Czech pop idol Karel Gott turns 80 on Sunday. Over the course of his
career, spanning over six decades, the Czech crooner sold over 50 million
albums and collected over 40 Golden Nightingale Awards.
Although his discography covers various genres, including jazz, rock, and folk music, the Czech king of pop sung mainly about love with the most frequent words in his lyrics being “me”, “you” and “love”.
On the occasion of his 80th birthday Supraphon is releasing a collection of his greatest hits, including his very first recording from 1960.
Karel Gott, the undisputed king of Czech pop music, is celebrating his 80th birthday this Sunday. Over the course of his career, spanning over six decades, he sold over 50 million albums and collected over 40 Golden Nightingale Awards as the country’s most popular singer. Gott, who is also popular in abroad, especially in Germany and Russia, has recently successfully overcome cancer to return to the stage. On the occasion of this landmark birthday, he has recorded a new, symphonic version of his 1978 song called Jdi za štěstím, or Follow your happiness,
The 17th annual Masters of Rock festival, the biggest rock and metal event in the Czech Republic, gets underway in Vizovice in south Moravia on Thursday evening. Among the headliners of this year’s edition will be the British heavy rock band Uriah Heep, which returns to the festival after 12 years. The organizers expect over 20,000 visitors from all over the world.
Grammy-winning British musician Sting has had to cancel his sold-out Friday
concert at Slavkov, near Brno, due to illness.
The 70-year-old former frontman of The Police was also scheduled to perform this week in the European cities of Ghent, Munich and Stuttgart.
He is currently on a summer tour called Sting: My Songs, featuring the most popular songs he wrote for The Police and as a solo artist.
Some 150,000 people attended two concerts by UK singer-songwriter Ed
Sheeran in Prague on Sunday and Monday night, the organisers said. Tickets
for the first show sold out within hours so a second one was added for the
following evening. Sheeran had previously played at the city’s O2 Arena
The biggest single concert seen in Prague saw the Rolling Stones draw a crowd of 130,000 to the city’s Strahov Stadium in 1995. The following year a Michael Jackson performance at Letná Plain was attended by 120,000 people.
US opera star Renée Fleming will perform a special concert in Prague on
Tuesday celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. She will
appear at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House with the Prague Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Elli Jaffe.
Fleming, whose grandparents on one side were born in Prague, first sang in the Czech Republic in 1996. In 2009 she helped mark the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in a show organised by Václav Havel at which Joan Baez and Lou Reed also played.
One of the most accomplished Czech Jazz guitarists, Rudy Linka, first gained fame abroad after moving to Sweden in 1980 and later learning from jazz titans such as John Scofield and John Abercrombie in the USA. Today he lives mainly in New York, but has also become a popular music personality in his native Czech Republic, founding one of Europe’s biggest summer jazz festivals and hosting his own shows on Czech Television and Radio. We caught up with him in Prague, while he was preparing this year’s Bohemia Jazz Festival.
The Czech guitar manufacturer Furch Guitars has been growing steadily since the Velvet Revolution and its instruments are played by many famous musicians. Now the company has announced that it plans a big expansion in the United States, specifically to Nashville, the city many call the country music capital of the world.
Bohemia JazzFest, one of the largest summer music festivals in Europe, gets
underway on Monday evening in Prague.
Headlining on Monday at the Old Town Square is the Stefano Bollani Quartet from Italy. Also on the programme is Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and his quartet and the Lorenz Kellhuber Piano Trio from Germany.
Bohemia JazzFest was launched in 2006 by acclaimed jazz guitarist Rudy Linka. It now draws nearly 100,000 jazz fans to historic town squares throughout the Czech Republic.
All the concerts are open-air, free of charge, and feature headline performers playing in medieval settings.
English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform two concerts in
Prague within his Divide 2019 tour. His first concert at Letnany airport on
Sunday, July 7th, was sold out within hours leading the organizers to add a
second concert on Monday.
The police have warned drivers to expect traffic restrictions in the vicinity of the concert and strict security measures will be in place for concert-goers.
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