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Another Show of Love ~ Anne Quinto (Tippy) ~ (My tat sister)

Hi all my Flight Crew Friends,

I wanted to share with everyone my Il Volo tattoo story!

It was a running joke in my family for about 2yrs that I was going to get a tattoo in my husband’s memory!! Ignazio shared his tattoo pics in the Spring! Then before Mother’s Day my oldest son gave me a check & told me to something fun with it! This is a sign I thought! I will get a tattoo for my husband on the left upper arm & Il Volo on the right arm! Made an appointment & had both done the day after Mother’s Day keeping it a secret from my 6 kids!

I needed the tattoos to be healed by the concert date at the Greek Theater on 6/7/14! I did reveal the tattoos to my family before the concert. All were excited & happy for me! My IlVolover English friend, Marlene & I attended the concert with my oldest son, Joe & his wife Cindy. We got to meet Jeannette, her daughter, & Myron before the concert. Also met up with Carol, who we met at the Santa Monica Xmas CD signing on 11/23/13! That was such fun but another story.

Our guys remembered us from the Gibson concert on my 85th birthday 8/28/13. They sang Happy Birthday to me then.

The Greek concert was just wonderful! The M&G after, a cattle call. I do take my wheelchair to concerts as am never sure how much walking there will be. We finally got into the M&G room & up to see the guys. I was going to stand up out of the wc but both Gian & Piero said to stay seated.
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I was fine! I showed them my tattoo & they were properly impressed!!! 
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I get brain fade in their presence so just answered yes to their questions.

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Was the tattoo real? You did this for us? Can we touch it? They were very concerned that I gone thru the procedure for them. Gian asked if he could take a photo. Then I got hugs & kisses on my hair, Piero kissed my right cheek! The photo was taken & we were gone! They tried to move us all thru the line quickly!! Beautiful memories of that nite!

I had wanted to add Gianluca, Ignazio, & Piero originally to the tattoo but did not. On Aug 25th I went back to my tattoo artist & he added the names & a treble clef!
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I told Ignazio in his BD card that I had done that & could not wait to show them! Looks as tho it will be a while until we meet again!

I can not wait to get the new album! It will not be released till 2015.

Wish you all Il Volo love,
Anne Quinto


Here’s how Tippy spent her 85th.

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On Aug 28, 2013, my 85th birthday, I celebrated at the We Are Love concert in The Gibson Theater, Universal City, SO CAL!

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The very best birthday of my life!!

Four of us went. My dear friend, IlVolover Marlene, my dear Grand Daughter, Dara, & her friend, Polly.  Our seats were good, I thank PBS. All of the crowd around us were there for a great evening! To share Il Volo love!!! Edgar Cortazar & his sweet family sat in front of us! He & Mark Portman composed We Are Love! He autographed our Il Volo booklets & wished me a happy birthday! Dara chatted with him the most. He told us our guys are great to work with! On time & prepared!

Word got around our seats & people were stopping by to wish me a happy birthday!

This was my first time to see the guys, Marlene & I were in seventh Heaven!! Dara & Polly (long time concert goers) said it was the best concert they had ever seen!! It was a magical, wondrous, enchanted evening!!! This was the concert where they seemed to be on upper stage singing behind the screens! Piero appeared on the unlit stage first, followed by Gianluca, & Ignazio! Realizing they were there, in front of us, we were all on our feet applauding as the lights came up! So wonderful to see them in
person! We were a great audience, clapped as each new song started! Standing ovation at each song’s end! Their performance was perfect, as always! I fell more deeply in love as the music unfolded! I felt like my heart would burst with the magnificence of their voices!! The Maria with the girls was such fun!! Toward the end of the concert Gianluca & Piero took off their jackets & laid them on the piano.
Ignazio said if they were taking off clothes, he was taking off his shoes! He did & performed a few songs in his socks. It was a beautiful concert!!!

We had M&G tickets! There were only 20 of us with PBS M&G tickets. Live Nation had a lot of people & went in first. They seated us all in upper theater seats as we waited! A happy crowd & waiting was comfortable just chatting with those around. I knew if I told the Boys it was my BD they would sing to me! Finally it was our turn, just the 4 of us, one on one! A big room with the banner Il Volo In Concert on the back wall. They were standing waiting for us for the photos!

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I get brain fade in their presence!!! So don’t know exactly what happened! I went up first & did manage to tell Ignazio that it was my 85th BD! The photo taken show them singing to me in our group pic.

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Maybe they sang twice. Ignazio looked down at me, I’m not very big, & said. Your birthday, hmmm, as tho he was considering a world problem. Then they all started to sing. I did not tell them how wonderful they & their amazing music are! My granddaughter said that didn’t matter, all they had to do was look at my face, it was radiant!!! The photographer said we were photogenic & took 8 photos when since there were 4 of us, she was only supposed to take the 4.

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Marlene is from England & had a purse with London double-decker bus on it so Ignazio remarked to her that he has gone to London many times. We got our photos taken & as I got to Gianluca I did tell him my husband was Italian & had family living in Italy. He asked where & I said Fondi, he said it was a beautiful region. Then we were outside & it was over!

We walked around their big white buses 2 & found we were close to the performers entrance. Not wanting this wonderful nite to end we tried to decide who would go to get the car. I need to throw in here, PBS stayed with us until we got into our car & started home! I was very impressed with that! We could see into the entrance & saw Gianluca & Ignazio walking down the hall. Polly went to get the car. Before she came back Piero popped out the entrance! He was with an older woman who was on the
phone. At that time I didn’t realize you can talk to our guys anytime you meet! I did have enough wits to call over to him that they were wonderful & his voice magnificent! He said thank you very much!

We all had the time of our lives, the concert being much more than expected!! It was an enchanted evening! We got to my Granddaughter’s home late, going up to bed at 1:50 AM. Beautiful memories for us all!!! August 28th was my 86th BD. I plan to go to next year’s Concert & anywhere here when they return to the States! The more you see our wonderful guys, the more you want to see them again!!