, but no matter what, they continue to soar upward and onward, setting their own flight path and no one can stop them!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post by Myron with a few bits from Daniela & I.  Photo/video credits to all owners….

Ciao!  A presto!

Jana