Influenced musically by the rock ‘n’ roll revival in the early eighties when Matchbox, Shakin’ Stevens and the Stray Cats dominated the European charts, the 5 school friends teamed up in February 1984 to form the band called The Lennerockers. The brothers Michael Ele Koch (banjo & vocals) and Stefan Koch (piano), as well as Frank Butgereit (guitar), Michael Schott (drums) and Dieter Korth (upright bass), who all grew up in Hohenlimburg an der Lenne, were able to book the first appearance at the local riding club after just 3 weeks in the rehearsal room or children’s room.
With strong logistical and financial support from parents and grandparents, it was possible to release the first LP in 1986 and an old beverages store was reconstructed as an official rehearsal room.
Over 2.200 concerts in 20 countries and the sale of more than 50.000 sound recordings are already a ballpark figure. Over the years The Lennerockers have shared stages with many international stars such as Fats Domino, Wanda Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Mark Chesnutt etc.
A world record was even set in 2003 resulting in an entry in the Guinness Book of Records (German edition, page 258). The concert at the highest altitude in music history took place at a flying altitude of 11948.16 meters in a Boeing 757-300 that had been chartered especially for The Lennerockers.
The Lennerockers amaze their fans time and again with highlights such as fan trips to Malta, Bulgaria or Majorca, Mediterranean cruises or concerts at 502 meters below ground (Merkers potash and salt mine).
Covered by many country and rock’n’roll bands, the Lennerockers’ own composition “High Class Lady” is a floor-filler in English jive clubs and, choreographed as “My new life”, is established as a line dance hit from Canada to Singapore.
At the end of 2016 The Lennerockers parted ways. Michael “Ele” Koch and Stefan Koch continue making music as the LenneBrothers Band. The LenneBrothers Band is signed to AGR Television Records.