James Arthur talks touring with OneRepublic

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You may be seeing more of that when you hit the road with OneRepublic this summer!

Yeah! I’m beyond stoked for that, it’s going to be sick. I’ve never done a full band show in America and my first one is going to be supporting OneRepublic [Laughs]. We’ve done a lot of acoustic kind of stuff here, but I can’t wait to show people the whole production.

Ryan Tedder is one of the best in the world, in terms of singer-songwriters. I was told that they were fans of me and asked and I was like “Are you f–king kidding me?” It was a no-brainer. It’s weird about him saying that my voice is bonkers — I was fangirling over that for a good full week. Hopefully we’ll drag him on our tour bus while we’re there and get him to produce me a couple of songs.

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OneRepublic opens for U2 this weekend; Ryan Tedder says, “I wanna do the whole tour!”

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Even for a Grammy-winning artist who’s worked with music’s biggest names, being invited to open for U2 is a huge deal. That’s why OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is so excited that Sunday, his band will open the first of several shows for the rock legends, who’re on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree.

“Joshua Tree was the album that made me fall in love with U2,” Ryan tells ABC Radio. “I was, like, four [years old], maybe younger…when it came out. And…I’ve loved them ever since.”
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Kidsday meets OneRepublic

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We had the great opportunity to meet with OneRepublic at Irving Plaza in Manhattan recently. Talking to the band was an amazing experience. Band members were all easygoing and very funny. They also said they love talking to kids, so we were at ease from the very beginning.

The band formed in 2002. Ryan Tedder, the lead singer, did most of the talking during our interview, and he made us laugh a lot.
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