After winning a competition by distributing the Il Volo concert’s posters in more than 100 different shops, I got rewarded with a backstage pass. I didn’t know how exclusive it was until I actually got there, not even the media, who had ‘media passes’ could go inside and so I felt really privileged and fortunate to be there.
As soon as I entered backstage I saw members of the orchestra preparing and tuning their instruments. As I had a little walk around the premises, I noticed that the trio weren’t there yet, as the dressing rooms were still empty.
After about 15 minutes I saw a black car approaching and my heart skipped a beat. It was really them! As soon as they got out of the car, they hurried towards a tent where they were interviewed by a TV station and then rushed into their dressing rooms as they were very late. After that I got the chance to take a picture with Ignazio as he was the only one who wasn’t in the dressing room.
After about 5 minutes the boys got out of the dressing room and rushed on stage, initiating the concert with the famous Italian song ‘Il Mondo’. I watched the entire concert from the front row and this led to Piero waving at me during ‘Beautiful Day’.
The concert was beyond expectations. I admit I teared up a few times… their voices are so unique! During the concert the trio fooled around on stage and picked on Ignazio, the funny part of the group, which made the audience laugh hysterically. During one of the songs Gianluca even asked a fan to go up on stage with him as he sang the famous Elvis Presley song ‘Can’t help falling in love’.
As the concert ended, I rushed back backstage and saw the trio climbing down the stairs of the stage. As I greeted Piero with a ”Wow ! Well done !”, he smiled at me and invited me to hang out with them in their dressing room. After that I got the chance to take pictures with Piero and Gianluca (one can never have enough pictures with them.. infact I got about six). The trio fooled around backstage having photos with fans and friends and soon after, they hopped back into their car as they made their way to their hotel.
As I’m typing this story, I still can’t believe that this actually happened. I feel like I’m living a dream. I sincerely hope that they will come to our country again but until then, I will have to wait 3 weeks to see them again in Verona with my best friends and relive the memories that we witnessed when the trio came to Malta.
This article was also published by The Third Eye Malta.