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The Afterthoughts of Red Ronnie by Daniela

A few days ago we witnessed the four hours of live IL VOLO conducted by Red Ronnie.

For those unfamiliar with Red Ronnie, he is a music expert. He is often invited in to comment in broadcasts where the subject is music and he also keeps radio broadcasts, such as ROXY BAR, RED BARONE, and broadcast via internet on TV.

He never talked a lot about our guys, and the few times he had the opportunity to say something about them, they were never beautiful words. So we Italian fans, we were not very happy with this transmission, we were rather skeptical of the new pleasant words of Red Ronnie.

Red, Gian, Piero and Ignazio

But we must say that Red did not know them at all. Notwithstanding he is a connoisseur of music, he NEVER followed IL VOLO and NEVER interested in them, so it was as if he saw them the first time.

Red Ronnie met the boys during the presentation of Michele Torpedine’s book, and they must have made an excellent impression, so much so that they almost immediately decided to make this transmission together.

But here we are at the evening of four hours of live.

Red continued during the evening to tell the guys that they were really nice, he was amazed at their skill and also their simplicity and perhaps one last thing that aroused his astonishment was to see for himself how much they are loved, these boys.

Red with Notte Magica Album

How many times we fans have said that, “Those who know them can not but love them.” And finally Red has known them.

Immediately the morning after the broadcast, or rather after a few hours from the broadcast, Red has published this video on his Facebook page, with this dedication:

“With the taste of a fantastic night still live with IL VOLO, with incredible results.”

He says in the video:

“I’m listening to the vinyl of IL VOLO, mamma mia!, that night that we spent live, it was incredible! We have reached 200,000 people and 34,000 posts and interactions, only on my Facebook page, not counting the other pages.”

This clickable video link below is an interview of Red Ronnie on the RTL radio 102.5 on the evening of May 4, the day after the broadcast with IL VOLO. Red starts talking about the Flight around 52:50 minutes.

https://www.rtl.it/rubriche/red-ronnie-live-in-vinile/puntata-del-4-maggio-2018/

I translate what he says:

Last night I had IL VOLO as my guests, and I thought about one thing, but we (Italians), that we have the habit of listening to the blues, from Chicago, and Austin, Texas, or the country-music coming from Nashville, and we NEVER take, in the slightest consideration, the music we export from Italy. I was amazed, we’ve had 300,000 interactions, a crazy thing, from all over the world. I watched as the chat numbers went up, I looked at the posts and thought, but we are not considering three guys, who are sprawling (whose fame is spreading) all over the world.

And because last night they came here and signed their vinyl album for the fans. A copy remained glued to my fingers . . . this is NOTTE MAGICA that they did in Firenze, in Santa Croce, on the 1st of July 2016, with them was also Placido Domingo, who sang with them a song that we now listen to, but above all he wrote with his hand, this on the CD:  “I am very happy to lead Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in this evening. Many people began to listen to classical music thanks to me, Luciano and Josè – these three guys continue our idea.”

It’s a beautiful thing, and the song is a classic, NON TI SCORDAR DI ME, and is a gem, because it is sung together by IL VOLO and Placido Domingo.

 (You hear: NON TI SCORDAR DI ME)

Notte Magica Album

The show host goes on to say: “They hit you, these three guys. You remember we interviewed them several times and then we were at their concert (sponsored by Radio RTL102.5) at the Milano Forum, supported by Radio 102.5, and said that there was a large audience participation. So Placido Domingo is right to write those things in the Notte Magica CD, because these guys are so young, they manage to involve their peers, and it is a moment of musical awakening that deserves to be acknowledged.”

The woman presenter confirms that it’s all true, and that she agrees with Paolo Giordano (another Italian journalist ), who instead now compliments Red Ronnie.

Red goes on to say that he spoke to the guys at RTL 102.5 and they told him that this is the only one of the Italian radio stations that has always supported them. Look, it’s not easy in Italy, we disdain this music, only to find out that abroad it is very good.

Last night something incredible happened, Ignazio at one point he made a very sweet song, Pino Daniele, at the piano, he did it in an incredible way, and Red said that today’s guys are competing to get the voice, higher, but you have to give emotions, not only have the high tones …… and this thing (which Ignazio said) struck me a lot, really.  I spent a wonderful evening.

Red and the guys

And here is the post that Paolo Giordano, journalist who at the time of Sanremo had had no nice words for IL VOLO, but who then repented, and began to speak well of them (remember the interview made by him to Gianluca, in Bisceglie?).

Paolo Giordano was listening to RTL102.5 radio and he heard live Red Ronnie, so he posted this comment on his Facebook page:

Paolo Giordano

DICIAMO LE COSE COME STANNO

Bravo Red Ronnie a dire una cosa che agli italiani spesso sfugge: i ragazzi del Volo portano nel mondo la grande tradizione melodica italiana. È un merito, non un demerito. 

Paolo Giordano translation:

WE SAY THINGS LIKE

Bravo Red Ronnie to say something that often escapes Italians: the guys of IL VOLO bring the great Italian melodic tradition into the world. It is a merit, not a demerit.

I would say that the meeting with Red Ronnie, was more than positive, and Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca have left their mark this time too.

But we fans were sure of this. These guys have a charisma that goes beyond mere artistic skill.

They also conquered Red Ronnie who, after Sanremo, when asked what he thought of the victory, said that his choice was that Nek had to win.

Even Paolo Giordano has repented, and I would say that since May 3, IL VOLO has another extra fan: Red Ronnie.

Video by Piero and Red announcing the broadcast.

What is your opinion on the repentance/change of heart of Red Ronnie?

We Italian fans, we are very happy with this new opinion of Red Ronnie and we are happy that our guys are supported by the beautiful words of Red (which remains a great connoisseur of music). Maybe other critics now will have second thoughts.

However, it must be acknowledged that Red had the courage to admit that he was wrong. BRAVO! very good Red!

And you, what do you think of this change of mind?

Tell me your opinion.

Daniela

P.S. This last video has always been published by Red Ronnie before the broadcast, you watch it to the end, because in the second part, I would say there is a nice recognition to the 2012 American tour.

Credit to owners of all photos and videos and Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo.

IL VOLO LIVE on Roxy Bar TV by Daniela

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It was a good 4 hours live, but they flew by with our beloved IL VOLO!!

They showed themselves to the public for what they are, three adorable boys next door, simple guys, with no pretense. They are lively boys, sometimes unruly, noisy, very good friends. They did not put up masks or false behavior, they appeared very natural and true to themselves.

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I must tell you that Red Ronnie was never an admirer of them, he never had kind words for them, but as usual, he did not know them, he spoke only to “hearsay” from others, people who do not know them, and who like to denigrate them.

Red was able to get to know them during the launch of the Torpedine book. It seemed strange to us Italian fans that Red wanted them for a live show, as I said he was never particularly kind to them. But last night, during the live, Red has repeatedly said that “he did not know them at all” that now that he got to know them he saw that they are not at all haughty guys, but they are very nice and simple. Red also recognized their artistic value and marveled at the following of fans from around the world who love them. In fact, the official fan club site went haywire, due to too many requests.

The girl that sat next to Red and ran the laptop is Alice, the one who keeps active the official Fan club of IL VOLO.

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Now, I will summarize some of the important things that were said:

As for the new CD, unfortunately they said immediately, that they could not reveal anything for a contractual issue, which for them is difficult but not to say anything, neither the title, nor what it is, not even the date of publication , they only said that the record is ready and will be published soon.

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They answered several video phone calls throughout the show, but most did not have constructive questions, they were talking like friends. Among the calls, the one made by the only male was beautiful because he asked an interesting question. He asked if they could bring a friend around the world, where would they go. Piero replied that he would lead him to PIER 39, which is a pier in San Francisco, in front of Alcatraz. Ignazio replied to Chicago, which is beautiful to him. Gianluca instead says that he would take him to run in Malibu on a beautiful sunny day.

One girl told Piero that he did well to leave his red glasses behind, because he no longer needs them to be recognized.

I liked it when Red asked them if they were engaged. Piero immediately said NO. Gianluca did not answer but smiled. Ignazio has not confirmed but not denied, as if there was a sympathy in place. Ignazio said that he was very faithful for two and a half years to a girl, faithful to the end, because he said that when you’re in love you have to show it even in attitudes. When Red asked how the love affair was now, Ignazio said that it was over, that things had slowly intervened that they faced and that it was more him wanting to interrupt the love affair.

Then Red, asked Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, to which person in their family they are more close to and here are the answers: Piero said his mother and father. Gianluca replied it was his grandfather. Ignazio said his sister and this surprised Red. Ignazio explained that he is very close to his sister because when he was little, she was like his mother, when his real mother was in hospital. And he also said that even now they are bound by a strong affection. “I will always be grateful to my sister, because she too was little more than a child at that time, and the task was burdensome, she could refuse this role, but she agreed to use her time to look after me when I was smaller.”

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Another important topic was when Ignazio said that some boys often contact him to make their vocal talents heard, and when singing they shout so much, however, Ignazio said that having a very high voice is not synonymous with skill. He explained that so many songs must also be whispered and interpreted.

They cannot be serious while running GRANDE AMORE. Piero begins one of the high notes so high Ignazio makes a gesture because he knows he has to climb a lot with his voice (Gianluca laughs). They are all spiteful !! At the end, Red says  he is a little surprised by the power of the voices, “Who will repay me of all the my eyeglasses you broke?”

For the rest were all chatter with friends, nothing new, they talked a little bit about everything, even the luck of having met on the same day at the same broadcast.

Red says that Piero is the most serious, Gianluca the most fussy and Ignazio the funniest. Red specifies that Gianluca is picky in a good way, that is he is precise, one that puts the dots, on everything. Gianluca responds that this “mania” sometimes makes him become uncompromising to the point that, when there are discussions (he says that yesterday they discussed a lot), even if he is right, with this way of being fussy, it makes you almost unpleasant therefore he understands that his attitude is too strong and will try to change.

At the end of the video, Gianluca stops and says that certain songs are untouchable and must be sung well.

Red asked how friendships are made up. Ignazio answered that he feels more connected to Piero, also because they are both Sicilians. Piero confirmed.

Red asked what their favorite song is. Ignazio and Gianluca said Smile. Piero replied My Way.

Magnificent SMILE

Then he asked if they see themselves in their solo career and Piero immediately answered NO, Ignazio NO, Gianluca SI.

Ignazio also said this really beautiful thing, he said that thanks to their music teacher he understood that everyone must follow their inclinations, Ignazio wanted to make music, he did not want to go on television or become famous, he was interested in making music, because it makes him feel good.

Then he was also lucky because he met them (Piero and Gianluca) on the same TV show. Gianluca then says that their parents have not pushed them but have always adapted to their needs.

At the end, Red Ronnie congratulates Ignazio for his performance.

Therefore Red confirms:

1) You have talent

2) Fortunately, they met in a broadcast

3) There was Cenci who understood to put them together

4) Torpedine accidentally saw them on TV

5) Torpedine was a friend of Renis who opened the American market to the guys

At this point Red says that in front of them they had an open highway, but even if you’re on a highway and you cannot run (that is if there is no talent), you do not do anything.

Red confirms that IL VOLO has been famous for some time, but he did not know them at all, he admits that he knows them better now and thinks that they are really good and pleasant, not like many journalists make them appear.

(This is the greatest satisfaction for us Italian fans: Daniela)

Red asks how many songs they have in their repertoire and Piero answers by producing a sheet on which he has written all 116 of them. Then Red sees that L’IMMENSITA’ is written twice and then Piero says 115.

The “TIRICHITOLLA” could not be missing

They said that for the tenth year of their career they will do beautiful things that they are already thinking about. At one point they took 10 vinyl records of IL VOLO, NOTTE MAGICA and signed them, these records will be delivered to 10 girls of the fan club, they will later say how to get them.

The guys have just made a short video published on the official IL VOLO fan club page where they thank all the fans who followed them last night and they say that there will be many surprises coming.

(This video DOES NOT play upside down! 🙂 )

The following day Red Ronnie thanked everyone for the beautiful night live saying that they have reached 200,000 people with 34,000 interactions and contacts only on his Facebook page.

I tried to translate the most important things, but if you have any questions about the video, ask me, and I will translate to you what they were saying.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos and Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo.

LAST HOUR!!!! by Daniela

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This video from Red Ronnie at Roxy Bar TV just appeared.

TRANSLATION:

Tomorrow evening from 10:00 pm, until 02:00 – 03:00 in the morning, in this studio, there will be IL VOLO.

The three guys from IL VOLO, will be here, and we will interact live with all the fans of the world.

In fact we aired late at night, from 10:00 pm onwards, to allow even those who follow us, will follow us from South America, United States, etc., to be able to connect.

There will be opportunities for interaction, to ask questions, to call via Skype, to interact via Facebook, so we will be on my Facebook page, on the facebook page of IL VOLO, on roxybar.tv, on my YouTube, Periscope page and so on.

It will be an experiment that I believe has never been done, that is, without term, in continuity, to be able to interact with all the fans of the world.

IL VOLO are artists who have a crazy following, all over the world, and so tomorrow evening we will do this experiment.

This experiment, all over the world, I believe has never been done, that is, being in a studio and interacting, answering the questions of the fans from all over the world that connect, for 4 hours, 5 hours, I do not know how long it will last.

We are not preparing the event, it is something that comes naturally, spontaneously, and it will be something special.

Do not ask to come, because it is impossible, the studio is this little you see, so you can interact from home, clearly the fans registered to the official fan club IL VOLO, will have a priority, so they will be the first who can ask questions, then, we will be open to everything.

Like a big party.

I’ll show you this trailer that has just arrived of IL VOLO and that explains who IL VOLO is.

Here, this is a video that shows what they have done, and so they will be here and answer all the questions.

The thing that I like, I say in an ironic way and I refer to Antonella Mosetti, who asks me (Red Ronnie while talking, he receives questions live and is answering a question posed by Mosetti):

“Hi Red, I would like to know what they did in that hotel in Switzerland.”

Antonella, I’m showing you a video of the enormity of things IL VOLO has done, and your only curiosity is to know what they did at the Locarno hotel in Switzerland ??? Guys, get over it!!! Go beyond this television that now is just a scandal, where we talk only about bad things, negative things, to look for …….. but have you seen what they have combined these guys here? Have you seen the success they have had???

However tomorrow night will be here, we will connect and answer all the questions, it will be an experiment, believe me, it will be a very interesting experiment, because it is the first time that the Internet is used in such a global way, for the total interaction, so I think be nice.

I’ll see you tomorrow night.

There will also be Torpedine.

See you tomorrow.

Credit to Roxy Bar TV for Roxy Bar TV logo and to Red Ronnie for the Facebook video.

 

IL VOLO at the ROXY BAR by Daniela and Jana

In these days an email has arrived to all the members of the official fan club of IL VOLO. The e-mail informs everyone that on 3 May IL VOLO will be hosted in the ROXY BAR broadcast for 4 hours.

For those who have not seen it, here is the email in Italian.

IL VOLO Fan Club Email

The translation is:

Il Volo will be guest of Red Ronnie at his Roxy Bar, visible live on
www.roxybar.tv and www.facebook.com/RedRonnie/
Thursday 3 May from 10 PM to 2 AM (Italian time)!

Two very exclusive opportunities have been reserved for the Official Fan Club:

1. For the first hour of the program, only YOUR questions will be read!
We will publish a post here on the community and you will comment with your question!

2. Fill out this form with all the required information, you could be one of the lucky ones who will be selected to speak live on Skype with Il Volo during the Red Ronnie Roxy Bar: https://fanclub.ilvolomusic.com/red-ronnie.php 

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You DO have to be an official IL VOLO Fan Club member to have a chance to fill out the form and you also have to have a Skype account.

Maybe it could be the time that we can listen to the new single?

Here is what Jana wrote as to why she should be the one of the ones they choose to talk to the guys:

Ciao!  My name is Jana & I am one of the lead persons from the Il Volo Flight Crew, based in the United States.  I am in Detroit & also volunteer at Detroit PBS. We write posts nearly every day & have readers from all over the world in over 130 countries!  Most are from the US, Canada, & Italy, as well as So America, Asia, & Africa!  The fans that read our site, love the guys, & they comment beautiful things.  We write many heartfelt & funny articles, as well as keep up w/the guys.  We often comment as if the guys were really going to read it one day, but they probably don’t  have time.  Our fans keep asking us what the guys are doing & when they will be back in the United States and Canada. We in the US & Canada, love the guys & are anxiously awaiting their new album. We may not be as many fans as South America, but please do not forget us.  We love you!  Our site is unique! Spanish is the 2nd language in the US. We’d love to plan another Fan Faire in Las Vegas!

What question would you would ask the guys if you had the chance? – BESIDES when they are coming back to the US/Canada, or when the new album will be out.

 

 

~Il Volo In Your Life~ by Daniela

A few days ago, Victoria Wilson in a comment to a post asked this question:

“What have the boys filled in your life?”

Then I read this comment by a friend that answered to a person who is not fans of IL VOLO.

In this commentary, perhaps we find the reason of so much affection towards Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

What is your thought?

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The musical tastes are the most disparate and often incompatible with each other. But fortunately in the music world, there is room for everyone. What I do not understand, however, is how they may not like it, as people. They are three good looking young men, without visible piercings and tattoos, always correctly dressed for their public and already this today is a rare commodity. Apart from the outward appearance, they are polite, helpful and friendly, not only with the fans, but with anyone, as if they were any kind of boys, and not world famous stars .. Last but not least, they are bearers of values super-positive, love for Italy and our language that, thanks to them, has awakened to the four corners of the world, and for their homeland, family affections, tenderness towards the little ones, the affectionate concern for the less fortunate. If you know them ….. you can not avoid them! Indeed, you endure their charm that has been called a soft drug … that is addictive. The young women would like them as boyfriends or husbands, the others as brothers, children grandchildren.I am a kind of …. animals in extinction, especially in the entertainment world, to be protected. And all this regardless of their undeniable talent. This is to understand why we, who know them, have a family relationship, visceral with them. It is not the hysteria of a group of untamed females, but it is a Big Love aware of balanced people, of good culture, that of singers have known many without having ever tried anything like that.

                                                                                             Maura Pucci

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Credit to owner of photos.

After Sanremo, by Daniela

This post was actually written just before the Sanremo performance.  I apologize for it being out of order here, but I think you will enjoy it regardless! 

This beautiful article that I translate has just come out. Published on IL GIORNALE and written by Paolo Giordano.

 

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NOT ONLY BEL CANTO, AFTER SANREMO STARTS A NEW ROUTE

On the stage the trio (winner in 2015) sings Endrigo and duets with Baglioni. «Not easy»

 

Tonight they will sing in their own way: full  lungs and with drops of tradition.

 

Il Volo won the 2015 Festival with a song (GRANDE AMORE) that is already a classic of their concerts all over the world. And this time these three golden boys return on the stage of the Ariston with one more reason: to confirm that I’m not a meteor. Gianluca Ginoble, the Latin lover.  Ignazio Boschetto, the tallest. Piero Barone, the one with glasses. They are among the most famous Italians in the world, they make colossal tours and hosted in the most decisive televisions in the world. They were born on TV, they come from TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE and have made their way because they intercept a widespread need in the world (that of bel canto) but underestimated in Italy. After all, Italians find it hard to please what is Italian. In any case, Il Volo has now a recognizable identity at all latitudes. And tonight they come back to the Ariston. “After three years, it’s another sensation,” confirms Piero. Every time they go on stage, they beat the prejudice of those who do not accept that they can sing well in the old way. “But we’re used to it,” they always say. And in any case they do not stop. Like this time.

 

Sorry, Il Volo, what effect does being super guests?

(Piero) “It was Claudio Baglioni who immediately made us feel better. During the tests of last week, he put us at ease.”

 

As?

 

(Piero) “When we spoke to him, he answered clearly: “You are the guests, do what you want. So does a great artist. Chapeau.”

 

But in the meantime, where did you end up?

 

(Piero) “Let’s say we were on a break.”

 

Impossible.

 

(Piero) “In fact, we recorded a record with one of the most important producers in the world, Emilio Estefan. It will come out in two or three months. And it will be a surprise.”

 

Then explain why.

 

(Always Piero) “We opened the door to Latin sounds. Il Volo sings Latin. It is a tribute to a Latin American tradition that few expected from a group like ours. And there will also be duets that nobody expects.”

Eg?

 

(Piero) “With Gloria Estefan, wife of Emilio and super mega pop star in South America. Is it true that he did not expect it? “

 

In fact.

 

(Gianluca) “With this record we do not have only one goal, which is to improve ourselves. We also want to surprise and face an unexpected repertoire.”

 

The target?

 

(Gianluca) “Prove that we are not just beautiful singing.”

Will you do it at the Festival tonight?

 

(Gianluca) “In the meantime we will face a great story like Sergio Endrigo, playing CANZONE PER TE that won the Festival fifty years ago, in 1968.”

 

And then?

 

(Gianluca) “And then we will duet with Claudio Baglioni in a piece that is part of his repertoire as LA VITA E’ ADESSDO, from the disc of Baglioni in 1985. Not easy, you know?”

 

And then?

(Gianluca) “After the Sanremo Festival a new cycle begins for us.

But you can not be too different from before.

(Gianluca) “We have the opportunity to interpret many different repertoires without losing our identity. And we still have something that will never leave us: adrenaline. Maybe someone does not care or do not think about it, but who does this job has an engine that can not be extinguished: passion. We have it.”

All right, but three boys in their twenties will often fight among themselves.

(Gianluca, but the others nod) “We were educated by our parents and we have the teaching of our manager Michele Torpedine. So sure that we quarrel, often with vehemence, because each of us has a different character. But with intelligence everything is always resolved.”

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All ready for the big night?

                                                                                                                                                               

Credit to owner of photo.

Survey Monkey Results! First round…

A little over a month ago, I put together the first ever little survey, to see what our fans are made of!  🙂  Of course there was a “lot” of sugar and spice, very few puppy dog tails, and of course, everything nice!!  I had a total of 138 responses, which I felt was pretty good.  I have to say some of the results really surprised me.  Not everyone answered every question and the numbers reflect the actual numbers, instead of percentages.  I did get some comments from some of the 66+ crowd, that they wanted a higher age range of ages after the 66.  Maybe next time!  I’m also thinking this might be interesting data to send to Barbara and the guys?  It is really quite a small sampling, but even with a small sampling, the majorities often tend to hold true, when expanded to a larger audience.

Certainly a big “Thank You!” to those of you that responded and were very open and honest.  By the way, the names will be kept private to protect the innocent.  Lol!

The results below are five of the multiple choice questions.  I will post the open ended questions/answers at a later time.  Please enjoy this little bit of data, while we await a few more pictures and videos to come out from Buenos Aires!

I have to say I was really surprised by this one.  I thought for sure most people really had a favorite.  But more than half said they loved all 3!  However, if they had to choose, our beloved (mine, Marie’s, and a several others’ favorite) Igna, won the most hearts!  But is it really any surprise?  🙂 

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Although not an official DVD, hands down, my favorite is their Verona concert from 2015!

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Here are a few leftover pictures from the last concert in Sao Paolo!  Enjoy!  Ok, not sure why the pictures are in there twice, well, I know why, because I hit them twice, but I can’t see them on my end here and can’t delete them!  I’m sure you won’t mind looking at them twice?  🙂 

Meet/Greets!!

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-24-2017/

 

Adios!  Buenos Dias y Buenos Noches!  Tenga un Buen Dia!!  🙂  Sonrisas todos!  🙂 

(sorry, just practicing my Spanish a bit….)

 

Jana