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IL VOLO, ALWAYS PRESENT! by Daniela

I continue to summarize the commitments of Il Volo during these days of the first timid opening towards the life of before.

The first commitment was for an event organized by Sony Latin, a Latin Music festival entitled MADE IN CASA.

For this event, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero sent a nice video of Grande Amore.

Here is the video.

The second engagement was last Sunday, on the occasion of Mother’s Day.

The boys sent a video to the Azteca TV on Mexico, with their sweet dedications on the occasion of this beautiful and loving holiday, and  below, the video of Il Mondo. 

PR = Hello, now we are virtually connecting with Italy, a country that in the past few weeks has faced tough tests for the Covid19 pandemic. But now we rise, listening to Il Volo.

G = Hi everyone, my name is Gianluca de Il Volo, we speak to you from our home in Italy, we are enjoying our family and above all our mother. We are very sorry for what is happening, it is very difficult and we hope that it will pass soon.

Let’s take care of ourselves and hope to see you soon.

P = Hi everyone, I’m Piero, I’m talking to you from Sicily, from my home, like everyone else.

Today is a very special day, “è il giorno della mamma”, as we say in Italian. Now we are enjoying good food, which for us others is a very rare and difficult moment, but be sure that in this way, everything seems better.

I hope to see you soon in a concert and we will sing all together. I send you a kiss, bye.

I = Hi all Mexico fans, today is a special day. It is known that we Italians are a little “mammoni”, we love our mom.
Well, happy mother’s day, to all mothers, and we hope to see you soon.

PR = Thanks to the components of Il Volo.

PR = We are back in Europe, where Il Volo waits for us to spend the night with his music.

It’s time to listen to IL MONDO, from Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.

Thanks guys, for taking part in Contigo Mamá.

And then, an unexpected announcement by Piero………

…………followed by Gianluca’s announcement.

………….and therefore from that of Ignazio.

We are happy to put our voices at the service of #DGFattoInCasa by Dolce & Gabbana. This campaign underlines the importance of all the doctors and researchers who are working to help us to get out of this global health emergency. We have chosen to sing on Dolce & Gabbana three songs that represent us, our beloved country and the beauty that Italy can spread all over the world: Grande Amore, Nessun Dorma and O Sole Mio. We hope through music to bring some joy in your homes. We can’t wait to embrace you all. Please, behave conscientiously and support the research of Prof. Mantovani and the Humanitas Foundation for Research.  

How many beautiful occasions for intervention.

Well, many projects are still done, but I see more coming.
Meanwhile, things seem to be improving here, but it is still early to say that everything is over, we still have to be patient.

A hug to all those who are still in a pandemic right now.

Daniela 

Credit to owners of all photos, videos and logo.

CNN : CHAT WITH IL VOLO by daniela

During the American tour, in early March, IL VOLO was interviewed by the CNN channel by the journalist Juan Carlos Arciniegas. Now the full interview has been released. It’s a nice chat with friends, this reporter had already interviewed Il Volo 7 years ago.

I will translate it for you, but you must consider that I don’t know Spanish but being Italian, it is not difficult to understand most of the speech. In some moments I have translated with intuition, but I don’t think I have deviated from the meaning. Forgive inaccuracies.

The interview is anticipated by a promo with a summary of Il Volo:

They joined in a song contest for children of Italian television.

Today they celebrate 10 years of Il Volo’s career, the passion of three young people who made bel canto and traditional world music their presentation card.
For them, making forays into the most current music genre also in Spanish is now a constant.

They also tried with the urban genre, because they will always evolve, going back to the past, because for their admission they want to bring the music of past years and classical music to new generations.

Welcome to this chat with Il Volo.

OC = I am happy to be with you once again, 7 years have passed, in 2013, in this studio we spoke with Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero did I pronounce well?

G + P = Very well.

I = I noticed that Latin Americans don’t pronounce my name well. It is pronounced as “magnana”, “Ignazio”.

G = The last time was in 2013, we grew up see? We have a beard now!

OC = A long time has passed.

P = Seven years, we were more kids, now we are more serious.

OC = first of all, you have made an incredible career in these 10 years and you are still young.
I wanted to comment on the person who made you take this path on a musical level, in your case (Gianluca) the grandfather Ernesto, in your case (Piero), your grandfather Pietro and in your case (Ignazio) he was not a person but an instrument musical, but you have always had this passion, you (Piero) sang already from  3/4 year old child.

P = All three have the same past. We come from families, where my grandfather used to sing, and I have the same voice as my grandfather. My grandfather is blind, and I played with him, singing a song of the Sicilian tradition, and it was he who introduced me to this musical genre, “bel canto”, teaching me the songs we sing in our concerts.

OC = I saw you in a RAI pop music program where he (Gianluca) imitated Eros Ramazzotti, weren’t you taken by that genre, for example? (He asks Piero)

P = No, because when I started singing this musical genre, and I was a child, I started singing as a tenor and thanks to this musical genre, I discovered that I had this voice, like a tenor and I started studying piano and taking lessons in I sing.

OC = And how was Ignazio in your case?

I = I lived in the north, my family was from the south, from Sicily, I had a piano keyboard with music tracks and I sang on that track THE WOMAN IS MOBILE, I imitated Pavarotti, my grandfather played the harmonica. I had two grandparents, but one had an illness, had Alzheimer’s, and did not understand anymore.
It was a little different. It all happened like this.

OC = And your grandfather Ernesto? (He asks Gian)

G =  You remember my grandfather’s name well. I call him every day, he is my inspiration. It is thanks to him that I discovered my voice, the same story as Piero.

My idol is Andrea Bocelli and we had the opportunity to sing Granada, with him, in Milan, in a very important concert. But as a child I have always listened to pop music too, all music. I like pop music and rock music, but what excites me is bel canto, the music that we have been trying to bring all over the world for 10 years, and our dream is to bring this musical genre to the new generations.

Our idols, like Luciano Pavarotti, Josè Carreras, Placido Domingo, are great artists who brought lyrical music and “bel canto” to all people, and this is also our goal.

OC = (unfortunately I don’t understand this question)

P = I think that every era, has its own type of music, is fashion. But the important thing …… a friend of my father told me that in the fifties, wide pants and wide jackets were used, but the classic suit has remained over time. The music we sing the music we are bringing is classical and classical music means that it is not going to die. We listen and respect any musical genre and any artist, because it is said that whoever entertains the audience, who does a concert, must be respected and we respect all musical genres, however we don’t want to lose our personality. Our goal is to bring our musical genre, what they sang to us, Pavarotti and then Bocelli and we try not to let him die, to bring it all over the world, especially to the new generation, because we are three young people of 25 years old, who we are singing.

OC = How did you intend the collaboration in a song with Gente di Zona?

I = It was an experiment, there was a record because we are friends of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and in collaboration with Sony Latin, we made this project with Emilio …..

G = …… including a duet with Gloria, because we liked it.

I = We had a lot of fun, it was different, but we know that Il Volo is Il Volo. We are tradition and “bel canto”, we had a little fun.

G = It’s not just Italian music, Italian bel canto, because we also sing songs like Reloj, Historia de un amor, Bolero. We paid tribute to the great Josè Josè, it was a great emotion in our career. We discovered Josè Josè in 2012 and on the 2013 Latin Billboard we made this tribute and  sang El Triste in front of him, one of the most difficult songs. 

We had the opportunity to talk a little with him in Mexico, he is a great man and we will always remember him in our hearts, the great Josè Josè.

P = We are always looking for Latin music, because when we started in 2010, one of the first audiences was the Latin audience, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, and it is the reason why each album also has the Spanish version, same genre, same song, but sung in Spanish, and it is for this reason that even in our concerts, we sing songs of the Italian “bel canto”, but also songs like Granada and tribute to Josè Josè.

OC = Would you like to fall in love with a Spanish or Italian girl?

G + I + P = Italian

OC = Clear.

Now the question is 10 years and the first program was TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, and you sang a song with many other children, IL MIO CANTO LIBERO.

G = Yes, it’s a beautiful song, but one of the first songs that we sang and that our fans always like in concerts is Il Mondo, so Ignazio sang it alone and then we sang it in three. (they make a fragment of Il Mondo)

OC = You presented yourself separately to the program, then your Italian producer introduced you to Tony Renis, you were the first Italian group to sign a contract with an American label.

I = It went like this, Tony Renis and Michele Torpedine saw us on the program. Torpedine was the manager of Bocelli, he discovered Andrea Bocelli, did many editions of Pavarotti & Friends, as artistic director, and together they thought of introducing us to America and when we arrived here, at the Universal Interscope, we signed the contract, the first contract of an Italian, directly here in America.

OC = The three little tenors called you and why the name Il Volo.

G = It is a metaphorical name, music makes us fly and it is simple to pronounce in all countries, and then because the most famous Italian song is Volare, in short, an easy word to hear, and then because Il Volo, the flight does not have a limit.

OC = How were the first months where you were together, was it immediately alchemy or not?

P = Let’s talk about the concerts, when it all started, it was a simple friendship, like three who share the same passion for the same musical genre. Now, after 10 years, thank God, our friendship has become brotherhood, we do as if we were three brothers. The first few months, of course, if you don’t know the other, it was one to discover yourself, day after day.

G = But we were 15 years old, children.

P = We did not understand what we were experiencing, for 14/16 year olds it is difficult to understand what is going on.

I= Andrea Bocelli’s manager comes and you say “no, I don’t want to be with those” it’s madness isn’t it?

P = I think we understood that what we were doing was our life, our future, after 4 years. That day we called our manager and asked for everything we had to do.

G = But I believe that even if life can change you totally, so quickly, you must always remain a little child inside, live life with happiness and also with humility, because when you are on stage and you sing for thousands of people, we get excited and admire what we are going through, this is our life.

OC = And you haven’t lost this.

G = No, of course not.

P = We are celebrating 10 years of career, with many concerts around the world. I believe that our strength, every concert, every night, is that we feel the same emotions it’s like the first concert of our career, and it’s a very important thing. We also had the good fortune to have had important artists with whom we made duets.

OC = A question for Ignazio. You participated in We Are The World in 2013, you sang with very famous people, like Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson was not in this edition.

I = No, because he was already dead. I’ll tell you how it was. The producer was Quincy Jones of We Are The World for Haiti, and the co-producer was Humberto Gatica. Gatica was our producer, he talked to Quincy Jones about us, and he said “get the boys to come” in the choir.

OC = But you didn’t know him?

I + P + G = No

I = We were 16/17 years old, we thought, “where am I?”

G =I remember one thing, very funny, many didn’t know us, because we still hadn’t released the album, we hadn’t sung O Sole Mio, we were preparing the album and Adam Levine, Justin Bieber and Celine Dion said, but who are these guys , and when we started singing “We are the world, we are the children” they turned amazed to look at us. (laughter)

OC = Let’s talk about music. It’s been 10 years and there are many albums, the first was IL VOLO, your presentation to the world, what did it represent in your career?

I = A lot. We recorded this album between Rome and Los Angeles and it was everyone’s job, the first experience, the first trip, the first struggles, because we didn’t know each other well and it means a lot to us. It was like having a first child. The most beautiful songs in our repertoire, such as Il Mondo, Smile, Un Amore così Grande, O Sole mio, also a song that allowed us to enter the Japanese market, which is Notte Stellata, because an athlete from Japan took a medal gold at the ice skating Olympics with our song Notte Stellata. All Japan has gone mad for this song, and now we will go to Japan to do concerts, we will go in May and then November. It’s amazing how a song can change many things.

G = This also happened here, in all Latin American countries, with O Sole Mio, with our version of O Sole Mio, which is halfway between the classic and the version of Elvis Presley, “It’s now or never”. The people really liked our rhythm, in concerts, when we sing O Sole mio, people start dancing, it’s incredible.

OC = I really like SMILE, it was used in the Batman film as a soundtrack.

G = Yes, not Batman but in the Joker movie, we make you a short piece, the final part, a harmony. (they perform a harmony of Smile)

OC= In the following years an album (We are love) was born, the sound changed a little, it is more pop, were you ready for this genre? How were these first years?

I = We tell you the truth, we had a period where we thought we were more pop, like We Are Love, 2012, with this album we won the Latin Billboard. It was unexpected, because it was an album a bit like an experiment, because instead of Il Mondo, Un Amore Così Grande, it was a more pop album, with unpublished, it was a period that we wanted to be more fashionable……

G = But on this record there is also a version of Historia De Un Amor by Lucio Gatica, which is very beautiful and there is also Bolero. This record is very beautiful and the Latin Billborad experience was truly incredible.

OC = Continue Ignazio, what were you saying …

I = …..yes, because he always interrupts me …

G = Why do you always talk …

I = Speak you …. I was saying it was an experiment, but Il Volo is Il Volo. Il Volo is not reggaeton, it is not rap-pop songs of now, we can be it, but there are people who already do this. We are UNIQUE, in the most humble way we can say, because we make a genre that nobody does at our age and also because we are Italian and after Bocelli no one else has followed him.

P = It is true, because in 2016 we worked on a very large project, a tribute to the three tenors, in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, a beautiful square, you should go.

OC = I saw that you performed the Nessun Dorma and Placido Domingo was there.

P = Exactly, we paid tribute to these three tenors, but we saw the help of these three tenors, such as: Pavarotti died in 2007, however the Pavarotti foundation, thanks to his wife Nicoletta Mantovani, supported this project, therefore we received a message from Josè Carreras, and we had the support on stage, of Placido Domingo, and we paid tribute to the three tenors and we understood that this is what people come to listen to, the songs that no one sings today in 2020.

I = It has nothing to do with Noche Sin Dia. (It is not the same type of music.)

P = Nessun Dorma, Granada are part of our repertoire which is unique.

OC =What it was like to sing the Nessun Dorma, we were hearing it now. What must be done  to be able to sing this aria.

P = You know what the trick is, the particular thing to sing this song is the vein (he shows the vein in the neck), when we do the high it swells ….

G = The highest final note

P = Because it is a high B and we don’t know if we can do it every time. When we have the Nessun Dorma in the concert, we prepare well, we make many vocalizations, because the voice must be very warm.

G = The incredible thing is that Puccini wrote this aria 100 years ago, this music is eternal and it is incredible to see people in 2020 as they get excited by listening to music composed 100 years ago.

P = But singing this music requires a lot of discipline, a lot of study, we can’t go out to the club the night before the concert, if we have to sing this song.

G + P = After the concert yes.

OC = When you started you were children, now you are 25 years old men, you have lost some things in your life these 10 years, like giving up attending a parties because the day after you had a concert?

I = It’s a matter of responsibility.

OC = But also a sacrifice, or do you not feel it as a sacrifice?

I = No, it’s not a sacrifice. I think that the sacrifice is to stay away from home, the life of a 16/17 year old boy to sacrifice friends, family, all those moments that you can have at 16/17 years old, this we missed a lot as a life experiences. But we have had many other experiences, seeing the whole world, speaking multiple languages, understanding what the more mature people mean, because we were 16/17, but we were in contact with people of 30/40/50 years, with a great experience. This has made us grow a lot. Now we relate in another way, we do the tour, we make the album and we keep a month to be with our family and then we work on a new project, above all.

OC = Have you finished celebrating 10 years in the world? There was a world tour that started in Europe, right?

I = We have been to Europe, Latin America, now to the US, first Eastern Europe and then we will go to the remaining countries of Europe.

OC = There are really many.

G = It’s the love of the people, and we can’t wait to sing, always. The stage is our family, the audience our home. This is our way of life, we love being in concert, we love people singing with us, and the love they transmit to us every day, in every concert and on social media, in messages.

The best thing is when you do what you like, that you can live with your passion, it is not just a job, because for us it is our passion, we live by doing what we like to do.

OC = And now I want to ask you about personal projects.
(to Gianluca) I saw you sing in the car alongside your father, you sang Maluma songs, you sang in English, you really like pop music. I always thought, I think I told you when I met you, that you could be an actor, Maluma now does it, with Jennifer Lopez.
(to Ignazio) you thought  that you wanted to be a pilot.

I = I’d like to, I really like to fly, but we don’t have time to learn the essence, because it takes hours of practice. But we are growing, we know that Il Volo is Il Volo.

For example Piero is studying to do an opera, he will do the opera and we will be there in the front row to listen to him at his premiere.

We have grown and now I really like the world of music production. I have my own label, I’m producing a boy and I like him very much.

OC = I didn’t know.

I = I’m starting now.

OC = (to Piero) You wanted to make a documentary.

I = It was the most horrible video ever seen (laugh).

P = Horrible, horrible. But I liked the camera and videos.
But I study every day to sing an opera one day, it’s my great passion.

OC = But also to write it?

P = No, to interpret it, but you have to study a lot, but we have many concerts and it is very difficult, but never say never, I do my best.

OC = Have you set yourself a limit for this?

P = No, for Pavarotti, his premiere was at 28, so I have time.

OC = (to Gianluca) And you your plans?

G = Il Volo is the top priority, it is the most important thing, it is clear that each of us has his own style, his dream, as Ignazio said, we don’t have time for …. for example, I would like to study and implement, but we don’t have time, but tomorrow who knows …

I = If you like it you do …

G = This yes, if you like it you do it. Yes, I like music, reggaeton, I like J.Balvin, I listen to reggaeton a lot.

OC = Bad Bunny?

I = Bugs Bunny (laughter)

G = Yes, I like him very much and he (Ignazio) calls him Bugs Bunny. (laughs)

I = No, because I don’t listen to this music a lot and therefore I didn’t know him and he (Gian) said to me, “How come you don’t know him?” and I didn’t know what it was called and I really thought it was called Bugs Bunny, I really thought so.

OC = (to Gian) You imitate Eros (Ramazzotti).

G = Eros is a friend, you know that we did a duet with him.

OC = No.

G = (starts singing COSÌ imitating Eros) Così, così ….. this is Eros.

OC = But you always would be the actor, will the idea remain, or would you be a model?

I = A model? But if it’s 1.20m tall … (laughter)

OC = I don’t adjust because I’m sitting……. I don’t know…..like for a Prada fashion house …..

I = Why don’t I have the face of a model? Where is the camera ….

OC = No, you have a bad face, but keep your ideas clear.
Another very serious question.
Usually the musical groups then divide, see One Direction, have you also thought of one day to dissolve Il Volo if you take different paths?

P = For us, the more time passes, the more we understand that our strength is to be united. Everyone keeps his dream, his idea, but our strength is when we sing together. In the concert, when we sing singles, we talked about it just yesterday in the dressing room, after I sang a solo, I can’t wait to reunite with them to sing together, because I feel like I’m missing something …

G = How tender, romantic.

I =  We miss to you, so much.

P = Il Volo is when we sing together.

OC = I understand you, it’s like you’re missing your arm for a second ..

P = And then we celebrate 10 years of career, I hope that many people will listen to Il Volo in the future always, but if we celebrate 50 years, we will do it together.

OC= We are running out of time. 

What are the resolutions for the next 10 years of music?

G = Following the step of the great artists who are idols like Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, following this music that we would like to be the next, especially because we are young, and forwarding it to others of the age, is the only way to pass it on to more people , to the new generation, because they are not only adults to listen to pop-lyric and classical music. We have a very important musical project we are working on and it will come soon.

OC = What is it?

I = You are asking too much (laughter)

G = But we will come back here and we will talk about this soon, because it is very beautiful, very important for our career.

CO = Why can’t we know anything?

G = Next time we will talk about this.

OC = Yes, ok.
You have worked with Placido Domingo, you know everything that has happened, he has been accused by many women, he has apologized, but people now don’t want to talk about him and even the music industry doesn’t want to talk .., I don’t just say referred to him, but to what happened in the past years, in this type of environment.

P = We can only say one thing, we have known Placido Domingo well, we have known his family, we have worked with him, we have known a great person who has great respect for his family, is a great artist, a great person .

G = It’s a great one. He and his whole family came and gave us many emotions, especially in the concert in Florence, in Piazza Santa Croce, which changed our lives, because thanks to him we grew professionally, he gave us much life and professional advice, he is a great man and we have talked a lot with him about what he went through.

OC = Are you living in Italy?

P + I + G = Yes, of course yes.

OC = Wouldn’t you like to live……in Los Angeles?

P + I + G = No

I = If I could, I would like to stay there a month a year. I would like every now and then to disconnect from Italy and recharge the batteries.

OC = And you? (towards Gian)

G = I really like Los Angeles, when we made the record, or rather five years ago we went to Marina del Rey, I remember the morning, by bicycle, from Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Malibù, incredible, one of the most beautiful memories of my life. I’d like to be in Los Angeles, it enchants me.

I = Stay in Italy, listen to me.

P = I like Europe.

Listen, we have to thank you for this interview, one of the best they have done to us. You know all about us. We thank you for the opportunity.

We also thank all the people who work with us every day and all our public who have supported us in all these 10 years.

G = And we will come to celebrate the other 10 years of career here.

OC = Thanks, I tell you that when you sing  IL TRISTE it excites me a lot, it is very familiar to me and it excites me, you don’t know how much.

P = We dedicate it to you in the concert.

OC = During the concert? Wow. Thanks to you and I’m glad you came it was easy to talk to you.

G = Let’s sing our 10 years together on March 5th at the Microsoft Theater.

Final goodbyes

A really nice interview, many interesting things were said and we discovered many always very sweet sides of our guys.
A nice reconfirmation as always !!

Thanks Show Biz, thanks Juan Carlos Arciniegas, we note your esteem for Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca! ❤️❤️❤️

Daniela         

For those who want to compare the video to the interview of seven years ago, I have placed below the video link of that interview, without translation.

Good viewing! 🤗

Click on link below to view the video.

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/spanish/2013/06/13/cnnee-show-intv-il-volo.cnn

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

JO’S DREAM by Daniela

Today I want to talk to you about a little girl named JO.

She is a beautiful little girl, who stole the hearts of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, and in particular the heart of Michele Torpedine.

Perhaps many of you will already know her story, but here, on this site, we only talked about it when Il Volo made an appeal for her.

It was July 31, 2019 and this appeal was published on the official Il Volo page, which we also published here on the Flight Crew blog.

The boys said they learned about this little girl who was going to have an operation in America and they appealed to people’s good hearts for a fundraiser for her.

We are talking about Jo, a 3 year old girl, born in Tuscany, with different skeletal malformations, the most serious is the lack of tibias in her legs, a very rare case, not operable in Italy, where she would have been forced to amputate the limbs.

Jos Dream 01

In Florida, at the Paley Institute, Dr. Paley can solve his problem with various operations and physiotherapy, but it takes 500 thousand euros, in addition  travel, accommodation, maintenance and car for all months in America.

Jo, is supported by two parents who love her so much, but who don’t have the opportunity to face all those expenses.

For Jo, many artists and many ordinary people made donations , and in this way have allowed Jo’s dream to come true.

Michele Torpedine, took the story of this little girl very much to heart, and in February, while the boys were already on tour in America, he attended an event in Pisa in favor of Jo.

Here is the video of that event.

Michele says he is there for a much more important reason than what his job usually is, he suddenly fell in love with this wonderful little girl.

When he and the boys saw the pictures of this little girl, they were overwhelmed and therefore they will follow her in all her effort, with the hope of seeing her soon run with them. 

Look at how much tenderness these images:

Jos Dream 02

Jos Dream 03

Jos Dream 04

Michele writes of her that Jo is their other GRANDE AMORE and also that “It is inexplicable that this little girl must also suffer, but we must think about the ending … when we will see her run together with all the other children!”    

The journalist Antonella Pera wrote thus:
“Thanks also to the friendship that binds me to Michele, whom I have known for 20 years, we were able to organize this important meeting with Jo and I asked him and the boys from Il Volo to make an appeal. What can I say? Since when I contacted them onwards the donations have exploded. The three boys participated in the evening in connection on the other side of the world, during their tour in the United States. But the compliments, she concludes, also go to Jo’s parents, for all that what they are doing and because despite everything they have been able to make her a serene and joyful child.”

Finally the day of the departure for Miami arrives and Torpedine writes on his Facebook page.

“Let’s start for the big business! Good luck, little Jo!”

“Me and the boys are happy that little Jo will finally have the opportunity to go to America and we are confident that she can make her dream come true. At the same time, I’m sorry that many other children do not have his same luck … who knows how many there are! And a thought goes to them too.”

Jos Dream 05

Easter holidays come and Torpedine sends his best wishes to Jo:

“A special wish for a happy Easter to little Jo who is on the other side of the ocean … hoping to see her again soon and with me the best wishes from Il Volo, Dave Monaco and Nico Arezzo!

On March 18 the first operation.
Jo’s mom Irene wrote this on her Facebook page:

“Dear Jo …
20 minutes ago, you fell asleep and your operation began.
It is the toughest test in the world. I’m scared. Rationally, however, I know that I have done 10,000 km and a lot of uphill road with all of you to bring it here.
Jo was calm, she never cried. The professionalism of a child-friendly institution can be seen.
We keep you updated,
Mum Irene”

…..and then:

“Hi everyone, Dr. Paley just came out of the operating room. Jo is fine. She hasn’t come out yet, some procedures have to end. Paley has operated on one leg for the time being. The right leg is only postponed in three weeks.

When you see a doctor come to you with eyes that laugh and shine, despite six and a half hours of work and saying to you:
THE LEFT LEG, IS PERFECT. THE KNEE BENDS 100 PERCENT.
Dear Dr. Paley, thank you. Thanks for how much you love your job. Thanks for those eyes that have looked into mine.”

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Physiotherapies are very hard for Jo.

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During an interview Torpedine talks about Jo, and from Miami, mom Irene, thanks him by writing thus:
“Thanks to Michele for the words and especially his and IL VOLO’s deeds that never fail. Thanks for being so sincere and familiar in our daily lives.”

The day of the second operation also arrives.

The surgery went well, the road is long, it will take a lot of patience and a lot of physiotherapy, but Jo will be able to walk.

Mum Irene wrote: 

“As soon as Jo perceived that she had the other guardian (the brace/apparatus used to support the leg) after awakening from anesthesia, she said to me:

-Mom, is this a tutor? (brace)
Yes love, like the other foot.
-Yes. (Silence) mom. Are my legs like everyone’s now?
Yes my love. Indeed stronger!
-Mom. (Silence) but now can I walk with two feet on the ground?”

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The happiness of IL Volo and Torpedine, who published this article on the official Facebook page, is accompanied by these words:

“We are happy to have contributed together with our manager Michele Torpedine and other colleagues from the world of entertainment to this enormous success: little Jo will walk again!”

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I would say that it is a story that started very badly, but that it will have a very nice ending. Jo will be able to walk.

Of course there will still be moments of tension and a lot of work and pain, but the road is now downhill.

What about Torpedine and Il Volo? One word, fantastic. You are unique people!

Good luck Jo, we love you !!

Daniela

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QUESTION & ANSWER with TORPEDINE by Daniela

Among the many live shows of these days, I saw this video made by the QUESTION & ANSWER program, conducted by Serena and Alessandro asking Michele Torpedine questions of all kinds. I found the answers very interesting and that help us to better understand the manager of our guys.

Enjoy the reading!

S = Guys, Michele Torpedine, manager of Il Volo and author of the book, RICOMINCIO DAI TRE will soon be with us. (she shows the book).

He is a great character in the world of music, he has launched many famous singers and it is an honor to have him here.

(After 10 minutes, Michele connects)

MT = Hi everyone, so what are we talking about today? What should I expect from you Serena? Should I call the lawyer?? (laughs)
But do I have to answer all the questions?

S = Yes, to all questions, and you cannot ask us questions.
Alessandro asked me if I am a little afraid of you, and I am a little afraid of you, because I have read your book and you say you do not have a nice character.

MT = I have a bad temper with those who deserve it, otherwise I am very sweet.
I become grumpy and unpleasant with those who deserve it, but with people who do well I  don’t.

A = Can we also mention names in the questions, or not?

MT = The names yes.

S = My first question is this: is there anything about you that cannot be joked about at all?
(the connection with Michele disappears and when it reappears there is no audio, therefore Michele is asked to exit and return from the live. Michele re-enters, everything is ok.)

MT = No, apart from the physical aspect and the problems of sex, everything can be said about me.

S = But I have all questions about Michele sex!!

MT = I’ll try to answer you.

S = Alessandro ask yourself, the first questions.

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A = Which is the artist with whom you have had working relationships, who has been the most underrated?

MT = From me or from the audience?

A = The one who didn’t get what he deserved.

MT = There is one in particular, which I brought to Sanremo years ago, his name was Roberto Amadè, he is a great songwriter. We reached the final in Sanremo, but then, the discography and the television viewing did not appreciate him for what he deserved. He is very strong.

A = Because of him or not?

MT = Because the “connoisseurs” did not consider him suitable. You know, you always see the image of those who are doing well (means those who are welcome), of the others not, and with him there was nothing to do, unfortunately, because he was very strong, and he still is because he writes yet . Sometimes there are unexplained things behind success.

A = Instead, what was your most overrated artist? If you can tell….

MT = None of my artists. Just read their names that you understand that they are really good: Gino Paoli, Zucchero, Giorgia, Pino Daniele, Bocelli, Il Volo ….. with these names, you cannot say that they have been overrated, I clearly speak of my artists.
There are many other useless artists, there are names in rap, in trap, in these genres here, which is no longer music, but something else.

Also in women’s discography, there are many voices that are all the same, once there were singers who each had their own musical genre, and a great personality. Today on radio, you can hardly distinguish one from the other species in young people.

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S = Mine are a little more particular questions, listen carefully to this question.
“Who would manage Il Volo when you retire?”

MT = (he makes a superstitious gesture) …. who will take Il Volo ?? The same happened with Bocelli, after 16 years, his wife and relatives continued the journey and they do it well.

The problem is not to continue, the problem is the initial phase, when they are unknown, it takes the person who senses their talent, afterwards, when the thing has exploded, it is not difficult to manage, as long as you continue on the things already done before.

S = But you think that when you retire, Il Volo will divide, or will always remain: Il Volo?

MT = No, they are too intelligent to divide. I always say that the beautiful part of Il Volo has yet to come, they are still young, they still call them “tenorini”, because they still do not have an age to be considered credible, but vocally, with what they learn on stage, at 28 / 29 years will be great stars, because they sing really well and it will always be better.

A = What artist would you have wanted to manage, which you have not managed?

MT = In Italy I was lucky enough to work with many great artists, I would have liked to have more Pino Daniele, it was the most beautiful production that ever existed on the Italian market. If you talk to me about the international market, that’s another matter.

Pino was the best, his concerts were really all live, he had few recorded sequences.

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S = Of all the artists you have had, humanly, who is the biggest asshole?

MT = Who has read the book and who follows all my controversies in recent years knows it, is only the artist Zucchero.
The others behaved well, I have nothing to say to Bocelli, to Giorgia, we had a working relationship and then it ended, but I could not say anything about it.

I have been with Il Volo for 11 years, in short, the only one who humanly disappointed me is only Zucchero, luckily like him, there are not many of them, this is an environment where someone still thanks you.

S = In your book you say that no artist has ever thanked you.

MT = It is the vice of the environment, but not everyone is like that, as always, there are intelligent people and others who instead have no sensitivity, or have no memory, because they are greedy of fame.

S = Do you have to say thanks to someone?

MT = Yes. You must know that in the beginning, when I played (he was drummer) I needed money, the whole family was poor, indeed very poor, and when I started playing, my father beat me, because playing, especially in the south, it was not considered a real job, it was wasting time and I had to go to work at 12/13 years of age, otherwise there was no money to eat.

Fortunately then, I started playing for Orietta Berti (Italian singer), and I started to bring home some money. She was the first to trust me, I did a little bit of everything with her and she said that I could be a manager.

Then I went to work for Gino Paoli (Italian singer) and he told me if, in addition to playing, I wanted to take care of him, and with these two characters my life changed.

From a life of total misery, I went to a good time.

(Michele receives a call and the connection jumps, then he reconnects.)

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A = In fact I thought that, with Gino Paoli, first you only played and then instead you became his manager.

MT = Yes, in fact, I suggested to Gino to take a tour with Vanoni (Italian female singer), at the beginning they didn’t want because there was a love story between them, then they accepted and it was a great success, a very successful tour, and we made a lot of money and my life changed.

A = I personally met Lucio Dalla (author of Caruso) and I think he was one of the few who remained the same, despite the notoriety.

MT = Yes, it’s true, moreover he lived in Bologna like me, and we met often, because we were friends, but also because he lived the city, he didn’t live a retreat, where nobody could meet him, often you met him in the shops, in bars.

S = If you met fifteen year old Michele Torpedine, what would you say to him?

MT = It is a question that many ask me, but, despite those were the most terrifying years for me, because I only took the beating, we ate little and lived five in a room, but it is the period that I remember, as more absolutely beautiful, so I would tell myself to do the same things again, even if I suffered. 

Everything I do, I think back to that first period and for me it is a great victory.

Yesterday on RAI1 the recording of the 2015 IL VOLO concert was broadcast and the boys made high audience, they won the audience of the evening, and for me, this is as if I were doing it for the first time.

S = What you are proud of, but you would never put on your resume.

MT = It is difficult to answer because I am proud of everything I have done and for now everything has gone very well, so there is nothing that I would eliminate.

A = I would like to ask you a question relating to live concerts.
Is there a concert you would like to do in an important location, and with whom?
I remember that with Zucchero you did the concert in the Kremlin.

MT= With Il Volo, next year we will do something for the first time in Piazza S. Pietro (Vaticano).

I was the first to do a concert in the Kremlin with Zucchero, then with Bocelli I did the concert under the Eiffel Tower and the concert in front of the  Twin Towers, and I made the proposal for the Bocelli concert at the Colosseum, then he and I parted, but he did that concert, and the idea was mine.

I could think of a concert on the Chinese Wall, or on the Moon ….. with Il Volo I made Pompeii.

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A = If you hadn’t become a manager, what would you have done?

MT = I would have continued to play the drums, also because it is the only thing I can do.

I also wrote it in the book, they made us work as children, I practically didn’t see school, so today I would be doing concerts on some cruise ship or in some place, but anyway with that job, I would always have to eat.

S = Once the girls used to say “Come and see my collection of butterflies.” (like a phrase to attract the girls in the house), now what collection would you show?

MT = Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the case, I am part of an industry, where girls do not need many incentives for certain moments, however it would be sad to think of using those means, when there are serious people who hopefully have other topics to show.

S = Now Michele I have some stupid questions. Nothing is known of your private life, we want to know if you are married, engaged, divorced …. we want to know your facts. Always ask you about the guys from Il Volo, but tell us about yourself. Did you ever say I LOVE YOU?

MT = Very few times.

(Michele reads a message)

A message from the president of Sony has arrived at this moment: “The boys don’t miss a beat.” 

(certainly referring to the consensus of audience that had the concert on RAI1)

Everyone has his point of view with women, I am now elderly and still single, unfortunately I have a negative attitude with women, I have little confidence in them, perhaps because most women in our environment are very “easy”, there are many temptations, and they are unable to be faithful, and I do not respect this type of woman and I am afraid to put such a woman in my house, in fact I was single. I am a southern man and would be very disappointed if my woman cheated on me, I am also jealous, and when I am on tour around the world, I cannot control the situation at home.

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S = But don’t you miss something in your life?

MT = It is clear, I miss a woman and a son, especially a son.
I miss going home in the evening and finding the family waiting for you.

But I have too many examples near me of unfortunate friends who have not found the right woman or have had divorces and I think it could happen to me too, so I avoid. I have my adventures and then it ends.

S = You like being the sex symbol.

MT = Maybe!! I am a sex symbol for those women who want to start singing or dancing in our environment, but if I were a delivery boy, it would be much harder for me.

 A = How do you see the situation of the concerts, in this moment of virus?

MT = I see it badly, unfortunately, but it is the same for everyone. Luckily in America we only lost 3 concerts, now in August we will have two dates at the Arena and Taormina then Milan, but we will certainly move them to spring 2021. By now this year it will be difficult to do something live.

S = I keep asking you silly questions. Do you watch porn movies?

MT = No, I don’t watch them because they bore me, in the end they are all the same. Look, I always tell the truth and I have to tell you that I have been to Cuba four times and I have never taken advantage of situations, I saw the colleagues who were with me going back and forth from the hotel, I never did it because I didn’t I like to take advantage of this, it’s horrible.

S = How important is sex in a relationship?

MT = A lot and being able to have a person by your side, that involves you is very important.

Final chat and goodbyes!!

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I enjoyed reading about Michele and I think he really gets “naked” in the interviews.

He has really had very difficult years and surely regrets not having his own child. Maybe that’s why he always said that he considers Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero as his children!!

Did you like the interview?

Daniela

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INTERVIEW WITH THE DRUMMER OF IL VOLO by Daniela

On YouTube, this video was published which I found very interesting.

It is an interview, but also a report, made with Il Volo drummer, Bruno Farinelli.

The interview actually deals with highlighting the job of a drummer on a tour and therefore I will skip overly technical notions.  At some point the interview also extends to the master Gianpiero Grani.

I found the video very nice, also to find out a bit about the background of an Il Volo concert.

Enjoy the reading!

At the beginning of the video, the interviewer says he would have liked to have a long interview with Bruno Farinelli, the drummer who played for Il Volo during the World Tour, but since the virus intervened, he had to change his plans and asked Bruno to do reports from where they were playing.

The first question he asked Bruno was to tell about this experience of a great world tour with Il Volo around the world.

Bruno replies that it is a fantastic tour that started, speaking of the Italian part, from Matera, with the PBS Special, which was followed by the Latin American part of the tour, starting from Mexico and they had to take 42 planes in two months.

The interviewer asks Bruno if the set (for the sound) has brought him with him or if each time he has to play on a different one, and if he has had surprises, or if everything went well.

Bruno says I’m in San Diego, with six concerts left at the end of this wonderful American tour.

He says the set (of drums) is extremely simple and they found it there in America. He details all the drums and cymbals, and then says that the cymbals were brought directly from Italy. He says that the real news for him, on this tour, was the introduction of the iPad for reading the songs.

Off-camera we hear the voice of Alessio Guerrieri, stage manager, who in turn explains the connections with the drums and the details requested by Farinelli.

The interviewer asks if they are traveling in America on a tour bus and asks to show if they are really comfortable as told.

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Bruno shows the inside of the bus, he says it is like a huge camper, but much more beautiful. He says that the beds are very comfortable and that they have Wi-Fi and all possible and imaginable comforts on board and says, “This is our wonderful traveling home.”

The interviewer says that they have been in wonderful places, famous stages and asks to show some photos of those stages and says that he is very envious of this.

Bruno shows the Microsoft Theater, Bruno says it’s a wonderful view and in the evening there will be 4,500 full seats, and it’s a really nice theater.

Guitarist Andrea Morelli is asked what he and Gianluca were talking about and he replies that they were talking about a CD by John Mayer who shot the video in that theater.

Bruno shows other panoramas of two other stages: Indio and Laval.

Then, he shows a rehearsal with the orchestra made by the master Grani.

He says it is a very important moment, because moving from state to state, they always meet new orchestras to which Giampero must give all the directives before the concert. The master has about a couple of hours to try all the songs. Clearly the orchestra has already received all the songs before, however the rehearsals are a decisive and important moment (Bruno speaks softly so as not to disturb the rehearsals).

The interviewer asks Bruno that, although they are a band, they must also play with the orchestras of the various cities and asks to explain how the whole ensemble works.

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The answer is given by the master Grani.

His role is not easy, because he is the pianist and the musical director of the tour, so he has a lot of work and responsibility.

Grani says that the work starts long before the concert, because he has to send all the songs to be played to the orchestra.

He has the entire archive of Il Volo songs and has also the archive of both the band and the orchestra. He says they have to be very organized, because in America they have very tight times for soundcheck, he only has one hour for rehearsals and they absolutely must be done at that time, because otherwise there are fines.

The parts of the orchestra are sent much earlier and delivered to a contact person. This year they also noted the performance variations directly on the parts, and at the end of the concert the sheets of the parts (sheet music) are recovered to be used for the next concert.

During the day of the concert, in addition to taking care of the parts, the band and connecting with the artists, he comes first to organize the work with the orchestras and see the repertoire which is vast because there are 26 songs. So he arrives and has an hour of time to tell the orchestra the basics, and try the more complicated pieces.

Grani says that he arrives before the others to try the more difficult songs – NESSUN DORMA, GRANADA, NO PUEDE SER, MARIA, MATTINATA, CORE N’GRATO – then communicates with the camera men the concert schedule and names the songs of the most classic repertoire which are also the most difficult to perform and film.

During the concert Grani does more things, plays the piano, follows all parts of the orchestra, he with the microphone, communicates with the artists (Piero, Ignazio and Gian), with the band, with the orchestra and with the stage manager, Alessio Guerrieri.

As soon as he rehearses with the orchestra, he arrives on stage, makes the soundcheck with the band, then the orchestra arrives and then they make the soundcheck all together, band, orchestra and artists.

The soundcheck is very fast, because there is little time, but everything is very well organized.

Maestro Grani shows that he uses the iPad, and says it is an indispensable thing, because on his iPad he has all the versions of the songs, those for the band, those for the orchestra, those for him and those for the director. He also has the parts of other Il Volo songs that the boys could change at the last minute, for example he says that Gianluca asked to replace a song that day and this also happens when the concert changes and they prefer to perform certain songs rather than others. Therefore if all these parts of songs were still in sheet music form there would be hundreds of sheets to carry.

The interviewer asks Maestro Grani what characteristics the drummer of the band must have.

Grani replies that playing for Il Volo means having many different styles, we go from pop to classic, so the first thing is versatility and then the ability to adapt to things that are often sudden and all this along always guaranteeing a very high level.

The skill of the drummer, who is very important in pop songs, is in knowing how to follow the other songs with elegance.

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Now bass player Pier Mingotti is asked, what he expects from a drummer who plays with you on a tour like this.

He replies that he expects a great musicality, not only the technique.

The guitarist Andrea Morelli says that he is interested in a drummer who loves playing with him, he does not care for an individualist.

The bassist says that the Il Volo concerts are more difficult than others, because each verse is different and therefore the songs must be memorized well. 

Even the drummer agrees and says that for them at the beginning it was a challenge, but they are satisfied because they are already at 54 concerts, but it was not easy and together they remember the first “SMILE” saying it was hard !!

In fact, even the guitarist says that it is very difficult for him to follow the part, at a certain point, he doesn’t even look at the iPad anymore, but looks at his companions and plays following the music and the hands of the master.

Then he tells about the difficulty he has with the guitars, which are his, when they encounter very different climates, therefore he has to make some very important adjustments, but everything is part of the game.

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The interviewer, asks our drummer a wonderful question, asks what this tour was like on a human level, since he has already worked at high levels, but Italian artists who travel all over the world are very few.

Farinelli replied that it was a fantastic experience, there were no inconveniences, he said that unlike an Italian tour, you have to have great physical-food attention for yourself, try to sleep as much as possible and eat healthy, because it is a physical need, having to travel across time zones.

Then he shows a hotel gym, saying they start their days there.

Last thing, Farinelli wants to explain the diversity between his cymbals …………. but Ignazio intervenes – he, seeing that they are interviewing Farinelli, says that nothing he is saying is true !! (he jokes)

Farinelli, amused, says to him, “Ignazio there are two cases, either you sign me the release or you ruined this 16 minutes of my interview”.

Ignazio puts his hands in his hair and immediately says: “I’ll sign you the release.”

Farinelli laughs and says that this is the best summary of the climate they have during this tour …. Ignazio still intervenes saying that he wants at least 45% and Farinelli, always laughing, says that they give him at least 50% and says that yesterday he and Ignazio played tennis, and says the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic.

He says this is the classic tour you dream about when thinking about America – touring, seeing beautiful places, together with people who you like and know very well.

Thanks and final greetings.

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Personally, I found this interview very interesting, but as I am very curious, I went to Bruno Farinelli’s Facebook page and found many of his really nice little posts and I wanted to share them with you.


Sonic Ranch Studio Complex !!! EL PASO!
This place on the border between the United States and Mexico is indescribable.
Six connected studios equipped with all the best you could wish for in an atmosphere that is a color bath! A sensational place where anyone would like to register !!
A “Travel Day”
Really out of the ordinary, a unique experience !!!

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SHOW # 13! FORT LAUDERDALE (MIAMI) ….. a unique emotion to play for 7,000 people at the BB&T Center !! It was particularly exciting for the presence of my friend and colleague John Favicchia, but also for the presence, in the first rows, clearly visible from my position, of the very l, very great GLORIA ESTEFAN!

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Show # 9! This is the FOX THEATER with its 4,000 seats.

It is one of the most enchanting theaters in America, perhaps the most beautiful
Theater I’ve ever played in!

It was exciting to think how many artists have performed from this stage !!!
….. and now we leave for Chicago !!

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DETROIT! This is Motown’s Studio A! It is incredible to think how much wonderful music has been made in this room, with the microphones hanging from the ceiling (mostly in 4 tracks) and the hole in the ceiling for the reverberation (impossible to photograph it, it was not allowed).

The Temptations, the Supremes, Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder ….. these are some of the artists who started here!

And tonight the Fox Theater awaits us !!

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This was Radio City Music Hall !!

A fantastic night in a city that I love to die for !! In front of 6,000 wonderful people!
I swear to you that from the stage it is a unique emotion !!!

Goodbye New York ❤️

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A typically New York evening:

Let’s go to Greenwich Village to see some shows. How beautiful Greenwich is and my friend Mary rightly thinks of stopping a passerby to capture the moment in front of the Smalls.

Nobody passes …… here is a gentleman …Sorry would you take a picture” ….. “sorry, but do you play the guitar? “…” sorry, but you are Peter Bernstein?”(one of my heroes, an incredible guitarist)

He is surprised, we talk a little bit about Italy, about our tour, and he tells me that his son is called Bruno.
…. And I tell him that my son is named Pietro.

“I hope to play 4 measures with you Peter,” I tell him when I take my leave …… “We hope to play a whole piece,” … he tells me ….. this is NEW YORK.
And tonight we play at Radio City Music Hall !!! ….

I wonder how many times I will still be in a room before going to sleep to thank this wonderful thing called MUSIC! ❤️

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I read that Michele Torpedine had personally contacted Bruno Farinelli. I remind everyone that Torpedine is a good drummer, but I believe that after you have read this you will have noticed how important the human side also is during the tour of the boys. In fact, Farinelli himself, says in the video that the band was chosen also considering their socialization ability, so as to create together a nice group, that works a lot, but also has fun while in each other’s company. 

And we like this very much.😉

Daniela 

 

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