All Music Italia was present at the Palermo date of the show that IL VOLO is taking around the world to celebrate ten years of career.
When we talk about Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto, we must put in sequence the words talent, music and success.
Talking about the concert is a bit like doing singing lessons at the conservatory, I’m not a good teacher but I can tell great stories with my reflex. Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio sing, very well, they talk (a lot) with the public, they joke (without stopping) between them, between dialects and jokes … And between a tribute to Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra and one to Modugno, time flies!
Over two hours of emotions, even this umpteenth concert by IL VOLO confirms themselves as a guarantee of great music, of great love.
And now let’s move on, to the definitely favorite stage of the whole tour.
T A O R M I N A
Yes, because all the stages are important, but some are really SPECIAL and Taormina is certainly the most special of all.
Here the boys are at home, not only in the theater, but everywhere, on every street, in every corner. Taormina loves them, and they reciprocate with the same coin.
Who among us fans wouldn’t want to be there for a concert?
Let’s start with the beautiful photo of Mr. Ginoble.
The concert is about to begin.
“L’AMORE SI MUOVE”
“O SOLE MIO” (Piero)
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
Listen when Gianluca is good at speaking in Sicilian dialect, these guys too funny, to die for laughing. 🤣 😂 ☺️
The final greetings.
And here is the comment of my friend Melina, present at the concert (bless her!)
“Indescribable concert last night in Taormina. Impressive theater, standing ovation to every song, cheers, laughter, emotion. Words are not enough, they can’t make the idea. The boys are always magnificent, relaxed, happy and jokers. I still haven’t fallen from the pink cloud and I can’t put together coherent thoughts, so much is the wonder mixed with nostalgia and the sense of loss. As soon as I return to the real world, I will try to write something sensible.”
Another comment from Melina:
“The night before the concert, we had dinner at La Botte and the boys came to eat there too, very kind, helpful and patient. Ignazio, who had gone to pick up a granita at the Bambar, (which is in front of the restaurant) and then eat it at the restaurant table, by dint of stopping it before he sat down, made it melt, but he always smiling and affectionate, he didn’t get impatient at all and gave everyone attention.”
I would say that they were two fantastic concerts, too bad not to be there, but certainly with the heart, we were all there with them.
But I want to close this beautiful Sicilian parenthesis with a beautiful group photo, a dinner in the beautiful Taormina, with our boys and their friends and ….. Saretto Bam Bar among them.
A beautiful flight of IL VOLOand we arrive in Palermo, there is the great concert of RADIO ITALIA LIVE.
Here, instead, there is the advertising of the concert, really very nice and the boys are very strong.
P = You must come to the Radio Italia live concert, because … I= Why Radio Italia, it’s just Italian music … and then it’s not an advice … G = And what is a fennel? However, to get all the information, swipe up.
Here is the video of the show’s rehearsals.
They try “MUSICA CHE RESTA”, but is someone missing? Ignazio did not arrive, but he will certainly be there for the evening.
Immediately after the rehearsals for the show, Piero and Gianluca are interviewed by Radio Italia.
IL VOLO TO RADIO ITALIA LIVE. 10 YEARS OF CAREER: “AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE BEST WILL COME.”
Gianluca and Piero anticipate a new project.
Among the protagonists of RADIO ITALIA LIVE – IL CONCERTO in Palermo is IL VOLO: Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone did the rehearsals and went to visit us at our Foro Italico for a live interview with Mauro and Manola. Ignazio Boschetto is absent, but tomorrow (29 June) he will be on stage. “Sometimes it happens that due to unforeseen events we are not immediately present all three. Once, in 2012, we were guests at The Voice Portugal, but there was a snowfall and I couldn’t move from home,” explained Gianluca.
Celebrate 10 years of success around the world … “For us this is a special year, we were waiting with much anticipation 2019. The first song we sang together in 2009 was ‘O Sole Mio’. This year we celebrate 10 years of music, friendship and loyalty. A project will arrive at the end of the year, the best.”
Did you ever think or hope as a child that this would happen? “The important thing is never to lose being children, which sometimes helps you to keep your feet on the ground. We still have that desire to make music and have fun, especially on stage, where we are still those children who want to break everything.”
Did you ever think about the Japan tour and the Arena? “No, we just sang, just. We didn’t know each other, it was the producer of the program TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE that has united us. Thanks to our manager Torpedine we are fulfilling our dreams.”
You were small but you already showed great self-confidence … “This is a little fun … Have you ever seen videos in Locarno where we forgot the lyrics?”
We are finally in the evening, everything takes place in the beautiful Sicily, in Palermo, we are at the Foro Italico, at the marina. There’s a lot of people. And here’s the short videos of their performances …
A CHI MI DICE
MUSICA CHE RESTA
Great people participation!
Immediately after the performance, a small, nice interview.
PR = At Radio Italia Live the concert, IL VOLO, welcome. G = Thank you, welcome back.
PR = Welcome back, very good, but it is also a welcome home, especially for Piero and Ignazio, because they return to Sicily. What is it like singing at home in Sicily? I = It is always beautiful, it is always nice to come back to Sicily, our land, our origins, especially to Radio Italia, the people are crazy, in today’s slang “fighissimo”. Then we will be back on July 21st here in Palermo. P = And also in Taormina on July 23rd.
PR = What did you give Piero for his 26 years? I = Do you really want to know? P = You know, they went to the greengrocer, they bought a broccoli and they gave it to me, in Sicily they say “broccoli roses”. (I think it’s a way of saying that they gave him nothing, Daniela) G = Sometimes we give ourselves little thoughts and gifts, even if there is no particular occasion.
PR = It is the best thing. (addressed to Piero) but is this really the gift? P = No, no, they are thinking about it ….. I hope !! G = First we must have the money. P = Yes, those of Mahmood.
PR = This year you celebrate 10 years of career, the best moments of these 10 years, maybe one each. P = When they met me. I = You know it’s hard to get one, maybe when we won Sanremo. G = Perhaps our first concert at Radio City Music Hall. P = I must say, the performance before Pope Francis in Panama for WYD.
PR = Three beautiful moments. You are international artists, we know you well, you are on tour all over the world, who better than you, knows the world. Three countries, those of your tour are also fine- which would you recommend for the summer 2019. G = To go on vacation? For summer? I, summer or not, would go to Japan immediately, it’s one of my favorite countries. I = We Italians, usually, for the holiday, we always try to go abroad, in Greece or the Maldives, but I think that in Italy, there are really beautiful places, starting from Puglia, the coast of Salento, even the Calabria, Sardinia, Sicily. G = Sicily is implied. I = Sicily, rightly, is implied. P = I advise you to go to Google and look for Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, my house!
PR = Gianluca said Japan. You have great success there too, you have just done the concerts, but do you know how to sing something in Japanese? (Piero and Ignazio begin to sing a nursery rhyme in Japanese) G = For two weeks they did so all the time, it’s a nursery rhyme, it would be like ours “If you are happy you know it, clap your hands”. The beauty is that we sang it even in concert, suddenly … P = After the Nessun Dorma G = …. and the people … (he claps his hands, very composed, like the Japanese do), beautiful.
PR = Since I see you a lot, the very last thing … I saw that for the advertising of the concert of Radio Italia, Ignazio made the dab (???) P = What is this dab? (Ignazio and Gianluca do, a pose) PR = I wanted Il Volo to greet Radio Italia with your dab. P = Do you know which would be our dab? (He moves his arms as if he were flying.) PR = You are right there is the personalized one for Il VOLO. IL VOLO, thanks !!!
And finally the whole video of the evening.
More photos – remember to click on each photo to view it at a larger size.
It was a good concert, the people of Palermo responded with great affection, they all sang “GRANDE AMORE” with every possible voice.
This song has entered everyone’s heart.
Let me tell you about Sicily. So different from northern Italy. Reminded me of Arizona or New Mexico – arid, warm, sunny. We even watched a gecko play on a sun baked wall while enjoying the warm breeze sitting in the shade of our Marsala Villa.
Montepagano to Naples was our longest drive. We arrived in Naples in the late afternoon and happily gave up our rental car once we reached the city. Very crazy drivers live there. Here is a photo of the building across from our balcony and one of the plaza in the historic section of Naples. So representative of what we saw of the city.
Naples was just a stop over for us and we would see it again in a few days. We wanted to be ready for our early morning flight to Palermo. So, we walked a few blocks, ate at an outdoor ‘ristorante’ on a small plaza and went back to “Bruno’s Historic Home”.
Palermo..city of my ancestors. With the dazzlingly beautiful abundant mountain ranges on our left and the elegant Tyrrhenian Sea then the Mediterranean Sea on our right we knew we had made the correct decision to drive this amazing island.
Breathtaking barely describes the drive.
Marsala has houses that look like adobe. The Streets are wide enough for one and a half cars. Drivers will pass you anyway! It’s a wonder there are any Italians/Sicilians left alive! It’s not just that the streets are narrow, but the houses are all connected and right on the street. The streets are more like narrow alleys. No curbs. No sidewalks. Just a string of adobe walls. They park and live inside these.
The city turned out to be larger than we thought. A lot larger….I know that because we were lost there most of the time and drove around looking for our next stop-over. We gave up (so did Missy) and stopped at a small store. Naturally Jane and I were the only English speaking people around. Fortunately, “mi dispiace” (I’m sorry) and “guida” (help) were two of the Italian words I had practiced and ended up using the most…everywhere. Jane became an expert in Italian sign language, pointing at addresses on paper and making herself understood. We were saved, once again, by handsome Italian men (why did I ever leave?) One fellow called the owner of our B&B then hopped in his car and led us to meet her….another point for a gracious people. What a lovely place Villa Rustiko was! It had an equally lovely owner, named Matina. Who, by the way, sang with a Ignazio when they were in school.
What we were really waiting for was to meet Nina and we were about to do just that. She knew we were coming, so you can imagine how excited we were when we drove up to…
I think Nina’s smile is even more captivating than her brothers. Yes, I said that…just look… that’s Nina flanked by her happy helpers.
We gave her a gift from all of the Flight Crew.
She seemed to really like it and immediately put it on (her eyes light up like her brothers too!) Later when I asked to take a picture of her wearing it she brushed away the flour that had landed on the apron from her work. Now, didn’t that make it even more special?
Using some of Jane’s expert hand signals and a translator app, we spoke with Nina for a while. Then she made us a marvelous mushroom and sausage pizza.
I must tell you that I dreamed of this! Eating pizza at Nina’s! Life is good!
I’m sure Nina thinks I have a learning disability. All I remember doing was nodding and throwing my hands around a lot. I was, after all, surrounded by Boschetto DNA and wanted to gather up as much as I could. Jane wrote a sweet note for Nina’s brother on the back of our Flight Crew card. After about two hours and more slow conversation (that would be Jane..I was still flapping and gathering) we said our goodbyes and returned to our splendid Villa for the night.