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Photos: Michael Learns To Rock Live at The Festival 2015, Kolkata

The Danish pop rockers charmed the Indian audience once again at this sing-along gig as part of a five-city national tour

Rolling Stone India Dec 20, 2015
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Michael Learns to Rock at the Festival in Kolkata. Photo: Margub Ali

Michael Learns to Rock at the Festival in Kolkata. Photo: Margub Ali

The ninth edition of Kolkata festival series The Festival proved to us that genre is no bar. In the past, they’ve hosted the likes of Finnish industrial rockers Poets of the Fall, Australian prog rock band Karnivool and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal. This year, the Festival brought back to India another yesteryear act, Danish pop rock band Michael Learns To Rock [MLTR] on December 17th.

There is very little contention to MLTR’s continued popularity in India as well as Asia, a connection that the band has kept strong ever since they debuted in the country in 1996. Frontman Jascha Richter still considers their 2005 show in Shillong as one of their most memorable concerts to date. MLTR last visited the country in 2010, to promote their seventh album Eternity.

As part of their Asia tour, which included stops in Delhi, Guwahati, Dimapur, Kolkata and Goa, Jascha Richter, Mikkel Lentz and Kare Wanscher stuck to the hits at the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club’s crowded house. While there was a spot of rain that could have played spoilsport, nothing came in the way of the anthemic choruses to songs such as “Someday,” “Paint My Love”and “Breaking My Heart.”

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Photos by Margub Ali

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