Iris (Romanian band)

Iris (Romanian Band)

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Iris is a Romanian hard rock band established in 1977 by Ioan Dumitrescu (drums), Ion Olteanu (lead solo guitar and vocals) and Emil Lechinţeanu (bass guitar). They achieved huge success, followed by tours throughout Romania and recordings for radio broadcast and are considered one of the best Romanian rock bands.In 2006, Iris were nominated at the MTV Romania Music Awards for Best Band, Best Rock and Best Live Act. They won Best Rock.


The story of Iris began in 1977 with Nuţu Olteanu, Emil Lechiteanu, Nelu Dumitrescu. Through the years, the band has experienced many line-up changes.

In 33 years of activity, Iris became one the best names in Romanian music history. At the beginning of the 1980s, the pair Cristi Minculescu - Nelu Dumitrescu, who are still present in the current line-up, played with Nutu Olteanu (guitar), Florin Ochescu (guitar) and Marty Popescu (bass guitar). Together they released a debut-album (Iris I), which included songs that became some of the most popular Romanian rock songs: Doar Pentru Voi (Only for You), Trenul Fără Naş (The Train without a Ticket-collector), Pe Ape (On Water), Cei Ce Vor Fi (The Ones to Come).

<!-- Deleted image removed: -->In 1987 Iris II was released with an extravagant cover for those times during the communist regime, a cover who represented one of Cristi's idols, Angus Young, "in action". The band's line-up was Cristian Minculescu (vocal), Nelu Dumitrescu (drums), Valter Popa (guitar), Mihai...
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