The classics met rock and pop on Thursday night as 2Cellos came to Luxembourg for the first time to grace the Rockhal stage.
Classically trained Croatian cellists Luka Šulić & Stjepan Hauser got their big break like so many do these days, through posting a video of themselves on YouTube.
The pair had studied in some of the finest music schools in Europe and had already won many prestigious awards before teaming up and putting up a video of themselves playing a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. Within a mater of weeks, the video had received millions of views and more importantly caught the attention not just from Sony Masterworks, who signed them, but from Elton John who invited them on tour with him.
5 years on from that video, they continue to surprise and thrill audience all over the world with their take on rock and pop classics. They opened the show with the classical haunting melody of Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion”, with such a huge stage and only two lonely Cellos it made it all that more intense.
After the classical start Šulić told the audience that “this is no ordinary classical concert, so relax, you can shout, scream, dance and sing if you know the words” and of course the audience knew the words as they proceeded to play classic rock and pop songs spanning the last 40 years from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to Avici’s “Wake Me Up”.
As they delved from U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name” to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” there was as much excitement about guessing what they might play next as anything else. But what was never far from your mind was just how incredible their technique and skill was as well as the relaxed nature of the evening, as they took on more of a rock star persona than classical, with Hauser strutting across the stage doing his best Angus Young duck walk whilst taking on AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
There was of course the “Smooth Criminal” cover that launched their careers before being joined on stage by a drummer who filled out the sound that bit more which allowed the crowd to let loose as they launched into another AC/DC cover, this time with “Thunderstruck”.
The night was to end as it began on a slower classical number with Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air” sending us out into another summer’s evening downpour.
2.06.16 – Rockhal