The concert of June 24th, 2015 in Rome was characterized by a particular atmosphere: that day was Piero’s birthday, too.
The audience was ready to greet him from the very beginning; that’s why Ignazio stopped a rising “happy birthday to you” song that came from the people in the Auditorium – Il Volo was about to celebrate the birthday later in the evening. And so it was: after performing a few songs, Ignazio and Gianluca came to the stage holding a big cake with strawberries and cream. Even that moment was an opportunity to start jokes and gags: Gianluca put a strawberry in Ignazio’s mouth (he was holding the cake) and soiled his moustaches with cream; soon after Ignazio cleaned the cream from his moustaches and tidied his dirty hands on Gianluca’s suit jacket. Gianluca then cleaned his jacket on Piero’s suit jacket, causing Piero’s complaining. That was a little act-drop that proved once again the love that ties these guys that grew up together as real friends and real artists.
In some moments, Il Volo moved the audience thanks to the passion and feelings they felt while performing the songs: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca really put their hearts in the music and transmit to the audience every sensation they feel while singing.During the evening the guys joked a lot with the audience and with each other as well, by doing sketches and gags at the end of the songs or even while they were singing.
For example, Ignazio introduced Unchained Melody by using both romanticism and humor: watch our video, surely it worth it! And while Gianluca and Ignazio were magnificently singing the song, Nature chose to help them and increase the emotion: a flock of seagulls spread the white wings and flew right behind the stage, in the night, making the audience clap for a long time.
The real innovation of this tour were the duets between the guys, because they let the people appreciate a new dimension of their magnificent voices.
When they sang all together and two of them were waited their turn to sing, they greeted fans that came near the stage to get a handshake, a hug, an autograph or to took a selfie. It was amusing seeing how Il Volo was at ease in greeting the fans while singing: Piero did a high five with a kid, Gianluca kneeled down to take the hands of some girls, Ignazio found himself in the middle of a particular scene. A fan came near the stage with a pen and ask Ignazio to autograph a piece of paper – her pen stopped writing and Ignazio threw it down and said her to wait; then he went near the piano to search one (usually they have pens on the piano) but he wasn’t able to find it anywhere. So he asked to the orchestra and one of the musicians gave him a pen: finally he ran to the girl and signed the paper, just in time to took the microphone and started to sing his part!
Touching moments were the tribute to Pino Daniele made by Ignazio, that performed a medley of some of his beautiful songs, as well as the one to Frank Sinatra, with the famous My Way. However, on the other hand, there were also moments of pure amusement; like the one in which Il Volo did a very unexpected performance – they are a group that devotes itself to the operatic pop, but the trio performed a piece of a rap song by Clementino with beatbox provided by Ignazio!
Also the solo performances were moments full of emotions. Even if I have had the chance to listen other times their solos in the CDs; their voices are completely different when the guys sings live: they are powerful and clear and sing the songs with an intensity that I can’t remember having heard before. E lucevan le stelle, Anema e core, Memory: there were many standing ovations, but it was to be expected!
Surrender was the last song and gave them the chance for tease jokingly each other.
The evening ended with Grande Amore, and it can be really said that has been love, a very big one.
Thanks, Il Volo, for this wonderful concert!