BIANCA MAGAZINE, has dedicated the cover to IL VOLO and inside there is a nice article by Omar Gelsomino, which I now translate for you.
IL VOLO, WE SING OUR TRADITION IN THE WORLD.
When we saw them on TV for the first time, they were single beginners at the second edition of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE. Since then Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto(both Sicilians, the first from Naro, in the Agrigento area; the second from Marsala, in the province of Trapani) and Gianluca Ginoble, from Abruzzo, have come a long way and since 2009, they have “taken off” as IL VOLO. This is the name of this extraordinary trio that in 10 years, from the talent of Antonella Clerici onwards, signed a contract with Universal and then with Sony, sang for the greatest personalities in the world, dueted with international stars, done and continue to do sold-out tours in every part of the globe, and in 2015 won the Sanremo Festival with “Grande Amore”.
We saw them at the cinema with “Notte Magica”, a concert film that marked the stages of the silimar “A Tribute To The Three Tenors”, recently in a film “Un Amore Così Grande”, and now engaged in their “Musica Tour”.
Three different personalities, but who are you really?
We are three guys with a great desire to make music and share what we love doing. Three boys, with completely different personalities, united by the passion for the same musical genre, a little forgotten, and we are trying in every way to bring back again among the “young”.
From a talent to global success. How do you experience it?
We live it with a lot of tension, as it gives you the incentive to produce new things, to make music, to never give up.
Our typical day is marked by the 24-hour workday, we can’t imagine our life without this work, the last thing the artist does is get on stage and sing, before the whole job is behind.
The people who are close to me every day, see me one day nervous, one day very happy , one day thoughtful, one day tense, we all have the stimulus and the question mark of tomorrow, but we must always enjoy the moment. (Piero’s words).
If you look back, what and how do you see yourself?
We see three very privileged boys, looking at our past we cannot but believe in destiny.
If one of us had participated in the first or third edition of that program, IL VOLO would not have been born.
Since then, thanks to Michele Torpedine, our current manager, we have done a lot of work.
How you have changed?
On the positive side, but also on the negative side (they joke).
We have grown humanly and professionally.
It is clear that each of us has his own needs, he wants to spend the holidays alone, he wants to be more alone.
We cannot complain, clearly as any marriage or cohabitation there are moments of discussion, the most mature thing for a group and for any relationship is to find the right compromise, a meeting point.
How do you feel, being ambassadors of the Bel Canto in the world?
It is a great responsibility. Pavarotti, Bocelli and Il Volo share the same songs.
People living in the wild cannot wait to hear “O sole mio”, “Torna a Surriento”, “Nessun dorma”, “Libiamo”.
Our success is due to the echo and strength of the Italian musical tradition.
Among the celebrities you have met, who has impressed you the most?
Each of us has his favorite, when we signed the tour contract with Barbra Streisand we didn’t realize how important and great the meeting was.
A magical moment that I will carry throughout my life and tell my grandchildren, it was two years ago, when we were next to Placido Domingo (We grew up listening to his music, I always listen to him because I am an opera lover, points out Piero Barone.), an icon of classical music who gave us advice on how to sing.
It is the luck of our work, a way of life, it leads you to sing with Placido Domingo, a moment of extreme difficulty and two days later you find yourself in front of the Pope in front of one million people!
There are mood swings and moods that are difficult to control.
When you look in the mirror, the most important thing to do is to think, “What can we do tomorrow?”
We think of tomorrow, never cradle ourselves in success and what it gives you, and never say, me, me, me.
You returned to Sanremo celebrating ten years of career, what did you feel?
We felt so much emotion to sing there. The edition of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE in 2009, took place right at the Ariston Theater, so that stage saw us being born. Last year we went as guests, this year instead as competitors.
The stage is a moment of sharing, whether you are a guest or a competitor, people are there to listen to you, the rest are just circumstances.
Tell us about “Musica Che Resta”, the song you brought to Sanremo and your new album Musica ……
This album is particular because it contains our other musical tastes, explains Gianluca, we believed that it was necessary to satisfy our three tastes and our personalities: “Be my love” is close to Piero, “Arrivederci Roma” is more my genre , while “A Chi Mi Dice”, to Ignazio.
“Musica Che Resta” is a fairly representative piece for IL VOLO, so we called Gianna Nannini, because it was missing that rock feel. When we sing this song, we perfectly express our vocals and we can’t wait to go back on tour, in June and July, among other things we will do two concerts in Sicily, on July 21st in Palermo and July 23rd in Taormina.
In what spirit did you start this new tour?
With a smile. With this tour, we celebrate our 10-year career in front of our audience, our fans, those who have allowed this.
The public is the reason we live.
We consider ourselves privileged and for this reason we thank them, because they allows us to share our gift, our voice and our passion.
What are your future plans?
There are so many, but IL VOLO’s goal is to confirm and consolidate everything we’ve done in the past.
The tenth anniversary concert tour starts in Japan!
I was shuddered by Il Volo’s voice!
“Notte Stellata (Starry Night)” that Yuzuru Hanyu chose for the music of the Pyeongchang Olympics and received great acclaim. The young trio of Italian origin, Il Volo, is the owner of an incredibly sweet and clean singing voice that gently embraces the heart of the listener.
Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca ……, three members found talent in the Italian audition program at the age of 14 and 15, formed a boundless trio that sings from Italian folk songs to operas and pops, caused a boom all over the world.
In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the formation, it is an interview with them during the tour of the concert in Japan that is coming at this time.
I have heard of love and passion for music, feelings for friends and future activities.
Piero Barone, born 24 June 1993, from Sicily. Sing the air of the opera in a dramatic volume, reminiscent of R. Pavarotti from the apogee. A smart and cool leader who also has a sense of laughter
PIERO = Since we started, we have also sung opera classics and original folk songs, but Il Volo’s main goal is to let many know about the charm of Italian music.
Gianluca Ginoble, born 11 February 1995, from Abruzzo. A handsome boy with an ordered appearance just like a sculpture. Sing in a romantic way with a shiny and deep velvet voice and capture the heart of the listener.
GIANLUCA= What is at the base of our music are the traditional melodies of Italy, and the passion to convey that charm has not changed at all.
Ignazio Boschetto, born 4 October 1994, from Bologna. From the soulful and sparkling cry to the parts he delicately sings, the ability to sing freely. He’s hot. A humorous speech is a fun mood maker.
IGNAZIO= Italians love music a lot, but we all grew up, especially among music lovers. Everyone was influenced by grandfather and dad, and grew up listening to Italian folk songs and works.
There is a reputation for their appeal that attracts women all over the world. They are also very popular as a star in South America, and it is also a promise that the scene where women who fall in love with them throw colorful gifts (sometimes even bras!) On stage!
The Japan Tour audience, which started May 13th, was not only feminine, but also colorful. A large public and people from adolescents and twenties to grandfather and grandparents, the three of Il Volo will be united in a warm atmosphere. The venue is just the classics room like the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Grand Hall, Arie in the name of the work, the light Italian folk songs resound with applause, to every part of the song, “Bravo.”
Il Volo also greeted the public, sometimes serving a kiss.
For my age generation, they are almost the age of my children, but for the dynamic singing voice and the appearance I knew at the show, there is also a lot of sensuality for adults! The heart is beating fast and the romantic concentration in the blood seems to increase.
GIANLUCA = It was impressive to come to Japan that your ways are wonderfully good. I am impressed by how you listen to our music calmly, very carefully and impatiently! It would be nice if the South American and European public were with everyone in Japan (laughs). I will learn Japanese at my next visit to Japan, so I will be able to exchange more words with the public, so please look ahead.
IGNAZIO = I’m happy to be able to do a concert at Japan. Arigatou Gozaimasu! I look forward to performing in Osaka this time. Everyone who comes to the concert, let’s meet up at the “Okini!” (If I had gone to Osaka, I would like to say “Okini”, Inazio practiced repeatedly.)
In 2016 an open-air concert was held in Florence entitled “Il Volo with Placido Domingo NOTTE MAGICA – Dedicated to the three great tenors”. The model becomes a film and will be released from 19 July in Japan. Even those who could not come on this tour can enjoy their beautiful singing voices in the cinema. What kind of movie is it?
GIANLUCA = The concert took place in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. Spend a summer evening with us in a fantastic illuminated square …. I think you can enjoy such a romantic moment. It would be nice if you could look at the theater!
PIERO = Even on the fifth anniversary of the training, they asked me, “What do you think of Il Volo after five years?”
And I replied: “I would like to celebrate the tenth anniversary with these three people”. Now, what I can say is this: “I really want to sing with them, for 50 years more.”
Guys, this Japanese tour, is taking place in the best way. We are so happy for your success, because you deserve it. I would say that your tenth anniversary is taking place in the best way. But the goals are still many. We are always here to support you!
The theater that will host IL VOLO is very beautiful.
Everything is ready, last moments in the backstage, sent by our beautiful baritone.
The evening program booklet is also very nice.
The concert will be set to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but there will certainly be variations.
And here is the list of songs that will be performed in the concert.
A really intense program.
It is very similar to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but with some variations.
The following have been introduced:
“QUESTA O QUELLA” taken from IL Rigoletto,
“NOTTE STELLATA”(lately they sing this only in Japan and instead we would like to hear it everywhere),
“LAMENTO DI FEDERICO” from the Arlesiana,
“BE MY LOVE” and“MUSICA CHE RESTA” from the last CD.
Furthermore “O ‘PAESE D’O SOLE” is sung by all three and not only by Piero and Ignazio.
Unfortunately in Japan, it is not allowed to make video footage while the concert is taking place, therefore there are no videos, only a very short video of the concert already finished with standing ovation, taken by Mrs. Lenora.
And here are the only photos of the concert.
The Japanese are very observant of the rules.
However we can guess that it was a success, and we wish Piero, Ignazio and GIanluca to continue their tour with great success …… and we hope, for us, to be able to see some videos!
The boys continue to be hosted in the various programs, here they are in the UTACON show, where the boys sing a small song in Japanese.
Very nice as usual and always available for photos.
What do you think about the concert program and the new songs included?
It is clear that the program will not be the same here in Italy and also in the US.
I think it’s a very intense program and honestly I’m curious to hear Rigoletto and Arlesiana.
I also think that these guys can do everything, and range from a classic program to a pop with great ease and this is certainly not for everyone.
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?
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?
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)
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)
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)
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= 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 !!
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 ???
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
Silvia = Aureliana?
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.
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.
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)
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.”
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.
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.
I am sure that after you read this beautiful and long adventure of the instore in Sicily of our friends Jeannette Giglio and Deborah GeorginiBeaupre, 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
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 withlL VOLO...
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…
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.”
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.
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…
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…
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…