Nek = We will sing together on this journey this afternoon. Let’s start immediately with the best of Italian music.
They are three boys, they started when they were little more than children and now, they sing all over the world.
They are Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, they are IL VOLO.
(applause, Il Volo performs UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE)
(at the end of the song, Nek returns to the stage with Alessio Gurrieri, he is the sound engineer of Il Volo)
Nek = Il Volo, a round of applause. Look who I have here? Alessio, the backliner of Il Volo.
G = Great Alessio, our sound engineer.
Nek = Hi guys, let’s get here in the center. For the people at home, he (Alessio) is the backliner of Il Volo, which means their guardian angel. When they go on stage, Alessio never abandons them. Now, Alessio you have to tell me how they sang today?
Alessio = Well, come on!!
Nek = We want to know the truth!!
G = I see Alessio is particularly excited today.
Nek = Sure, because he has a conflict of interest today (Alessio is also Nek’s backliner). But Alessio is too good.
Alessio = You set me up.
I = We shared many things with Alessio, starting with the chamomile tea behind the scenes.
Nek = I know, Alessio is like a father, to all intents and purposes he is also really a father.
Alessio = An older brother, come on.
G = There is a beautiful moment, come on, says Piero.
Nek = In fact, I want to know Alessio, you have seen them hundreds of times on stages abroad, but was there a time when something went wrong? You have to tell us.
P = One day, we were doing the concert in Miami. During concerts, we have moments of solos, and in those moments, I go behind the dressing room, take and scroll through the phone. Relax.
I go back to the stage, I was about to start singing and I realize that I don’t have the microphone in my hand, but my cell phone, I turn around in despair and see behind me, Alessio’s arm, which sticks out with the microphone in hand. An angel.
I = But we’ve been through all sorts of things. Alessio helps us in everything.
Nek = Thanks for this testimony guys. Thank you, it was nice to have you here, I want to hear a big applause for Il Volo and for Alessio!!
P = I just wanted to say that music and concerts go on thanks mainly to people like Alessio.
Nek = Thanks to the workers of the entertainment world.
G = (to Alessio) we love you.
P + I + G = Bye Verona.
Another good performance from our guys.
We would be happy if we could see them every day, as in these last two days.
Let’s be satisfied with this, for now, and …… see you next time!!
Since this year there will be no other concerts ofIL Volo, I was waiting with a little anxiety in front of the TV, to be able to see our beloved ones, live from the Verona Arena, on this beautiful evening in early September.
Already the first short videos, and photos of yesterday’s rehearsals, sent our hearts in arousal. 💓
I believe that Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero were also excited, to be back on stage, and also because the Arena always has its own charm.
We should have been there for the concert a few days ago, instead we have to settle for this performance, unfortunately due to virus.
In the video, Gianluca says, “We have just arrived for the rehearsals, the three microphone stands are already in position.”
(But how beautiful are Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio?)
I= (he says to Piero) What are you doing?
P = I look at you.
I = Damn!! What a great light there is.
G = Beautiful right?
I = A wonderful light. Gorgeous, gorgeous.
I believe that you have all noticed that the need for spacing has caused all the seats to be removed from the rows on the ground. In this way a large stage has been set up in the center of the Arena (which is usually leaning against the steps). The little public that will be admitted will be all around on the steps and well spaced. Only in this way could the show be done. Of course, the impact is very different, but let’s be satisfied ….. even if I have to say that having the central stage is really very nice: “Guys, use it also in your concert!!”
Gianluca = “See you tonight at the Verona Arena, on RAI1 official!”
Ignazio = “Finally we start again!”
Piero = “Tonight we will sing on one of the stages that is most dear to us, that of the Verona Arena, for us it is always an honor to be there.See you in the Arena or in prime time on Rai 1!”
The boys were also interviewed by SEAT, sponsor of the evening.
Woman = We are here with Il Volo. I know that you have an international audience and therefore you know very well how much is missing from performing live on a global level, but above all you have defined the stage, your natural element, so how is it for you tonight, to go back to performing live?
I = It’s like giving candy to a child!
We are very happy because we were missing a live performance.
We missed it, a lot, but not only for our personal reasons, this is a message that the music is restarting …. slowly, slowly, with the safety measures, but we are starting again. All Italian music is starting to hit the stage again, and we hope it can be a message of hope, also for all emerging bands in the various cities, who want to start or continue making music. We hope it bodes well for a 2021 full of live concerts.
Woman = Thanks a lot, guys, see you on stage.
I + P + G = Hello, see you later.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were also interviewed by Radio Italia, here’s what they said.
Radio Italia = It was instead a relaxing summer for the three guys from Il Volo, who had to cancel their concerts initially scheduled: “We had time to rest, relax and sunbathe. Now we will commit ourselves to making music,” they told live on Radio Italia. For the trio, however, it is not the first live in compliance with all the containment measures: “We did a concert in Montecarlo and it was strange: between darkness and masks, you don’t understand people’s expressions,” said Ignazio, who he also wanted to send out a message of hope: “The music must restart,” he exclaimed to our microphones. “We will definitely be back in 2021, in compliance with the rules. We will continue to celebrate 10 years of career,” Piero then reiterated. The three boys, very young, finally invited all their peers to behave responsibly, to protect themselves and others.
And here we are finally at the evening.
How much emotion …….. I am sitting comfortably on the sofa with my husband and we are waiting for the long preview to end ……… and finally ….
I = 2020 will be remembered as the year the world was forced to turn off.
G = For all show workers, the verb to turn off corresponds to the end of the show, when the curtain falls and silence is the wait for the next show.
But this time the wait lasted longer than expected and silence was inevitable. P = Now the world is preparing to start again.
Now is the time to raise the curtain.
Now, let’s turn on the music.
Conti = Il Volo
Vanessa = What a moment you made us live, what can we tell you?
Conti = Thanks guys.
G = Good evening everyone.
Conti = I must say: You are always better!
Vanessa = Guys we were, Carlo (Conti) and I, in silence looking at you, with goosebumps, good!! Of course for Puccini’s Turandot, but also for what you said at the beginning.
I = Yes, it is a doubly exciting moment, because we have been standing still for some months, with music on the stages. There is music on social media, but on the stage it is a different emotion, and especially it was a great emotion to remember all those who unfortunately left us, due to this Covid.
It was dedicated to them. My thoughts go to them and all their families.
Conti = You three are wonderful stars who travel the world and bring Italian music up in the world.
Vanessa = Singing live, of course you miss it, but what do you expect from this future?
G = Here I read a billboard that says: “Not even a pandemic will stop the music,” that’s the point.
This year’s motto is let’s turn the music back on, but in truth, the music has never turned off, and it has kept us company all these months. As Ignazio said, especially for us, it is our job and we missed it a lot, not being able to sing for all of you. Sooner or later we will start again, we will go back to singing in concerts, which are a way to escape from the world, two hours of joy and tears.
Vanessa = For you and the entire audience, it’s obvious.
P = When we leave the house, our fans often ask us when the concerts will resume. We want to say that this is an evening of hope, and to tell everyone that in 2021, in any way, we will return to the stage.
Vanessa = Good.
Conti = You were supposed to be here just a week ago in concert, instead it’s postponed. It’s just, all just postponed, but we’ll be back. Thanks, Gianluca, thanks Piero, thanks Ignazio.
Vanessa = Thanks for being here with us.
G = (addressed to the audience) We love you.
G+P+I = Bye!!
Conti = Great protagonists of this evening, they had the task of starting the official part.
What skill, what elegance, what beautiful words!!
And what about the final high note? They kept it very long ….. congratulations guys!!! My husband and I looked at each other in amazement, that final VINCERÒwas amazing ….. they never stopped emitting their voices ….. great !!!
Only one song, unfortunately.
There are many singers who perform and I remember that they all sing for free, and that the evening was a fundraiser, to support the families of the show workers who have not worked for months and are without salary.
The audience of the Arena, standing for Il Volo.
And here is Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, visibly happy after their performance, for a small video for the Arena.
I = We send a big greeting and a big “good luck” to arenalive.it. See you soon, we hope to start again, the music has to start again.
I + G + P = Bye
But it’s not over yet ….. when everyone finished their performances, Seat Music Awards, showed a beautiful video in homage to Il Volo, as the final theme, and on the beautiful music of GRANDE AMORE, the final titles flowed.
What I liked about Nico from the first time I saw him was his energy! The way he draws in his audience. He says, “he chooses songs that make him move.” I say, he makes the songs move. Nico first came to my attention when he won the 2017 Festival Show in Verona. Afterwards I started to follow him never knowing that his path would cross with Ignazio’s. Ignazio what did you see in this young man? Probably what I saw. A fresh approach. A freedom of expression that goes deep and is apparent in the songs he writes. Nico writes much of his own music and what he writes is really about who he is.
In a recent interview with Nico Donvito, an Italian Music Blogger, I saw another side of Nico. This is the side, in my opinion, that resembles Ignazio. We hear this young man talk about his music. His place in the music industry. How he got there and all the people who are responsible for his journey.
I heard a, very, intelligent and, responsible young man who has worked hard to get to where he is. He talks about, who he is, where he came from and how he sees his future.
Right out the gate, Nico impressed me with his insight. Nico sees Gorilla as a means of escape from where we are in our world today and an expression of where he finds himself in the world. Nico says, “Gorilla has a fresh taste, because in the last few months we have been a bit obliged to heavy thoughts, to stop and reflect on important things, to close ourselves in ourselves. At a certain point the moment comes when you need a beer on the beach with your friends, ‘Gorilla’ is just that, something not at all thick which and, in certain situations, can be essential.”
That’s pretty deep and right on. It was almost as if he was saying I wrote this song two years ago, but this was its’ moment. Its’ when it was needed. To say that the Gorilla is that moment in time when you need to kick back or as Nico put it when you need a beer on the beach with your friends, yes, that’s exactly what Gorilla is. Its’ light and intriguing and it brought us away from all the madness that preceded it. Perhaps, that’s what Ignazio was saying the day Gorilla was released. Let’s take the weight of the world and toss it aside. You had your way and now, we’re going to have ours!
Nico said he had Gorilla “in the drawer for a few years, in some ways it had become something unheard of for me, even if I understood the potential of the recording. So , I decided to rewrite the verses, to work again on the musical aspect, to represent in some way my growth. In addition, the team that work ed with me has changed . The head of everything Ignazio and the great boss Michele are two people that I will never stop thanking for they believed in something, then took that something from nothing to something so beautiful. Something wonderful to invest in, something that is not yet, is not for everyone, they took it and had the courage to go with it. This is the way we have known since November. We are side by side where we breathe when the boys are just a bomb and you can fell joy.”
When asked how he perceived Gorilla Nico said, “when they ask me what genre, the only word I can come up with is ‘Groove’ because it represents a constant in my music. ‘Ignorance’ because I consider it the most appropriate term, even if the most elegant one could be light-heartedness, but if we want to bring it among people to the language of children, we can speak of good and healthy ignorance. ‘Mustard,’ finally, because it is not clear if you like it or not, if it is spicy or not, if you go to analyze a few sentences of the piece there is also a pinch of political criticism, deliberately proposed in a subtle and veiled way”.
Gorilla is indeed a statement. Nico sees all the worth of it. He realizes where it needs to go and who it needs to touch. In reworking the song, he has opened a door to who he is. He is the groove, the spice and the mustard all rolled into one. The good and healthy ignorance is the selling point of the song. It appeals to children because they understand the language of the Gorilla and they look for him.
Nico was asked if he has achieved a specific artistic identity or, is he simply looking for it?
Nico explains, “it is certainly better than before and it will always be like this, a crescendo. Initially I had difficulties, because you need to find your own pen, otherwise you will remain an interpreter basing everything on your stamp. Today I think I have reached a good textual point, I can still improve on a musical and melodic level, some nuances can be added to make it even more personal. ”Gorilla” is a piece written more than two years ago, a mix between what has been and what is now, the next songs will be part of the next phase, I hope people will notice this growth, because originality is the most important element for an artist.”
What an amazing insight. Listen to how Ignazio summed up Nico in an article from Quotiano.net. “This is the moment Nico has been waiting for, for two and a half years. We could have anticipated the times, but I think we did the right thing to wait. Nico needed to grow calmly in writing. And he’s doing it very well.”
When asked about going to Sanremo again, Nico gives us a look into the future. ”I am working on many new things, little is known about me, there has been ‘Volo’ and ‘Gorilla’ but I have even more personal songs in store. The thing that fascinates me most about the pieces I’ve written, in these years, is that they highlight my character, they tell me in detail. A strange place is certainly to be expected, where there are, particular thoughts, all accompanied by the ‘groove’ that characterizes me. Regarding Sanremo Giovani, I confess that I have a song that I like so much, but that I don’t yet consider perfect. Surely in the future there will be a third test, I can’t tell you if it will be this year, next year or the other, but it is an experience that I would like to repeat with the right piece.”
In a recent article I wrote, I stated, “Nico has a lot of passion when he writes. His songs go deep and, they leave you with a lasting impression! You can feel the depth of who Nico is. So young and so wise. It’s no wonder that Ignazio noticed him. He’s all feeling. He can be crazy, calm and tenacious all at the same time! He can be so funny and so serious in a split second!”
One of the songs Nico has in store for us is “Passanti.” On the night Gorilla was released, Nico gave us a preview of some of his upcoming songs. Listen to my words about the night Gorilla was released.” I hope you noticed that little gem that was slipped in there, Passanti.” Coming soon!
How does Nico see his future? “It seems trivial,” Nico says, “but I would like my music to reach everyone. I don’t care who listens to it, the important thing is that anyone who wants to do it will take care of it, enter my head and don’t make too much mess.”
A post published by Maura Pucci made me remember this beautiful feat, made by four very tough women.
Unusual and … amazing aspects of Il Volo’s popularity.
THE NEW SANCTUARIES
We are in 2015.
Four American ladies, from different States, who met on social networks, animated by a great passion for IL VOLO and enthusiastic about the recent victory of the beloved group in Sanremo, decide to join together to undertake a trip to Italy.
Some new Il Volo fans might think: It’s not new! At their concerts in Verona and Taormina there are many fans from abroad and in particular Americans.
Today the Arena of Verona and the ancient theater of Taormina are places of great appeal for the fans of Il Volo from all over the world, who arrive there in droves, both to attend a concert in scenarios such as only Italy can offer, and to meet the virtual friends, frequented on Facebook.
But in the spring of 2015 things were still not exactly like that. And the four ladies embark on an Atlantic flight, for the ONLY purpose of visiting the places of residence of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, with the same spirit with which the romantic young people of Northern Europe, three or four centuries ago, left for the Grand Tour at vault of Italy, to be satisfied with beauty and culture, but at the same time with the same religiosity of those who want to embark on the journey of Santiago de Compostela.
Because, let’s face it, when it comes to doing this, it means that the three characters have already risen to the glory of the altars and that their places of life have become three new Sanctuaries, pilgrimage destinations …
Montepagano, Marsala and Naro, three small towns in the Italian province have become places of international resonance.
Okay, I just wanted to joke around.
But there are still many fans, especially Italian, but also foreigners, who go, or dream of going to Montepagano, favored by its proximity to Rome. And some of them even went as far as Naro.
Unfortunately, after five years, the sanctuary of Marsala today is not very frequent because S. Ignazio moved to Bologna.😂😂
When I read the news of this trip in 2015, I fully understood the attractive power of these extraordinary and unique guys.
That trip, was undertaken by Deborah Georgini Beaupre, Joan Brenin, Madeline Vitella and Maria Lagostini Leps.
In Italy, it was an event, it had never been heard that fans came to get to know the countries of their favorites. Also Sanremo had just ended with the victory and therefore, the local newspapers talked about this trip, here are the articles.
FROM AMERICA TO ROSETO, TO SEE THE PLACES OF GIANLUCA GINOBLE
(I translate for you.)
Saturday, May 16, 2015
“I crossed the Atlantic Ocean to see you” is film stuff. Indeed, no?
Because four American ladies have been stronger than exaggerated idioms, making something that even in the best dreams come true: they came from theUnited States of America to Roseto just to see the places whereGianluca Ginoble, a member of Il Volo, grew up, then headed straight to Sicily and do the same in the native places ofPiero Barone andIgnazio Boschetto.
The super fans are Maria Agostini Leps from Pennsylvania, Joan Brenin from Florida, Madeline Vitella from New Jersey and Deborah Georgini Beaupre from Texas, who say: “We met on Facebook in 2014, thanks to an article written by Maria after a concert by Il Volo. Having the same passion, we decided to meet and organize this trip to Italy, to see the places of our three darlings. It was enough for us to have the photo all together with the sign of the name of the three cities, but today a dream has come true.”
The dream was to meet Gianluca Ginoble and it became reality again thanks to Facebook, given that Maria wrote to Ercole, the father of the singer, saying of their presence in Roseto.
And since fate sometimes puts a good word on it, chance has meant that Gianluca was in Roseto in these days, before leaving again for the artistic and promotional commitments of Il Volo.
So, at five in the evening, on the Roseto seafront, the meeting of a thousand hugs and smiles, with selfies, dedications on records and photos.
Deborah shows a photo of the license plate of her car in Texas: “IL VOLO”, saying that after the death of her husband the songs of the group gave her strength.
Maria confesses that she returned to Italy after 50 years (she left at 9) for this. All four have seen many Il Volo concerts and love the three singers.
Gianluca Ginoble says: “It is such a great thing that I can only thank these splendid ladies, because in the face of such demonstrations of affection there is the risk of getting your head up.” (feeling overly important)
FROM AMERICA TO MARSALA, IN THE LAND OF IGNAZIO BOSCHETTO
They came from the USA to make their dream come true: to visit the places where the members of Il Volo, were born and raised.
In Marsala, in the city of Ignazio Boschetto, the first stop of the four American ladies was the visit to the representative office of the municipal administration which appointed the singer Ignazio “ambassador of Marsala in the world”.
The American ladies will leave tomorrow for Naro, the birthplace of Piero Barone; while in recent days they had already visited Roseto degli Abruzzi, the land of Gianluca Ginoble.
He, Piero and ours Ignazio, meanwhile, are already in Austria to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, where Il Volo is finalist by right with the winning song of Sanremo “Grande Amore”.
FROM AMERICA TO NARO, ON THE TRAIL OF PIERO BARONE FROM IL VOLO
The last stop on the Italian – Sicilian journey was Naro, the city of Piero Barone. Here too the reception of the girls from “Il Volo Naro Fan Club” was warm.
In the town hall the solemn ceremony with the mayor Lillo Cremona, the vice-mayor Lidia Mirabile and the mother of Piero, Eleonora Ognibene. Then a tour to discover the baroque of Naro and its monuments: the Castle, the old C athedral.
The Sicilian tour will end with a visit to the city of Agrigento and then to Taormina. Then the return to Rome for the US.
Admirable. They were the first, but then many others came.
I don’t think I would have had their courage, but I’m happy that they got what they wanted.
I bet that many of us would like to make this nice trip, and maybe be so lucky to be able to meet Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca ……… but sometimes dreams come true!
Shortly before Easter, it was announced that the 2015 Il Volo concert in the Arena would be re-broadcast on RAI1 in the evening.
It was good news, a welcome surprise in these moments.
Shortly before the program, there was a live connection, on the TG, with our guys during the news.
PR = Great music returns in the early evening on RAI1, with the concert event IL VOLO UN’AVVENTURA STRAORDINARIA at the Arena of Verona.
Here they are, they should be connected with us, we see them: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca. Good evening to you guys, what is the emotion in this moment, it was a very special concert, today it would be, unfortunately, impossible to do it (because of the virus).
P = Hi, good evening, we are very happy that RAI 1 has chosen our first concert in Verona, hoping that it can give, at this moment, in this difficult period, a moment of joy to all the people who are at home.
G= We, on the other hand, are all locked in the house, but with so much hope that all this will pass soon.
I= There is a great desire to start again, to embrace us, to give a hug, perhaps immense, but we are at home and we will make it.
PR= Well, thank you, hope is this.
P= Thank you all.
At the beginning of the recording of the concert, there is a brief appearance of the boys recorded now, where Piero Ignazio and Gianluca wish everyone a good viewing, here is the fragment.
P= Good evening, like all of you, we are also at home, but as you can see, even if separated, you can be united.
G= In this difficult period for our country and for the whole world, we are called to do our part. There are those in the front line, like doctors, nurses, to whom our thanks go, and those who continue to work to guarantee the necessary services and all of us citizens, staying in our homes.
I= Feeling united becomes a necessity, and so, in order to be close to all of you, waiting to be able to embrace each other again, we thought of bringing our music to your homes.
P = This evening you will see our concert at the Arena in Verona, a unique evening of great emotions has come and we would like to relive it together with you.
G= This time we too will be spectators like you, imagining spending this evening together.
It was the third time that the concert was broadcast on RAI, the first time, it had obtained the maximum audience of the evening, but it was foreseeable, it was the first concert immediately after the victory of Sanremo and Il Volo was at the maximum audience.
The second time it aired in 2016 and still did its best on TV.
This was the third time and second replay. Five years have passed since that concert, but we find out how it went this time through an enthusiastic message from Michele Torpedine.
On RAI 1 Il Volo conquers viewers with 15% share, winning the TV ratings of the evening.
These are the words of Torpedine:
“Happy for yesterday!! But the best thing is all the messages that are coming, to me and the boys, from the people who are currently in the hospital and are not experiencing a good situation … and who despite everything have found the strength to write to us that thanks to the ilvolomusic concert yesterday they spent a more serene evening! I think this is the most beautiful result.”
Throughout the concert, there were moments of commercial breaks, which were then removed from the entire video.
Before each of these moments the boys appeared with simple messages:
I = I stay at home, and you? Let’s come back after the advertisement.
G = The music continues, don’t go away.
P = The emotions aren’t over yet, in a little while.
And here are some photos of the concert, published byRAI1.
What can I say, they are always great satisfactions!
Did you enjoy reviewing the concert?
~ Daniela ~
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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