The LenneBrothers Band is a rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, and country band that emerged from The Lennerockers. In creating their own mix of these musical genres, it became their trademark. The LenneBrothers Band was founded by Michael "Ele" Koch and Stefan "Teddy" Koch.
In 1979, the piano lessons that brothers Michael "Ele" Koch (September 5, 1966) and Stefan "Teddy" Koch (September 28, 1968) took a decisive turn. The so-called "rock 'n' roll revival" artists entered the German music charts, with the band Matchbox ("Rockabilly Rebel") and singer Shakin' Stevens ("This Ole House") leading the way. From then on, it was all about rock 'n' roll for the two teenagers: Whether playing the piano, listening to the radio, or even how they styled their hair, the wild music of the 50s became an increasingly integral part of their lives.
There was, after all, a lot to discover. Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, or more contemporary bands like StrayCats or Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers had Ele and Teddy's turntable working overtime!
From The Lennerockers to the LenneBrothers Band
In 1982, they decided to start a band of their own. Calling themselves The Lennerockers , over the course of two years they experimented with different lineups until, in February 1984, they settled on one that would go on to play together for years. Inspired by where they came from (the Lenne is the river that flows through Hohenlimburg, the Koch brothers' hometown), The Lennerockers name stuck. What resulted was 32 successful years with over 2,500 concerts in 20 countries and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records (2003) for the highest rock 'n' roll concert of all time. Self-written hits on the scene such as "High Class Lady" from 1995 are still covered by many bands to this day and are a must for any rock 'n' roll record hop or country line dance event throughout the world.
New Year's Eve 2016 would be the final concert for the old lineup - after that, it was time for a change! After some personnel adjustments, there was new wind in the sails again and the group - now called the LenneBrothers Band - picked up speed straight away. The original lineup would consist of Michael Koch (piano/lead vocals), Stefan Koch (guitar/vocals), Claus Coxx (slap bass/vocals) and Andreas Kässens (drums)! Both of the other band members were already part of the extended The Lennerockers squad (Andy since 2009 and Claus since 2015) and can look back on many years of rock 'n' roll experience in various bands (Andy: Sam Spade and the Bangers / Claus: Blues Missiles). Every LenneBrothers Band live show serves as a reminder that the four of them are having serious fun.
While things didn't get started until 2017, by the end of 2018 they will again have more than 100 concerts and over 500 hours in the new tour bus under their belt.
Choo Choo Billy Train (2017)
"Choo Choo Billy Train" is the debut album of the LenneBrothers Band. With the album, brothers Michael and Stefan Koch serve up 15 lively songs that draw on the good tradition of The Lennerockers.
For "Choo Choo Billy Train", 12 of the songs were written by Michael Koch and Stefan Koch, while three - "Big Boss Man," "Turn Around," and "Some Like It Hot" - are covers that the band had already played during their live sets. The first two singles are "Rocking and Trucking" followed by "Picking Berrys."
With "Choo Choo Billy Train", which will be released on CD, as a download, and as a limited number of vinyl copies, the LenneBrothers Band are continuing along the path of The Lennerockers and playing between 60 and 100 concerts a year. You can expect cool rock 'n' roll songs paired with snappy rockabilly and a hint of country - it's sure to put you in a good mood.
Santa’s Plane (2018)
"Santa's Plane", the Christmas album from the LenneBrothers Band, incorporates plenty of the band's signature sound. It seamlessly follows the style of the previous albums and offers a mix of rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, old-school country, and a hint of the blues.
Eight original compositions from brothers Michael and Stefan Koch as well as six selected covers make for quite the varied album. The guitar work is influenced by names such as Chuck Berry on "Run Rudolph Run" and Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins on "The X In X-mas," while the piano groove in songs like "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" and "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" clearly points to Jerry Lee Lewis.
The album's opening track and first single is the upbeat "Christmas All Over Again," a rockabilly number with a very catchy melody and a chorus that will stick with you for a while.
"Santa's Plane" is the first album that will be made physical available in the United States.
…bei Kilometer 330 (2018)
"bei Kilometer 330" is the LenneBrothers Band's digital single release for their performance on the TV show "Kilometer 330".
"Kilometer 330" was broadcast from February 19, 1989 until September 6, 1992 on RTL Plus (now RTL Television). In 1998 and 1999, the "MDR Fernsehen" channel repeated some of these episodes. Now there is a new edition of the popular TV show and the LenneBrothers Band is part of the kickoff.
During the opening broadcast of "Kilometer 330", the LenneBrothers Band will sing two songs from the album "Choo Choo Billy Train".). Since "Kilometer 330" traditionally has songs with German lyrics, Michael and Stefan Koch have given both of the songs the German text treatment: "Rocking and Trucking (German Version)" as well as "Genauso soll es sein (German Version of "Great to Be Alive").