Cred: Ken Settle
Cred: Ken Settle
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.”
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.
OneRepublic will be a supporting act for Zac Brown Band on the following dates:
June 30 — Atlanta, Ga. at SunTrust Park
July 14 — Detroit, Mich. at Comerica Park
July 27 — Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park
July 28/29 — Flushing, N.Y. at Citi Field
Aug. 10 — Minneapolis, Minn. at Target Field
Aug. 31 — Seattle, Wash. at Safeco Field