2CELLOS reinvent rock classics with cello covers

You may have heard of them and you may have not, but either way, young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music.

Thanks to YouTube, their unique cello version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm, and within only a week, the video became a huge viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour. The duo, which released their second album In2ition in January 2013, has reinvented many famous rock and roll classics by U2, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, The Police, Elton John and many more.

Last week, 2Cellos released an amazing rendition of the AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” that has received over two million views within a week.

Last summer, they covered Guns N Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle.”

“I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60’s…

Elton John states, “…Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60’s…”

Due to their success, Sulic and Hauser have appeared on many major TV shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show multiple times, and Lopez Tonight just to name a few. 2Cellos were also the first instrumental act to ever perform on Fox’s “Glee,” where they appeared as special guests performing “Smooth Criminal” with Naya Rivera on the Michael Jackson tribute episode. That single debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart and landed their debut album in the Top 100.

Besides touring with Elton John, the duo have also collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael. In2ition was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin who has worked with Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and Deep Purple. The album features guest vocal and instrument performances by John, Rivera, guitar legend Steve Vai, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Zucherro.

Check out their YouTube channel to see live performance videos of U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “With Or Without You,” AC/DC’s “Back In Black,” “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Highway To Hell,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and many more rock classics.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.