An Inside Peek into Day 2 of Rehearsals for the Grammys
Welcome back to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles—across the street from the L.A. Live complex, which, as one tourist helpfully exclaimed while I was getting my coffee, is “totally like the Times Square of L.A.!”—for day two of Grammy rehearsals. No press releases about new performers came out, but if Friday’s roster of stars doesn’t make you want to watch the show, you are never going to watch the show. After the jump: Dave Matthews Band, Maxwell, Green Day (with the cast of American Idiot), Black Eyed Peas, and Taylor Swift.
I have not purchased a Dave Matthews Band album since Crash, but the driving rendition of “You and Me” he’s doing on the telecast has persuaded me to go out and get Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. “My idea!” he enthusiastically crowed about the arrangement, a USC Marching Band-sized effort with a killer breakdown that showcased 1) Matthews’ oddly Pee-wee Herman-esque dance moves and 2) the Grammy Jazz Ensembles’ eight-piece horn section, made up of high school students from around the country. “They’re badass, aren’t they?” said Matthews after his run-through. “They’re outrageous players, and they’ve obviously put a lot of time and work into getting where they are. They’re so precise, so it’s a great experience for me.”