I promised I would blog about the 2CELLOS way back in March…but I wanted to give their CD a whirl before I put [my thoughts] down in words. I hope you don’t mind.
Quoting from their web site…”The meteoric success of 2CELLOS started when former cello rivals Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser decided to join forces. In January 2011, they uploaded a unique cello version of ‘Smooth Criminal’ by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a huge viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views. This led to a record deal with SONY MASTERWORKS and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour. ”
And that’s how I was introduced to the 2Cellos. It was Friday, March 9, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale – they opened up for Elton exactly at 8:00 pm. And what an introduction that was! I was blown away by their intensity and talent, to say the least. And it appeared that everyone in the crowd that night was, too.
I mean, have you ever imagined “Highway to Hell” played just by two cellists? (OK, John Mahon did accompany them on drums on that one, but still)…
When Elton introduced them to the crowd, he remarked that they brought down the average age of the band by thirty years. He also couldn’t help but mention to the young ladies in the crowd that both Luka and Stjepan are single and available.
In concert, they played four pieces to open the show. Smooth Criminal, With or Without You, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Highway to Hell. Can you say awesome?
They also played with Elton and the Band on many numbers. In particular, the live version of Madman Across the Water was the best I had ever heard in concert. Having the cellos as part of the arrangement lends an added depth that you don’t normally get in a concert; it’s also reminiscent of the original, album versions of many of his earlier tunes, which were often recorded with a symphony orchestra.
They also played in the Million Dollar Piano Show, but only with the Band (not as the opening act).
Their debut album features their very unique versions of some well-known rock and pop songs. You should give it a whirl or two also, I highly recommend it. You’ll be amazed. And they have a second album coming out in the fall! You can bet I will be adding this to my collection.
Needless to say, I was suitably impressed. I hope it encourages more people to listen to classical or at least out of the mainstream music. What a future these two young men have ahead of them! And I hope they continue to play as part of the Elton John Band.