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LRB back without AB this Thursday

  • Published at 09:59 pm January 22nd, 2019
Poster of LRB's concert without AB
LRB will be seen performing live at Crème De La Crème Coffee in Gulshan 2 this Thursday from 7pm-10pm, with a special guest artiste, Balam | Facebook

The band will take the stage this Thursday with the three remaining members: Swapan on Bass, Romel on drums and Masud on lead guitar

After the untimely demise of the legend Ayub Bachchu (AB), his band Love Runs Blind (LRB) has finally decided to perform live again, albeit without their front-man, as the “show must go on.” LRB will be seen performing live at Crème De La Crème Coffee in Gulshan 2 this Thursday from 7pm-10pm, with a special guest artiste, singer Balam.

Saidul Hasan Swapan, the bassist of LRB, confirmed the news to Dhaka Tribune Showtime: “We have gone through a very tough time for the last three months. We truly felt helpless without our leader. However, we are musicians and Bachchu bhai said ‘show must go on.’ We do music for a living, and that is what we will do till our deaths, just as Bachchu bhai. We have been continuously practicing for the last few days. We are trying to turn our despair into inspiration.”

Previously it was hinted by the manager and sound engineer of LRB Shamim Ahmed, that LRB was in search of a new vocalist, however, someone new has not been found. It was also allegedly heard, that AB’s son Ahnaf Tazwar will take the helm of the band, but that is also not happening.

In regards to these queries Swapan said: “Well, we are searching for a new vocalist. We plan to do a nationwide search through the help of some television channels. Shamim is seeing to all that. However, we cannot stop our live performances for the sake of that search, as it reduces band’s brand value. We hope to continue live performances with guest musicians, or hired musicians. Our drummer Romel has significant experience of singing, and he will sing some songs on Thursday.”

The band will take the stage this Thursday with the three remaining members: Swapan on Bass, Romel on drums and Masud on lead guitar. 

LRB fans may have speculated that Masud will replace AB, as he worked as his backing vocals for all these years. However, Swapan confirmed that the practices leading up to Thursday’s show will be run with Romel on vocals.  

In answer to whether there will be a new drummer at LRB Swapan replied to reporters: “No. Drums will also be played by Romel. It will not be a problem, as he has experience of playing and singing simultaneously.”

The last performance of LRB was at Chittagong’s MA Aziz stadium, where Tazwar sang in his father’s stead. The band plans to regularly play live in the forthcoming days. 

LRB founder and front-man Ayub Bachchu passed away on October 18 last year after returning to Dhaka from a live concert at Rangpur. His death sent out shockwaves of grief through the entire music community of South East Asia.