The MLTR concert was a roaring success. The music and
screaming fans made a great combination and created a thrilling
atmosphere. Anushika Gunawardana caught the memorable event
the record, let it be stated that the rain – the little that
poured down before the show started – stopped nobody. The
collective vibes of the droves of MLTR fans gathered at the grounds
were enough to send away those threatening clouds and make the show
the success that it was. They had all come to witness Michael Learns
To Rock perform live in Sri Lanka, and that’s exactly what
has always been a popular household favourite and their music has
always made its way into many a request show. Hence the large turn
out and the enthusiastic crowd participation. Whether young or old
many knew the words of the band’s hits by heart and were able
to enjoy the show to the fullest and join in whenever they could.
There were even young children balanced on their parents’
shoulders, watching in amazement both the eye-catching show as well
as those around them who erupted into song or screamed away to show
support. That is what is unique about MLTR; that irrespective of
age, one can at some point catch a lyric that is familiar and feel
compelled to sing along.
show was a mix of old MLTR favourites and new tracks taken off their
latest album. Time-honoured hits which included many love ballads
such as “Out Of The Blue”, “Breaking My Heart”,
“25 Minutes” and “Paint My Love” were received
with much applause and passion. Jascha Richter, the lead singer
and key board player, said that the band had to dig out their old
lyrics when it came to performing a song such as “The Actor”
which remains one of their earliest chart-breaking hits. This song
is one of the classics that will always be associated with MLTR-memory
for their Sri Lankan fans. Also included were fast tracks such as
“Someday”, “There Is Something You Should Know”
and “Angel Eyes” which gave enough and more reason for
everyone to join in with much gusto.
Learns To Rock also performed “Sleeping Child”, yet
again an old favourite of the crowds. In a touching gesture the
band referred to the song as a ‘peace song’; a special
selection owing to the prevailing situation in the country. Another
memorable instance was their decision to make a music video using
the crowds for a song from their new album. That certainly got the
fans all impatient with excitement for it is indeed a rare opportunity
to be featured in a music video of a band of international calibre.
from their new album were also part of their repertoire and included
the likes of “Take Me To Your Heart” and “Final
Destination”. Although many didn’t know the lyrics to
sing along to, they can always claim that they were among the first
to have heard these tracks – performed live as well! Plus
the band also gave their fans an early Christmas treat with “Upon
A Christmas Night”; a Christmas offering, the single, which
will be released later this year.
did two cover versions of famed tracks – “Take On Me”
by A-HA and “Jump”. Both were instant crowd pullers
and got many a fan on their feet and indeed jumping up and down.
who could forget the crowds... Some had brought along posters of
the band and were enthusiastically waving them around. When the
ballads got the fans moving to the slow beat, almost everyone had
their hands up in the air and some even waved around their lighters
for effect. Then there were loyal expatriate fans with Danish flags
draped around their shoulders and children with small Danish flags,
displaying patriotic fervour. The atmosphere was undoubtedly charged
both with emotion and energy. They jiggled their bodies to the fast
beats and put their arms around each other and swayed to the slow
rhythms of the ballads. The band took them through various paces
with ease and skill and everyone was able to feel a part of the
Learns To Rock comprising Jascha Richter (lead vocals, keyboards),
Mikkel Lentz (guitar) and Kare Wanscher (drums) also had a new addition
to the band in the form of a new female bass guitar player, Eda,
who received a hefty round of applause upon introduction.
years and years of experience to their name, MLTR pulled off the
show without a glitch. At one point it seemed as if there was a
power cut which earned a huge outcry from the fans, only to find
out that that was designed to make way for an acoustic rendition
from Jascha. The guitar riffs by Mikkel, especially on songs such
as “25 Minutes” and “That’s Why You Go Away”
– which by the way are done specially for live shows –
completely rocked the crowd and earned him a number of new fans.
in all Michael Learns To Rock – Live In Colombo was a great
show and was well executed. Whether you are a die-hard fan of the
band or just discovering their style, there was something for everyone.
The expectant faces at the start turned into happy and satisfied
faces by the end. Everyone assuredly had a good time. If the hand-waving,
flag-flying, head-bopping, screaming fans were not enough of a testimony
for this, then the sore throats the next morning would undoubtedly
have been so!
Learns To Rock – Live In Colombo was held on October 6 at
CR & FC, Colombo 7. The Asian tour coordinators were Midas Promotions
and Showdiff Worldwide (who also produced and managed the show).
The hospitality partner was the Taj Samudra, Colombo and the travel
partner was Jetwing. The official electronic media sponsors were
MTV, Sirasa TV, YES FM and Classic Radio. The official print media
sponsors were The Sunday Times, Hi Magazine and the Daily Mirror.