woensdag, mei 17, 2017

Kristoffer Gildenlöw on bass

The bass player on the new Kayak album is a wellknown name in the prog scene: Swedish-born Kristoffer Gildenlöw will play 4 (or more) strings on '17'... Now living in The Netherlands, Kristoffer is (probably) best known as a member of Pain Of Salvation. After leaving that band in 2006, he worked with Neal Morse, Damian Wilson and many, many others.

dinsdag, april 18, 2017

Drummer on the new album: Lean Robbemont

Drums on the new Kayak album are played by Lean Robbemont (1986). As he is busy with many other artists, bands and projects, it is not certain if he will also play with Kayak on the upcoming tour.
You can hear Lean on the 4th demo of 'Cracks'.

maandag, april 10, 2017

New CD Box in june 2017

In june 2017, Universal Records will release "Journey Through Time', a box with all Kayak studio albums, 2 CD's with bonus material, plus an empty space to give room to the new album...

woensdag, maart 29, 2017

Line-up. march 2017

A picture of the first 3 members of the 2017 Kayak line-up. From left to right: Marcel Singor (guitar), Bart Schwertmann (vocals) and a keyboard player...

vrijdag, maart 17, 2017

New Kayak vocalist: Bart Schwertmann

Today, an updated version of the 'Cracks'-demo can be heard. It introduces the new lead vocalist: Bart Schwertmann. An experienced singer, Bart really got into the picture in the year 2000, when he won the Dutch Soundmix Show (which was one of the most popular TV-shows at the time) with a rendition of 'Getsemaneh' from Jesus Christ Superstar. Since then, he has worked in many bands, like Boulevard, VanderLinde and Galaxy. As you can see, he also plays quite a bit of guitar and bass... check him out on YouTube!
with his band Galaxy, 1997
Galaxy, 1991
Galaxy CD from 1991

zondag, februari 19, 2017

Kayak (20)17

Although this is a 'Kayak history' blog, let's take a look at the present and the near future. Ton Scherpenzeel has found new energy and inspiration, and is working on a new Kayak album. The title is simply '17', as it is the 17th Kayak studio album and it will be released in 2017... Since february 2017, recordings are on their way.

To whet the appetite, demo versions of a brand new song are available to people who pre-order the album. The song is called 'Cracks'. As I write this, the second demo of the song has just been revealed. This version introduces Marcel Singor as the new Kayak guitarist!

Marcel was born in 1972 (on the beautiful island of Terschelling). At the age of 13, he already won the Dutch Guitar Award, the youngest winner ever. Since then, he played in too many bands and projects to mention, as a guitarist and singer. In 2015 he released his solo album 'Futureproof'.

Although no further details have been revealed, Marcel will not be the only new member of Kayak...

woensdag, november 16, 2016

Kayak and Muziekkrant OOR

june 1973 

In the 1970's and '80's 'Muziekkrant Oor' was one of the leading music magazines in Holland. Kayak manager Frits Hirschland often used Oor as a vehicle for Kayak (and for his other artists). Even before the first album was recorded, Frits made sure that Kayak was mentioned in the magazine. Sometimes with an aritcle or a review, sometimes with an advertisement. Some examples:
june 1973: concert dates
june 1973: Review of Mammoth
tiny advert on the front page, july 1973
Above: "Recordings of first Kayak album almost finished". An article from july 1973. Some interesting 'facts' from this piece: the title of the debut LP will be "Forever Is A Lonely Thought"; the LP will have 9 songs, one of which is titled "Lovely Luna Reprise". The new single "Mammoth" will probably not be included on the LP, as it  is too "Alice Cooper-like" and will not fit with the other songs... All of this turned out differently in the end...

july 1973. Apparently, Kayak were a late addition to the Midsummer Pop Festival; earlier announcements did not feature Kayak
july 1973: how to  book Kayak...