By Elvis Duran
Happy 2013! I hope your holidays were fantastic and that you were able to participate in a lot of recreational drinking during your various festivities…like us at Z100. We had an absolutely amazing December here at The Elvis Duran Morning Show - busy as ever! My highlight was hosting NYC’s highly anticipated 2012 Z100 Jingle Ball Concert at MSG. The show is definitely Z100’s “crown jewel” and has truly become one of the hottest holiday “must attend” events here in Manhattan. This year’s line-up was truly electrifying thanks to the biggest artists in the world all agreeing to perform at one exclusive concert: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo, One Direction and The Wanted, just to name a few!
In addition to Z100’s New York Jingle Ball concert, I also hosted our Philadelphia Q102 Jingle Ball concert, the Y100 Jingle Ball concert in Miami, then ended my wild musical trip by hosting our very first Power 96.1 Jingle Ball concert in Atlanta. As always, there are so many moving parts “behind the scenes” during these monster concerts and it’s always an honor to be a part of musical history. I look forward to the backstage excitement that is bound to happen during Jingle Ball season. Here is an exclusive glimpse of what goes on:
Justin Bieber – Justin is such a good friend of the show. It’s been great to watch him step up his musical game this year and continue to grow as an artist. I’ve witnessed many young talents rise to the top, but Justin is truly dedicated and determined to be the very best at what he does - for himself and for his fans. Recently, there have been various media reports about Justin, yet I can attest that he is a true gentleman who is always pleasant backstage and will show up on time to give an amazing performance, despite whatever other distractions may be going on off-stage. I was happy to have had the opportunity to catch up with him during the show and, once again, witness his positive energy. He’s a true professional.
The Wanted – By now, all of my listeners know that our morning show has a crush on these British pop stars. There is a lot of competition out there, but these boys never fail to get everyone pumped with their high-energy performance. I even got a personal shout-out during their set at MSG. It’s fast becoming tradition for me to go wish them luck backstage before they go on and every time I enter their dressing room, they all erupt with excitement and we share tons of laughs (at their expense of course!) We even had a Lindsay Lohan sighting in their dressing room a few times. We’ll leave it at that.
Ne-Yo - Let us all profess our love for Ne-Yo. I cannot even begin to express the level of talent that exudes from this guy. Ne-Yo really knows how to make a memorable impression for his fans while performing. People were out of their chairs dancing, screaming, singing - you can’t help it! He has a knack for getting everyone to feel the music. Ne-Yo is a great friend, so I also loved having him on our radio show the morning of Z100’s New York Jingle Ball concert to kick off the day! I hear we can expect to continue see great things from him…
I LOVE ED!!!! This guy is just fantastic. Ed was such a nice guy that he went out of his way to make sure I met him before his performance at the Jingle Ball concert. I could immediately tell that he has what it takes to maintain longevity in this cut throat business. We had a lot of fun catching up backstage and it was incredible to hear how passionately everyone was screaming for him. Between us, the screams actually sounded loudest for him out of all the performers! That said, we had more requests for “meet and greets” with Ed than any other artist performing that evening. Please become a fan - I know I am!!!
Enrique is obviously at the top of our Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show “crush list.” He is extremely dedicated to his craft, but is the first one to know how to make backstage exciting and memorable with his unique humor and pranks. This year, Enrique brought his beautiful girlfriend, Anna Kournikova, to one of the shows. We always love to see Anna (Hello! She is gorgeous!), but I personally think Enrique may be a little prettier. Luckily for me, the feeling is quite mutual (as you can see,Enrique decided to lick my ear). That’s got to mean something, right??
Year after year, it’s truly an honor to have a job that I love and which allows me to interact with the most talented musicians in the world. I had so much fun this year at all of our concerts, and I encourage you to come out next year and join the party!
Please check out www.elvisduran.com for more of Z100’s Jingle Ball show.