New Delhi: For the 80s child, Michael Learns to Rock is the stuff of legend.
The Danish band which brought out classic hit songs like “Sleeping Child”, “The Actor” and “Paint My Love” is now set for its most extensive tour yet of India with gigs lined up in Guwahati, Dimapur, Kolkata and Goa beginning tomorrow in Gurgaon.
The occasion is part of silver jubilee celebrations of the group titled ’25 Live’.
“In India we have the most energetic and crazy fans. We love to meet our fans in India and to see the smile in their eyes when we play for them. The whole vibe about India is great and gives us a lot of fantastic and unforgettable moments that we couldn’t live without,” says Kare Wanscher, the band’s drummer.
Besides Wanscher, the band formed in 1988 originally as a high-school cafe band, comprises singer-keyboard player Jascha Richter and guitarist Mikkel Lentz.
The rock band’s previous performances in the country includes one of its “most memorable concerts” in Shillong in 2005 where it recorded a live album on the show besides a three-city gig in 2010.
A live album titled “The Live Musical Adventures of Michael Learns to Rock-I Walk This Road Alone” featured 14 live audio recordings mostly from its September 2005 concert at Shillong.
The band, had also played in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru in June 2010 to promote its album “Eternity”.
The group inspired by the late King of Pop Michael Jackson for their rather peculiar name MLTR, has recorded eight studio albums and sold over 11 million records worldwide.
“Ever since our last visit to India we have wanted to come back and play in more Indian cities. For some reason it has taken a long time to make it happen. If it was all up to us we would tour many more cities in India, but a lot of things have to fall in place to make that happen,” says Kare Wanscher, the the band’s drummer.