maandag, januari 29, 2018

The Seventeen tour of Holland

To promote the new album, the new Kayak did a short tour of Holland. Five concerts were done, and I went to see two of them: Leeuwarden and Zoetermeer. Especially at the Zoetermeer gig, the new line-up delivered a convincing set. Obviously, not yet the oiled machine of the last couple of years, but with a new twist, and a very positive vibe. A longer tour is planned later this year!

With 'Seventeen' peaking at #6 in the Dutch charts, and even reaching the #1 spot in the vinyl charts, a great start of the new year!

Here are some pictures that I stole from my Facebook friends. If anybody of them doesn't agree with this, please let me know!

The setlist: Love Of A Victim, Rhea, Ballad For A Lost Friend, A Million Years, Somebody, La Peregrina, Falling, Mammoth, Daphne, Still My Heart Cries For You, Merlin, Irene, Feathers And Tar, Walk Through Fire, Ivory Dance, Chance For A Lifetime, Ruthless Queen, Starlight Dancer, To An End. I think on the first night (in Tilburg) they also played Crusader...
 (pictures: Sylvia Vogel, Constance Zwerus, Bob Dijksen)

zaterdag, januari 13, 2018

Kayak in stores... january 2018

On saturday 13 january 2018, the chain of Velvet record shops hosted a 3-piece Kayak (Ton, Marcel and Bart) for 3 in-store gigs. The 3 cities (Leiden, The Hague and Delft) are all quite close to where I live. And as I had no other plans, I decided to go and see all three 'baptisms of fire'...


The Hague

The Hague
It was great to see that many people turned up at all 3 occasions, and the shops did good business selling Kayak albums. At the end of the day, I was the proud owner of the LP on all available colours: black, blue and orange... (This also means that I now hae 4 copies of the CD, but that is a different matter...).
black, blue and orange...

The performances were short, but good, and the band as well as spectators seemed to enjoy themselves! I am sure you can find the odd video snippet on YouTube or on my Facebook page. The setlist: Falling, A Million Years, Feathers And Tar, To An End, and Ruthless Queen (only in The Hague and Delft).

Posters and t-shirts were given away to buyers of the album. And I also managed to obtain the huge poster that the The Hague shop used for promotion... A fruitful saturday in many ways!

woensdag, december 20, 2017

New album in various formats

The new Kayak album will be released on 12 january 2018. Probably thanks to (or due to...) the fact that Kayak is now on a big record label, the album will be available in many formats. For instance: I knew that a blue vinyl double LP was one of the formats. But I just read that the LP will also be released on black and on orange vinyl???

donderdag, augustus 31, 2017

The Last Forest CD release

Some 37 years after the release of the LP, Edward Reekers' first solo album "The Last Forest" gets an official release on CD! Recorded with the help of Johan Slager and Max Werner, "The Last Forest" is a fine collection of tunes, that deserves a wider audience!

Apart from the album, the CD has 5 bonus tracks, all of which are non-album singles or b-sides. More info at Shaded Moon Entertainment
From the booklet: Max, Johan and Edward in the studio

woensdag, mei 31, 2017

Woerden, 1973

44 years ago, 5 Dutch guilders (about 2,25 euro) were enough for you to go and see top bands like Unit Gloria and Kayak. This announcement is for the show in Woerden (Holland), august 1973.

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'.