As I wait in my dressing room in Panama I am thinking about this long time on the road. Three months of continuous touring, across two continents. I worked out that we’ve travelled about 68,000 km. That’s a record for me, and I believe it’s the same for everyone in the team. It hasn’t always been easy – friends who look at my photographs, read my tweets and facebook posts will probably think it’s a wonderful holiday. Actually it’s hard, tiring work and requires expertise and professionalism whatever the obstacles may be. Faulty equipment, headaches, fevers, sore throats, uncomfortable airline seats, hotels that are nice only on brochures, jet-lag, bad wifi, sick children at home, stressed spouses on the opposite side of the globe: these are all problems the artists and crew have had to deal with.
Still, it’s been a dream. Every concert a success, and impeccable performances from the musicians, from Il Volo and from our crew.
I tried to make the best of the little free time we had and I have to say that there were some good moments. My previous post describes events till our visit to El Salvador.
Nicaragua was next – I celebrated my birthday in Managua and went on a great trip to Granada, Masaya and the islands of Lake Nicaragua. Definitely one of the highlights on this trip. I was very lucky to make friends with a lovely person from Guatemala. She took us to the old capital city, Antigua, a virtually unspoiled town from another age. Our concert in Guatemala city was unforgettable. Everyone gave a great performance – under the pouring rain!
Our trip to Honduras was so short that we only saw the venue and our hotel. This place wins the award for loudest screaming audience, hands down. We were blown away….
We flew to Santo Domingo on a rickety propellor plane. Scary. I have to say that I found Santo Domingo rather sad and abandoned, but the show was great and we had a great audience.
Puerto Rico was like a deja vu. Same venue as last year, same hotel. I had just enough time for a 15 minute swim in the warm Caribbean sea.
After that we had one of our longest trips, all the way down to Santiago. I loved the Chilean capital, even if there was only one morning for sightseeing. And their mote drink is delicious.
Buenos Aires is almost like a second home for me. I spent a few months working there many years ago and I am always happy to return. The three sold-out performances at the Gran Rex were unforgettable. Two of the singers had colds but they still managed to deliver. That’s one of the things that separates the greats from everyone else.
Brazil – what can I say? It rained most of the time, so I was rather disappointed, especially in Rio. We consoled ourselves with a lot of red wine and churrascheria… And Giovanni Di Caprio and myself fearlessly faced the elements on top of the Pao de Azucar.
Back in Panama and back to this moment. We are soon starting the show. I will be starting the music for the last time with Il Volo, at least for a while. Thanks guys, for everything – it’s been a wonderful adventure and I will be happy to share a lot more with you in the future. Besos.