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Rasmus is coming down to rock

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Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The rock season is back in Bangalore. On December 4, the Palace Grounds will come alive to "The Rasmus Live in Concert", winner of many awards worldwide.

Having won critical acclaim the world over, the last Rasmus single, "In the Shadows", had shot to the top of the charts across music billboards in the country. This year, their latest video, "No Fear", has been steadily climbing to the top position.

Tickets to the concert will be available from Saturday at all Planet M and Coffee Day outlets. Online bookings and home delivery facilities are also available. The event is presented by the Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols, along with WorldSpace satellite radio, Hutch, VH1 and Nokia, the concert.

Here is something more about the band: Paul, Lauri, Eero and Janne, the four Finnish lads of Rasmus, formed the band in 1994 at the age of 15 with a vision to change the music scene in Finland which, according to them, needed a fresh approach. They named their band Rasmus from "Trash and Mosh." "Trash" means "music" and "Mosh" means "Pit", in Finnish.

On a cold winter day, nine years ago, Rasmus stepped onto stage for the first time at their high school in Helsinki, Finland. Since then, they have received several gold and platinum records as well as numerous Finnish Grammy awards, plus a following of tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans.

In 1996, under a contract with Warner Music Finland, Rasmus released its debut album, "Peep". "Energetic, rambunctious and powerful are three words that describe the group best. Lauri, the lead singer, whose voice is full of fire and soaring beauty, is one of the most appreciated composers in Finland today," says a Rasmus follower.

Pauli, a guitarist, has been recognised as a producer (Producer of the Year at the Finnish Grammy 2001). He has also helped Finnish bands, such as Killer and Kwan, create hits of their own. "The best advice I have been giving is that if you have knowledge, you should share it." This is why he became a producer.

Eero plays the bass for the band. He finds his strength in meditation and music. "Sahaja yoga gives me peace of mind," explains the soulful bass player.

The band's drummer, Aki, joined the group in 1999. The group's second album, "Playboys", was Aki's first album as a drummer.

Rasmus's third album, "Hell of a Tester", was released in 1998, with the video for the single, "Liquid", making a regular appearance on Nordic MTV. This song was eventually voted the Song of the Year by Finnish music critics. The band achieved further recognition supporting "Garbage" and "Red Hot Chilli Peppers" in Finland.

In 2001, Rasmus signed with Playground Music Scandinavia in Stockholm and came back with a smash hit single, "F-f-f-falling." At the peak of their career, Rasmus went abroad supporting acts such as HIM, Roxette and the Spanish rock band, Dover, in Germany, Scandinavia and Latvia. At the Finnish Grammy Awards the same year, the group swept all major categories by collecting new Grammies for Best Band, Best Single, Best Rock/Pop Band and Album of the Year.