Danish band Michael Learns To Rock comes to India

Mumbai, June 12 (Calcutta Tube) Popular Danish soft rock band Michael Learns To Rock, also known as MLTR, is returning to India for the third time June 15 with the promise they will belt out many ‘songs people know’ along with tracks from their latest album ‘Eternity’.

‘This is our third time in India. We had performed in Bangalore and Chennai in 1995. And in 2004 we performed in Mumbai, Bangalore and Shillong,’ guitarist Mikkel Lentz told IANS in an e-mail interview from Denmark.

‘This time, the shows are smaller promo shows of only 40 minutes. However, we expect to see a lot of our fans and we are very excited to come back to India. I promise that a lot of the songs people know will be on the list,’ he added.

The band will land here June 15 and start their India tour with a performance June 16 at J.W. Marriott Hotel in the entertainment capital of the country, followed by Delhi June 17 at Hard Rock Cafe. Then they will finally hit Bangalore June 20 to perform at the Palace Grounds.

It’s been 20 years since MLTR played their first live-concert and have witnessed global sales of nearly 10 million copies since their debut album in 1991.

The three member band – Jascha Richter, Kare Wanscher and Lentz – are popular the world over for their songs like ‘The Actor’, ‘Sleeping Child’, ‘Someday’, ‘That’s Why (You Go Away)’, ‘Paint My Love’, ‘Breaking My Heart’, ‘Nothing to Lose’ and ‘You Took My Heart Away’ among others.

Lentz also said that they want to see different places in India. ‘We would love to go around India and see various places; we have never seen Taj Mahal. But I think that the time is too short this time,’ he said.

Formed in 1988, the Danish band started with four members. In 2000, guitarist Soren Madsen left to embark on a solo career. At a time when most bands split at the drop of a hat, the three members of Michael Learns To Rock have stuck together and are still going strong.

Asked if it wasn’t difficult to stay united, drummer Wanscher said: ‘For us, it has been difficult sometimes. But the support from our fans has always been the factor that has kept us together. There is a lot of respect between the three of us and that is also one of the reasons why we are still around.

‘We continued as a three piece band and that has been the right decision. Things are working well and we are very pleased with the situation,’ he added.

After their last album ‘Eternity’ that released in January 2009, MLTR are now working on another album.

‘We are currently recording and expect to have a new album ready later this year or in the beginning of 2011,’ said singer-keyboardist Richter.

Any message for Indian fans?

‘I just want to say that MLTR are extremely happy with the support from our Indian fans – this is the most important thing for us – so we hope to se a lot of you soon in India,’ said Wanscher.

They also revealed that they love Bollywood films and Indian music.

‘We love Bollywood films and Indian music, but can’t remember any names. Please excuse our lack of memory. We would love to collaborate with great Indian artists and all suggestions are welcome,’ said Richter.

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