All recharged

AFTER taking time off to recuperate from the exhaustion of constant touring and promoting albums, US pop rock band OneRepublic is now well-rested, and ready to wow Malaysian fans on April 25.

The band – comprising lead vocalist Ryan Tedder, guitarists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, drummer Eddie Fisher, and bassist/cellist Brent Kutzle – will be stopping by Kuala Lumpur for a concert as part of the Asian tour for its fourth album, Oh My My.

During a recent phone interview, Brown revealed that the well-deserved break “was probably the smartest decision that could have been made at the time”.
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OneRepublic drummer Eddie Fisher talks new album, performing in Singapore and more

American pop-rock band OneRepublic are set to return to Singapore this April, after playing to a raucous crowd at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix in September last year. This time, the band will be back for their very own concert.

The band, best known for tracks like ‘Apologize’, ‘Counting Stars’, ‘If I Lose Myself’ and more are currently working on new material, which will likely be released later this year. Their last record Oh My My was released in October 2016.

Bandwagon spoke recently to OneRepublic drummer Eddie Fisher, who discussed the new record, performing in Singapore again, the early struggles of the band and more. Check out the complete interview below.
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OneRepublic to party with SRK, Deepika Padukone and other Bollywood stars

After Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Wiz Khalifa, the next international music sensation set to enthral India is OneRepublic. The American pop group, known for its hits like Apologize, Secrets, Good Life and Counting Stars, will land in the country three days ahead of their Mumbai gig on April 21.

Since it is their maiden visit, the band members are keen to explore the country. Ryan Tedder, founder of OneRepublic, tells mid-day, “We’ve wanted to visit India for years. Besides getting a chance to perform for our Indian fans, we are also excited about exploring your beautiful country.”

A source reveals that the organisers are charting out a sightseeing itinerary for them. “The cities haven’t been finalised yet, but they want to check out some historical sites.” Visiting a film set and indulging in local shopping are among the activities planned. “They will go shopping in Colaba and try desi food in Bandra.” The source adds that the organisers will throw a bash in their honour, and a guest list that includes Bollywood stars has already been drawn up. “The party will take place a day or two before the gig. Several B-Town celebrities, including Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, are likely to attend the do.”

Explaining how they managed to get the celebrated band on board, Cyrus Gorimar, director, Opium Events And Production (organisers), says, “We started the talks with their management more than six months ago. Our pre-registrations have seen a phenomenal response with more than 10,000 registrations received in just 24 hours. We are anticipating close to 15,000 fans for the event.”


OneRepublic announces maiden gig in India

American rock-pop band One Republic will be performing in India for the first time in April, and they are looking forward to exploring the “beautiful country” along with playing for the Indian audience.

The band, which is made up of Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Eddie Fisher, Drew Brown and Zach Filkins, will perform at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex here on 21 April.

In a joint statement, the band members expressed their excitement about the gig.

“We’ve wanted to visit India for years, and are beyond excited to finally get the chance to not only perform a full concert but also explore your beautiful country. See you soon,” they said.

India’s event management company Opium Events is getting the band to India.

“We have been in talks with the management since over six months now as we realise that the band enjoys a great repertoire in the country with a significant fanbase originating out of India,” said Cyrus Gorimar, Director, Opium Events And Production.

“Our pre-registrations have seen a phenomenal response with more than 10,000 registrations received in a span of 24 hours and we are anticipating close to 15,000 fans for the event.

“The production and scale of the event will be extraordinary with a multi-crore spend invested into the event,” added Gorimar, who is also an avid rock musician.

The band was formed in Colorado in the year 2002, and is credited for hits likes ‘Apologize’, ‘Secrets’, ‘Good Life’, ‘Counting Stars’ and ‘Oh My My’.

Apart from India, the Grammy-nominated band will also perform in Singapore, South Korea, China, Malaysia as part of their two-week Asia tour.