Gavin DeGraw is a New York City native, so his visit last month to record Bruno Mars cover “Grenade” and several original songs for a Top 20 Live set, he didn’t exactly have a long way to travel. Nevertheless, VH1 photographer Colin Gray got some great shots for our Music Seen feature, and we even got some feedback from DeGraw himself on some of the photographs in the series. After the jump, DeGraw’s travels from Live With Regis & Kelly to VH1 to MTV News, plus a glimpse at his style, and, of course, pit stops every step of the way for his many and adoring fans.
When we shared the Bruno Mars cover that Gavin DeGraw performed, we promised that “Grenade” was just one selection from his Top 20 Live performance, and at long last, we’re happy to present his set in full.
DeGraw kicked off the performance with a deadpan introduction: “My ex-girlfriend has nothing to do with this song. I don’t think about her at all. I’m totally unaffected.” Then he and his guitarist (his only accompanist) launched into a killer rendition of what else but his single “Not Over You.” By the time of the taping, DeGraw probably was over the object of the song, but he can sure sing like he’s not. That, plus his charm, his chops, and his musical sensibilities, are why we’re fans here.
If, as George Herbert once wrote, “Living well is the best revenge,” we’d say Gavin DeGraw has paid back the unknown assailants who assaulted him last month many times over. We hate to use the assault as a narrative device, but it’s hard not to root especially hard for the singer in light of not only the attack he experienced, but also the extent to which he took it in stride, even as he was forced to drastically alter his promotional schedule for Sweeter, which came out last week.
Well, if August was a difficult month for the singer, September feel particularly vindicating, especially now that Sweeter has debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200. Such a strong first week is a nice feather in DeGraw’s cap as he prepares to kick off a co-headlining tour with David Cook next month. We wonder if he’ll incorporate his cover of “Grenade,” which he performed here at VH1, into his sets. Stay with us for the rest of that Top 20 Live set, coming soon!
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Last week, we gave you a sneak peek at Gavin Degraw‘s Top 20 Live set, which features his cover of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. The clip has, as they say, “gone viral,” so we thought this was a perfect time to share with you the reasons why Gavin chose to cover this particular song over all the others. “Stylistically, it was close enough to what I do to have a shot at doing it effectively,” Gavin told us just moments after wrapping his set (which we’ll have for you soon, promise!). “It’s a real stand-out, as far as quality goes. It’s an exciting song to sing. [Bruno Mars] a very talented writer and producer.”
We couldn’t agree more! If you missed the cover the first time around, we’ve got it for you below…
Gavin DeGraw came by our offices this past Friday to record an exclusive Top 20 Live set for us, and we’ll have the whole set for you as soon as we can, but we were very excited about one particular song he performed, so we marked it “HIGH PRIORITY” before we put the master footage in the pneumatic tube (or, you know, however we sent it to the hardworking folks who digitize things around here).
“I’m a little nervous to perform this one,” DeGraw quipped, “as it’s very brand new. I wrote it this morning.” Then he pulled the pin on a killer cover of Bruno Mars‘s “Grenade.” He started with a lyric sheet just in case but quickly set it aside as, backed only by a guitarist, he put his own spin on You Oughta Know alum Mars’s single. We’ll have the rest of DeGraw’s Top 20 Live set as soon as we can, but we wanted to get this one out to you right away. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Gavin DeGraw has been a favorite around the VH1 halls for years now, which is why we took the news about his his brutal 4 a.m. assault on the streets of New York City especially hard. We’ve been cheering on our August Posted artist‘s recovery and gearing up for next week’s release of his latest full-length, Sweeter.
Speaking of which, Gavin popped by VH1 HQ earlier today for a Top 20 Live set, the results of which we’ll have for you next week. He was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us before the band’s soundcheck, though. We asked him about his incident last month, and whether or not he had learned any lessons from them. “Being that I’ve had thousands and thousands of great nights and just, essentially, one bad night in New York,” he explained to us, “I’ll take the odds. If New York was a casino, I’d say that those were pretty good odds.” You can check out his full video response to our question above.
Gavin DeGraw had a rough August. Not long after we joined him for Posted, he was hospitalized after being attacked(!) then hit by a taxi(!!) but with rest and care he returned two weeks later, as happy-go-lucky as ever. In this, his final Posted clip, the ever-gracious DeGraw saw fit to take a moment out of bidding a fond farewell…to apologize for his “little incident”! We’re just glad he was able to heal up and return to his leg of the Maroon 5/Train tour (You Oughta Know alum Matt Nathanson stepped in as of August 28), and impressed that despite everything he continued to keep us posted, as much as was possible, throughout the month. He’ll be announcing a new tour shortly, but in the meantime he’s begun the latest promotional push for Sweeter, due out September 20. So long, Gavin!
It has been fourteen days since Gavin DeGraw was hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of men in New York City’s East Village. VH1′s August Posted artist reached out to us last week to let us know that he was recovering, and as a follow-up, he just sent us this video message from Columbia, Maryland, which was recorded yesterday. DeGraw got back on stage yesterday for the first time since his awful assault, an event that he refers to in this video as “my little incident.” He’s currently on tour with Train and Maroon 5, and it’s great to see him fully recovered and back in high spirits.
Gavin DeGraw is currently recovering at home after being discharged from the hospital a little over a week ago, following a night which saw him get assaulted by a group of men AND subsequently hit by a taxi cab. He’s sent out a handful of tweets over the last week and some change, but we just got this exclusive update on his condition from our August Posted artist and wanted to pass it along to you guys as quickly as possible:
“Instead of checking in from the tour, I’m writing as I recover at home. I’m feeling much better, but it will take a little bit more time to be back to 100%! I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from my fans, friends, and family. I can’t wait to get back out on tour and look forward to seeing you on the road sometime soon. I’ll keep you POSTED.”
Again, we’d like to extend our best wishes to Gavin as he recuperates from this senseless assault. We look forward to seeing him get back on the road as soon as he’s back to 100%. Get well soon, buddy!
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We’d like to pass along our sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to Gavin DeGraw this morning, who is currently recovering in Bellevue Hospital after a night in which he was beaten up by thugs and then hit by a taxi. Both the New York Post and New York Daily News are reporting that popular singer, who is in stable condition, was out drinking with a group of friends in New York’s East Village late Sunday night when he was attacked by a group of men sometime around 4 a.m. He suffered a broken nose and other facial lacerations, but somehow managed to escape. Then, in an unfortunate twist, he got hit by a taxi cab, at which point he was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
His reps released the following statement:
“Gavin DeGraw is currently recovering and in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital where he was taken late Sunday night by ambulance after he was attacked by a group of assailants. He suffers from a concussion, broken nose, black eyes, cuts and bruises. The police are conducting an investigation of the attack.
Gavin and his family appreciate everyone’s concern at this time. We have no information yet regarding his upcoming concert dates and promotion for his new album.”
If you’d like to leave your well wishes with Gavin, our August Posted artist, please do so in the comments below and we’ll make sure to send them along to him as he recuperates. Again, everyone here at VH1 wishes Gavin a speedy and full recovery, and we’ll be sure to share more information on this incident with you as it emerges.