Croatian duo 2CELLOS have thrilled crowds for one final time on Sunday night in Auckland, New Zealand.
Playing their last ever live concert together, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser entertained the big crowd at Spark Arena in Auckland for over an hour and a half as they wrapped up The Dedicated Tour.
They gave the crowd one last taste of their instrumental arrangements of well-known pop and rock songs like AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer and the Game of Thrones theme.
Although they joked at the end of the show that tickets for their reunion tour will go on sale in January, Šulić and Hauser have decided to go their own ways after playing together for over a decade and releasing six studio albums.
The duo, who reunited on the 10th anniversary since the forming of 2CELLOS after a break, rose to fame when their rendition of “Smooth Criminal” went viral on YouTube.
After seeing the video, Elton John invited Šulić and Hauser to perform with him on his 30-city 2011 summer tour, and as they say, the rest is history.
The duo signed to record with with Sony Masterworks and finished recording their debut album that same year, which included covers of hits by Michael Jackson, U2, Guns N’Roses, Sting, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and others.
2CELLOS performed internationally with Elton John and his band for five years and appeared also in movies, TV shows and commercials as their global fame started to rise rapidly.
In 2018, the duo performed the UEFA Champions League Anthem ahead of the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. The following year, Šulić and Stjepan Hauser decided to part ways to focus on their own projects after a hectic 8 years together touring the world.
“That was insane. We really overdid it. 200 flights a year, constant concerts, traveling on all continents and filming. We simply just have to get away from it,” Hauser said at the time.
In 2021 they announced they would reunite on the 10th anniversary since forming.
“We always planned to come back, and we came into Dedicated with a fresh approach and energy. We haven’t been on stage for two years now, so we can’t wait to get back out,” the duo said then.
The pair have since amassed over a staggering 1.3 billion YouTube views, 5.5 million YouTube subscribers, 1 billion streams, and have sold nearly 1 million tickets.