vrijdag, februari 19, 2016

UK Tour 1977 with Jan Akkerman and Kaz Lux

In march 1977, famous Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman and singer Kaz Lux went on a UK tour to promote their "Eli" album. Akkerman had already made a name in bands like Brainbox (also featuring Lux) and Focus. On their 1977 tour, they took Kayak with them as special guests. I don't have too much information about the tour, but it seems that it was aborted after a couple of shows. (SEE UPDATE at the end of this entry!)

The tour schedule (I think these are the shows that did take place):
02-03 Brighton, Dome
03-03 Hanley, Victoria Halls
04-03 Lancaster, University
05-03 Sheffield, University
06-03 Manchester, Apollo
08-03 Birmingham, Hippodrome
09-03 Oxford, New Theatre
10-03 Portsmouth, Guild Hall
11-03 Bristol, Colston Hall
12-03 Bournemouth, Winter Gardens
13-03 London, New Victoria Theatre

This ad shows all the planned dates

On eBay I bought a tour programme, which also had two pages dedicated to Kayak. Does anybody have additional info about this tour? It was quite special, as it was one of the very few times that Kayak played outside Holland!

Please note that the band picture features a unique line-up: apparently Pim Koopman had already been replaced by Charles Schouten, but Bert Veldkamp is still in this picture. Did he also do the UK tour, or was Theo de Jong a member of Kayak by then???

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2016: Thanks to roadie Dick Scheepbouwer, I now know that Theo was the bass player on this tour. And indeed, after the London show the tour was cancelled due to lack of interest. Thanks for the info, Dick!


  • I was on this tour, as part of the crew. I operated the follow spot. Nineteen years old. Later I moved up to the sound board. I mixed the Kayak shows until they broke up. I still mix shows for a living, by the way.
    Theo de Jong played bass on that tour. After the London show the tour was cancelled due to lack of public interest.
    Have incredible memories of that time.
    Dick Scheepbouwer

    By Anonymous Dick Scheepbouwer, at 3:33 p.m.  

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