Music to echo during summer nights in Istanbul
ISTANBULMany internationally known artists and bands are preparing to come to Turkey within the scope of various events and meet their Turkish fans during the summer.
Among them is one of the world’s most important pianists Australian David Helfgott, who will come to Turkey within the scope of his last world tour. Helfgott will take the stage once again in the city on April 15 at the Istanbul Congress Center.
The film “Shine,” which brought actor Geoffrey Rush a Best Actor Oscar award in 1996, made Helfgott famous in many countries. Helfgott’s album, “The Last Great Romantic, Rachmaninoff,” sold more than 4 million copies around the world and received special commendation from Billboard magazine.
Helfgott is also one of the rare pianists who can play all of the pieces of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3.
One of the bands to come to Istanbul as part of their world tour for the first time will be rock’n’roll legendary Aerosmith. The band will take the stage at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Stadium on May 14. The band’s world tour complements their first solo album after 11 years. The band’s 15th album, titled “Music From Another Dimension” was out at the end of 2013.
Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold albums by an American group and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums from an American group. The band was included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
The band is made up of Steven Tyler (vocal), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drum) and Brad Whitford (guitar).
Winner of American Music Awards
U.S. pop singer Justin Timberlake will visit the country as part of his world tour and take the stage May 26 at the ITU Stadium. This will be his first solo performance in Turkey. Currently, the singer’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” and “The 20/20 Experience” album are out on the market.
This year at the American Music Awards (AMA), Timberlake was the big winner along with the British boy band One Direction.
French dance music phenomenon and producer David Guetta will be in Istanbul on June 27 with a concert at Küçükçiftlik Park featuring a DJ set.
Guetta is known for his collaborations that have become hits on charts and music lists around the world. He is best known for his duets with performers such as Chris Willis and on chart-toppers such as Fergie and LMFAO’s “Gettin’ Over You,” Nicki Minaj’s “Turn Me On” and Sia’s “Titanium.”
Guetta has won many awards, including Grammys, and also wrote, produced and was featured on Rihanna’s seventh studio album, “Unapologetic.” He has also created a new record label known as Jack Back Records.
Heavy metal icon Metallica is preparing for its fifth appearance in Istanbul, having previously performed in the city in 1993, 1999, 2008 and 2010. “We’re excited to make our fifth trip to Istanbul, Turkey, on July 13 to extend the European run of ‘By Request’ dates,” the group said on its website.
The band embarked on a series of South American and European gigs in March as part of a tour called “By Request,” which gives ticket holders a chance to vote on what songs they would like to hear at the show they attend. Those who buy tickets online will receive an email with a code and a link to a site on which they can choose the songs they would like to be played by the band at the gig.
Formed in 1981, the band has been one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 110 million records worldwide.
The Metallica concert will be opened with “One” and “Master of Puppets,” the songs most voted for in many cities.
Canadian legend rock musician Neil Young will be at Küçükçiftlik Park with Crazy Horse on July 15.
Young has directed a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt.
Young is also an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers.