SLOVAK band The Backwards, famous for its meticulous covers of Beatles songs, has won the international Beatlefest 2003 in New York, beating out 43 other cover bands.
The Backwards, comprising Dalibor Štroncer, Miro Džunko, František Suchanský, Daniel Škorvaga, and Dino Zsiga, won this contest five years ago too.
"The competition was very strong and we were not sure we would win at all," Dzunko told the TASR news agency.
The victory was decided by the applause of the 2,000-strong audience in New York Congress Hall, who were apparently mesmerised by the Slovaks' performance. The Backwards have received many offers to play in the US, and the band is currently getting ready to play for Slovak expatriates in America.
"We will come back to Slovakia in three weeks, but then we will be going overseas again," Dzunko added.
7. Apr 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA