Miles to celebrate 40th anniversary
Popular rock band Miles is all set to celebrate its 40th founding anniversary through concerts in different countries. The band is going to perform at concerts in the USA, Canada, Australia and Bangladesh as part of the celebration tour, said members of the band at a press conference at Tawfiq Aziz Khan Seminar Hall, Kawran Bazar on June 17. Miles members Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Manam Ahmed, Syed Ziaur Rahman Turjo and Iqbal Asif were present at the press conference.
The current lineup of the band comprises of Shafin Ahmed (vocal and bass), Hamin Ahmed (vocal and guitar), Manam Ahmed (keyboard and vocal), Syed Ziaur Rahman Turjo (drums and percussion) and Iqbal Asif Jewel (guitar).
Miles will perform at around 22 concerts in the United States, Canada and Australia. Returning home, the band will perform at road shows in four divisions in the country- Chattogram, Rajshahi, Shylet and Khulna. The celebration programme will end with a gala concert to be held at International Convention City Basundhara in the capital.
Miles is a country's rock band formed in Dhaka in 1979 by Happy Akhand. It is one of the pioneering rock bands in Bangladesh. They helped develop the style of rock music in Bangladesh with their blues and jazz influenced styles. They are widely considered as one of the most popular rock bands in Bangladesh and West Bengal. They have released nine studio albums and some compilation. The band came to public attention during the early and mid 1980s public music shows in Chambeeli Super Club and Hotel Intercontinental. They were part of the Bangladeshi rock scene that emerged in the early 1990s to mid 90s.
Miles rose to mainstream fame during the early 1990s with rock bands like LRB, Nagar Baul and Ark which were also part of the Bangladeshi rock scene. They released their self titled debut studio album Miles in 1982, which contained English numbers. They released their second album A Step Further in 1986. After the band's founder Happy Akhand died in 1987, the band struggled for few years. After four years, they released their third studio and first Bengali album 'Protishuriti' in 1991, which received well success. Their fourth album 'Protasha' had sold over 300 thousand copies in Bangladesh and is still the best selling album in Bangladesh.