Josh Groban Needs to Be Saved From Kermit-green Piano
August 8, 2014
By Bryan Alexander
Josh Groban has a penchant for large pianos, drums and memorabilia that threaten to consume his life. The crooner needs the public's help to keep the problem from getting worse.
"I'm an instrument guy. My main instruments are pianos and drums. I have five pianos and three drum sets," Groban, 33, admits. "Between instruments and chotskies, my home is filled with weird memorabilia and truck-stop shot glasses that I have collected on the road.
"I have to explain myself when people come to my home: 'I realize I may seem like Tom Hanks in Big. It's just how I do me,' " he adds.
The problem is that there is another grand piano in Groban's life. The singer/actor, who made a cameo appearance in Muppets Most Wanted, is helping to auction off a Kermit-green Yamaha Disklavier grand piano for charity.
The piano is valued at $74,000 and has been signed by eighteen Most Wanted cast members, including Groban, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais. Proceeds will benefit VH1's Save the Music Foundation, which supports instrumental music education programs in public schools.
Groban says he spent some time with the green grand piano during a recent magazine cover shoot. He got hooked tickling the ivories of the instrument, which is also a modern version of a "player piano" (allowing it to play back music).
"I would sit down and get to know it, and it's just an awesome piano that's a one-of-a-kind color — Kermit green," he says.
That means his famous frog co-star could make a bid. "As long as it's just the legs in the swamp, then the piano should be fine. Anything more, and we have a problem," Groban warns.
Or Groban himself could get in on the auction, which ends Tuesday.
"I might just make that bid, which would make this a very different conversation."
But then that would lead to the inevitable problem of where to put the new piano in the Big house.
"At some point, a really, really good woman is going to make me clean all of this up," Groban says. "But the green piano would stay. That would be non-negotiable."