30 September, 2011

Happy Birthday Tony Bennett clip...

Josh is seen briefly in this Target commercial wishing Tony Bennett a Happy 85th birthday. Other stars in the clip include Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, K D lang, Elton John, Alejandro Sanz, Michael Buble and Jackie Evancho.

18 September, 2011

Blog Badge...

If you have a blog and would like to share I Heart Josh Groban with your readers, I've now added a "Blog Badge" that should make sharing even easier. Just copy the code and add it to your blog as a gadget/widget.

This is the image that will be seen on your blog.

I Heart Josh Groban

And this is the code that can be used.

<a href="http://i-heart-josh-groban.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq172/i_heart_jg/NewJG.jpg" alt="I Heart Josh Groban" width="125" height="125" /></a>

If you do share it on your blog, leave a comment and let me know. At my discretion, I'll add some sites to either my "Josh Blog Links" (on the right hand side for all things Josh related) or "Friends of I Heart JG" (on the left hand side for those sites not about Josh)

Keep on spreading the Josh. xoxo

15 September, 2011

"This Is All I Ask" with Tony Bennett...

Listen to the entire song from Tony's upcoming Duets II at NPR.

Click here to listen Josh and Tony sing "This Is All I Ask".

Click here to listen to the entire album.

Other songs on the album include:
The Lady Is a Tramp feat. Lady Gaga
One For My Baby (And One More For the Road) feat. John Mayer
Body and Soul feat. Amy Winehouse
Don't Get Around Much Anymore feat. Michael Bublé
Blue Velvet feat. k.d. lang
How Do You Keep the Music Playing feat. Aretha Franklin
The Girl I Love feat. Sheryl Crow
On the Sunny Side of the Street feat. Willie Nelson
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) feat. Queen Latifah
Speak Low feat. Norah Jones
This Is All I Ask feat. Josh Groban
Watch What Happens feat. Natalie Cole
Stranger in Paradise feat. Andrea Bocelli
The Way You Look Tonight feat. Faith Hill
Yesterday I Heard the Rain feat. Alejandro Sanz
It Had To Be You feat. Carrie Underwood
When Do the Bells Ring for Me feat. Mariah Carey

12 September, 2011

10 September, 2011

Josh in London...

Looks like Josh is having fun in London.

The European leg of the tour will kick off with a performance at the Proms in the Park on Saturday 10 September. Earlier Josh had tweeted he was battling a sore throat, so fingers crossed it doesn't impede him in taking part in this show.

Here are the dates for the European leg of the tour:

14 - Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
16 - Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
18 - Falconer, Copenhagen, Denmark
20 - Grieghallen Westlandshallen, Bergen, Norway
21 - Spectrum, Oslo, Norway
23 - The Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
25 - Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
26 - Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland
30 - Philharmonie, Munich, Germany

02 - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
03 - Le Grand, Paris, France
06 - KKL Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
09 - Phillipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
11 - Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
12 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
14 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England
16 - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
18 - Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
19 - Grand Canal, Dublin, Ireland

07 September, 2011

Winnipeg review...

By Gwenda Nemerofsky of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Groban does it all with solid skill
Shows range of talents for appreciative fans in energetic show

At the MTS Centre Sunday night, Josh Groban firmly established himself as a modern-day Renaissance man. The 30-year-old multi-platinum superstar not only has a lovely and astonishingly flexible baritone voice, but is a songwriter, skilful drummer and philanthropist. Charming the crowd with his familiar hits and friendly, self-effacing patter, Groban offered up a fast-paced show complete with audience participation.

Opening with the moving Changing Colors, Groban, wearing black pants, dark jacket, white T-shirt and black-and-white runners, sat at the piano, centre arena, unperturbed by hordes of fans gathering around snapping photos.

February Song and a bass-heavy You Are Loved, both from his Awake album, followed -- perfect vehicles to highlight his rich low register and faultless (very) high notes.

Backed up by a substantial band including two violins, viola, cello, trumpet, two French horns, trombone, guitar, bass, piano and two drummers, Groban was occasionally overtaken, despite his powerful voice and even more powerful amplification. This was most evident in Alle Luce del Sole; its popular melody was all but lost in the pounding rhythm. Groban sounded best when the band kept things understated.

Aléjate (Just Walk Away), from his debut album, featured Tariqh Akoni on guitar and Groban bringing great warmth to his voice and sensitivity that sounded sincere. Only the gyrating violinist and violist vying for attention detracted from this performance.

Throughout the evening, the energetic Groban chatted with the audience, walking (accompanied by burly bodyguards) through the aisles, stopping to connect with his fans. He responded to texts from listeners, including an invitation to a sleepover from seven-year-old Aidan. He brought tenor Mitchell onstage to sing a few phrases of You Raise Me Up with him.

The atmospheric ode Bells of New York City from his recent Illuminations album was a highlight, with its beautiful melody, superb instrumentation (complete with tubular bells) and Groban's singing at its clearest and purest. We swayed to Weeping, the South African protest song Groban recorded with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 2006.

The yearning Higher Window, inspired by tough times in Groban's love life, was a resonant reach-out to the crowd, especially the ladies, who couldn't resist the vulnerable quality of his sweet high notes.

Galileo was reminiscent of John Denver's lyrical style, with projections of the planets and universe on the adaptable faux stone wall backdrop. Encore piece Play Me (Neil Diamond) rivalled the original version.

To the crowd's delight, Groban showed off his drumming expertise in two numbers. He also acknowledged a group of youngsters from Winnipeg's Graffiti Gallery, who were his guests at the concert and at a pre-concert reception. Through his Find Your Light Foundation, dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness, Groban made a donation to the non-profit youth arts centre.

Rock pianist ELEW warmed up the crowd with high-powered piano-technics, performed while in an uncomfortable-looking lunge position.

Concert Review

Josh Groban

Straight to You Tour
MTS Centre
Sept. 4 Attendance: 6500
Four and a half stars out of five

02 September, 2011

Piers Morgan interview...

Well if things go to plan, Josh should be appearing on "Piers Morgan Tonight" tonight at 9pmET/PT. Having already been bumped 2 times before, lets hope that this interview finally makes it to air. A teaser below has been been posted on the CNN website - "As a 30-year-old guy...there are times you want to go out with your band and crew, and you want to party all night."