Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the 24-year-old Croatian duo known as 2CELLOS, performed cover versions of GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Welcome To The Jungle” and NIRVANA‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during an appearance on the Los Angeles-based “Mark And Brian Show” radio show on 95.5 KLOSSouthern California’s Best Rock. You can now watch video footage of their appearance below.
Of covering “Welcome To The Jungle”, Hauser previously said: “Covering ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ was a real challenge but that one we were up for! We chose this song because we thought that it could sound like a whole symphony using only our two cellos. We’re really proud of it and think it rocks!”
2CELLOS recently released its self-titled debut album on Sony Masterworks. The CD features Sulic and Hauser‘s unique spin on hits by GUNS N’ ROSES, U2, COLDPLAY and KINGS OF LEON, among others.
2CELLOS became an overnight Internet sensation with their self-made music video of themselves performing MICHAEL JACKSON‘s “Smooth Criminal” on their cellos. Within days “Smooth Criminal” racked up over five million views on YouTube, and legend Elton John invited them to join him on his current European tour. 2CELLOS will also join Elton John on North American dates this fall.
Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have been playing the cello since childhood. Both recently completed their studies — Luka at the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, Stjepan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Luka has performed throughout the world at renowned venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus. He has won a series of international prizes including first prize at the 2009 VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. Stjepan has performed in numerous European countries, South Africa, New Zealand, Asia and the U.S., with debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. He was the last pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich. In his short career, Stjepan‘s accolades include winning twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions and performing twice for Prince Charles in Buckingham and St. James’s Palaces.
“2Cellos” track listing:
01. Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)
02. Miserlou / Pulp Fiction Theme (DICK DALE)
03. Use Somebody (KINGS OF LEON)
04. Smooth Criminal (MICHAEL JACKSON)
05. Fragile (STING)
06. The Resistance (MUSE)
07. Hurt (TRENT REZNOR/JOHNNY CASH)
08. Welcome To The Jungle (GUNS N’ ROSES)
09. Human Nature (MICHAEL JACKSON)
10. Viva La Vida (COLDPLAY)
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit (NIRVANA)
12. With or Without You (U2)