Michael Learns To Rock
returns to wow Manila as they perform tomorrow, November 22, at the Araneta
The popular band from Denmark--composed of Jascha Richter, Kare Wanscher and Mikkel Lentz--was responsible for a string of monster radio hits "The Actor," "Sleeping
Child," "25 Minutes," "Out of the Blue," "That's Why You Go Away," "Ghost of
You," and "Paint My Love," among others.
Since 1991, Michael
Learns To Rock conquered the international music scene brought mainly by
their brand of music which basically falls under the category of pop. What sets
the band apart from other mainstream acts out there lies in their ability to
craft good tunes oozing with commercial appeal.
In a press conference
held last Wednesday, November 19, at the Holiday Inn in Ortigas, Pasig City,
singer and chief lyricist Jascha displayed humor in discussing the essential
elements of a good song.
"You got to have a chorus
and a verse," he replied jokingly. Yet and despite his deadpan demeanor, it was
evident that like any other hit songwriter, the practice of weaving words with
melody comes of naturally thus explaining Jascha's inability to address the
question in a philosophical manner.
SUCCESS. Michael Learns To Rock is one of the few Danish groups
who have managed to make a huge impact outside their home country. Even the band
members themselves expressed disbelief with their success here in Asia.
Since 1992, the band
has toured extensively including Far East countries like Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore, and the Philippines in their itinerary. As proof of the group's
success in Asia, Michael Learns To Rock back in 2001 decided to release a compilation
album titled 19 Love Songs in time
for their 2001 five-week-long tour of Dubai, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand,
Malaysia, and China. The album was launched first in Asia even before Denmark
had the album available in their racks.
Aside from chart
standings and record sales, the band members take pride in the fact that
despite achieving global recognition as a rock unit, Michael Learns To Rock
never engaged in any scandals or exploits deemed as tabloid worthy.
Looking forward to play
before their Filipino fans, Michael Learns To Rock promised to dish out the
well-loved ballads to keep the Araneta Coliseum up and singing. "That's why we're
here," assured Kare, "we're here to play all the old Michael Learns To Rock
Tickets to the MLTR concert are available at Ticketnet (Tel. No. 911-5555).