During the concert in Rome, the boys sang, among the many songs, also “VICINISSIMO”.
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca, sang this song, with the company of some children and even a not-very-young person.
A very sweet video came out, which perhaps not all of you have seen, also before the song there are some nice dialogues, which I now translate to you.
Here is the video.
G= Hello baby, what’s your name? S= Sofia G = Are you happy to be here? S = Yes G = Love (meanwhile Ignazio raises a very small child on stage) Hello baby, what’s your name? E = Emma G = Emma !! I= Emma, who is your favorite? Don’t tell me Piero, otherwise I’ll go. So who do you like? P= (only Piero’s voice is heard) Emma, Emma …… (everyone laughs, I think Piero shows Emma a sign to say his name) I= (imitating the child)ACHILLE LAURO(Achille Lauro is a young singer who has been in Sanremo 2019, he is very disputed because it seems that in his songs he praises drugs.) (people laugh)
G= It’s nice to see people of all ages at our concerts, this is beautiful, and our goal is to get to everyone’s heart, especially even small children like these, we fell in love with this music when we had the their age, and it’s nice to see them here at our concert. I= (to Emma) But do you want to stay here during the next song? P= (Piero’s voice) I remind you that the last time you sang with a child next to you, you fell off the stage. G= Come and say hi to Piero, give Piero a little kiss. P= (he is sitting) Love, I do not move, otherwise I break my pants. G= (to Sofia) Do you want to be close to Ignazio? I= (to Emma) Do you want to stay here? (she says no, with her head), do you want mom? (Emma says yes with her head) I= (to Emma) But do you want to stay here during the next song? P= (Piero’s voice, in a tone of playful reproach) I remind you that the last time you sang with a child next to you, you fell off the stage.
They start “VICINISSIMO” and the two babies remain on the stage between Gianluca and Ignazio, while Ignazio makes Emma sit, some of the people tell him to be careful, so he makes a face that seems to mean, don’t bring bad luck. (remembers Tampa)
The video moves on to Piero, who is a little further away and while the image shows us Piero, a woman with dark glasses, approaches Gianluca and Ignazio, and will remain close to the boys for the rest of the song. Ignazio and Gianluca are very sweet, both with girls and women.
Eventually it will be discovered that this woman came from England to see IL VOLO, she made this trip because, for now, there are no scheduled dates in England. She is 99 years old, walks little and often uses wheelchair support, was accompanied in Italy by two other women (who are also seen on video) who take care of her.
Ignazio holds an arm around the woman’s neck affectionately, while Gianluca is always close to the two little girls. Piero is joined by two other little girls.
It is really a video of a unique sweetness, both for the words of this song, and in particular for the beautiful and spontaneous images.
These beautiful moments make us admire your personality even more.
Impossible not to be fascinated.
It was very hot the weather. And because I need to go to the soundcheck and my home is not a little near the Auditorium Parco della Musica, so I had to depart early. I was worried but everything went well I got the train->metro->tram smoothly and arrived at the place without trouble.
As I arrived early, I had time to greet a lot of Volovers that I met on the internet, on official FC, Twitter and Facebook. Moments full of love.
Then finally we could enter for the soundcheck! When we were still waiting outside, the soundcheck was already began! Heard the voice of Ignazio, then Piero, then Gianluca, from the stage not so far away, I was already so excited, almost to cry.
Then we got in. I got me a seat at the right side of the 1st row. Then sun saw almost gone but at my seat there was still sunshine! So, thanks to the sun I think maybe I was the shiniest one in among the fans XD. The position was like: me->stage->the sun, almost the same angle of the pictures Piero and Gianluca put on the Instagram. you can imagine how splendid the scene was when I was looking at the boys on the stage! Alessandro Quarta arrived later, so we were able to watch him play violin too!! For me, my seat at concerto was a little far away so thanks to the Fan Club I could watch them at a place close like this…
It was my first real concert, literally, not only for Il Volo, but the first time in my life. I had no idea what would happen but I made a fan with messages, precisely, it’s a 团扇（in Chinese “Tuán Shàn”, in Japanese “Uchiwa”, that means rounded fan）Because I think it is much more beautiful and easy to take in hand than a paper. (a designer’s insist) One side is “Io Sono Il Volover”, a message for all people, and another side “Piero❤26”, yes, it’s for Piero’s birthday.💕
It worked well I think! Everyone saw it, and many told me it was beautiful! And during the soundcheck, Ignazio asked the foreigner fans where are they from, I said I’m Chinese, and he began to talk to me in Chinese “你好！你好吗？” （Hello! How are you?）I was so happy (and amazed by his Chinese pronunciation, again) so I was smiling and nodding to him. Ignazio: “Why you don’t talk? You don’t speak Chinese?” At this moment, arrived the voice of Piero from another side of the stage: “She wrote Piero! She does not talk to you!” You two are fantastic!!!! I thought maybe Piero did not see it, but in fact he saw it clearly!
The soundcheck was short, they sang some songs, had fun, and then when they were done, the greeted each one of us and then left.
I was able to give Piero my little drawing as his birthday gift!! He took it, smiled (you all know how beautiful his smile is!), and carefully read the little message I wrote in. Liked it (?? maybe, I was too nervous to catch his reactions, but I want to believe…) Softly he said “Thank you”, then kindly asked the staff to take a picture of him, my work, and me! Ohh maybe he liked it!!
(me, my work. I hope Piero looked into the details, so that he can know how much love is inside…)
Then we got out, waited to re-enter. And I found the official shop! And when we got in I went there immediately! So I got the lovely designed T-shirt! Which Piero wears at every concert! I loved it when the first moment Piero posted it in a story on Instagram.
(I got two T-shirts, one for me, one for my dear Japanese friend. She got me a cap from the Japanese concert too!)
The sunlight turned gold, and we went in the Cavea Arena.
I thought my seat would be far away but in fact it was not! Cavea Arena is a lovely place that every seat is never too far! I can see the stage very clearly. Then the lights were on, and they started to test them, wonderful!
(Do you see the three rounded lights? I was so excited when they began to appear there!)
Lights on, then came the familiar sound of airport, it was so emotive, it was “Il Mondo”!! The first song of the first album, a flashback, it is absolutely the best song for the beginning of this 10th anniversary concert.
The setlist of the concert is perfect! As I imagined before, it was aMusica+ 10 years best setlist. I felt many times during the concert that this list was designed for me. Many old songs, I dreamed many times, but never expected that I can really hear them live. For me, they are “Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te”, “Ancora”, “No Puede Ser” etc. Now when I think of it, I’m really not sure if it was my illusion. And the collaboration with Alessandro Quarta was obviously epic! It was the best performance at Sanremo, so great that they do it again at the concert! They really know their fans well.
Solo songs!Solo songs are more than wonderful! Their choices really fit them best. Their characters, their voices, their worldviews…And it was deluxe to have 2 solo songs for each one. I waited to hear the solo songs, and then I heard them, so beautiful, I cried.
It was absolutely a very special concert, with a special date and special location. So we heard Happy Birthday to Pieroin their beautiful harmony and “Arrivederci Roma”, in Rome.
I really want to mention the scenography. We all agree that Il Volo’s performance is always perfect. Just like the boys say, it’s not only they three that do this job. And the part of scenography, sometimes mentioned less, is a very important. I always love their stages, not exaggerated, not noisy, simple and elegant but with carefully chosen colors emotional lights, everything is just right for them.
(When they sing, every color of the world turns beautiful…)
And the most important part…the Voices!! I knew…I knew they would sound much greater than the videos and CDs, but they still gave me this huge impression and emotion… All their voices in that night were in gold condition! For the first time I really realized how beautiful human voices (maybe I should say angels’ voices) can be… There’re something very special, powerful and magical that touches your heart softly. And I found out again how I am addicted to these beautiful voices. I held my breath, I heard, I shed tears.
(I didn’t take videos, but some photos, maybe this is my favorite shot.)
A very short night. For every fan like me, it would be always too short. It was a date that finally came after loving them for more than six years. With every song, my memories of the days with the songs and with Il Volo flashed back. But everything passed too fast. When it ended, I didn’t feel so sad but only amazed at that moment. But now, the date that I works hard and waited for months became the past, I feel some empty in my heart. It’s cruel that when a concert ends it ends. But I believe we’ll never stay too far, because we are always “Vicinissimo”. Also I have another date to wait, beyond the summer, in Verona…then all these sweet memories will revive.
Nonna Maura went to the concert in Rome, I waited for her report of the day, and here it is, read and rejoice.
It is the seventh concert of Il Volo I am about to attend. At the Auditorium of Rome I arrive for the second time. In 2015, my first time, the boys had recently won the Sanremo Festival. I found myself in the middle of a stream of people heading towards the auditorium, and I well remember the feeling of enormous satisfaction I felt in seeing how many people shared my same feelings of admiration towards my beloved Magnificent Three.
Four years have passed and many things have happened …. But the emotion is always the same, perhaps greater.
It is around 18:00 when I arrive with my friend Patrizia, and already a large group of fans is waiting in front of the still closed gate to watch the tests. In the meantime, we know a Japanese couple, she speaks enough Italian … They came to Rome specifically for the concert, after having participated in three of their concerts in Japan. Patrizia gives us a video in which our young Chinese friend Xinjie, who lives in Rome and we already know, joins us. Among many almond-shaped eyes, I feel transported to the Far East!
Power of Il Volo, more and more … ecumenical! Once you enter the auditorium, the boys are already on stage and I immediately run into grandfather Ernesto and Francesca, Gian’s girlfriend, sitting in the front row. I greet them and … with my usual nerve, I sit next to them. The first is very well known to all, the second not so much because Gianluca administers it very sparingly, I would say with the dropper .. And it’s good!
Despite having exchanged a few words with her, I can tell you my impressions. She is a girl with delicate and sweet features, a discreet beauty, not showy, elegant in the way she behaves. In line with Gian’s tastes. In her features she struck my imagination, something that brought to mind a famous painting by Parmigianino(Italian painter). She is aware of her particularity, even if this artistic combination has arrived new, and, on the contrary, precisely for this reason she is taken fondly around, by those who perhaps ignore that it is a great aesthetic value, a sign of distinction .. She was very hot, and fanned herself with a cardboard. So I give her one of the two hand fans I have available.
The guys on stage sing small pieces of songs and sometimes go down to say hello to those they know. All three of them take turns to greet me too.
Later we settle in the seats corresponding to the tickets purchased. On the ground floor, …. they are not very beautiful, but we have not found anything better.
The lights go out and at the first notes we all recognize “IL MONDO”, one of the three songs, with “O Sole Mio” and “Grande Amore” emblematic and representative of their career, at least in my opinion. The ending of this song is of such beauty that they sing it a cappella whenever they ask it to give an example of their “singing in harmony”. But what does it matter if they sing other people’s songs, if they sing them SO?
Just like King Midas, they turn all the songs they “touch” with their voices into pure gold … The audience, which has already applauded their individual releases, explodes in liberating applause. In fact, it frees us from abstinence from this “soft drug” (cited by Patrizia Ciava .. 😁.) Of which we cannot, indeed we do not, want to do without.
The songs are running away fast, and everything ends too soon, as always.
The participation of the super-violinist Alessandro Quarta is amazing.
The boys are tender and charming, during the interpretation of “Vicinissimo”, for their to the little ones. And as if to close the circle of life, an elderly lady, a little wavering, appears at the same time in the powerful arms of Ignazio.
Only later will I find out that she came from England just for them. You are 99 years old … How I understand her! No concert is expected, at least for now, from its parts, and wanted to give itself another moment of happiness. These are the miracles of Il Volo. The vision of little Emma (the youngest child in Ignazio’s arms), next to the unknown centenary is the perfect demonstration of the transgenerational value of this group.
In fact I saw a different audience than the one of 2015. Many more young people, many more children, many more foreigners and many more men … active in the version of convinced fans and not only of passive companions .
In this regard, I quote a middle-aged couple, sitting right in front of us, who at one moment stood up, without sitting down again. Holding hands, they sang and waved here and there to accommodate the rhythm of the music. I, little one, was swaying behind them, but in the opposite direction, to be able to see a segment of the stage …. 😥😥. Less problems for the handsome and high Patrizia!
Final assault on the stage … a déja vu that is repeated always and everywhere and that makes me rejoice even if I can’t participate. An enthusiastic crowd, in a blaze of handshakes, selfies, bunches of flowers and small gifts ..
When we are about to leave, Gianluca gives me a last smile, a hug and a red rose.
And now I’m already waiting for the next big thrill! 😘
And here is the photo of Grandma Maura’s living room with the beautiful red rose in the vase on the table.
In this photo Grandma Maura with Gianluca, holding a sheet where it was written, to give a kiss to Gian by a fan named Rosanna. This fan published the photo on her Facebook page, thanking Maura with these words:
“Dearest grandmother. Maura, ….. thank you so much for what you did last night at the concert … you made me really happy … A kiss from my tvtb (I love you so much). Rosanna”
Dear Maura, we thank you for giving us your advice and for opening your heart to us.
I bet you will jealously guard that beautiful rose, and in your memories Gianluca’s beautiful smile that greets you.
Here we are at the third concert: Rome, Cavea della Musica, a beautiful outdoor space in the Eternal City.
Here are the boys signing the wall of the participants of the Cavea.
P = Guys, we have just arrived at the Auditorium 4 of the Music of Rome. G = The MUSIC TOUR continues and we have arrived, finally also here in the capital city. I = They said everything, so …… hello !!
But let’s go immediately to the photos of the evening, by Ercole Ginoble.
It is sold out! Really nice to see how many people are waiting for their songs.
In the left corner, we can see Grandfather Ernesto, who has come to see the Volo and in particular his beloved Gianluca.❤❤
Interpretano brani appartenenti alla tradizione classica italiana e internazionale, con stile e arrangiamenti moderni, e brani pop in chiave classica…sono @ilvolo e sono in diretta dalla Cavea del #RomaSummerFest! pic.twitter.com/Lmu8QLevlO
They interpret songs belonging to the classical Italian and international tradition, with modern style and arrangements, and pop songs in a classic key … they are @lvolo and are live from the Cavea of the #RomaSummerFest!
A CHI MI DICE
MUSICA CHE RESTA
ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO
VICINISSIMO(how sweet this video is)
L’AMORE SI MUOVE
LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO
NO PUEDE SER
LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI
SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN
IO LAVORO E PENSO A TE
Speaking of Alessandro Quarta, here’s what he said in an interview, talking about IL VOLO:
“It is very rare to find artists in the non-classical world who have a great mastery of multi-style, musical and major important stages, and I believe that Ignazio Piero and Gianluca are part of those rare artists who help art and musical culture to make it loved and wanted by everyone. And that’s exactly what I do in my music through the violin, undressing it from the tailcoat to embellish it with emotions, art and culture and innovation.”
What a great concert, and other songs, there are no videos.
This meeting instead took place before the concert.
In this short video, you recognize Nonna Maura, in the middle of the Japanese couple.
The couple came from Japan to attend the concert. They also went to three concerts in Japan.
At the end of the video also Xinjie(the girl from the Capri video) is added with a friend, who is one of the three selected to watch the preview of the concert with the boys.
On the sheet it says:
FOR TEN YEARS ALWAYS WITH YOU, THANK YOU!
Some beautiful photos of the evening. (Click on each photo to view a larger version.)
I sense that it was a fantastic concert.
There was a strong pop footprint, but how much talent, how much love, how much interpretation.
Lots of interaction with the public.
They love people and people love them.
I read a short comment from one of our crew, she wrote “the best concert ever”.
Guys, but this way, how can you resist until next year ???
The next appointment is in Palermo for the great concert of Radio Italia.
Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, have just returned from Moscow, and have stopped in Rome, a new commitment for them: The Gala of Italian-Chinese friendship.
The event took place at Fuksas’s Lantern.
La Lanterna is a structure in glass and steel of triangular geometry, a project signed by the famous architect Massimiliano Fuksas and remains in the center of Rome, and that stands on the roof of the former Military Union building.
In conjunction with the Chinese President’s visit to Italy, this Gala was organized between the two cultures, Chinese and Italian. The music will be the basis of the event, enriched with fashion shows and cooking shows.
During the gala an episode of the Chinese program “Day Day Up” (Tian Tian Xian Shang) will be recorded, which will be broadcast on Hunan TV, one of the most important Chinese television stations, with a coverage of 1.2 billion people.
Preparations were in full swing.
A nice team of guys, then we’ll find out who these young Chinese singers are.
Together with the event organizers.
The rehearsals of the event follow one another.
Start the evening
Some short videos of the evening:
L’Amore si muove
Libiam de lieti calici
With the President of the trade and tourism association of the island of Ischia.
Here with Giovanni Saldì (artist) IL VOLO, THE GOOD GUYS that make us TURN THE HEAD with their music.
Ignazio= Art has always been one of the great bridges between the various cultures of the world. In fact, even this evening, there is a union between Chinese culture and Italian culture. We are certainly honored and happy to be a part of it.
Gianluca = And give our contribution with our music and our voices and sing along with these Chinese artists who love Italian bel canto, and it’s nice to hear them sing in Italian.
Piero = We met these guys in a Chinese talent show, they won that talent show with one of our songs, so we’re honored.
We can say that 10 years have flown, it’s like a play on words, this year it will be a year, indeed a year and a half, two, quite challenging, full of concerts, especially in Italy. We will perform the first part of concerts in Italy this summer, in Rome, in Sicily in Taormina, and then there will be the second part, as soon as we return from Japan.
Gianluca= Let’s say that at the age of 14 we had an anomalous life, so, surely, we got to know the world, learn languages, there were also sacrifices, like staying away from family and friends, but we absolutely cannot complain, in fact, he taught us that in any case we must commit ourselves and to reach a goal, we must believe in it to the full, in order to reach our dreams.
And here is today’s newscast, where the news of the event is given.
The television studio is set up in the heart of Rome, but the program is a very successful Chinese TV show: DAY DAY UP.
The protagonist is music, linking two different cultures, an event that also turns the spotlight on the “New Silk Road” with the visit of the Chinese President.
To open the evening the Piccolo Coro dell’Antoniano.
The most awaited guests, the tenors of IL VOLO, ambassadors of bel canto.
Ignazio= It’s a great evening of sharing culture, between China and Italy. We are honored to be part of it too, and we are delighted to be able to sing here.
Journalist = A special Gala evening here in Italy that dialogues with China, through music.
IL VOLO, on stage, performs a duet with a trio of Chinese tenors.
Gianluca = Our music is still so present, around the world and especially in China, because they won a talent with our song, singing in Italian and in Neapolitan.
Just Naples celebrates its cuisine, with these acrobatic pizza chefs.
Final toast, the glasses rise up, to sign an artistic partnership.
At the Gala of friendship, between Italy and China, IL VOLO sings “L’Amore si Muove”, together with the Chinese trio.
Here the news on Chinese television.
And here’s the interview Askanews.
Presenter = Il Volo represented Italy, with her music, in the Italo-Chinese friendship gala that took place in Rome, at the Lanterna of Fuksas, on the occasion of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Italy.
Gianluca = It’s nice to be here and to represent Italy through our music and our voices. These meetings are beautiful between different cultures, the Italian and the Chinese. It’s nice as Chinese singers, guys like us, love this musical genre, the Italian melody is so much appreciated all over the world.
Presenter = And indeed, on the stage, three Chinese tenors arrived, somehow inspired by the guys from Volo. The Italian trio, fresh from third place in Sanremo, will start the live tour from May for a whole year.
Ignazio = We will go to Japan, for the tour, and then we will return to Italy with 17 concerts.
Piero = This is a busy year, we are celebrating our 10 year career. We started from Panama with the Pope, then Sanremo with great satisfaction, we released our album ‘Musica’. Then 17 concerts in Italy, we will do many concerts around everywhere but singing in Italy is always a different emotion. The album is called “Musica”, it is our common passion, which brought us forward for 10 years. We believe that this album fully represents us.
Presenter = Il Volo is back from a concert in Moscow. Afraid of being included in the Ukrainian blacklist?
Gianluca = We have not expressed any appreciation about politics, for now there is no danger.
The Traviata toast from Chinese TV.
Another beautiful interview with the Corriere della Sera.
Journalist= Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, IL VOLO, welcome back, hi.
P+I+G = Thank you, hi.
Journalist = As soon as you returned from Moscow, you participated in the Bolshoi Theater at the BRAVO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, how did it go?
Piero = It was a great experience, we say that these two days are quite special, full of emotions. Moscow, singing at the Bolshoi, one of the most prestigious theaters in the world, does not happen every day, and singing here in Rome for such an important event, I believe that it fills us with responsibility, but above all with pride, for us, but above all for everyone Italians.
Journalist = 10 years of activity, six CD’s including the last one: “MUSICA”.
Ignazio = Yes, “MUSICA”, includes unpublished works and there are also covers. We are very happy, the music is what unites us and accompanies us in these years of career, and it is for this reason that we have decided to call it this cd.
Journalist= In fact, it is the CD of the turning point, there is this collaboration with Faini that also collaborates with Mahmood, Petrella, Cremonini, Canova, Tiziano Ferro and many others, I think it is the desire to give a twist a little more pop to your style …
Piero = Without losing our personality.
Gianluca = More than turning point, it is trying to convey to everyone, this pop soul that is in us, but without losing our essence, our music, but surely we are not just classical music.
Journalist= A way like any other to get closer to the pop world.
Piero = Obviously, we must always keep up with the times, Michele Canova, did not disappoint us with the new CD “MUSICA”, he is an avant-garde producer, always new sounds, he is always looking for new things and obviously his resume speaks for itself.
Journalist = However in 10 years of your career, you have won so many prizes and had so many awards, toured around the world …. where can IL VOLO still arrive?
Gianluca= There is still so much to prove, 10 years, after all they are few, we are only 24 years old, we started early, if all goes well, we are still 40 years old and maybe more, there is so much to prove. But we are proud of what we have built over the past 10 years.
Journalist = We are here this evening, for this twinning between Italy and China. You are the guests of honor of the evening, from Russia to China.
Ignazio= Surely being able to represent our country all over the world, is something that makes us feel proud of being Italian and we are honored, this is an evening where Italian culture meets Chinese culture and what better way to do it with music, in fact we will also duet with Chinese artists, a trio that came out of a talent and also sings our songs.
Journalist= I seem to have heard that it is called IL VOLO CHINESE .
Piero= We saw these guys in a video on you tube, they won a talent, singing one of our songs and today we will sing the song together “L’AMORE SI MUOVE”.
Journalist = The tour starts in May and starts in Japan.
Piero = And it will be a long tour, a fairly demanding year, a full of concerts, an artist, a birthday, must celebrate it by singing, but we would like to say that we will return to Italy, in June and July with 17 concerts, and we don’t see the time to sing the songs from our new CD “MUSICA”.
Journalist = You will also be at the Verona Arena in September and also here in Rome at the Auditorium at the end of June.
Gianluca= Exactly, it will be a long tour that will start from Japan and until next year it will keep us busy and then there will be many other surprises that we will talk about next time.
Journalist = Good trip, good luck to IL VOLO and thanks.
Some photos of IL VOLO and the Chinese trio SUPER VOCAL.
Fantastic guys, as you always brought the high image of Italy that pleases the world.
What a surprise to see a trio of Chinese tenors who take you for example, who love what you propose, to copy your style, even singing in Italian.
Because your music, to which perhaps here at times, is not given the right appreciation, is instead much admired, up to imitate it, because it is imitating what it likes.
We can say that the music of IL VOLO has served as a bridge to two different cultures.