zaterdag, februari 08, 2020

The line-up that never was

Recently, I saw a message on Facebook by a guy called Wim Dijkgraaf. That reminded me: Wim was 'almost' a member of Kayak, way back around 1977. He is mentioned in the Kayak biography, and his words on Facebook confirm the story...

"After Bert Veldkamp’s departure from the band, we auditioned a couple of bassplayers. When this picture was taken, we didn’t have a new bassist yet. The dark guy with the moustache was one of the candidates, but he never played with us. His name is Wim Dijkgraaf. His audition was OK, and he went with us on a couple of shows to see us play. We had a good time, but we were not convinced that he would fit in. Then we got the offer for a poster in Muziek Parade magazine. Our manager thought this was great opportunity, even without a bassplayer. We asked Wim to pose with us, at the Hilversum bowling alley. He never played one single note with us in public, but he does appear on an official band photo." 

Wim Dijkgraaf is the man on the left with the moustache
The "having a good time"-bit was confirmed by Wim, including a remark about the band 'overtaking' a deserted pub in Belgium, enjoying quite a few alcoholic beverages for free...

zondag, november 03, 2019

Yet another Kayak/Queen item from 1974

An American auction site had this great poster for sale, from the (to me) legendary Queen/Kayak concert in The Hague, 8 december 1974. I was not the lucky buyer of the poster; I think the price went up to $ 1.800 or so...

zaterdag, juli 27, 2019

Kayak single from Italy

I don't find many 'new' Kayak items for my collection nowadays, but this one had been on my wants-list for quite some time: a single from Italy with 'Starlight Dancer' and 'First Sign Of Spring' (including spelling error...). In Italy, the song 'Starlight Dancer' was added tot the 'Phantom Of The Night' album. And the record company chose that song to be the single, making it quite unique...
'Starlight Dancer' from the LP 'Phantom Of The Night'...

donderdag, mei 09, 2019

Kayak live in the UK!

In april 2019, Kayak played two shows in the UK. One in London, and one in Chepstow. I had the pleasure of attending both gigs... It struck me that quite a few Englishmen and Welshmen) were so happy to see Kayak in their country at last!


zondag, maart 10, 2019

Total Loss in Toppop

In older blogs, I paid some attention to 'Toppop',  more or less the Dutch equivalent of England's Top Of the Pops. I recently discovered that they have posted a new Kayak performance on the Toppop YouTube channel: Total Loss. I can't recall having seen this one before...

Besides Kayak, the Toppop channel has many more unique videos, of Dutch and international stars.

maandag, maart 04, 2019

Ticket for Kayak and Queen, The Hague 1974

In my blog of july 14 2007, I talked about the double bill concert "Kayak and Queen" in The Hague, in 1974. Over the years  I found some pictures, some newspaper ads and reviews, and a recording of the Queen show. One thing that I could not find, was a ticket (or a picture of the ticket). But now, thanks to Gerard Eummelen, that problem is (partly) solved. Gerard did not want to part with his ticket (something I can understand completely), but he did provide a picture...
I already knew that the ticket stub was fairly simple, with no mention of the actual bands. Still, this is a nice piece of Kayak (and Queen!) history. Please note that the price was 10 Dutch guilders, which in retrospect is almost nothing...

zaterdag, oktober 27, 2018

European Tour 2018/19

October 26, 2018 saw the start of the European Tour. With shows ahead in Germany, Sweden, Norway, England, Wales and Russia, Kayak will conquer some new territory. But first, it was Hilversum (where it all started way back in the early seventies...).