VT Concert Night – 2Cellos in Pula Arena, and Goo Goo Dolls in the pouring rain

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…by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

[ Editor’s Picks: It’s been another long week of dealing with the crazy world, including a busy Saturday. It’s 9:44 pm and time to switch gears.

First up is 2Cellos, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hause who I had lost track of since some of their early material I had seen. They even look older now, and this setting in the Roman Colesium in Croatia was a new experience.

I had no idea they had done their duo magic with U2’s Streets with no name, an incredible creative challenge for the cello, but this blew me away. These guys have their adaption niche carved in stone.

It was a change of pace to see four generations attending this show, from young kids to grand parents, quite an accomplishment for two young hispters who have taken the cello to a place no one ever has. Save the link to a special folder. This is a keeper.

The beautiful Roman Colosseum is Stjepan’s hometown of Pula, Croatia. The concert took place on 3rd of July, 2013.

Enjoy – Where the streets have no name like you have never heard it before.

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The Goo Goo Dolls

Next up is something the Youtube algorithm dragged in. Some how it profiled me, despite my never seeing them live or on YouTube that I can remember.

The image of what looked like a rainstorm concert dampened my curiosity, but I had always loved Iris, so I gave it a click.

It was a discovery. I had no idea that they could play during a deluge without shorting out the electronics. The crowd didn’t seem to mind as it turned out to be a 4th of July gig, in Buffalo, 2004, in 1080p…best played loud.

And yes, it is a home town crowd for them, too. My salute to the camera men who shot this. Bravo, and I hope their cameras were not wrecked.

Iris was written by lead vocals/guitarist John Rzeznik for the soundtrack of the 1998 film City of Angels. It was nominated 3 times for Grammy’s and it also stayed on top for 18 weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnt_Fock-XY

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Gordon and I have seen a lot of burnout in our biz, especially in the 7 days a week crowd. So both of us have a wide variety of interests that we try to sneak some time away to nourish. 2Cellos, where most of their work is creating adaptions of major hits, and having to pay the music royalties, (but not the lyrics) for each performance, we try to do the same with the articles we cherry pick and post, with our commentary an intros, to hopefully help the readers get more out of them. We all remember the people in our lives that helped teach us to look deeper into things, so we have to pass that on. The trick these days is finding those that care about a new way of looking at something, when so many just want what they know reinforced. Sad, and scary.

  2. The allegro by 2Cellos was just fantastic. The setting was surreal considering especially that structure survived the destruction of Europe. The other performance glade they felt the rain together, it seems so unnatural anymore. Bravo and thank you.Fantastic.

    • Thanks, The last time I went to a live concert was like, gosh, two decades ago, Phil Collins. I bought a last minute ticket out front in the crowd which was in the back upper decks and had no binoculars. But I noticed people in the sides and even in back of the stage were vastly closer with a lot of empty seats there, to during their break I moved to a 10:30 spot behind. It was fabulous. I was looking down on him from and angle as he played the keyboards, and the audio was fine. It was the closets I have ever been to a rock star. The next was a Jackson Brown concert, eons ago, in the box seats with a client in the entertainment biz, a whole different experience.

  3. And then we got to see,… a giant stone arena where once screaming hoards watched men kill each other in all manner of horrific method as entertainment, that in the very same place was now men of a different talent, playing music to the angels on stringed instruments shaped like a woman and the people of that place were finely dressed and peaceful and the whole of it was beautifully lit as if by magic,.. and where once the angels had covered their ears and eyes, and shed tears of sorrow at the sight of it,. they now flew about and wept tears of joy and delight

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