Translation of the article Il pop in Volo: “che emozione la nostra Sicilia” wrote by Giusy La Piana on La Repubblica Palermo, August 26th, 2015.
Two nights with the boom-trio at the Teatro di Verdura: “even grandmas want their autograph”
After the sold out dates in Agrigento and Taormina, Il Volo conquers even the Teatro di Verdura with a double appointment. Tonight at 9.30 p.m. and tomorrow at the same hour the trio formed by Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto – the first is from Naro, the second from Marsala – and the Abruzzese Gianluca Ginoble will bring his operatic pop repertoire. Also tonight’s concert has gone sold-out, while there still are some available tickets for tomorrow’s date. And on January 23rd they will perform at Acireale’s indoor sports arena.
The real “Grande Amore” is the one the audience feel for you: while many other artists reduce budgets and concerts, you double the dates…
“Every day – says Piero Barone – we are amazed by this sparks that fired suddenly but that grows day after day, showing a true and spontaneous affection between us and the audience. We hope this affection will never switch off. We travelled around but sing in Sicily is something really special. It was a beautiful feeling even went sold-out at the Valle dei Templi: it’s wonderful to share this artistic moment with the Sicilian people”.
Will some homages to the local music be on the schedule?
This is not expected but it’s also true that during live concerts improvisation often carry us away – explains Ignazio Boschetto – especially when we are in front of a so warm audience like the Sicilian one”.
What is the most weird thing that happened to you while touring?
Gianluca Ginoble answers: “It was seeing adult ladies act like teenager fans. We have literal groupie grandmas who wait for us at the end of the show to take a selfie or get an autograph, and they confuse in the crowd of girls and little girls that follow us in every town by now”.
How is your typical day before a concert?
“Those are massive days – affirms Boschetto – made of continuous debates with our management, updates of concerts’ requests, rehearsals, adjustements of the schedule and then study, study, once again study and voice-warming”.
You are already recording your next work: with whom you would love to collaborate?
“Sometimes we are suggested to duet with famous artists. But it’s not easy to divide a song in three parts, imagine divide it in four or more parts! But for sure after the duets with Barbra Streisand, Placido Domingo and the virtual one with Elvis we will see…”
In our concerts you perform classic songs and hits loved by many generations, but which of your songs you feel belonging to you?
“Grande Amore”. And not because we were the first to bring success to the song, but because it followed a line that prove that we have no boundaries”.