Row 43, seat 8. The last seat left for the show with which Il Volo begins its stay at the Arcimboldi this evening vanished yesterday morning around lunchtime. And it could not have been otherwise given the request which, doubling the three concerts initially planned, transformed this theatrical debut by Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble into a sort of “residency”. Six shows in eight days that see them engaged in the Bicocca (the district where the Arcimboldi Theater is) until next Saturday with a revised and corrected version of that “All for One” brought to Italian homes last spring from the Arena of Verona by winning the audience challenge.
How does the show change in the transition from TV to theater?
Barone= Next year we will celebrate fifteen years of our career, so we preferred not to go on tour and re-propose the Verona show, even if in a slightly more intimate way, on a single stage. That of the Arcimboldi.
Ginoble=We built the repertoire of the show with the idea of consolidating our musical evolution: three child prodigies, who have become three interpreters of character, each with his own personality. That’s why the innovation of ‘All for one’ is precisely that clearly outlines the characteristics of each one, in addition to that of the group that everyone already knows.
Boschetto= Because the Arcimboldi theater is one of the most significant modern theaters we have in Italy and because bringing an arena performance into such a setting ends up making it necessarily resonate with a different intimacy.
Barone= And then in the two TV episodes we sang 60 songs, while in the theater we sang half of them: the best of.
In December you sang at the Forum.
Ginoble= Yes, but, having never performed in Italian theatres, we are curious to see the audience’s reaction in such a different setting. As happened on TV, to give vent to our personalities there will be solo moments. Five each. Piero will sing his opera arias, I will pay homage to Elvis and Ignazio the great female pop voices. And, speaking of Elvis, the show begins with the Straussian ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ also used by him in his shows in Las Vegas. An idea of Ignazio.
Speaking of audience reactions, where was the most unpredictable?
Barone= Once, in Vera Cruz, Mexico, we sang in an amphitheater with a small lake between the stage and the audience. At the end of the concert, people took to the water to come and hug us.
Ginoble= A young thing. Because there we have a younger audience than in Italy. Here we have, in fact, only the hit ‘Grande amore’, while there we have five or six. This has allowed us to grow together with our fans.
Tomorrow you will sing first at the Monza racetrack and then at the Arcimboldi.
Barone= When they ask you to sing the Mameli anthem before the Italian Grand Prix, how can you say no? In recent years, as well as in Monza, we have also done it in Imola, in Mugello, and it has always been an incredible emotion.
And in fact, I want to start first with the institutional event in Monza, to then dedicate myself completely to the concerts.
Always impeccable our boys!! ☺
And now we come to the concerts.
An amazing start, curtain closed and then the three of them, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero. After the roar of the audience,
………silence and a beautiful Hallelujah a cappella opens the evening.
Magnificent beginning followed by Grande Amore, and then greetings to the audience.
IGNAZIO= Hi Milanoooooo.
GIANLUCA= Good evening everyone.
IGNAZIO= (to Piero), Do you want to talk or do I?
IGNAZIO= Good evening, welcome, we are finally back in concert.
In the theatre, our first theatre, it had never occurred to us to sing in the theater in Italy, but as a first impression everything is already much more intimate. We are much closer, we don’t have the risk of rain like in Verona. 😁
Thank you all so much for being here tonight, thank you.
GIANLUCA= I would say that after a break…..we are particularly excited, because after a break of almost 3-4 months, after a summer of vacation and relaxation, now we can start again, we need to warm up properly, but as Ignazio said, it is the first time in the theatre.
Finally we can have our Italian audience so close, in a more intimate concert, where we can perhaps best express our emotions, singing like never before.
PIERO= The need for the theater arose from the two television evenings that I hope at least many of you saw, from the Verona Arena concert ALL FOR ONE, to demonstrate to those who know us and those who don’t, our three personalities. Our deepest personalities and vocal characteristics and so tonight will be a musical journey across almost every genre.
Ladies and gentlemen, good evening.
There are so many videos and so many beautiful photos to see.
I’ll make a selection for you, but they are all beautiful.
Lots of amazing solos. What a pity that I could not attend these concerts.
Gianluca: BEATLES MEDLEY
Ignazio: C’È UNA RAGIONE DI PIÙ
At the end of the song, Ignazio leans on the piano and sings “there is one more reason to tell you…… that we stay here”
Ignazio= YOU MAKE ME FEEL(Ignazio plays the piano)
CANZONE PER TE – LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI Tribute to Sergio Endrigo
ECSTASY OF GOLD
And then there are songs whose moments amaze you, like this one where Ignazio sings with Piero:
And moments of extreme sweetness, such as when, during the third evening, Gianluca gets off the stage and goes towards his girlfriend, takes her by the hand and brings an amazed Eleonora to the first steps of the stage, they sit down and hand in hand, Gianluca dedicates her a beautiful song with a deep meaning, LA CURA by Battiato.
The most important words of this beautiful song reiterate the love and dedication for always: “I will save you from all melancholy
Because you are a special being
And I will take care of you
Yes, I’ll take care of you.”
A truly unique and special moment, full of love. At the end of the song Gianluca says “It’s our anniversary”. A treasure of a man, our sweet Gianluca. ❤ ❤
And here is the lineup of songs sung the first few nights, but there were also some song changes the following nights.
Really challenging concerts!
1. Hallelujah 2. Grande Amore 3. Almeno tu nell’universo 4. Suspicious minds 5. Mamma quel vino è generoso 6. Nessun Dorma 7. Io che non vivo 8. Crazy little thing 9. Una ragione di più 10. Lucevan le stelle 11. Estasi dell’oro 12. Se telefonando 13. Marechiare 14. My heart will go on 15. Beatles Medley 16. My way 17. Caruso 18. Medley Endrigo 19. Una poesia anche per te 20. La cura 21. Misere 22. Il mondo 23. Can’t help falling in love 24. E poi 25. No puede ser 26. Volare 27. Grande amore reprise
A nice Medley from the concert on September 4th.
The photos are numerous and beautiful.
You won’t believe it but it seems for once that the Italian critics are positive.
Many newspapers and news programs spoke well of them, including the national ones on RAI 1 and RAI 2.
A lot of people who didn’t know them at all are getting to know them and they like the “new face” of Il Volo.
Often, during the various evenings, there are “surprises” like when Ignazio sang accompanied by a violinist.
Ignazio= UNA POESIA ANCHE PER TE
Or Gianluca who sang Angels by Robbie Williams on the fourth evening.
Or Ignazio who in the concert on September 3rd sang accompanied on guitar and vocals by Nico Arezzo, remember, the boy who is under Ignazio’s FLOKI label.
Ignazio+Nico= YOU MAKE ME FEEL
Radio RTL102.5, the most listened to radio station in Italy, was also present at the concert and Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio were interviewed live from the RTL studios on 6 September.
I will make you a future article with an exhaustive translation of Il Volo’s visit to the radio.
In the video below, Il Volo with the two RTL 102.5 speakers present at the concert.
And then also Federica Panicucci, who you will remember had presented, as sent by Canale 5, the two concerts at the Arena.
Here she is with our loved ones. The photo was published by Federica herself with this comment: “Talent, genius, professionalism.
An amazing show. Thank you Ignazio, Piero, Gianluca, for the unforgettable evening.”
Truly a week of beautiful concerts and well-deserved success, for their skill and their dedication to always improving.
I conclude with some of their words said in an interview:
“In recent years we have learned to know each other, there is great mutual esteem between us. I always tell Piero that I can’t wait to sit in the royal box to see him perform an opera. As we grow up, our personality and our artistic desires also develop, beyond Il Volo.”
Individually we also like to do other things. After 15 years we would like people to understand that there is much more.”
So, go ahead with your projects, we are sure that you will not disappoint us and we are ready to follow you and support you in your choices.
Today, April 24th, here in Italy, there will be an interview at IL VOLO on radiovision , or rather two, one on radio RTL 102.5 and one on Radio Zeta.
Let’s start with the direct RTL 102.5.
The program is called The Flight, nothing more appropriate !!
Preparations before the live broadcast:
Start the direct, activate the subtitles.
In the musical interludes the boys have fun.
Here Ignazio is giving the time signal, saying that:
“Even in all the remote villages of Sicily, such as Marsala, Ventrischi and Naro (Naro is called by Piero), it is 4:00 pm!” 😂 😂 😂
The interview was pleasant and they let us hear several songs from the new CD and others already well known.
But now it’s time for RADIO ZETA.
Here is the direct, there are no subtitles, so I translate for you.
Speaker= Wonderful boys, “A CHI MI DICE”, Il Volo. It’s 16.05, I welcome Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, the boys from IL VOLO, are here, ladies and gentlemen .
How are you?
Piero= Well, very well.
Speaker= I remind you 266 of the digital terrestrial channel.
Look there how beautiful you are, we are on radiovision and also on instagram.
Today the listeners are unleashed, there are so many questions, I have chosen some, so soon I will propose them to you.
Piero= I like it.
Speaker= We have just heard live this beautiful song “A CHI MI DICE”, so I would immediately salute Tiziano Ferro.
Piero= Hello Tiziano.
Ignazio= Hello Tiziano
Speaker= Tiziano Ferro who wrote this text in Italian, he loves you very much, and so we also talk about your new CD MUSICA, your new album.
Piero= Our new album.
Speaker= I have to ask you something very nice, how exciting is it, to inaugurate your new album here on Barbra Streisand’s birthday?
Piero= Why, is Barbra Streisand’s birthday today?
Speaker= Of course.
Piero= And do you know what happened on April 24th ten years ago?
Speaker= What happened?
Piero= April 24th 2009, Il VOLO, sings together for the first time, “O Sole Mio”! Do you think it’s a case?
Ignazio= I feel like crying! (jokes)
Speaker= You have already figured out what the atmosphere will be this afternoon. Today is the birthday of this great protagonist, of this woman, who brought you with her, for 13 tour dates. There is a beautiful song that reminds her.
Ignazio= “PEOPLE”, it’s like a tribute to her, anyway. It is one of the songs that impressed us the most when we were on tour with her and we couldn’t not sing it.
Speaker= You have duet with the older ones really, from Andrea Bocelli, to Placido Domingo, to Barbra Streisand, you have participated in a lot of important things in your life, you celebrate 10 years, I would like to know …….. the thing which has not really changed among you, in 10 years, what is it?
Ignazio= Hunger. (laughs)
Certainly the desire to share music, in fact the album is called MUSICA. The desire for music has never passed, also because we live every day of music, and it is the only thing that understands us and that is closer to us than all, music, also because I think there is a music or a song for every mood and for every occasion.
Speaker= How nice …. from MUSICA, let’s go back to the stage of the Ariston, “MUSICA CHE RESTA” Il Volo. (starts video of “MUSICA CHE RESTA”)
Speaker= Boys, here is Il VOLO, Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca.
Gianluca, are you there? (Gianluca does not speak because he does not have a microphone.)
Gianluca= Yes, here I am.
Someone asks a question.
Speaker= Now we answer him. About this direct instagram, which is becoming more and more lively and interesting …. Ignazio you were very good because you have already quickly remembered the dates of your tour …..
Ignazio= Can I still remember you quickly? (start reading tour dates)
Speaker= Let’s go back to the questions that the fans sent you, we have many questions, I chose two at random.
Erica, asks: Among all your albums, what is the song you like the most?
Piero= Personally, from the last album “VICINISSIMO”.
Ignazio= It’s difficult, I don’t know, it’s like asking a mother who has fifty children, which is your favorite?
Piero= But a mother with fifty children does not exist ….
Speaker= Or anyway a song you are most fond of …. Gianluca?
Gianluca= For me it is “PEOPLE”.
Ignazio= But of this CD? I really like of this CD, “A CHI MI DICE”.
Speaker= And now this question from Laura: “Will there be surprises, in the lineup, in the next tour?”
Ignazio= Come to the concert and you will see it. Yes, there will be some surprises, we do singles every year and then we also sing in duet, and there will be new singles, new songs ….
Piero= Whoever comes to our concerts, he knows very well, that in every concert, we are instinctive, we don’t create a lineup, speeches are always improvised, so every concert is always a surprise. (you can hear the first notes of “Grande Amore” and Piero asks if he can introduce the song): “Gentlemen, you are listening to ‘Grande Amore’”.
Speaker= They are indomitable, Il Volo here, we are with the IL VOLO guys, it’s 4:17 pm, Gianluca put you in the center so you have the microphone all for you and we can finally chat with Gianluca too.
Gianluca= Here I am, I’m there too.
Speaker= So, MUSICA, an album that really represents you well, because all your musical tastes are represented, and then with this cooler pop sound, thanks to Michele Canova, what was it like working with Michele?
Gianluca= Michele certainly gave a more contemporary touch to our vocals and sounds, even if then, it is clear, that maintaining our classicism all over the world, is what wins, because it is what they appreciate of Italy and of the Italian spirit. A bit like Bocelli, these great singers who take Italian music around the world, is the elegance of Italianness that makes us special, especially abroad. But it is clear, that sometimes, daring, doing experiments is not always good.
Speaker= About “bel canto”, highly appreciated all over the world, our Italy, in this CD there are great tributes, There is a Tribute to Sergio Endrigo, “LONTANO DAGLI OCCHI” ….. there is “LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”, a great tribute to Paolo Limiti …….. now I ask you the question ….. are there any songs that you have sung and that cause you emotion? I have your own song that moves me a lot and then I tell you.
Gianluca= Of our repertoire, surely the tribute to Charlie Chaplin: “SMILE”.
But in this CD, I am very excited, apart from the unpublished works that are beautiful, “PEOPLE”, moves me a lot.
Piero= There is a song that I really care about a lot, which is “LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”. It excites me so much, because every time we sing it, I think back to my 12/13 years, before getting to know them, because the three of us before we met, took part in regional festivals, and I always sang “LA VOCE DEL SILENZIO”.
Speaker= Wonderful. Great tribute to Paolo Limiti (writer of the song).
Ignazio, meanwhile, think about it and then you will also tell me your song that excites you the most, now we announce the unpublished “VICINISSIMO”.
Il Volo, “VICINISSIMO”, from MUSICA, released on February 22nd, we are presenting it to Radio Zeta, we are with Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
Ignazio, then tell me the song you are most attached to. Gianluca said his, Piero said his, now tell me yours.
Ignazio= Honestly, I don’t know …. “A CHI MI DICE”. But instead, of you to us our song that moves you the most.
Speaker= Mine is “CANZONE PER TE”. by Sergio Endrigo and Roberto Carlos (authors).
So, in May you leave for Japan, how long will you stay in Japan?
Ignazio= Two weeks.
Piero= We return on May 23rd.
Speaker= Then officially start with the tour on June 16th from the “capital of culture” Matera, officially opens the celebrations with the IL VOLO concert. Then chase IL VOLO, on June 16th they will be in Matera, then there will be many other dates ….. until September 24th.
Speaker= On your social pages, then, there is everything. There are also some beautiful images that tell of you.
Ignazio= There are also photos of Piero, naked, if you want you can go and see.
Piero= There is also a fanclub, you need to know that we care so much about the fanclub, it’s like entering a house full of friends, people who share the same passion. Our fanclub is like our second family. We always do something with them, for example, we shot the video of the last single, “A CHI MI DICE”, which will be released in a few weeks, and we called three girls who assisted the video …..
Ignazio= It’s not like we called them personally, they won a kind of contest
Piero= Yes, they won a contest, and so they took part in the video shoot.
Speaker= How nice. So they are 100% protagonists and live with you this adventure.
Ignazio= We had lunch together, ate ice cream together …..
Speaker= A quick question, who answers me? What did you try to sing in front of Pope Francis?
Piero= It was an emotion that cannot be explained, but the nice thing about a group is that you have two people next to you who are feeling your own emotions, and that moment was a magical moment, personally I am very Catholic, and then to find myself in front of the Madonna of Fatima, Pope Francis, a million people who were listening …
Ignazio= next to me ….
Piero= Him beside ….. imagine !!
Speaker= Guys, I am happy to have had you here, I leave you the latter seconds to say hello to you from Radio Zeta.
Piero= Friends of Radio Zeta, we are IL VOLO.
Ignazio= We want to send a big greeting to all our friends starting from A to ZETA
Gianluca= From the ZETA to the A, a hug to everyone and thanks for having listened to us.
Piero= See you on tour and don’t miss MUSICA.
Speaker= Thanks to IL VOLO, Grazie mille!
In the Radio Zeta backstage, the boys answered this question:
“How do you expect to be in 20 years?”
Piero= In twenty years we will be … him without hair (Gianluca), I without a beard and he without a belly (Ignazio)
Ignazio = Maybe !!!
Ignazio= Under a sofa.
Piero= With a potato chip …
Ignazio= But what a potato chip ???
Piero= With a girl !!!
Ignazio= But you said potato chip …..
Well, even this radio adventure ended, as always the guys tried to be fun.
Their interviews were interspersed with many of their videos and songs, not just the latest album.
I must say that it was nice to see the videos of “GRANDE AMORE”, “L’AMORE SI MUOVE” and “PER TE CI SARÒ”.
On April 25th, in Italy it is a national holiday- Italy’s Liberation Day (Festa della liberazione), but on Friday the 26th there is already a new adventure for you, the tireless Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
On February 15th Il Volo were guests of RTL102.5 in radiovision. They have sung live, but they showed a good 8 videos: They said that London will host Mario Biondi who sang with them in the House Party. There will be a zero date in Roccaraso Italy Abruzzo May 3 but Gianluca let slip that they are preparing something to aid earthquake for Abruzzo. They also said they will go to Kazakhstan, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland. They asked the boys as they do with families as they are often away and they said that when they want to return and I can go by families whereas they think young people who are forced to work to get away from home, go abroad and do not see the families for a long time, Piero Ignazio and Gianluca have said they admire about these guys. They also said that were not previously known in Italy because after TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE went abroad and were like three nerds, but then when they came back with the Vespa broadcasts have begun to have visibility and then of course Sanremo and the fact that they had recorded the unpublished pushed them to greater audience. In addition to Italian tour we have added a date in Ancona and also another date in Rome and maybe they said it could become easily Tormina 4 dates, jokingly said that the date more is for relatives of Piero. ~Daniela
Il Volo has been busy in their short break from touring, a break so short, in fact, that the European leg has begun with a concert in Madrid last night. It looks like it was marvelous as always, and while we wait for all of Madrid to have their say, lets recap the last couple of weeks. ~~ Kelly
World Youth Day Kick Off
Il Volo announced they will participate in World Youth Dayin July during an appearance in Loreto, Italy.
World Youth Day is an event organized every three years by the Roman Catholic church emphasizing the unity of different cultures. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the Pope and his conducting the final mass of the event. It is called “youth day”, but it will actually span nearly a week ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Youth_Day ).