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Switzerland Rocks! Lady Gaga, Shakira and then Elton John for the Holidays

Nightlife — By Sonja Holverson on November 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm
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Who says nothing happens in Switzerland? Just Alphorns and cows. Ha! We’ve been getting some big stars and we’re loving it. Sting was just here and this Sunday my pals and I are enroute to Zurich for the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour (I’ve had my wardrobe planned for months. In fact I wore it on Halloween!)

Yes, I’m going to rock with Stefan Joanna Angelina Germanotta, her ladyship, who is taking the world literally by storm. Loaded with talent for song writing and performing (and getting tons of attention), Lady Gaga, born March 28, 1986 is best known for her smash singles such as *Poker Face” and “Bad Romance”. And this is not her first Swiss visit.

Lady Gaga: image courtesy of viagogo.co.uk

The Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour is going to be held at Hallenstadion Wallisellenstrasse 45 in Zurich, Sunday November 14 and Monday, November 15. It will take weeks before the Zurich bankers will be able to calm down. There are very few tickets left but if you are around Zurich this is the place to be.

Lady Gaga: image courtesy of zimbio.com

The Waka Waka Star: Shakira

Just a couple days afterwards is Shakira in Zurich at the Hallenstadion November 17, 2010 (I have to teach then and rest up after the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour) but it will be BIG. Starting her career mostly in Latin America, Shakira born in Colombia as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (February 2, 1977), has more talent than only singing and song writing as is evident in her (belly dancing style) dancing. Shakira is also a philanthropist and was a guest of President Obama at a 2009 inaugural event.

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, by Shakira, was chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, The song has become a worldwide smash hit, selling more than 4 million copies and becoming the biggest selling World Cup song ever. She has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated.

Shakira at the “Rock in Rio Concert”, 2005: image courtesy of Andres Arranz Wikimedia commons

Next up for the Holidays: Sir Elton

A living legend since the 1970s, Sir Elton Hercules John, knighted in 1998, will make an exceptional appearance in Geneva Sunday, December 19 along with percussionist virtuoso Ray Cooper.  Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is admired as a song writer, singer, musician and known for his eccentric attire as well as his humanitarian engagement especially against AIDS. This Englishman is one of the most adored celebrities in the world. Documenting an entire generation with his works selling more than 250 million records, he has had one of the longest careers in the music industry and every one of his concerts has been a jewel. Sir Elton has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.

On Stage 2008: image courtesy of Richard Mushet on Flickr

Ray Cooper has accompanied such great musicians on stage and in the recording studio as Pink Floyd, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Sting and Eric Clapton. He has worked on the majority of Elton John’s albums since the 1970s. In his own right, he was invited in February 2009 to participate with the world’s greatest percussionists in a charity performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. United in perfection, the two masters will revisit the great classics in a completely new orchestration together. There will be the great Elton John classics such as Nikita, Must Be The Hardest Word or Tiny Dance, but orchestrated exclusively for this concert.

The duo were just in Bordeaux, France on October 1, 2010. Have a listen to “Gone to Shiloh” from “The Union”.

The Arena de Geneve is at the Geneva International Airport, 3, Route Des Batailleux  and is easily accessible by train from most parts of Switzerland. Avoid the traffic. However, if you must drive from another destination, know that there are 5’000 parking places and several hotels at the airport in which you could overnight.

There are just a few tickets left.

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