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IRIS is a Romanian hard rock band. It was established in 1976 by Ion Dumitrescu (drums), Olteanu (lead solo guitar and vocals) and Emil Lechiteanu (bass guitar). They achieved a huge success, followed by tours throughout Romania and recordings for radio broadcast.

After the revolution

The democratic regime installed after 1989 offered the group a chance they couldn't have in the communist regime. They started appearing on TV and having tours in Italy. They celebrated the 15th anniversary at the international rock festival in 1991 and 1992 beside Gillian and Uriah Heep.

The present members are:

  1. Ion Dumitrescu (drums)
  2. Cristi Minculescu (vocalist)
  3. Valter Popa (led solo guitar and acustic guitar)
  4. Doru Borobeica, or Boro (bass guitar)

The albums

  • The first album,IRIS 1 was produced by Electrocord in 1983 when the vocalist Cristi Minculescu joined the group.
  • The second album, IRIS 2, was produced 1986.
  • In 1988 IRIS 3 appeared, but this is the year when the rock group was suspended. The fans sent thousands of letters to the officials demanding the return of IRIS, and that happend.
  • 1994 - The best of...IRIS, contains songs from the first four albums
  • 1996 - Luna Plina
  • 1998 - Mirage, kind of a mistic album with hard songs and with meny minings
  • 1999 - IRIS 2000
  • 2000 - Athenevm - a collection from a live concert at the athenum in Bucharest
  • 2002 - Da, da eu stiu
  • 2002 - Matase Alba

External link

iris online (http://www.irisonline.ro)

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