“We’ve came here many times, [starting in] 1994, and we love the Philippines.”
This is what Kare Wanscher, drummer of Danish soft rock band Michael Learns to Rock when it comes to touring and visiting the Philippines ten times and still loving the country.
So what makes desire to come back to the country? It’s all about how lovely the Filipino people are, of both young and old, said guitarist Mikkel Lentz during an interview with ABS-CBN Lifestyle, before their guesting at Showtime.
“We have a lot of great fans, both old and new, and we have been doing this for 20 years. It’s a huge pleasure,” Lentz added.
Another reason why they love the Philippines? It’s because even if they have been in the music industry for 25 years, their fan base in Asia, including the Philippines, remains solid. Also, the trio loves how Filipinos love singing, even memorizing some of their hit songs. “The Filipino fans are very good singers; [they] sing very much in tune,” said keyboardist and singer Jascha Richter.
The best example of their influence to Filipino fans has to be when one of their songs, “It’s Gonna Make Sense” was used for Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up during the eviction night portion back in 2009. “We are very glad that people appreciate the music, and that it’s still around, and it is still being used,” Lentz said.
And the song that they would dedicate to their Filipino fans? It would be “Take me to Your Heart” and “Out of the Blue,” with the latter song being memorable for them. “It was amazing to hear the audience sing [“Out of the Blue”],” Kare recalls, as they performed the song in one of their concerts in the Philippines many years ago.
With their tenth visit to the country, Michael Learns To Rock expects a lot of singing, happy fans, and a massive sing-along party. Itching to sing “25 Minutes”? Catch them live at their one night-only concert at Araneta Coliseum on September 19.