R5 Covers Prince at The Greek

For years, R5 has been covering “Let’s Go Crazy” at various tour stops. With the untimely death of their idol Prince, they have released their version of it from last year’s concert at the Greek Theater. Set to various tour pictures, and edited by the lovely Rydel, you can hear just how much Prince’s music influenced them. Here’s hoping they continue to cover this epic tune in the future.

Prince was and will always be a very big inspiration to us as a band. His lyrics, the melodies, the guitar solos, the groove, the vibe, the music – – such an insane amount of talent. I think Justin Timberlake said it best, “not a ‘once in a lifetime’ kind of artist, more like ‘once in forever’. We have played this song on tour quite a bit and it always brings so much energy to the show. There is nothing quite like a Prince song, and “Let’s Go Crazy” has always been one of our favorites and we thought we’d share it with you all, in memory of one of our favorite artists, Prince.

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Two Amazing BTS Videos From R5

The last couple days we have been treated to not one but two outstanding videos featuring R5. The first, from R5’s Vevo Channel takes a look at the process of recording Sometime Last Night, touring, and how the band connects with their fans. Check out The State Of R5!

The second, entitled “Sound Bites” comes from Fusion, and takes a more behind the scenes look at the tour and the family dynamic the band shares.

Philly CBS Affiliate Interviews Ross Lynch

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In anticipation of tonight’s R5 concert in Philadelphia, Ross Lynch chatted with CBSPhilly about R5’s success, his various hobbies, and breaking away from the Disney image.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — R5 is known as a teen pop family band from Littleton, Colorado, but they’re more than just a factory assembled Disney creation. Brothers Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, sister Rydel Lynch and family friend Ellington Ratliff are crafting tight, energetic pop gems that spring from their own creativity.

It wasn’t always the case, but after the success of 2013’s debut album Louder, they decided to take more control over their music. Nineteen-year-old singer Ross Lynch explains as he waits for his flight to Philadelphia.

“The first record was a little less like that, but this new record, Sometime Last Night, actually, almost all the songs are written by members of the band. Which is really really special for us personally because they’re the songs that relate more to us and we just feel more connected to the songs, especially when we’re playing them live” says Lynch. “We just wanted to make something a little more personal to us.”

The result is something much more mature then what you would expect from a band whose oldest member is twenty-three.

So is Ross Lynch. At nineteen he’s flooded with an army of teenage affection. The internet is packed with fan sites for the young singer. Headlines like “Ross Lynch Shirtless” and “What’s Ross Lynch’s Favorite Physical Feature” are routine, yet he seems confident and unaffected as it swirls around him.

“As time goes on you just learn to accept it, and you just kind of learn to appreciate the fans. You just try to make the best of all the situations you’re put into and all the opportunities that come from that” says Lynch. “It’s still pretty flattering. How could it not be? But, what’s flattering about it though is, it’s not necessarily that the teenage girls that want to have my hair or anything. It’s more about the teenage girls that want to listen to the music and want to come to a show and be a part of something for that one night, and remember an amazing night of music. For me personally it’s more about the art, because that’s the real reason I’m doing all of this.”

Even beyond R5, Ross Lynch’s teen celebrity profile is high. In addition to making music with his family, he stars in the Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally”, playing Austin Moon who, surprise, is a talented and outgoing singer.

Disney is a culture, and some of their alumni have taken epic left turns after their mouscaping days are over. Look no further than Miley Cyrus dressed like a sexy candy dish at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. According to Lynch though, it doesn’t seem like a rebellion against the Disney system, as much as it is people being people.

“When you’re a part of the Disney family per se, they do kind of give you guidelines. Like listen, don’t post any nudes, or anything like that obviously. But I actually don’t think the rebelling is because you were a part of Disney. I don’t think that’s it” says Lynch. “People start to think that because you come from Disney that you’re a certain way, or people just perceive you in a certain light that a lot of people don’t want to be perceived as…When you come out of Disney you have a certain perception that people think of you, and I think that’s just what people want to break, and they just do it with extreme measures.”

“You are perceived to be such an angel, and really you’re just an actor that booked a job. But everyone thinks that it’s who you are, like they found you. They like raised you. But really it’s just a good job.”

Lynch is done filming for the Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally”, now focused on a few remaining shows in the states before taking R5 to Europe. His schedule has been very busy, but he still finds time to enjoy life outside of music and acting.

“I’ve managed to keep myself sane by my other hobbies. I’m getting my pilot’s license right now. I eventually want to get a motorcycle. Certain things like that. I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie. I also play hockey. I also, yes I’m very interested in women” laughs Lynch. “I have a good family too, and we all keep each other grounded.”

To see video of Ross’s interview, click here

Magic With Collins Key And R5!

J-14 exclusively premiered the first episode of Collins Key’s new series Bus Hoppers, featuring R5. You may remember Collins showing off his magic prowess in R5’s recent video “All Night”. In Bus Hoppers, he visits the band during their stop in New Jersey and proceeds to blow their minds with an insane Magic trick. Check it out!