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FINAL UPDATE! Who’s Going to Verona in September? / Someone needs a ticket…


A week from today, I plan to be on a plane… 🙂

Below is the list from a few weeks ago.  Was there anyone else that planned to attend?

  1. me – Jana VandeLaare – Michigan – soundcheck

  2. Lorna Ste Marie – Michigan – soundcheck

  3. Betty Young – Louisiana – soundcheck

  4. Jeannette Giglio – Michigan

  5. Daniela Perani – Italy – soundcheck

  6. Rose Marie P. – Ohio – soundcheck

  7. Bill T Kathy Nelson (Facebook)

  8. Claudine D’haene (Facebook)

  9. Marie Yome (Facebook)

  10. Marlisse Porras (Facebook)

  11. Eliso Veziropoulou (Facebook)

  12. Alicja Leszczynska – Poland – soundcheck

  13. Susan Tafanelli – soundcheck

  14. Ann Marie Prior – Massachussetts – soundcheck

  15. Janet Dong and her husband – soundcheck

  16. JUDITH GRASSIAN – found her on a comment from the book post 🙂

I think we agreed that we should meet after the sound check – somewhere in the arena.

Per a comment from Daniela, the presentation of the book still has not been confirmed.  It’s literally 10 days away, so I hope they can finalize it soon.  🙂

If you will be in Verona, you can purchase the book from the Feltrinelli book store in the Porta Nuova train station.  Daniela said she is taking names and they will set aside a book for you. Contact Daniela on this post, or the book post from a few days ago.  Many are hoping it’s published in English.  She said if you go to their website and request it, and they get enough response, they may publish it in English as well.



SOS!  I know of someone that thought they had a ticket, but the site they thought they purchased it from, must have oversold and now she does not have a ticket to Verona!  If anyone knows of an available ticket, please contact me at jvandela524@gmail.com.  However, due to vision issues, she really needs a ticket in orchestra pit or very close in the first section.  Grazie Mille!!





P.S. all picture credits go to me – lol 🙂  

Who’s Going to Verona in September? / PBS Detroit Labor Day… Update!


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Ok, the Verona concert is just about 3 weeks away now, but the guys will be visiting Mexico this next week!  So close, and yet so far….

Thank you to all of you that responded with comments and well wishes for everyone’s trips.  I loved hearing from everyone!

So, on that note, let’s see who’s going to Verona, soundcheck, and concert! (if you want the soundcheck passes, you need to be a member of the Il Volo fan club.  Membership is either about $20 or so for just digital, or it comes to about $32 if you want the membership card, including shipping – all benefits are the same.)

  1. me – Jana VandeLaare – Michigan – soundcheck

  2. Lorna Ste Marie – Michigan – soundcheck

  3. Betty Young – Louisiana – soundcheck

  4. Jeannette Giglio – Michigan

  5. Daniela Perani – Italy – soundcheck

  6. Rose Marie P. – Ohio – soundcheck

  7. Bill T Kathy Nelson (Facebook)

  8. Claudine D’haene (Facebook)

  9. Marie Yome (Facebook)

  10. Marlisse Porras (Facebook)

  11. Eliso Veziropoulou (Facebook)

  12. Alicja Leszczynska – Poland – soundcheck

  13. Susan Tafanelli – soundcheck

  14. Ann Marie Prior – Massachussetts – soundcheck

  15. Janet Dong and her husband – soundcheck

  16. Did I miss anyone?  🙂

Ok, as far as a meeting place, was discussing with Daniela and she could not think of anything.  I had heard of this before, but apparently we are trapped in the arena after the soundcheck!  Daniela expects the soundcheck to be around 5:30p.  I doubt it lasts longer than an hour (anyone have any idea?), concert is not until 9p, so we will have at least 2 -3 hours to kill.  Since it looks like a good majority of us will be at the soundcheck, I think that is our best option to meet.  How does that sound?  Perhaps we can decide on a meeting place, near one of the entrances or something?  I’ve already decided I am not going to have time to eat prior to the soundcheck, but I was assured there should be snack areas as well as beverage areas.  My question is, when and will they be open?

Our personal schedule will be very tight, as our train does not get into Verona until 1:37pm.  I thought we would have plenty of time until the 9p concert, not expecting the soundcheck to be so early, etc.  We also have to meet my other friend for the concert tickets, because I am sure we will not be able to get in the soundcheck without them!

One other thing I found out… were any of you contacted by Patrizia for contributing to the book that will be given to the guys?  If so, per Daniela, they will be presenting it to them in a special meeting sometime early afternoon before the soundcheck.  Rose Marie and I, along with Daniela are in the book.  If you are in the book, you get to attend!  🙂  So, I will be running all over Verona.  I hope it is right before the soundcheck and close to the arena.

Daniela also said the book will be available for sale at some area bookstores in Verona, as well as at one of the train stations.  I guess you can get it on Amazon.it, but shipping is more than the book!  I plan to get a few copies while I am over there.  🙂  Book is 18 euros. 

Ok, Labor Day and the Guys on PBS….

I did not watch too many of the clips from the Matera concert, so I will be surprised.  🙂

Chris and I are looking forward to being in the same room with the guys, even if we only see them from behind.  🙂  The phones sometimes tend to go crazy and it’s hard to hear in the room and we often miss a lot of what they are saying – those blasted donors lol!  But I’m sure their presence will fill the room with Il Volo joy and laughter.  It appeared that Il Volo Music was making posts on Instagram and Twitter about them appearing on PBS on Labor Day, which only confused many fans. We had several comments on this site as well, as people commenting on  the Twitter/Instagram sites.  I posted on a few Instagram sites that this taping was for Detroit only and that afterwards, it would be sent to the various PBS stations across the country and likely shown at their next major pledge drives.  I also found out that they decided to limit the tickets to 30, instead of the original 50.  I’m sorry about that, I know one of you emailed me with your disappointment.  Maybe they will get a whole 2 minutes with them!  🙂  That would make it just about an hour or so for their meet/greet time.


We can’t let this post go without a mention of our friends and loved ones in Florida and those on the eastern coast of the United States.  Was nearly 3 years ago that the last hurricane hit, very close to this same time.  Luckily, the west coast of Florida will seem to be spared, as the storm is making the north eastern turn, however, there are still many folks in the new path of the storm, including our beloved Marie, with her sister, in Myrtle Beach. I have not been in contact with her since the storm was predicted.  I will likely text her today.  I read they had orders to evacuate…  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many affected fans, and those with friends and loved ones that will be affected by this storm.






P.S. all picture credits go to me – lol 🙂  (except PBS one…)

Who’s Going to Verona in September? / PBS Detroit Labor Day…


Can you believe it?  Just 4 weeks away now for those of us lucky enough to visit Verona again!  I have to say, I really didn’t think I’d be able to go back again.  As many of you know, it’s been a really rough past year and a half for me for many reasons, but I am feeling much better and finally looking forward to going to Italy again to see the guys. 🙂

I am lucky again to go with my dear friend Lorna.  We will also be joined by Rose Marie from Ohio, and Betty from New Orleans!   Our itinerary includes Roma this time, in fact, verona 1we will eat our way through Roma, after the Vatican, of course.  Lol!  We also plan to visit Lake Garda for a day, after the Verona concert, then back to Roma, and home.  Will be a quick trip, but hopefully a more relaxing one than last time.

So, who’s going to Verona??  Each day, I find that there is another person that will be joining the many hundreds of fans at their last official concert in Italy – at the Arena di verona5Verona!  Alas, we don’t have front row, but do have meet/greets.  Front row will have to wait for Detroit, and hopefully Chicago.

In the comments, please let me know who is going to Verona, for starters, it will be myself, Lorna, Betty, Rose Marie, Daniela P (of course 🙂 ), a few others I am aware of from the States, as well.  Also, my other friend Veronica from Italy, and her friends.

I know many do not like to “join the throngs of the crowd” and that’s ok, but if anyone would like to join our group for a pre-concert gathering somewhere near the arena, please note it in the comments.  If you’d like, you can email me directly at:


We also have our tickets to the soundcheck!  Yay!  Maybe we could plan something before or after that?  Lorna, Rose Marie and I are staying at DiMoras House – about a 10-minute walk or so to the arena.  We are taking the train from Roma to Verona that morning of the 24th.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions!  🙂


On another note…. I’m sure many of you have seen (and cringed) at the PBS announcement of the guys being in Detroit again on Labor Day September 2.  Looks like pbs guysthey’ve really outpriced themselves this time as it was initially a “big secret” – now they are having trouble selling the tickets.  I believe I heard there were 50 tickets and as of this writing, they still have some left.  Tickets are $500 for meet/greet & Wine/Dine.  Here is the link, if anyone is still interested in going… https://www.pledgecart.org/pledgeCart3/?campaign=38B55A20-6C5C-4849-B794-175DAF95CB7A&source=#/home?cmpgn=DPTVExp2


P.S. all picture credits go to me – lol 🙂  (except PBS one…)


And the time has come, for the Italian MUSIC AWARDS.

They will be held, as is well known, in Verona, in the beautiful Arena.


During this show, the singers who have had more CD sales or more people at the live concerts, the previous year, are rewarded.

There will be no prizes for IL VOLO, because as you all know, the year 2018 didn’t have new CDs and there were few live concerts.

But our guys were invited as guests, and to promote their work.

Here they are during the rehearsals.





And here in a funny video, where they say “THANK YOU” in many different languages. 😂

Even Torpedine has fun during the rehearsals .

Piero says: “Tonight we have an exceptional drummer, Torpedine. Torp”.


Here on their arrival, with some fans.





They also gave interviews, here is one for which you can use the translator function. Activate it.

This is another interview with Radio Italia (one of the few radios that always broadcast IL VOLO songs).

Man = From the Arena of Verona, ladies and gentlemen: IL VOLO.

Gian = Good pronunciation.

Woman = with a slightly American accent.

Man = They are international artists, guys, come on.

Ignazio = In my country say “U VOLO, more international than that.”

Man = How nice to meet you guys, how are you?

Ignazio = Well, happy to be back at the Arena, we will be back again in September on the 24th.

Man = Will be the final of a tour that?

Piero = Yes, from July we will sing, from north to south, in all the cities of Italy.

Man = Also, you just did a tour in Japan, where you were.

Piero = Yes, a month of concerts in Japan.

Woman = Furthermore, you are young, but you already have 10 years of career behind you.

Ignazio = In fact, look, to Piero, white hair has already grown. It has been 10 intense years, Piero always says that they have gone on the fly.
They have passed quickly, intense, we have traveled a lot, but above all, it is a concentration of emotions, because getting to different cultures has always been our goal, and succeeding, after 10 years also in Japan, is something that makes us very proud, and repays us for all the sacrifices.

Piero = In Japan, we were lucky, because they praise a discipline that is ice skating. Their champion, won the gold medal at the Olympic Games on the ice last year, with our song. So, we’re second in the standings.

Man = Boys, it must be beautiful.

Woman = That is, he introduced you to Japan.

Piero = Do you know who is first in the standings?

Man = Who is first in the standings?

Ignazio = Bohemian Rapsody

Woman = But, what an honor, second only behind Bohemian Rapsody.


We thank Radio Italia, and for the interview and always spread the beautiful music of the boys.

The day was long and hot for the boys, but now we have arrived at the time of the show ………. here they are !!!!!

What can I say?

This is the video of the only song the boys sang, but before and after them, there were many singers and …… trust my judgment, the guys of IL VOLO are spectacular, their voices are unique. “I’ve heard so many singers who have sung so many false notes.”

Always in excellent shape, an amalgamation of perfect voices, and the high notes of Ignazio ………. excellent !!

Their live performances, however, never disappoint.

This was published on the Facebook page of RAI 1, it says:




“Have you guys seen our performance?
Hi everyone from the Verona Arena !!”

And here are some beautiful screenshots taken from Il Volo Sicilia.









A lot of waiting to see and hear a single song.
But it was worth it, right?
What is your opinion?

Until the next event:


Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE – the film by Daniela

Hi everyone! This news has appeared on many Facebook pages, but I still want to communicate it here, as I know that many of you don’t have Facebook, who reads on the site, will find this news useful.

Un Amore 01

The film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE in which our Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca also act, will be broadcast by CANALE 5 on Thursday, 25 April at 9:20 pm (Italian time).

The news was given by the producer Federica Andreoli.

Un Amore 02

The news was taken up by the newspapers.

Un Amore 03

Here’s a “behind the scenes” movie.

And here a short trailer of the film.

And a TV advertisement with a little greeting from the boys, who are going on television to announce the film. 

I = It was our first experience.

G = Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

P = We give a big “good luck” to the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE.

Un Amore 04

The film is also available on DVD on Amazon, in Italian language, with English subtitles.

I hope so many of you are able to see this movie, via Channel 5.

Canale 5 Link – Click here

It is a sweet love story, with a lot of music and with the participation of our guys, all filmed in the beautiful Verona, which you will see in beautiful images.

Good vision: Daniela 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.