2Cellos: Worth the wait in Morristown

2Cellos in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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2Cellos: Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos: Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

By Kevin Coughlin

Boy, it must be fun to be Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser.

Before these 30-ish Croatians played a single note on Friday, the packed Mayo Performing Arts Center went nuts.

2Cellos: Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić play at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos: Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić play at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Maybe it was the pent-up anticipation; last year’s scheduled Morristown show by 2Cellos was canceled when Hauser injured his neck.

It doesn’t hurt that these guys share tousled fan-magazine good looks, with accents that make every remark sound droll or seductive.

But most likely the draw is their frenzied, take-no-prisoners attack on their electric instruments, which they practically sawed in half while re-inventing rock classics by Nirvana, U2 and AC/DC.

Friday’s highlights included Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and a sing-along of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction.  A drummer joined them about halfway through the scorching 100-minute concert, which included a couple of classical pieces for purists in the audience.

2Cellos caught the world’s attention with an online video of Jackson’s Smooth Criminal in 2011. Elton John, who took them on tour, called them the most exciting act he’s seen since Jimi Hendrix in the ’60s.

Certainly, 2Cellos is unlike anything we’ve seen or heard before.

Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos  at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Luka Šulić of 2Cellos in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Luka Šulić of 2Cellos in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos at the Mayo. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos at the Mayo. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos settle in at MPAC. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
2Cellos settle in at MPAC. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

 

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