Golden Earring still on the road!
The continuing story of
LAST UPDATE: July 24, 2018
The new millenium
2000 - The band took a sabbatical year off. The start of the twenty-first century is marked by a "sabbatical" with room for retrospect but mainly used by the band to look at the future. With various members able to indulge themselves in solo projects, Golden Earring have deservedly earned themselves respect throughout Europe and America as the Netherlands" longest surviving and successful rock group. The past seems nothing more than a mere prologue for the legendary foursome from The Hague.
The new year 2000 started well for Golden Earring fans as Veronica TV broadcasted a part of The Last Blast Of The Century show on New Years Day right after midnight. The live recording of their Last Blast Of The Century show in Leiden Holland on December 19, 1999 was released on a double cd. It also contains recordings from concerts in Beverwijk (November 26, 1999), Wateringen (November 27,1999), Tilburg (December 09, 1999) and Volendam (December 11, 1999). The album contained a ghost track at the end called Last Blast Of The Century which was especially written for this show. The song is on the album, but the title is not listed on the sleeve! A one track promo cdsingle Going To The Run in a limited edition of 250 copies for DJ's only to promote the album. The Last Blast video has been officially released in February 2000. It contained the full length two and a half hour show with The Fighter! (This song is not available on the later released dvd, but it is on the double-cd! The dvd however contains the full length solo's by Cesar and Rinus)
The Last Blast Of The Century entered the Dutch mega top 100 albums list at position #14 on January 13, 2000. Further the song Last Blast has indeed been put on the album, but the title is not mentioned on the sleeve. It is a so called "ghost track."
The Golden Earring rockumentary Don't Stop The Show was shown in the cinema again. From Thursday January 6, 2000 untill Wednesday January 12, 2000 this documentary was shown in the Chassé Cinema in Breda. Several die hard fans (Amongst them Golden Earring webmaster Sjaak Neels and your Golden Earring researcher Casper Roos) gathered in a restaurant, ate something and enjoyed this great movie later on.
Cesar was seen in a TV program called Blik op de weg. (March 2000)
The Dutch Penthouse April 2000 magazine has an interview with Golden Earring's Rinus Gerritsen.
Cesar toured the Netherlands with his theater show ‘Alle gekheid met een stokje’ together with Percossa Percussion. This show, which used classical, Japanese, African and elektronic percussion, was also released on a DVD. However the spoken language is Dutch and the item was only available at Free Record shops. Cesar and Percossa Percussion also recorded a solo cd with highlights of their show "Alle Gekheid Met Een Stokje" (Crazyness with a drumstick). It wasn't for sale in stores, but on the internet and during shows only. The cd contained 5 songs with a length of 45 minutes.
Rinus and George didn't do very much at all. Barry was touring with friends doing small club gigs. They toured under the name of Barry Hay and the barking dogs. Sometimes also known as "Barry en de deftige dames". A try-out was given on May 10th at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer. Their setlist contained several rock classics like Hot Rod, Money and Going Out West but also a few Golden Earring songs like Long Blond Animal and When The Lady Smiles. From one of these shows a bootleg circulates on the internet titled Barry Hay and Friends - New Earrings.
Barry Hay and George Kooymans wrote the tune for the Dutch\Belgium daily broadcasted SBS6 tv-show De Bus. This tune called ‘Miles Away From Nowhere’ was released in three different versions on cdsingle (Endemol ENCS 20127). It didn't mention the name Golden Earring but was recorded by the band.
By request of the Dutch Olympic Comité Golden Earring recorded together with the Metropole Orchestra the official Olympic theme song for the Olympic games at Sydney, Australia. The song is called ‘Yes, We're On Fire’. On July 12, 2003 Golden Earring received golden records for both Paradise In Distress and Last Blast Of The Century. The awards were presented during a Olympic 2000 ceremonial in Papendal. At the same location the new single ‘Yes, We're On Fire’ was presented to the press. The song was used as a support for the athletes of the the Netherlands Olympic Team that competed at the Olympic games in Sydney. ‘Yes, We're On Fire’ was released in August 2000 on cdsingle (CNR Music 2004832) The second track on the cdsingle is an orchestral version of Yes! We're On Fire.
In 2000 the Dutch Treat 2cd was released. It was sold through internet auctions and found it's way to bidding fans soon. However this is another non-official disc. This is especially noticed in the bad sound quality. The compilation stands out for the at the time of disc release not available songs. These were only released on vinyl and it's obvious they were copied unto compact disc from vinyl complete with scratches and ticks. Soon afterwards most songs could be found on the official The Devil Made Us Do It release.
The release of the special 4cd-box set ‘The Devil Made Us Do It’ contained liner notes by Rinus Gerritsen. The set has 70 tracks on 4 cd's in a special booklet and amongst them there are several hard to find recordings like I Need Love. There is also a 2-cd version in jewelcase but without the liner notes. The first edition of this 2cd was misprinted as it didn't had the bandname on the front inlay. These samplers were released on October 30, 2000. Everyone who ordered a copy at the Free Record shop received a free black and white Golden Earring litho as well.
Cesar Zuiderwijk performed on Saturday September 02, 2000 with Percossa Percussion at the World Harbour festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with his ‘Alle gekheid op een stokje’ ("All madness on a (drum) stick") from 20.30 - 21.15!
the release of the Don't Stop The Show rockumentary was scheduled for release on VHS and DVD for September 15, 2000.
George Kooymans received the Gouden Palm award for his lifetime achievements for the Dutch light music on November 27, 2000.
George Kooymans can be heard on vocals in (Tracks Rotterdam, Alles, Droom and Glagenmaal) on the cd Droom by Frederique Spigt. (Mercury 542 964-2)
Barry Hay did a guest appearance on the Cuby & the Blizzards cd Hotel Grolloo (Track Another Day, Another Road). On the track Once In A Lifetime George Kooymans played rhythm guitar. This cd was recorded in the BruinCafé "De Amer" in Amen by Jan Schuurman and John Sonneveld with the mobile studio The Van. The final mix for the cd was done at the Belgium Lagune studio from George Kooymans. There is also a DVD released (2002) from Cuby called The Jubilee Live Concert 2000 with a guest appearance by Barry on the track Another Day, Another Road. (Recorded live at Paradiso Amsterdam on September 26, 2000))
The Dutch Op-art label re-released the already known US Sound cover "Song Of A Devil's Servant" on a green 7 inch vinyl with Satisfaction on the b-side. (Release 2000, labelnumber Op Art 013)
In 2000 a cd called Blue Egypt was released by the rockabilly band The Pharaohs. This cd contained a Radar Love cover version.
In 2000 Radar Love covers were released by:
2001 - Golden Earring started touring The Netherlands again after taking their sabbatical year. The first concert took place on January 24, 2001 with an acoustic show in Leiden at the Stadsgehoorzaal.
2 Golden Earring items were auctioned on www.ricardo.nl from April 2-12. A special guitar from George Kooymans and a golden record for the album 'Paradise In Distress' from the personal collection of Barry Hay were put up for auction. The proceeds of these Earring items were for the Roparun, an estafette-marathon from Rotterdam to Paris in France. This initiative raised funds for cancerpatiënts and terminal ill patiënts and the final amount raised last year was around 4 million guilders! The golden cd 'Paradise In Distress' was sold for 5200 guilders and the white BC Rich guitar from George Kooymans for 7000 guilders.
On April 22, 2001 Cesar gave a drum demonstration for the ‘Adams Drummers Festival’ at the ‘Casino’, in Diest, Belgium. His performance was the last (at 20.30 hr) after Laurent Mercier, Steven van Havere and Don Famularo. The demonstration was organised by the Belgian firm Adams Muziekcentrale.
Golden Earrings performance at Sunsation festival, Middelstum on April 27, was cancelled by the local mayor due to the rapid spread of the highly infectious animal MKZ-virus (Mond\Klauwzeer) around parts of the Netherlands. The festival was situated in a quarantined area and therefor cancelled.
After their concert at the Zaantheater in Zaandam on May 15, 2001 the band got a platinum award for 155.000 sold copies of the Devil Made Us Do It release. 125.000 double cd's and 30.000 of the luxury 4cdbook issue were sold.
On May 22, 2001 the Heineken building in Amsterdam (after a huge renovation) was open to the public again. To make this a day to remember a fantastic opening show was organised and special guests were Hans Klok, Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring) and Jan Vayne.
After initial hesitations the band gave her permission for an exposition in the The Hague townhall. This exposition was called ‘The Golden Earring Jubilee’. Golden Earring opened this Jubilee by performing live for about 1000 guests on September 17, 2001 and amongst those guests were several fanclub members who received a special invitation. Amongst the other guests seen were Peter Koelewijn, Henk (Henkie Pankie) Schiffmacher, Dinand Woesthoff (Kane) and many others. From September 18, 2001 on the exposition could be seen for three weeks untill October 6, 2001 and was about the 40th anniversary of the band. (If you assume the start was in 1961, but most fans claim the real start was in 1965 and so does the band!). From October 7, 2001 on the exposition was reduced in size and the so called "tempel" was removed. Only several large photographs by Kees Tabak and several items in display were left untill December 14, 2001.
Barry Hay left the Hague and moved to Amsterdam. Hay claimed living in the capital of Holland is far more interesting as there is a lot more to do there. Atually he lived in Amsterdam before. When Barry was eight years old he moved with his mother (a Dutch woman married to an Englishman, soldier in the army) from India to Holland and lived in Amsterdam. Later on he went to 4 different boarding schools. At the end of 2002 Barry Hay was looking for girls with an age between 17 and 21 year for an 'all chick rock'n'roll band'.
The Last Blast Of The Century was released on dvd in 2001. The dvd had some bonusmaterial on it. It contained an interview with the bandmembers and six songs are available in multi angle view. On the dvd the solos by Cesar and Rinus are to be seen in full length in contrary to the vhs release. But this vhs release contained the track The Fighter which was omitted on the dvd for capacity reasons...
In 2001 a dvd called Beat-Club "The Best Of 1971" was released in Germany on the In Akustik label, label number B0005AWZG. The dvd was released on March 30, 2001 and carries 15 clips of international artists performing at the German Beatclub TV program. Golden Earring is represented with a 3.31 minute long version of their Holy Holy Life (Live version). The original TV broadcast of the program was on February 27, 1971. The cover has two typo's. Barry Hay's last named is misspelled Hey and Cesar Zuiderwijks last name is omitted by mistake.
Composer George Kooymans did receive a "Gouden Palm" out of the hands of Dutch comedian André van Duin during a party of the Vereniging voor Professionele Auteurs Lichte Muziek (PALM). Both singer Robert Long and George Kooymans did receive an award for their achievements in music.
Barry Hay participated 1991 in the Dutch synchronised version of the Don Bluth movie "Rock A Doodle". The Dutch spoken version is called Hanekam De Rocker and Barry did his voice. In 2001 this movie is released on dvd with the English and Dutch version on the disc.
The Rotation label (Universal Music Company) re-released some recordings from the Dutch singer Bojoura. George Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen did write several songs for her in the Sixties which were released on the album Nightflight Nightsight and several singles. Also a cover of the Golden Earring track Circus Will Be In Town In Time is on the album. These recordings vary between 1967 and 1969 and are now released on a cd called Everybody's day, named after one of the single tracks. (CD Labelnumber Rotation 589 107-2)
In 2001 Radar Love covers were released by:
More to be added soon!
In 2001 a Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong cover was released by:
2002 - On January 20, 2002 German broadcast corporation WDR did broadcast the Golden Earring Rockpalast gig at the Sartorysale Dortmund again. Unfortunately the sound is mono again. This concert dates from way back June 1982 and carries a pretty early version of Twilight Zone (Being called When the bullet hits the bone!).
In February 2002 the press announced the re-release of Golden Earrings classical Moontan album in the USA. The album contained the hit Radar Love, which still is the most popular and well known song performed by Golden Earring in the USA. Moontan brought Golden Earring it's international breakthrough around the world. The re-release of Moontan would be extended with six additional tracks, which were single b-sides and tracks never released on the USA Moontan album. (Suzy lunacy (Mental rock), Just like Vince Taylor, She flies on strange wings (live), The song is over, Instant poetry and Lucky number) Release date would have been March 5, 2002 in the USA, but due to a problem with the copyrights the release was cancelled!
Meanwhile Red bullet record company reissued all 19 Golden Earring albums they have the copyrights for. These albums are sold seperately but also in a collectorsbox called The Red Bullet Years". It contains 20 albums by Golden Earring including the "bonus album" The continuing story of Radar Love. This cd was earlier on released in the USA by MCA. It now has the Red bullet logo on it. If you place all these cd's in line besides each other you can see a picture of the four bandmembers (The hole cover pictures) on the small side of the boxes! The black box itself is not much, just a carrying box with a sticker with labelnumbers on it. If you just start collecting Golden Earring this is a nice opportunity to get most cd's released in one time, otherwise it's just a fine marketing trick again...
Another re-release is Just Earrings. This album was released on the Rotation label (Label number Rotation 064 442-2) on Augustus 06, 2002 with 6 bonustracks. These six tracks, Chunk of steel, The words I need, Waiting for you, What you gonna tell, Wings & Smoking cigarettes) are all single bonustracks and were never released on any official Golden Earring album.
The first album from the heavy metal band Callenish Circle for Metal Blade Records is released on February 11, 2002 and has the title 'Flesh Power Dominion'. Besides 8 of their own tracks the album contained two song covers and one of them is Golden Earrings 'When The Lady Smiles'.
Cesar Zuiderwijk and Jim Chapin (at that time 82 years of age!) did give a drum clinic at Musicon, The Hague on March 24, 2002.
Golden Earring performed at the Schwung 2002 festival at Roeselare, Belgium on April 20, 2002. On their website this review could be read "Dutch act Golden Earring proved that you can impress a crowd without turning the volume up to 10. In fairness I have to mention though that our northern neighbours had their own sound and light system. This was part of their list of demands along with refusing to headline the whole event. No need to say the sound was close to perfect and the light show definitely added an extra dimension to the gig. There were a few dips however when the band decided to play extended versions of both "Radar Love" and "Twilight Zone". One of the highlights of the show was an animated drum solo by Cesar Zuiderwijk. Everyone present agreed that this was a great gig by Holland’s finest and these guys still have what it takes to stick around for a couple more years".
On June 01, 2002 Cesar Zuiderwijk performed together with the Clarks at the The Hague Kaderock 2002 festival near his drumschool Music Station again.
On June 07, 2002 the band played at Strijen again on the VV Strijen soccerfield. This open air show had the following setlist: Candy's Going Bad - Yes! We're On Fire - Another 45 Miles - Love Is A Rodeo - Future - Leather - Hammer Of Love - Vanilla Queen - Going To The Run - Johhny Make Believe - Paradise In Distress - Twilight Zone - Radar Love - Back Home - When The Lady Smiles - Long Blond Animal
Golden Earring recorded in the USA twice (June and October 2002) at Millbrook Sound studio's for their new studio album. In 2002 Golden Earring journeyed to the United States and then to up-state New York to record their most recent album entitled Millbrook, U.S.A. There they met Frank Carillo again who is a friend of George. (He recorded his album "Toxic emotion" with Annie Golden at Georges studio!) Frank co-authored seven songs for the new Golden Earring CD along with George Kooymans and Barry Hay. He also contributed backing vocals, slide guitar and laud. Actually the song the Thief was written and composed during these recording sessions. Golden Earring returned on June 27, 2002 to Holland after finishing their first recording session. This is actually the day The Who bass guitar player John Entwistle was found dead in a hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, one day before their scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour. This certainly must have made some impression to the band as they recorded a song called "Last frontier hotel" in the second recording session which referred to this occasion!
American Golden Earring fan Dan Lynch was asked to film the recordings to make a new DVD about the making of the album. He shot the whole video from October 23 to October 31, 2002 with 2 Sony VX-2000 camera's. Possible working titles for the new album were "Lunacy Hill" named after a hill in the surroundings of the studio and "Albino Moon" (One of the song titles) It later on was released with the appropiate title "Millbrook USA".
September 03, 2002 Golden Earring signed a new record deal with Universal Music. Directly after signing the contract the band performed live at the company's fall-presentation. Universal (The former good old Polydor) had the band earlier signed from 1965 untill 1982. Later they signed for CNR and Columbia (Sony). Stef Collignon, managing-director Universal Music also told about the soon to be released new clips DVD The Devil Made Us Do It. Meanwhile Sony Music is working on the Naked truth dvd.
In October 2002 the second recording session for the soon to be released new cd was done at Millbrook, USA. On October 26, 2002 Golden Earring took a break from their Millbrook USA album recording sessions to perform a 2 song acoustic gig to help a friend open his pub called Mary's in Millbrook. There may have been about 50 people in attendance of this historic gig, which unofficially marked the final public (non-paid) performance of Golden Earring in the USA. During the first song called Radar Love there was a problem with George his amplifier, which was corrected while the band played on. The second song performed was a great version of Twilight Zone. This gig was filmed by Golden Earring fan Dan Lynch who made a documentary about the cd recordings by request of the band. He used two Sony VX-2000 camera's, one stationary, and the other one handheld. This was the first live music event filmed by Daniel's Video Productions and the audio is supplied by the microphones on the camera's. The event however is not on the CD recordings dvd. It would have been a nice extra! Nevertheless a great small audience performance by Holland's best kept rock secret!
On November 10, Cesar Zuiderwijk joined Nico Christiansen with John Lagrand (ex Livin' Blues) and performed live at café Danzig & de Tropen (The Hague) for Warchilds Feast of peace.
For the fans a lot of hard to find and rare videoclips became available on the DVD The Devil Made Us Do It, 35 years - 27 clips. Some of the hitvideo's however were replaced by other recordings or not on the dvd. So is the original Going To The Run clip where George rode a motorbike in the desert been replaced by the Going To The Run live version from the Naked truth recording session in Amsterdam 1992. From When The Lady Smiles a heavy censored American version could be found instead of the original Dutch version where the nun is being molested and the dog is fed with the brains of the operated Barry Hay. (This uncensored version of the video can only be found at the The Clips video which was relased on VHS and Betamax. This video was the first release which contained videoclips from the band.) The clips from Slow down, No for an answer, Going To The Run and To the hilt are also not on the DVD.
In 2002 2 rereleases appeared on cd, originating from Scandinavia, probably Norwegian. Naked II and Paradise In Distress were suddenly available in Dutch shops on the TX2 label. The cd's have different label prints and the covers are slightly different coloured.
Barry Hay contributed on the cd Stem voor Daniel (Various artists) He sang a duet with Andre Hazes called Crazy Horses which is originally sung by the Osmonds.
In 2002 the band Gouden Oorring released "Naar huis", a Dutch translation of the song Back home on their demo-CD.
On February 11, 2002 the metal band Callenish circle released its third full-length album called "Flesh power dominion". There is a special limited edition of 5.000 copies, packed in a luxury digi-pack and including 2 bonustracks (Amongst them Golden Earring cover When The Lady Smiles). The normal edition has only 1 bonustrack and is packed in a normal jewelcase.
In 2002 another Dutch movie called La Bella Bettien (By Hans Pos) contained a Golden Earring track in the movie. There is a scene where two girls go to a disco in Rome and they dance on "When The Lady Smiles" by Golden Earring.
In 2002 Radar Love covers were released by:
In 2002 a When The Lady Smiles cover was released by:
2003 - Golden Earring is still on the road and did about 100 shows a year in Europe. (In the Netherlands and Belgium mostly).
The band played it first acoustic show at Bussum, Theater 't Spant. Special guest for this show was Frank Carillo who played along with Albino moon.
On January 22, there was the first cdsingle release Albino Moon from their soon to be released new cd called Millbrook USA. Albino Moon was available as a 2 track in cardboard sleeve with bonustrack Gypsy rose on it. There was also a limited edition 4 track cdmaxi single in a digipack available. Tracks are: Albino Moon, Skyscraper - hell of a town, Kingfisher, No one loves you more than me (special edited version) Some time later a special one track promo from Albino moon was released by Universal Holland (Catalogue number: 019 737-2)
The radioshow Haags Pop Podium at Stads Radio Den Haag did broadcast an interview with Rinus Gerritsen on January 26, 2003, about their new single 'Albino Moon'.
The year 2003 started with the promotion of their latest (30st) album release ‘Millbrook USA’ (on Universal Records). The first studio album by the band in four years! This cd was recorded in the USA in 2 sessions in July and October 2002! Millbrook USA didn't have a special theme according to George Kooymans. (It's about remembering, introspection, jealousy and love. Lots of love"). The first track on Millbrook USA is The hammer of love, a typical Earring song in every way and even can be compared with Back home thanks to the strong break in the song. Including mouth harp by Rinus Gerritsen. The second track is the cdsingle track ‘Albino Moon’. This song, with a southern rock touch, became a top 15 hit in The Netherlands. The third album track is ‘Skyscraper, hell of a town’ which was originally written for the American version of Dick Maas’ movie De Lift (The elevator) but didn't made it to the soundtrack.
The track ‘Colourblind’, which is also on the album, is an ode to Dutch Rock and roller Herman Brood who committed suicide July 11, 2001 by jumping of the Amsterdam Hilton hotel roof. ("Welcome home baby, farewell, goodbye...."). This song was released as the third single from the album. The backside is Albino moon (live). Release on the Iniversal Music label with labelnumber 980 806-1.
Last frontier hotel tells the story about the last day in the life of a popstar is sung by George and was written in remembrance of John Entwistle from The Who. Another song on the album (On a night like you) is partially about X-files star Gillian Anderson who Barry met as a groupie during a tour in the USA. ('Scully, I can't forget your sweet sixteen. I'm not an alien, it's not a dream. I wish you'd recognize the voice that sang your favorite song.')
The first edition of the cd came in a limited edition (25.000) digipack release with an additional three track bonus dvd (Universal 067 598-0) This dvd included the tracks Skyscraper Hell Of A Town, Gypsy Rose, and Comin In Going Out which showed the recordings of these songs from the album. This is a preview for the later to be released Millbrook USA dvd. The cd release was on February 24, 2005. For collectors a one track Albino moon promo cdsingle was released by Universal Music records (019 737-2). Radio promotion for this album was done by playing several songs live for Tros "Gouden Uren" radio show and "Evers staat op" on Radio 538. The recordings took place in the Wisseloord Studio's, Hilversum on February 21. Some of these tracks were released on the second and third cdsingle from the Millbrook USA album. For TV Golden Earring played several songs live on the national election day and was accompanied by guitarist and friend Frank Carillo on stage. (During live shows his part is played by Golden Earring guitar roadie Sidney Katz!). Millbrook USA was also released on limited edition vinyl. Only 2000 copies of this album (Universal 067 598-1) were pressed and this is unique as Golden Earrings last Dutch vinyl pressing was Bloody Buccaneers from 1991!Millbrook U.S.A. Complete album CD, with Bonus DVD. DVD . (PAL) 2003
The tile which is on the front of the cd is 9,5 cm x 9,5 cm big. It can be seen on the front of the limited edition of the Millbrook USa cd and dvd. The tile was for sale at shows and only available in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
The Dutch Penthouse April 2003 issue has a special about Golden Earring in the magazine.
Golden Earrings new support act beacme the band Black heart Betty from the Hague. They did several shows in Spring, Summer and Autumn 2003 as an opener for the band.
April 14, 2003 their new (second) cdsingle ‘A sound I never heard’ written by George Kooymans and Frank Carillo was released. This single was positioned in the Dutch charts for one week only. The songs has a fine "Bee Gees like backing choir". Second track on the two track cdsingle is the non album bonustrack Adrenaline, which was originally written for the Dutch movie Adrenaline. But another Dutch band called Di-rect had the honour for the soundtrack with their song Adrenaline. On the 4track cdsingle (Universal 019 959-2) the tracks The hammer of love, Skyscraper-hell of a town and Lost and found are added. These last 3 tracks were live recorded for Dutch radiostations on February 21, 2003! Later this year the DVD with the making of Millbrook USA was released. Director is American Golden Earring fan Dan Lynch!
The Dutch Penthouse May 2003 magazine has an interview with Golden Earring's Cesar Zuiderwijk.
Barry Hay co-wrote a track for Di-rect's new album. The album is called 'Over the Moon' (released May 28, 2003) and the track is also on the (later on released) DVD 'Di-rect Live at Paradiso' The song is called "Whatever happened to what's her name". The lyrics are written by Barry Hay (published at Joe King Music) and the music by a Swedish composer.
Meanwhile Golden Earring did several acoustic theatre shows and a lot of open air shows and attended some festivals in the summer! Barry's side-project Bad Candy was touring the club circuit and Barry did promote the girls on MTV Live. Rinus Gerritsen was seen in parts 2 & 3 of the tv serie about Dutch popmusic: ‘Nederpop met hart en ziel’ Shows for 2004 are already booked and added to the tour-itenerary. On June 7 Cesar joined the Clarks on stage at local Kaderock festival, The Hague for a set of Golden Earring (and several other) songs. During their June\July vacation break Rinus Gerritsen went back to the United States again to do some productional work on the sound for the upcoming ‘Making of Millbrook USA’ dvd. On July 14, their third cdsingle from the Millbrook USA album called ‘Colourblind’ was released on 2track cdsingle only. The second track is Albino moon live from the Wisseloord radio sessions (Evers staat op, Radio 538 radioshow) earlier this year.
To promote this single Golden Earring did a gig on June 20 for Club MTV (MTV.NL) at the MTV studio's in Bussum, Holland. Around 12 hour in the afternoon Golden Earring did it's soundcheck for the upcoming show. Then MTV VJ was standing between young kids doing all of his announcements for the whole show at once while the young kids shouted and clapped very loud on command. Meanwhile a commercial for Big Mac's was made an after a quarter all was ready. Then the VJ went around 15 hr. to Golden Earring's dressing room to do the interview and giving the impression the band just played it's songs. But around 17.30 (!) Golden Earring finally did perform 3 tracks live. (Albino moon, Colourblind and Long Blond Animal). The sound of the songs are mixed totally different (This can be hard especially within Long Blond Animal according to those who were present at the recording) and all is wrapped up in a very fast and speedy looking broadcast. Candy Dulfer was ill that day but recorded later and edited within the show. Only 2 of the 3 recorded songs were broadcasted as Albino moon was left out. That's club MTV in the new millennium.... This proved again why Golden Earring is so reluctant to play at this kind of shows. You have to wait a long time and the efforts most of the time never pay of for the band...
The Naked II cd was rereleased on the Universal label with different label colours layout! The inlay mentioned this album should be available on VHS and DVD. At that moment in 2003 the DVD has not been released nor was it's release announced yet!
During Golden Earrings summer break Rinus Gerritsen went back to America to do some post production on the sound for the Millbrook USA dvd. (The dolby digital processing). The cd sales of Millbrook USA are not that high and the band is a little disappointed about that fact.
Rinus Gerritsen performed at a jamsession at Scheveningen, Holland in July 2003 while Golden Earring was on their summer break. He also performed at the "Blues aan Zee festival" on September 06, 2003. On September 07, 2003 Cesar Zuiderwijk & Ernst van Ee did give a demonstration on drums at Musicon, The Hague.
Meanwhile George Kooymans was busy producing Maaike Hermans whom he met last year. They recorded at least 5 songs in between his Golden Earring activities for an album to be released end of this year or early next year.... No more info known about this project yet. Cesar did a drum clinic at Musicon on September 07 together with drummer Ernst van Ee, a teacher at his Music Station school.
Around August it was 30 years ago Golden Earring released Radar Love and established themselves amongst many other succesful bands with this immortal road-song. Untill now over 180 coverversions of this Golden Earring classic were released worldwide in all kinds of styles. These vary from hip-hop to metal and back to marching band versions! Of course this song still provides revenues for it's writers Kooymans and Hay.
During the last months George Kooymans was asked to co-produce the debute album Rhubarb from the Belgium Idols 2003 winner Peter Evrard. The other producer was John Sonneveld (well-known from several Golden Earring album productions in the nineties). The first single released was For you. His first album Rhubarb was released on August 21st 2003 and contains 12 songs written together with George Kooymans. The album was recorded at George his Lagune studio and the cd has a hidden videotrack which can only be played on PC. This track also has shots from George being interviewed. His new single will be Loserman. George can be heard on Let it rain, Sunshine machines, Sweet insomnia (vocals) and on guitar on Some say.
Barry is amongst one of the 150 Dutch celebrities who contributed to the Sterrenbeurs. Shares of your favourite artist can be bought in this star-stock exchange game. Facts and events that concern the participating celebrities can cause stock price fluctuations.
September 12, Golden Earring did perform again after their Summer break! The playlist was almost the same as before their vacation. Love is a rodeo was replaced by Mission impossible. For Autumn 2003 and Spring 2004 another theatre tour is planned called "Gallery play". Most shows are already sold out by now. On the site of German concert promotor ASS it was mentioned a German tour for Golden Earring is being prepared from May 8 to May 16, 2003! This info was soon taken of their site and the tour didn't go on!
October 10, there was another worldwide Warchild's Feast for peace. Cesar promoted this (He's an ambassador for Warchild) and gave an interview for Yorin TV. He drummed with several kids in the kitchen of his good friend and restaurant owner Henk Savelberg. In the interview several nice facts were told. Henk got drumming lessons from Cesar and returned the favour by learning Cesar to cook. Whenever he can Cesar goes to the restaurant for a dinner and eats at the captain's table in the kitchen watching the cooks with their fine skills. (Golden Earring even performed on a special dinner-concert at restaurant Savelberg in Voorburg a few years ago). Cesar mentioned if he wasn't a drummer now he probably would have been a cook...
On November 01, 2003 Golden Earring played a one hour show at a private (birthday) party for Henk Savelberg organised by his wife Diana Savelberg at the Kurhaus Hotel in Scheveningen (The Hague). Henk is the owner and chef cook of the Vreugd & Rust ,one Michelin star restaurant in Voorburg. Voorburg is a town near The Hague and the restuarant is in the neighbourhood of Rinus' house. Henk is a friend of the band. Cesar is Henk's drum teacher and Henk teaches Cesar fine cooking. A few years ago Golden Earing has played two acoustic concerts in the garden of the restaurant.
From November 04, 2003 on the serie Nederpop met hart en ziel was broadcasted again (all 8 parts). On wednesday November 5th 2003, an episode of the Dutch sitcom\talkshow "Weltevreden op 10" was broadcasted and Barry Hay was one of the guests being "interviewed". A re-broadcast of this show took place on Saturday 9th.
November 2003 the Radio 2 TOP 2000 POPSPEL volume 1. was released at a price of 7,95 euro. This trivia playing card game has 52 original single covers on one side of the card (and amongst them Radar Love 1973!) and more than 1000 pop facts about the greatest hits from the Top 2000 on the other side of the cards.
Barry did a tv appearance on November 05, 2003 in a Dutch tv serie that was called 'Weltevreden op 10 Percy's Place'.... A somewhat weird show about some strange characters (son father, mother and grandma) from Suriname.On November 05, 2003 during the acoustic show at Den Bosch (Theater aan de Parade) a new element was added to the show. Cesar would do his drumsolo on a riser platform. This would be the first show the riser was in use, but the riser didn't come down and Cesar had to come down from about 3 meters high by ladder! (this riser drum solo can be seen on the Naked III dvd)
On November 09, Barry attended with his wife Sandra and good friend Henk Schiffmacher and his wife Louise van Teylingen the musical "Mamma Mia" with translated Abba songs at the Utrecht Beatrix theatre. In this theatre there are paintings exhibitioned made by pop and rockstars. Amongst these paintings is also one Barry made called "Crabs". The painting is actually a part of a drawing of his 4 year old daughter Gina. Barry enlarged a detail of her drawing and signed it with their family name. These paintings are also shown in a brochure for sale at the theatre.
On November 18 more news came out about a new Golden Earring Beach concert, scheduled for June 19, 2004. Although negotiations are still going on, positive news was heard from Golden Earrings manager Rob Gerritsen about this concert to take place.
The release date for the Millbrook DVD was November 24, 2003. Updated info is now on the promo-Millbrook-DVD-page on the official Golden Earring website. The cover of the DVD has the same layout as the cd with the Millbrook tile on it. Bonustrack Gypsy rose is added to the album tracks. The cdsingle bonustrack Adrenaline is not on the DVD.
Newspaper De Telegraaf published an article on November 20, about a painting exposition of Barry's wife Sandra. She used songtitles of rocksongs as inspiration for her paintings. An exposition of those paintings was held untill December 21, 2003 in an Amsterdam Gallery.
A new promising band has been booked by Golden Earrings management as their support act for several electric Golden Earring shows in the near future. The Chronicle Kings is their name and more info is on their site. First show they did was Zeelandhallen, Goes on November 22, 2003.
On November 24, 2003 Snowflake (or Copito de Nieve as he is known in Spanish) died at the Barcelona Zoo because of skin cancer. This monkey was the only known albino Western Lowland gorilla in the world and captured in 1966. He was mentioned in Golden Earring's song Violins from the 1976 album To the hilt.
"I guess nobody knew, the Barcelona Zoo
Due to illness 2 acoustic shows were cancelled on December 1 & 2. George had the flue and these shows have been moved to 2004 (Dates to be announced). Another "ill product" is the DVD Millbrook USA. Due to spelling errors in the producers name (Linch instead of Lynch) and a missing band name on the frontcover all items were called back to the factory and a new inlay was produced. This had it's influence on the availability on the disc for some weeks after it's release....
On December 06, 2003 Golden Earring performed at the "Kopspijkers" tv-show and Radar Love was played live. For this show Rinus did use the original Gibson EB-3 bass on which he actually recorded Radar Love way back in 1973! One day earlier on December 5th Barry's wife Sandra was guest in the "Barend en Van Dorp" talkshow where she talked about her paintings she made for her exposition. The pieces were called after famous songs like I shot the sheriff, Satisfaction, Light my fire and Radar Love. This exposition took place from December untill December 21st at Stip Gallery Amsterdam. Most paintings were sold.
In 2003 Dutch Golden Earring tribute band Bloody Buccaneers released a demo CD called An Evening At The Avenue Live! with a Back Home cover (And several other Golden Earring songs of course...)
In 2003 Radar Love covers were released by:
In 2003 a Back Home cover was released by:
2004 - Golden Earring is still on the road and does about 90 shows a year in Europe. (In the Netherlands and Belgium mostly) However a small German tour was expected in May as on the site of German concert promotor ASS it was mentioned a German tour was being prepared for Golden Earring from May 8th, to May 16th! This info was removed but Golden Earrings tour scheme for 2004 left the possibility open! In the announced period Golden Earring gave a few shows in Holland so the possibility this tour will go on became unreal now! In Spring several acoustic concerts were given for the Gallery Play theatre tour. There was also be an benefit performance for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the Old Luxor theatre Rotterdam.
Barry and his family spent their vacation in Thailand at Ko Samui.
On January 03, Cesar Zuiderwijk was present at the opening of the The Hague Jubilee year 2004 together with 100 drummers. He did this at the Atrium of the The Hague Townhall. The openingsceremony of the year of Culture 2004 is named 'Optrommelen' and was performed together with Percossa Percussion. Cesar also performed some small gigs with Percossa Percussion on every hour.
February this year Barry was operated on his knee (Meniscus) but still left him with some pain and disfunction.
The Chronicle Kings, the regular support act since November 2003 are asked to do more shows in Spring 2004.
For 2004 preparations were being made for another (3rd) Scheveningen Beach concert on June 19, 2004. But at the same evening there was a soccer match of the national team on tv. The date of the show therefor remained unsure however. On February 26 a newspaper article said the concert WILL NOT GO ON due to the lack of sponsors. They were waiting for the neccesary permit and the permit wasn't issued yet due to a solid financial plan.... Manager Rob Gerritsen gave some of these details in a press release. The stage only was already 63.000 euro's to be build. Maybe the concert will be held next year, but this is only the planning nowadays.
Due to illness again some shows had to be cancelled. The acoustic gigs in Stadskanaal (today) and Drachten (tomorrow) were cancelled due to the flue of George. He lost his voice as a result of this flue. New dates were set for May.
The Naked II dvd was released on February 02, 2004 by Universal Music. The sound on the disc are in Stereo, DTS and Dolby digital 5.1 versions. The tracklisting is the same as the VHS and the videoclip of Burning stuntman is added as a "bonus".
In an article in the "Limburger" it was mentioned their will be a series of DVD's about the Pinkpop concerts. The first one covers the first 5 years of the festival and amongst the bands who gave permission for release on dvd is Golden Earring. They played in 1970 and 1977 on this festival. The release of the first dvd's will be end of May 2004. There is also a legendary moment on the dvd which shows George kicking against a microphone stand after he just received and electric shock from the equipment! Golden Earring opens the dvd with their one and only track (+ some band footage of around 30 seconds only!) from 1970: Back home.
After their acoustic Rijswijk concert in March Golden Earring did sign an acoustic guitar. This guitar is used for an auction by the Stichting Trias Rijswijk and the benefits were for Warchild. On the Trias open day (June 5th, 2004) the results of the auction were announced. As known Golden Earring (Cesar Zuiderwijk) supports Warchild.
On June 8th they changed Twilight Zone with Save Your Skin. The setlist on stage first mentioned Save Your Skin and then Twilight Zone. On June 9th Save Your Skin was played first and then Twilight Zone.
American Golden Earring fan and Millbrook USA dvd director Dan Lynch did attend the Panama dvd recordings as well.
Barry Hay at exposition 'HOT SHOTS'
Algemeen Dagblad May 18, 2004 has an article on new book. Title unknown. Publication update: Vara-gids this week has an article about artikel Pinkpop DVD with photo from George at Pinkpop 1974(?).
This morning around 9.30 there was a review of the minigig At Benelly's Music store on local tvstation TV West. Just to let you know that Golden Earring did a mini open air concert this afternoon in front of the new Benelly's guitar shop in The Hague. George and Barry do buy their acoustic guitars at Benelly's. This afternoon Barry bought a new semi-acoustic guitar. They played Angel, Another 45 miles, Twilight Zone and When The Lady Smiles. Former bandmember Peter de Ronde was in the audience.
Since Barry moved to a new house in Amsterdam a few years ago he attended a lot more parties and openings. In April he was amongst the invited guests for the 49th birthday celebration of wellknown dutch star Patty Brard. There was a party at the Amsterdam Zebra lounge with theme "Ex in the city" (she recently divorced) But only a few guests came but amongst them were Barry Hay and Henk Schiffmacher. Another "event" Barry joined was the introduction of a new series of "trilplaten" Items used in a gym to slender. The item was introduced by Connie van Breukhoven at the opening of the Special Sports Sportschool Amstelveen.
On Saturday April 17, 2004 Cesar Zuiderwijk attended the re-opening of the restyled drum unit at Rockpalace. He was accompanied by 84 year old drummer Jim Chapin and Di-rect drummer Jamie Westland. Check out the review on my website. Cesar is the co-owner of the Rock Palace shop!
Barry Hay has contributed a duet for the cd of female singer Frédérique Spigt. The cd will be released later this year. Other contributions are made by Herman Brood, Tim Akkermans (Di-rect)< Huub van der Lubbe (De Dijk) and Sarah Bettens (K's Choice) to name a few....
On May 01, 2004 the concert at Bunde-Geulle was cancelled after the band was informed by their stagemanager at 15 hour because he wasn't satisfied with the measures of the build stage.
On Monday May 03, 2004 Golden Earring started with the ticket sales on their official website for the CD & DVD recordings of a new album, on Tuesday June 08 and Wednesday June 09, 2004. The recordings were at the Panama Club in Amsterdam. Working title for the album is Naked three....
Om May 04, 2004 Cesar gave a drum clinic to celebrate the opening of a new megastore for drums in Ittervoort (Holland) called Adams Drumworld. This is already the biggest store for drums in Europe now! Check out this link for Drumworld.
Golden Earring did perform on Sunday May 09, 2004 at the old Luxor theatre in Rotterdam. This was a benefit concert for the Sophia childrens hospital in Rotterdam, the raised funds will be used for a special room for children with Cystic fibrosis disease. (The CF-Lounge) Persons who bought a VIP-card had access to the after party at the Thalia lounge (on the other side of the street where the old Luxor theatre is) with Golden Earring and a DJ. Golden Earring are patrons for the Dutch Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for several years already now. The final total raised was 53.885 euro!
Golden Earrings performance at the Sunsation festival at Middelstum was the tenth within twelve years and the last time they played there. The band announced to give less shows and no more playing in green fields or between cow-shit in lousy small dressing rooms.
On May 12, 2005 a new book about Golden Earring was presented to the press. It's called "Golden Earring, Rock die niet roest". Writer is Maarten Steenmeijer. It's a paperback with Dutch text, contains several photo's and is about 176 pages big. After an explanation of the author the Bart Chabot gave the first book to Barry Hay. Actually the book was already for sale for a couple of days! Among other well known persons attending were Robert Jan Stips and photographer Kees Tabak.
On May 14, 2004 at 16.00 hour Golden Earring did a surprise gig at The Hague. Guitar dealer Casa Benelly opened their new shop at the Piet Heinplein and the band was asked to give a small concert in front of the shop on a small stage. Amongst the songs played were Twilight Zone, When The Lady Smiles and Another 45 miles. Just before the concert George Kooymans did receive a custom made Taylor guitar from shopowner Ben van der Sman. The guitar has a snake print inlay made by Henk Schiffmacher. (The making of the guitar was easy as the vice-president of Taylor guitars USA is a fan of the band) Golden Earring bought several guitars at this shop. It started way back in 1992 when they bought 4 Taylor guitars for their Naked truth recording gigs. Since then the Barry and George bought some more guitars there.... Also this afternoon Barry bought a semi-acoustic guitar again.
The first Pinkpop DVD's are released now. The first two discs about the Pinkpop festival in the serie were released on May 18, 2004 by Universal Music. (In België by Universal Pictures) Golden Earring played an essential role in the history of Pinkpop. This is explained by Jan Smeets in the interview which is added as an extra on the dvd The Vintage Years part 1 (1970 - 1974). Golden Earring saved the very first Pinkpop festival (on May 18 1970), because the band provided it's PA and equipment for the festival. This was the profesional alternative instead of the installation a sound company provided. They intended to use some speakers which are normally used for cycle courses only.... Of course this wasn't sufficient! On the first dvd is the track Back Home by Golden Earring and you can see George Kooymans kicking the microphone stand after receiving an electrical shock due to failure! But the actual Golden Earring footage is only 30 seconds long...
There is also a legendary moment on the dvd which shows George kicking against a microphone stand after he just received and electric shock from the equipment! Golden Earring opens the dvd with their one and only track (+ band footage) from 1970: Back Home.
May 20, 2004 Rinus attended a jam session at a vessel called Minerva in Scheveningen Harbour. He was invited by Jaap de Jonckheere (Former Boom Boom Mancini member and friend of Rinus)
Barry Hay did contribute for the 'Hot Shots' exposition at the Amsterdam Stip Gallery. 20 famous and wellknown Dutch persons were asked to make photo's for the theme 'Sexy'. Their photo's were digitally processed to artworks in the style of Andy Warhol. The paintings could be seen untill June 26, 2004 at the Stip Gallery, Eerste Sweelinckstraat, Amsterdam.
On May 30, 2004 Golden Earring played at the AJOC Festival Mijdrecht again. Some fine picture were made by a fine photographer called Pascalle van Pel. Check out her site for more fine pictures!
Cesar Zuiderwijk did play with the Clarks and opened the festival Kaderock at Musicon The Hague was this year on June 05. This time with an all Earring set and encore Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
The cd's Paradise In Distress and Naked II have been re-released again on the TX2 label but this time with the enhancement 2003. On the Paradise In Distress cd a CNR label code can be found. These cd's are only of interest to collectors as they have the same tracklisting as the other releases.
During the Summer of 2004 writer Bart Chabot drove with Rinus to gigs sometimes and on board was Bart's most valuable instrument: a tape recorder.... Rinus and Bart also had chat sessions at Rinus' place to gather info for the book Bart Chabot is writing with working title "De bassist". There is no publication date set yet as it can take a long time untill it's finished.
June 2004 the second print of the "Rock die niet roest" book was released. (First print May 2004)
On June 07, 2004 there was the rehearsal for the new Golden Earring dvd\cd recording called Naked III. On June 08 and 09, 2004 they recorded this new cd in front of an audience at the Panama club Amsterdam.
Panama Naked III recording Setlist for May 08, 2004:
Golden Earring did perform in front of 36.000 visitors this summer on the Arrow Classic Rock festival! Some pictures at Arrow site
A "new" cd release has been found. It's called Golden Earring - Original hits on the Sony Music Entertainment label, July 2004 release. Label number 515483 9 and contains 12 tracks. This cd looks like a rerelease of another sampler cd called Greatest hits on Disky label (2000) but has different tracklisting. There's a slightly different cd-inlay: photo is the same but page filling as compared to the Disky release. (Photo in frame) Some tracks are equal e.g. Going To The Run, Angel and Johnny Make Believe. Both CD's are released under Sony Music license.
Rinus did join in a jamsession at beachclub Pier 32 on August 05, 2004. A small review is on this site.
On August 13, 2004 another "Drum 3 daagse" did start at Music Station in The Hague. Cesar was one of the drum teachers who gave clinics to 72 drummers who attended the event. On the first day drummers Jamie Westland (Di-rect) and Lucas van Merwijk gave clinics. Cesar Zuiderwijk opened the second day with a clinic and gave hints how to make your drum show much more visually atractive. Other clinics were given by John Engels and Olaf Fase. On sunday morning drummer Michael Shack gave a clinic with much energy, humor and fast drumming. Closing clinic was given by Ernst van Ee (Teacher at Musicon and Master of the double bass drum) with the credo: "Let the drums do the taking'". At the closing night on August 15 Cesar and Rinus did join in a jamsession on the Musicon stage for the final of the Drumdriedaagse which was organised by Music Station. The musicians on stage were: Rinus Gerritsen (bass), Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums), Eef Alberts (guitar), Jasper van ’t Hof (keyboards) and special guest: Leo Jansen (sax). This drum driedaagse event was organised by Cesar Zuiderwijks Music Station in cooperation with Slagwerkkrant with the support of Serlui BV (Zildjian bekkens) en BMI bv (supported the event with twelve Pearl drum kits!)
On August 19, 2004 Rinus joined in another jam session, this time in Scheveningen harbor on the Minerva vessel. Together with Jaap de Jonckheere , Erik Pronk on drums, Michael Eschauzier on keyboards and Nicko Christiansen (sax, vocals and guitar). Several others joined in as guest.
After the summerbreak a new band called Vertigo became the new support act for Golden Earring for several (at least 5) electric shows. Amongst their bandmembers is Denny Haayen on guitars, son of former Golden Earring manager Freddy Haayen.
(Vertigo photo's by Jeroen Oerlemans, used with permission. Thanks!)
Starting September 2004 both Barry and George started with in-ear plug monitoring. This means they have sound monitoring through custom made ear plugs.
In September 2004 a book called "Gevoelige snaren" was released. This book tells about the musical youth experiences of thirty well-known Dutch artists and amongst those 30 is Cesar Zuiderwijk. (ISBN number 90 229 8893 7)The proceeds of each book (4,5 euro) go to the Warchild organisation. As mentioned before Cesar is an ambassador for Warchild.
The electric shows at Staphorst (September 24, 2004) and Hoogwoud (Spetmber 25, 2004) were cancelled due to illness of Rinus. Rinus' last show before his ear problems was in Wieze (Belgium) at a festival over there (on Saturday September 18, 2004) Another acoustic tour was planned appropiate called Theatre tour 2004 - 2005. From this tour several acoustic shows at the end of September (Vlaardingen) and early October had to be cancelled due to illness of Rinus (persisting ear infection) Okki Klootwijk did the first electric show on October 01, 2004 (Bergen op Zoom) as a temporary replacement for Rinus Gerritsen. He did this earlier in 1999 when Rinus had a serious traffic accident.
When Okki Klootwijk took over the bass as Rinus was ill, Daan Breukhoven (assistant to Rinus and second bass technician) did the midi synths and programming which is normally done by Rinus at the same time.
Barry was heard in a new cartoon called "My Dad Is A Rockstar". Barry did the voice of the dad called Rock Zilla. The cartoon was translated from English and it is based on an original idea by Gene Simmons (Kiss bassplayer). On October 1 the Making of My Dad Is A Rockstar was broadcasted on TV station Nickelodeon.
A new book about Golden Earring (provisional working title: 'The Story Of Golden Earring') is due to appear. It will be published by 'Pictures Publishers' a publishing company based in Wijk en Aalburg (The Netherlands). The release date was set for November 2004. It will be a deluxe edition of 245 pages, containing a wealth of photographic material and other visuals. Several famous rock photographers are contributing, for instance Patricia Steur, Kees Tabak and Anton Corbijn. The authors of the main writings are sisters Mechteld and Karin Beks. This book is Karin's personal initiative; She envisaged a book in which the focus of the main texts should be predominantly on Golden Earring's wonderful music. Mechteld and Karin have each written over a 100 A4-pages of music criticisms. So although a concise biography will be added to the book, the main texts are definitely not biographical. There will also be extensive interviews (definitely music-oriented as well) with not only the four members of Golden Earring, but also with, among others, several former members of the band. This interview section was Mechteld's initiative; practically all the interviews were conducted by her. Furthermore, several renowned Dutch artists and writers were kind enough to contribute as guests: amongst them are Marion Bloem, Bart Chabot, Joost Zwagerman, Jan Cremer, Jan Mulder, Jack Spijkerman and Hans Teeuwen.On their site the Boekdesign company stated the release of the long awaited book "The story of Golden Earring" has been moved to January 2005. They probably wait on the release of the new Naked III cd\dvd to help to promotion of the book and support the cd\dvd release....
5 acoustic shows in a row (Vlaardingen, Veghel, Venlo, Tilburg and Hengelo had to be cancelled due to the illness of Rinus Gerritsen. (Due to a firmly ear inflammation causing dizziness and disturbances of equilibrium Rinus didn't play several shows) New tourdates for these shows were set for November 2004 and May 2005. Two more electric shows (Lichtenvoorde and Cuyk) were played with Okki Klootwijk on bass.
Barry could be heard in another radio-commercial in the Netherlands. This time he sang in Dutch and promoted the new Opel Corsa Rhythm. The commercial was aired a lot of times on national radio. Some weeks earlier a new tv commercial for Uniekaas was released which contained the music of Yellow and blue from the 1970's album Golden Earring (Also known as "Wall of dolls".) Both commercials circulate in the fancircuit as collectors digitalize more and more of their favorite band. These fans acknowledge the fact that these items should be stored for archiving reasons and represent a piece of the rich history of Golden Earring. They seem to be more aware of this fact than the band itself.
It was expected that Rinus would start playing after the autumn vacation break. The ear specialist found out the cause: a virus infection that nestled in his ear, causing this severe dizziness, but Rinus had to take a total rest untill he did fully recovery. At the same time the news was spread the Naked III release will be delayed untill January 2005 because of both commercial and productional reasons.
On October 28 Barry and Frederique Spigt contributed to the Barend en Van Dorp broadcast at tv station RTL 4. Barry sang with Frederique a duet called Mijn persoonlijke Jezus which is a translation from the Depeche mode song Personal Jesus. (Another detail about this female singer: George produced in 1988 the cd Wounded from Frederique's band at that time: I've got the bullets.)
On Saturday October 30 Yorin broadcasted the program Den Haag Life which featured Cesar Zuiderwijk & The Clarks. On Sunday October 31 Barry could be seen in a very small piece of the broadcast about the nomination of My dad is a rockstar for movies on Nickelodeon. Om Monday November 1st Barry was seen in a documentary about Frederique Spigt on Nederland 3, NPS broadcast corporation and program was titled "Het uur van de Wolf".
From Monday November 09 on (Apeldoorn concert) Rinus started to play acoustic gigs again after almost 6 weeks of being ill. This went pretty well. On Saturday November 13 at the Franeker concert Rinus did play his first electric gig since he became ill. For obvious reasons he didn't do his bass-solo yet. But he played again and that's more important. Rinus uses an ear plug to reduce the noise on stage.
But on November 15, 2004 again a show had to be cancelled! This time due to a throat infection from George. The Eindhoven acoustic gig had to be moved to Monday November 22, 2004!
George now seems to use a new Randall guitar system on stage. Fans notice a different guitar sound but think the sound is less than the Koch/Roland JC combination which sounded much better. Probably it's due to settings which have to be adjusted in the upcoming shows?
On December 01, 2004 leadsinger Barry Hay was voted 'De grootste muzikale Nederlander' ("Dutch most musical person") by the visitors of the website musicfrom.nl. The contest was a reaction on the election of the "Grootste Nederlander" by television broadcast coorporation KRO. Hay did get almost 32 percent of the 17.474 votes. This has not to be taken much seriously as the internet voting was not correct. More than one vote could be placed and so did a lot of Earring fans. Anyway it was a nice promotion as the "news" was mentioned in every Dutch newspaper... Except for eternal fame he also gets the internet domain: www.grootstemuzikalenederlanderallertijden.nl. DJ Tiësto became number 2 and Boudewijn de Groot 3rd. The Hague singer and former Hay protege Anouk was given 7 percent of all votes and became 7th.
Radar Love was voted best Dutch Nederpop classic. Dutch popmusicians voted 'Radar Love' by Golden Earring the best Nederpop Classic. This was the result of a vote by Aloha music magazine. The magazine asked the most important Dutch musicians which popsongs they preferred most. In the Top 20 which was compiled Golden Earring was the only Dutch production. Number one voted song was 'God only knows' by The Beach Boys.
An auction of 6 of Cesars signed drumheads and 4 signed drumsticks at Ricardo online auction site was ended at 212 euro's.
Barry did a duet with American singer Beth Hart which was recorded at Kopenhagen. He went after the acoustic Golden Earring show at Utrecht on December 7th to Rotterdam airport hotel and left the other day by plane for Kopenhagen......On their site the Boekdesign company now states the release of the long awaited book "The story of Golden Earring" has been moved again to September 2005. The reason is unknown to me as well as the writers Mechteld and Karin Beks. Probably a production problem, but speculation only from my side....
Cesar Zuiderwijk and Percossa Percussion did perform 14 shows as special act at the 34th edition of the 'Christmas Circus' in Ahoy, Rotterdam, from December 23, 2004 till Jan. 02, 2005. This is the first time he was actually performing in a circus. As told in the "Alle Gekheid Met Een Stokje" theatre show Cesar would have loved to be a clown. But this time some fantastic, rhytmic acts were played by him..... (Mentioned were the acts Schots trommelen and Cooking a turkey from the "Alle Gekheid Met Een Stokje" theatre show)
On December 31, 2004 between 20.15 - 21.20 hours on Dutch TV Nederland 3 (NPS) the serie Top-2000-a-Go Go did have an 8 minutes item about Radar Love featuring all bandmembers. For the item a piece was recorded at the Franeker 2005 concert and they were talking about the creation process of this classic song with live views from the Zwolle concert 1977. Also Barry did sing along with Brenda Lee on the car radio, while driving a new 2005 type Cadillac STS. Radar Love site webmaster Patrick Orriens answered a question of the host in the studio.
In 2004 Radar Love covers were released by:
2005 - In 2005 Golden Earring "celebrated" their fourtieth year of excistance. However there were no real celebrations as the Earring is not the kind of band to pay much attention to this kind of "milestones". For February 25, 2005 the release of the Naked III cd and dvd was scheduled.
The band was still on tour both in the theatres (Theatre tour 2004 -2005)as well as the festivals (PinkPop, Strijen) and bigger indoor venues. About 80 shows were done this year.
In the Top 2000 a go go program Barry drove a new 2005-model Cadillac. Funny thing is that Barry will own/receive his Cadillac later on in 2005. So after the NPS producer decided that Barry should drive this new model Cadillac the NPS phoned Cadillac the Netherlands and found out that the only person who already owned this 2005 model Cadillac in the Netherlands is.... the president of Cadillac Benelux. He was very willing to borrow the car to the NPS. So during the recordings (November 13, 2004) Barry drove his car. I'm not sure which model it is, but may this year the big Cadillac STS will be introduced, followed by a STS-V sports model.
On January 08 and 09, 2005 Cesar Zuiderwijk organised workshops for both beginning and advanced drummers at his Music Station on the Prinsestraat 38b, The Hague. The costs: 50 euro including a lunch and study material.
On Sunday January 09, 2005 at 23 hour the programme "Doodnormaal", was shown on RTL4. This is a weekly broadcasted program in which is frankly spoken about the death; this weeks show with: Barry Hay, Carlo Boszhart and Tanja Jess. (Re-broadcast was on January 24, 2005 on RTL5)
On January 10, 2005 the title of the new Golden Earring single I've Just Lost Somebody became very real. The Golden Earring fan community was shocked to hear Golden Earring fan Louise Donk got killed in a car accident because some lunatic threw a large brick from an overpass through the front window of her car while she was driving on the A4 motorway. She will be sadly missed.
For June 18, 2005 another Golden Earring Beach concert was planned at Scheveningen Beach. The previous 2 concerts were a huge success and a few hundred thousand people attended the shows! I guess this would have been a nice "party" to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the band which started to record their first single in 1965! But on January 11, 2005 the date for the 3rd Beach concert was cancelled again due to the lack of sponsors. No tv-station wanted to participate in the costs for the broadcast. This was a big disappointment for many fans of course....
On January 13, 2005 the fine news that the Golden Earring bandmembers gave permission to dedicate the new single I've Just Lost Somebody to fan Louise Donk was mentioned in a press release. Fans had asked for this on their websites and the international Golden Earring internet newsgroup. (alt.music.Golden-Earring)
On January 15, 2005 the sadly deceased Golden Earring fan Louise Donk was cremated at Uden Crematorium. At her cremation the newest 2004 recorded Naked III version of the song I've Just Lost Somebody was played. This song is dedicated to Louise Donk by the bandmembers. The cdsingle was especially sent by Universal Music to the family of Louise to make sure the song could be played at her memorial service. The memorial service was attended by at least four hundred (!) family members, friends, collegues, many many Golden Earring fans and Golden Earring guitarist George Kooymans who came to pay his respects on behalf of the band.
Later that evening several bandmembers joined in jamsessions. On January 15, Rinus Gerritsen and Barry Hay did play a set during The Clarks concert at the Westwood, The Hague. Normally Cesar Zuiderwijk would have been there too to play along, but as mentioned he did perform saturday evening January 15 at the end of the Ready 2 Play night at Musicon Music centre The Hague. Ready 2 Play is the name for young bands who are trained at Musicon.
Songs played where When The Lady Smiles, I can't sleep without you, Long Blond Animal, The devil made me do it, Holy Holy Life (!), Twilight Zone, Radar Love and Back home.
On January 24, 2005 Rinus tried out a new stringbass (China landscape). For all you curious musicians out there; all information including pictures are on Rinus' website.
For January 28, the new single release was scheduled: I've Just Lost Somebody acoustic live recorded during the Naked III sessions. This is part one of the cdsingle. It contains the extra tracks Twilight Zone (**) and Johnny Make Believe (**). Track listing of the part 2 cdsingle which did appear February 11th contains I've just lost somebody (*)\Save Your Skin (**)\Paradise In Distress (full version, including Cesar's solo) (**)\I've Just Lost Somebody (***)
But due to technical problems at the CD factory the release of the new single I've just lost somebody (Part 1) was delayed for one week to February 04, 2005! The single came in at position 20 from the Mega Top 100 and on position 6 from the Pepsi Mega Chart. (But this is based on cdsingle sales at Free Record shop!) One week later on February 11th the second part was released.
The cover of the Naked III album showed a guitar again decorated with three naked girls again. The decoration was painted by Henk Schiffmacher again. Barry first had the artistic idea for this concept for the Naked Truth album. So it was obvious for the sequels Naked II and Naked III this concept was used again.
The sold out dvd "Alle Gekheid Met Een Stokje" is rereleased by Free Record shop on February 4, 2005. This second release has a different sleeve compared to the first one, but the content is the same.
Coverband The Clarks did give a concert on February 12, 2005 on Curaçao with Barry Hay. The Golden Earring singer performed with the Clarks several times before. The Clarks were last year on Curaçao as well and performed together with Lee Towers then. Just like that concert the gig with Barry Hay was at the garden of Café-restaurant Tu Tu Tango, Willemstad. Nice photo's of this show can be seen on this site. (Photo section)
The complete Pinkpop 2005 program was announced at a press conference on February 16, 2005 in Paradiso Amsterdam. Also 4 of the acts did perform there and amongst them was Beth Hart. Golden Earring will perform on the Pinkpop Festival at Landgraaf, Monday May 16. This will be the third time for the band (Earlier they played there in 1970 and 1977). Only a few bands have performed there 3 times in their career!
Part two of the I've Just Lost Somebody single was released on February 11th, 2005. The single entered the Mega Top 100 at position 6! The tracklength of Paradise In Distress on the cd mentions that it is 12.16 minutes long. But when you play the song it is only about 8 minutes long....
Cesar did perform 4 times at the Big Bang Drumming festival which was held from 17 -21 February 2005. He was also the show host for each of the four evenings! Cesar will also give another drum clinic in May at Drumworld, Ittervoort, Holland!
On February 25, 2005 there was the cd\dvd-presentation for the new album Naked III at the Panama Club Amsterdam. Check out the review on this site! Tickets for this presentation could be won at the Free Record Shop site if you preordered the album....... But also on national radio. For the cd presentation the band performed a small 7 track concert.
Setlist for the Panama CD presentation show:
Amongst the many guests were some members of Percossa Percussion, Xandra Brood, Willem van Kooten (Red Bullet, who gave the first Naked III dvd to each member), Daniel Dekker (Dutch Radio 2), Ocki Klootwijk (bass player), Sandra Hay, Henk Schiffmacher and Dirk Zeelenberg (Wellknown as "Wouter of the LOI advertisements")
On the Naked III cd\dvd is the Will and Mercy track Barry already promised during theatre concerts in the Nineties and which can be heard on the Don't Stop The Show dvd and video. (Back then he was making a joke of it but it finally became true!) But also never played before acoustic tracks like Ce soir and Just like Vince Taylor made this album well worth the waiting for.
The songs Johnny Make Believe and Twilight Zone which were played during the Naked III recordings are not on the cd album which is an Super Audio CD (SACD) However Twilight Zone is on the DVD release.
Rumours were there the band did some additional shots without fans to make the dvd look even better as both recording evenings were very hot. (Inside even more than outside the building) The recordings of the first night were not used for that reason. It was too hot inside so the band did sweat too much. But I have no confirmation these additional shots were really made.
But the new cd was released with a spelling error in the track name (Holy Holy Live instead of Holy Holy Life) and the tracklisting on the inlay is in different order than the concert was. Holy Holy Life is now in the middle of the tracklisting. The cd also contains the thief which isn't mentioned on the cover! The track time of Paradise In Distress is incorrect. Of course this was a big mistake again by Universal. (it happened before with the 35 years cd which didn't had the bandname on it and the Millbrook USA dvd with spelling errors) For those fans who had the first edition of the cd with the inlay with errors they could ask for a replacement back inlay and cd cover. There was a also new cd cover available on the official Golden Earring website (Adobe document (pdf-file) to save and/or print out).
Later on you could get a new cover and back inlay at the record store where you bought your cd. Not many fans did this as the first release is a kind of collectors item. The new cd cover and back inlay now have the same design as the dvd since the middle of March 2005. In the old version the cd had it's own design (3 naked girls in a circle) and stood apart beside the dvd. Now they are the same. The cdsingle cover concept now no longer matches the cd cover design.....
On February 27, 2005 it became clear the in 1986 recorded but never released EP ‘In America’ from the Dutch band City And State would be for sale after all. The five tracks on the cd were recorded by Evert Nieuwstede (Who wrote all the songs) with several fellow musicians like David Hollestelle, Gee Carlsberg, Ad van der Ree and Erik de Boer (all ex-Wild Romance and/or Urban Heroes). Under the name City And State they released one single at the time. Nieuwstede recently found the recordings in his attic and did release them through the website Fonos.nl. On the CD there are contributions from guest musicians George Kooymans (Golden Earring), Candy Dulfer, Herman Brood, Monica Tjen (Hermes Houseband) and the late Wim Bieler (Q65).
On Monday February 28, 2005 there was a 4 minute broadcast from the Earring album presentation Naked III on the RTL Boulevard tv-show.
To promote the album a tv commercial was shown on national tv. Also there were cd and dvd give-aways by calling a number of national paper The Telegraaf. Rinus and Barry could be heard on the Schiffers.fm radio program on March 2 and 3. The band was invited to perform at Barend en Van Dorp tv shows on March 07, 10 and 11, 2005.
The duet Barry Hay sang with American singer Beth Hart was released February 2005 by Universal music! It was mentioned in the Slagwerkkrant drummer Martijn Bosman (Kane) is also on the single. The duet is titled 'I don't want to be'. The video shoots from the recording studio from the artists will probably be used for a videoclip to promote the single. The track is a bonustrack on the Dutch re-release of Beth's album Leave the light on (18 February 2005). The previously released cd is now extended with five tracks including I don't want to be. (Universal label, label number 987 054-6) It also has a five track live cd in the jewelcase as well. Beth new single will be in stores in May and will also have the duet as second track.
In February 2005 (the initial second, but deleted) The Golden Earrings single "Lonely everyday" with the b-side "Not to find" was put up on auction at Ebay. This was to be the Golden Earrings second single, but it was deleted and destroyed before release. Very few copies are known to exist, the seller personally knows of 12 copies. The item was sold with picture sleeve and has a promo stamp on label: "Monster plaat niet voor verkoop" and was sold now on Ebay for 2285 US dollars! This is defenitely the highest price I have seen paid for this item. (And I think it is very high, but on the other hand this is a collectors item!)
Rumours ran around Golden Earring would perform on a The Hague festival September 03, 2005 at the Malieveld (just near Central Station). Other names mentioned are Kane and Di-rect! No more info known yet...
On February 23, 2005 Barry painted a dish for charity reasons for the KiKa foundation. He painted together with two cancerpatients a pink guitar on a large dish. For those of you who like to take a look at the item: the dish could be be seen untill March 16th at the Ceramic Studio Color me mine.
On Wednesday March 02, 2005 Barry Hay was the guest in a one hour show for the 1000th broadcast of the NPS radio program Kunststof on Dutch national Radio 1. Great interview and beside Earring information Barry told some really personal things. Amongst those facts he mentioned he was named after actor John Barrymore! In the broadcast they tried to start the track I've just lost somebody but due to the misprint cover this took three tries!
The next day Thursday March 03, 2005 Barry Hay was the guest of the TROS Dutch radio 2 program "Gouden Uren" for a small item.
Golden Earring did perform three times in the Barend en Van Dorp tv-show on March 07, 10 and 11, 2005. The songs played were I've just lost somebody, Angel and Sleepwalking. On March 10 the band also joined at the table for the forum discussion. They also discuss their 40 year musical career.
On March 13, 2005 Barry did the recordings for a song for a cd. The first contacts for the recording were already made in December 2004 when Barry was asked if he wanted to cooperate for the album. The song called "Love me about that much" was recorded in Scheveningen at the home studio of singer Meg and her husband, drummer Hans Eijkenaar. The song was used for a cd which is packed with a book by Wouter Stips called "Ongeveer zoveel hou ik van jou". For all songs the lyrics were written by Wouter Stips and the music is by Meg and Hans. Barry's song is the only one sung in English as Barry specificly asked for a text in English. The title of his track is the translation for the bookname: Love me about that much. So this song was especially written and composed for Barry. Barry came to the recordings with his close friend Erik Hazelhoff Roelfsema. (Erik did the voice over at the end of the song). Wouter Stips is the brother of former Golden Earring member Robert Jan Stips.
Judasville became the new support act for several shows in March and April. Thier first appearance was on March 18, 2005 in Zoelen at the Sneeuwpop festival (Electric show) Due to the success the band was asked for more shows as well.
March 14, 2005 The "new" electric setlist as played at the Hoogwoud concert: no bass solo and 1 song changed to the previous setlist: I've just lost somebody which replaced Leather. Setlist: Candy's going bad, Skyscraper hell of a town, Another 45 miles, Better of dead, Future, Sleepwalking, Twilight Zone, Save your skin, Mission impossible, I've just lost somebody, When The Lady Smiles, Going To The Run, Albino moon, Johnny Make Believe, Radar Love, Back home. The encores: Long Blond Animal and Holy Holy Life.
George Kooymans is now trying out a new amp on stage again next to his Koch. This time it's a Mesa Boogie (dual rectifier it seems) which seems to work very well. The Randalls amplifiers are not on stage anymore. At the Hoogwoud gig the new (Mesa boogie) amplifier was on stage for the first time. This amp will be modificated\extended for George and will replace the old Koch amplifier in the future according to fan reports.
So the band and crew had some busy weeks lately. Normally a rehearsal-day or two are planned. Rinus is testing a personal monitor system using in-ears. The crew is glad to remember everything after 'all those weeks'. Rinus' health is doing great, but he didn't play his bass solo yet. The very high frequencies (feedback during his bass-solo) are sometimes pretty annoying for him. It's all a matter of time.
On March 16, Golden Earring performed a one hour acoustic show at the LogicaCMG annual company party..
The proceeds of the Kika auction on March 17, at Artis Zoo Amsterdam were 150.000 euro's! Barry's item was auctioned for 4500 euro's!
On March 17, Barry Hay was heard for an interview on Dutch radio 3 (Program Arbeidvitaminen, program part De Naamplaat). Also the cover and inlay reprints of Naked III are now available. I received an item from Universal at home. But fans report they are in (at least some) stores now. About the new cd cover and back inlay: these have the same design as the dvd now. In the old version the cd had it's own design and stood apart beside the dvd. Now they are the same. The cdsingle cover concept now no longer matches the cd cover design.....
Barry Hay is working on a book for children now. It will be illustrated by his wife Sandra. The book's theme is about a man type Elvis, antisocial and a woman type Barbie, which have a kid which tries to bring up it's parents.... Release is planned for the end of this year, around December.
Barry was seen in an tv-interview for RTL4 Autowereld March 19, 2005 about his new car a Cadillac SUV. He also told an anecdote about his first car, an AC Cobra (Sold to 2 collectors in Wassenaar and one week later wrecked to a tree by them) This program was re-broadcasted on March 20th on RTL 5.
On March 21, there was an item in SBS6 tv program Hart van Nederland about the Schiffmachers getting married that day in Mokum! Of course The Hay's (being friends of them) were there as well and could be seen on tv for a moment as well.
The Rockpalast dvd with the 1982 Golden Earring concert was released on March 23, 2005 in Germany. Many fans in Holland bought the dvd as well as it is an energetic show from the band playing abroad. Thorugh import channels the dvd was sold in Holland also.
The recordings of the TV show "Raymann is laat"" from comedian Jorgen Raymann were recorded on March 24 at the Nighttown club, Rotterdam. The actual broadcast was on March 25, NPS, NL3 and repeated one day later on the same channel.
Due to illness of Barry the concert of March 30, 2005 at the Oosterpoort, Groningen was cancelled. New show date became May 21, 2005. Also the Veghel concert (April 1st) and Landgraaf (April 2nd) were cancelled. It was the second time this concert had to be rescheduled as last year this concert was cancelled due to illness of Rinus! Veghel will be moved to May 24, 2005. More concerts had to be cancelled like Terneuzen (April 5), IJmuiden (April 6) and Alphen (April 9th). As Barry had a salmonella food poisening his recovery took a while. The Alphen concert (April 9th) was the sixth concert in a row which had to be cancelled.
The fanclub site guest book mentioned Universal Music reported Radio 538 (Program Evers staat op by DJ Edwin Evers) will do something nice again with Golden Earring in April. This was scheduled for the first of second week of April, but due to Barry's illness this will be later. Keep on listening!
The magazine LIVE XS from April 2005 has a small article about The Night of the drums at Atlantis, Alkmaar on Friday April 22, called: drummer des vaderland": Cesar Zuiderwijk. Plus a photo of Cesar. Cesar will be joining here for the musical program. There is more info about the "Night Of The Drums" here. Cards are 10 euro and for sale now.
The show on October 14, at The Heineken Music Hall is now officially confirmed!
More shows had to be cancelled. Finally 8 shows in a row were cancelled as Barry got Pneumonia as well after his Salmonella food poisening. It ended in the middle of April and it took over three weeks to fully recover........ Barry lost almost 6 kilo's of weight!
Fans reported Golden Earring gave a great first show at Goes after Barry's illness on April 16. However Barry was really tired afterwards. Check the news part of this site for a fan impression. George Kooymans is now using Mesa amplifiers. (Who has more info?)
On April 17, there was a press conference at the Amsterdam Hard Rock café for the release of the My dad is a rockstar dvd releases. Barry was present at this press conference. He received a limited edition of the dvd's. In a box there are 9 dvd's with the series on it. It also has 2 missing episodes from the serie which are not on the regular dvd releases. The serie is also sold on 4 separate dvd's each containing 2 episodes of the serie.
On April 22, 2005 the band recorded and mixed several songs at the Bullet Sound Studios for the Evers Staat Op radioshow (Radio 538) From this session 3 tracks were added to the 2005 cdsingle Angel (Naked III album acoustic version). The added tracks are Twilight Zone (07.58), Long Blond Animal (4.29) and Radar Love (6.21)
In September 2005 the long awaited book The story of Golden Earring will be released. Authors are sisters and Golden Earring fans Mechteld and Karin Beks. Bart Chabot is still gathering info for his book about Rinus called "De bassist".
Even this date is uncertain as today (April 20) I spoke Feike de Keijzer from the Bookdesign company at my home who wanted more info and record and cd sleeves from me. She said the book will be about 360 pages and the date is not certain due to the fact they give priority to quality instead of a rush release. She gave me an impression of the graphic design and it looks GREAT. My compliments for the fantastic layout and great graphics. This book you NEED TO HAVE as an Earring fan. And although the language is Dutch, foreign fans will buy this one for sure as there is so much to look at!
Golden Earring did play in the morning of April 22, 2005 in the Bullet Sound Studio 1 at Nederhorst den Berg from 10.15 to 11 hr in front of a 30 man audience. This was the result of a vote for the Top 5 of the listeners Radio 538 radio station on the "Edwin Evers staat op" radio show. The next week the songs were broadcasted, every day another song. The songs recorded are: When The Lady Smiles, Another 45 miles, Twilight Zone, Radar Love and Long Blond Animal. All tracks were recorded at once except for Long Blond Animal which was restarted after a few seconds. The show was great according to a fan who had been there. The recordings were done by John Sonneveld. Afterwards Barry and George listened to the recordings very carefully.
Cesar did join the night of drums in Atlantis (Alkmaar) on April 22, 2005.
On April 25, 2005 there was a book and cd release at the Paard van Troje, The Hague from a cd Barry Hay has cooperated for. He sang one song (Love me about that much) for the album which came with a book called "Ongeveer zoveel hou ik van jou", written by Wouter Stips (Yes, the brother of Robert Jan!). The tracks are recorded by the musiscians of Anouks band, including them drummer Hans Eijkenaar. He and his wife Meg composed all music for the cd, only track 10 was composed by Robert Jan Stips. At the book release many musicians performed their songs live. Barry wasn't at the presentation as he still is recovering from his illness. His song was performed live by the band and mixed with the vocals of Barry by the sound technician.
George Kooymans did join a lot of musicians (Like Freek de Jonge with Robert Jan Stips) to perform at The Plein in The Hague on April 26, 2005 for the "een royaal gebaar" manifestation. This action was organised by Marion Bloem. On tuesday April 26 all persons who signed the petition on www.eenroyaalgebaar.nl were invited to come to Het Plein in The Hague between 13 and 15.15 hr, as politicians were then being asked to sign on a personal base the letter to the queen requesting a general pardon to all illegals in the Netherlands. More than 170.000 autographs were gathered to present to the authorities. Only a few hundred people attended the manifestation. Freek de Jonge, Ernst Jansz, The Lau, George Kooymans, Robert Jan Stips, Huub van der Lubbe, Frederique Spigt, Joris Linssen, Hans Dagelet, Esther Apituley, Plattèl, some refugees were some of the artists who did perform. A book with an impression of all letters to the queen and a cd with special recorded songs in it is released. For this cd George Kooymans recorded a track with his daughter Cassy. The song is called "Waar ga je heen" and sung by George and his daughter Cassy, guitar by George, bass by Rinus and drums by Cesar! The track is sung in Dutch. The cd is enclosed in the book "Een royaal gebaar", published by Picture Publishers (Same company as the one who will publish the Story of Golden Earring Book)
In de Telegraaf April 26, 2005 it was mentioned Barry wins the Zeiss Relaxed vision award and is called the "Dutch Bono" for always wearing sunglasses and his "vision" on sunglasses. The awards were presented by the Stichting promotie optiekbranche to the winners at a press conference at the Amsterdam Cineac.
Cesar Zuiderwijk was heard on Dutch radio 1 on May 2, 2005 for an one hour interview at the "Voor 1 nacht" program with host Jeanne Kooymans.
In May 2005 several shows were played which were originally planned in 2004 but then Rinus became ill. (Ear infection and dizzyness for several weeks.)
The May issue of Linda Magazine has an article about "The wife of", this time Barry Hay. Sandra Hay tells about her life with Barry Hay. She met him when she was only 19 years old. She now is 37 so she differs almost 20 years with Barry. She mentions the fact their life is incredibly perfect. They are happy with their 2 children, their animals and each other. She realises how lucky they are as she saw many relationships around her ending. Their relationship is based on friendship, fun and they never argue (Only about the central heating which he always places on low temperature). Barry is a positive man and a "dream father". She couldn't understand the fact that when she met Barry he really liked her. She was a girl who spent her youth at children homes. That he really adored her (and still does) was surreal! The 20 years difference were never an issue. Barry still looks great and sometimes really is a small child in her eyes. She sometimes feels older than him. Especially in practical things, like the household she wants to be in control. That's her dominion and Barry likes it that way. Barry stands behind his woman and encourages her in the things she does. As she is an artist as well he bought her a painting easel when she started painting. By now she had 2 expositions of her own and sold a lot of work already. Sandra is now working on a children's book.
On May 06, 2005 Cesar opened a music shop.
Cesar did give a drum clinic on May 09, 2005 at Drum World at Ittersum.
On May 13 Veronica broadcasting corporation did show the tv premiere of the Naked III dvd on television. This was an edited version of 55 minutes, as most of the time this is done with this kind of broadcasts in the past. It has been seen by 96.000 viewers. This is a fair amount of viewers considering the broadcast time....
At the same day (May 13, 2005) the Naked III dvd was shown on television another cdsingle called Angel was released by Universal Music. There are three bonustracks on the cdsingle called Radar Love, Long Blond Animal and Twilight Zone. All bonus tracks were recorded for the Radio 538 radioshow "Evers staat op" on April 22, 2005 by John Sonneveld at the Bullet Sound studio's. He also did the single mixing. The single will be available for a limited price during May 13-27 at Free record shop and van Leest shops. The layout of the cdsingle cover is the same as the I've Just Lost Somebody cdsingle. (Design by Henk Schiffmacher). But again a typo has been made on the cd-cover. Twilight Zone is written by George Kooymans alone instead of Kooymans\Hay as mentioned on the cover. I even dare to doubt wether Radar Love is published by Snamyook music. This is the publisher for songs from George alone as stated with Twilight Zone. Radar Love in original version was published by Snamyook\Dayglow.....
The original version of Angel was published on the 1995 Face it cd and released on cdsingle then as well by Sony Music.
On April 29, 2005 record company Warner re-released Beth Harts album Leave the light on to promote her upcoming gigs in Holland. The album is re-released with a 5 track live bonus cd and the cd is extended with 5 tracks. Amongst those 5 extra tracks is the duet Beth recorded with Barry Hay called I don't want to be. On May 13, the new Beth Hart single was released called "Learning to live". Beth Hart is also a performing artist at Pinkpop 2005 (Just like Golden Earring) and that's also one reason why the bonustrack "I don't wanna be" with Barry is placed as second track on this Dutch cdsingle. (Universal label, label number 987 146-6) The song I dont' want to be was a big hit for singer Kevin de Graw during summer 2005.
Many Radio 2 listeners have voted in the first two weeks of May 2005 about a list of 111 well-known song intro's. The intro of the Dutch Pop classic Radar Love' (1973) by Golden Earring was chosen to be the best intro ever! The 2nd position was for 'School' by Supertramp (1974), 3rd became 'I feel fine' by The Beatles (1964) and on 4th position Hotel California' by The Eagles (1976). In a reaction on Belgium teletext George Kooymans mentioned: "We know the song is a classic, which is played every day everywhere around the world, but this election is a fine recognition!"
On May 16, 2005 Golden Earring did perform for the third time in their career at Pinkpop 2005. They gave a great one hour show. Radio and tv broadcasts were made. Probably Golden Earring was in it as well.... On VPRO 3 voor 12 website you could see the Earring on WebTV live. Unfortunately Barry Hay didn't join Beth Hart on the main stage to sing their duet live on Pinkpop 2005 due to a time problem to rehearse the song.
Fans reported No for an answer is ommited from the electric setlist by this time.
The May issue of the Dutch Music maker magazine has a topic on the stage setup of Golden Earring: "Earring 40 jaar Golden gear".
Golden Earring lead singer Barry Hay and the band The Sheer did attend at the "Muzikantendag" on May 21 to give hints and tips and information to musicians. Barry did give a workshop "Vocal coaching". Last year Cesar gave a drum clinic at this event. The muzikantendag took place at the Melkweg and Cinecenter Amsterdam and is meant for starting and semi-professional musicians who want to become information about making music and starting a musical career. More information on the Muzikantendag site.
On Monday May 23, the band gave a small concert at Capelle aan de IJssel for a limited audience. Tickets were sold to customers only by Cor Van Dalen, the owner of a burnt down restaurant and the show was given in a small theatre (Isala Theatre) to celebrate the fact the restaurant was open again...
On May 29, Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn gave his 50th birthday party at his new bought home at the The Hague Anna Paulownastraat. Amongst many famous guests were U2's Bono and Adam Clayton, but also former Golden Earring member Robert Jan Stips! At the end of the evening Bono sang Golden Earring's Radar Love!
On May 31, the band played in the New Luxor Theatre at Rotterdam again. They only played one encore and then left for a "new herring party" at Scheveningen. The reason why they only played one encore is misty as the crowd was cheering and whistling for more.........
On June 04, 2005, Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform together with the Clarks and several other guest musicians at the The Hague Kaderock 2005 festival near his drumschool Music Station again. Due to circumstances (podium not delivered in time) the festival started over two hours later and as Cesar had to be in Wateringen later on that day, he only performed one song with the Clarks (When The Lady Smiles) and left the stage. Anyway the Clarks set with a lot of guests was pretty impressive and I really enjoyed the Livin' blues part. Man, that Nicko Christiansen really is a performer! Frans Krassenburg performed That day and Sound of the screaming day. This was great also.... A few hours later Cesar performed with Percossa Percussion in Wateringen (near the Hague, on a local percussion day). Musicon did organise for the tenth time in a row their Kaderock music festival and there were acts like Dominator, Qrio, Midnight temptation, Firefly, Van katoen and Smutfish.
On June 06, 2005 there was a press conference where the upcoming Beatstad festival was announced. The conference was held in The Hague at the FAB café-restaurant where Barry, Cesar and George attended as well as other performing artists like Kane and Di-rect.
On June 18, all 40.000 tickets for the Beatstad festival The Hague on September 03, 2005 were sold out in 35 minutes so it seemed. However the ticketmaster online ordering was many times overloaded and cards were available for several weeks afterwards. Half july 30.000 tickets were sold.
On June 25, 2005 Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform with Percossa Percussion on the "Straatfestival" Woerden at the Kerkplein from 17 18 hour.
On June 27, 2005 a cd was released with the recordings of the sold-out Arena shows by Dutch artists Gerard Joling, Rene Froger and Gordon. On this cd is a cover version of Radar Love as performed at these shows. Cd is titled Toppers in concert. The dvd of this concert is released on September 23, 2005.
On July 12, Barry Hay was heard on national radio 3FM for an small interview at Claudia D'rop radioshow (Vara) and Twilight Zone was acoustic played together with Eric Corton around 13.30 hr. Barry was present in the studio and was guest in the Quiz Eric tegen 1 about Golden Earring on radio. You could win a fantastic price. A "signed banana"! Barry should have done this last week already but due to the tragic terroristic attacks on London targets this event was rescheduled for July 12th! The next day, Wednesday July 13, 2005 Barry Hay was the guest in a radio show on Yorin FM hosted by Henk Westbroek. No more details known.
On July 13, 2005 Dutch radiostation Yorin FM promoted the Vertigo 2005 U2 tour with a special broadcast. In a direct interview from his airplane Bono requested Golden Earring's Radar Love to be played on the station. It seems Radar Love is Bono's favourite song. U2 did three shows at the Amsterdam Arena. During the (encore) song Vertigo on July 13, live at the Amsterdam Arena; Bono sang two lines from Radar Love, and shouted three times Radar Love. From this show fans released a bootleg recording on 2cd called U2 Vertigo tour and label number Vertigo 07-13. After the concerts the PA played Radar Love as well and all visitors sang along with it while leaving the Arena!
But according to the Radar Love website and own research Bono did more Radar Love in the past. Back in 1997 U2 played a karaoke version of Radar Love at the Kuip, Rotterdam at a concert from their Popmart Tour.
On July 31, 2005 Cesar and Rinus did attend a tribute concert for John Lagrand in Monster. Cesar played with this musician in Livin' Blues in the sixties. John was a famous mouthharp player. He also contributed with a solo on the Golden Earring tracks Snot love in Spain and Tiger Bay from the No promises, no debts album. For more info check news section of this site. Rinus did perform in several songs in the session band. (John Lagrand died at the age of 55 on June 30, 2005 from emphysema)
At the end of July, early August the long awaited Live from the Twilight Zone dvd was released by Red Bullet. In the fan circuit rumours float around the 1969 Eight miles high documentary as well as one or more of the so called Sceheveningen Beach concerts (1986 and 1993) will be released as well....
Barry Hay spent his summer vacation with his family in Brasil this year.
From August 11, 2005 on there is another vote for the greatest Roadtrip song on USA Today. Amongst the nominated songs is Radar Love. Golden Earring fans around the world voted a lot for this song and on August 21 the song was at first position with 36% of the votes untill then. At one point the vote rate got up to 50% for Radar Love. The final result is not known yet.
On August 12, 13 and 14, 2005 Cesar Zuiderwijks Music Station did organise another 3 day Drumdriedaagse just like the years before..! On two evenings there were sessions with Cesar on drums! The first session was on August 12 with Nicko Christiansen on saxophone. On stage were two drumkits and every song another drummer was invited to join Cesar Zuiderwijk on stage and drum along with the sessionband. Amongst several older drummers were 12 year old Dennis and 9(!) year old Shanna Vos. Second session was on August 13, 2005. This drum driedaagse event was organised by Cesar Zuiderwijks Music Station in cooperation with Slagwerkkrant with the support of Zildjian (Zildjian bekkens to every Pearl drumkit), Pearl (supported the event with Pearl drum kits in every room!) and DW Drums who organised the Marco Minneman clinic.
From August 20 on the organisation of the Beatstad festival decided the ticket sales for the concert on September 3, 2005 was open for fans outside The Hague as well! As there are 6.000 of the 40.000 tickets remaining this will mean the festival will be sold out soon.
On August 20 Cesar joined the band WC Experience on stage at their concert at Gilze. He played along with them and also gave a drum solo together with the band's drummer.
5 days later on August 25, 2005 he did another (short) solo performance. The 'Netkous' can stand severe drumming. Even the white paint of the recently placed first steel part of the Randstad Rail overpass at the the Hague Prinses Beatrixlaan stayed on during the loud sound waves. Not even a crack was to be seen when Cesar Zuiderwijk and percussiongroup Absurdo tested the durance of the construction during a 5 minute long loud drumming performance on August 25th, 2005. With the use of empty oil drums and an electronic drumkit the sound of a construction site was imitated on a height of 7,5 meters up in the air on a hanging stage in the 'Netkous' (part of the Randstad Rail) There was no special composition written by Cesar for the event which took place to celebrate that the first steel part of the Randstad Rail overpass (called the 'Netkous') was in place now. It was put into position within 4 hours at night this week.
On August 28, 2005 national paper de Telegraaf mentioned in their article "Radar Love beste muziek in de auto" the USA Today voting for Radar Love as the beste roadtrip song. Even Barry Hay did phone to the Netherlands mid August while he was on vacation in Brasil to find out what this was all about after reading a newspaper abroad.
Dutch Radio 2 did broadcast a Golden Earring concert on August 30, 2005 starting 22hr. This is a concert from the archives and was made up out of a "Leidsekade live recording" from 1991 and the Pinkpop 2005 concert. More info on the radio 2 festival site.
On September 01, 2005 the band did a try-out show at Berkel en Rodenrijs. During this first concert after the 2005 summerbreak at Berkel en Rodenrijs (01-09-2005) Golden Earring played a new song. It is called Watcha gonna do (When The Levee Breaks) (A song written by Frank Carrillo) and was the first live performance of this song by Golden Earring!) This song can be found on the cd 'Bad out there' by Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros. Also the track Bombay was added to the setlist. On this song Sidney Katz played along on electric guitar. He performed the Spanish laut on Albino moon as well. (As always) During the soundcheck in Berkel en Rodenrijs there was a second new song played by George and Rinus, as Barry and Cesar didn't arrive there in time...... No more info about that songs is known.
Golden Earring did perform at the Malieveld, The Hague, on Saturday September 3, 2005! They were the closing act of the Den Haag Beatstad 2005 festival and did start at around 22 hour in front of 43.000 fans. Kane and Di-rect were the other bands performing as well. Golden Earring played a "new song". Their version of the Frank Carillo song Watcha gonna do, when the levee breaks, which sounded really good. Also Bombay which was added to the setlist since the Berkel and Rodenrijs concert was played again with Sidney Katz on stage. Furthermore Golden Earrings set contained the wellknown hits like Twilight Zone, Radar Love, Long Blond Animal, when the lady smiles and encore Back home together with Kane and Di-rect. Of course: "It's always good to be back home (performing in The Hague)" A compliment has to be given to Golden Earrings light designer Marcus Muzea for the fantastic lighting during the concert. As there were so many lights on stage the view was sometimes overwhelming.... As over 10 camera's recorded the whole event i'm curious to find out what it will be for. A dvd? Tv-broadcast or probably both?
At the festival site postcards were spread to promote the Golden Earring 2006 Ahoy concert. It's a great full colour postcard. Just before Golden Earring started their concert they were given a special recorded "Tribute to the Golden Earring" cd with 13 covered Earring songs like That day, Twilight Zone and a metal version of Back home. Everyone of the 45.000 visitors was given a free copy of this after the festival! However many fans couldn't get a copy as several other persons took hands full of cd's for their own. Some lucky Earring fans could get a copy: "Grab it for a second and hold it tight". Only a day later copies were already offered as collector items on various auction sites at ridiculous prices....
After the concert Golden Earring went to the afterparty at the Asta discotheque where their former support act Billy The Kid did perform at 2 AM for a one time reunion concert after they split a few years ago! Beside Golden Earring many more VIPS like Kane, Di-Rect, Johnny de Mol, Peter van Leeuwen, Chris Zegers and his girlfriend Wendy van Dijk and Bridget Maasland to name a few could be seen on the VIP balcony of Asta.
From September 04 untill September 10 there was a Golden Earring Week at Paagman bookshop, The Hague. The legendary the Hague Rockband Golden Earring existed 40 years now. On september 04 the week was opened by ten poets each telling a poem and live music from the band Juice. During the mentioned week several the Hague bands did perform Golden Earring songs. In the bookshop a small exposition of Golden Earring items was to be seen untill September 20. The long awaited Book Story of Golden Earring will be released in October 2005. The introduction price is 49,95 euro's, from January 01, 2006 on the price will be 59,95 euro's.
During a broadcast of "Show nieuws" on SBS6 television on September 07, 2005 it was mentioned Barry Hay made another commercial. Starting the next week mid september, a new commercial did rotate on Dutch television with BACK HOME as the background song. You see a man running to the toilet in a hurry. The commercial ends with Barry Hay (who is not seen) saying something about the product, With GLORIX.......
Golden Earring did perform 2 private shows for companies only. On Friday September 09, 2005 the band played an acoustic gig for Getronics at their annual personel party at Utrecht. On Friday September 16, 2005 the band played for the "Robert Fleury Stichting" at Voorschoten.
The Glorix commercial is now on air on tv. I saw it this morning on Dutch TV 1. Glorix is a brand name for a toilet cleaner. It is kinda funny commercial in my opinion. If you follow the commercial you see the truckdriver riding through Europe clearly "having bowel problems", squezing his thighs and riding for Holland (Hazeldonk border) and back home he's running for a toilet. The driver is a bit fat and Glorix the dikste (fattest) is the best for your toilet and the environment you hear Barry say. I especially like the man sitting in his truck cabin and he's non-verbal communication :-) I guess we all know the "sensation" of having to go to the toilet in a hurry....
It's hard to recognise Barry's voice if you shouldn't have known it. It's just a one liner and as he took an hour to produce it i'm wondering how many times he should have said it before the final take was done :-)
Barry did appear in a Dutch tv show called TV3 on September 15. The TV3 show is a daily talkshow from the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, in which the viewer is informed about news from the world of culture and media. This broadcast was thursday September 15 on Dutch TV 3: 19.20 hr. Barry talked about the upcoming release of the book of his wife called Bibi moet plassen (Bibi must pee). A dummy of the book The Story of Golden Earring could be seen lying on the table... The other guest on the table was writer Ronald Giphart.
From the rumour cicuit I heard Golden Earring gets it's own rose. A special rose will be named after the band. It's not on the market yet as the last details have to be settled but this is "Only a matter of time" (to say it with the title of an Earring song)
The AD magazine of September 17, 2005 has a 2 page b&w photo by Kees Tabak of Barry Hay with wife and his 2 daughters in a reportage about a new book by Kees Tabak called Dutch Music in which he portrayed many Dutch artists including our own Golden Earring\Barry Hay. It will be released in October.
The regional paper Stedendriehoek from September 28, 2005 has a small article announcing the drum clinic of Cesar Zuiderwijk in shopping mall "De Orangerie" on Saturday October 01, 2005 from 12.30-16.00 hr.
During the month September Golden Earring recorded a few songs in a Dutch studio in Overijssel.
Sandra Hay now has her own website on line. Although it's still under construction you'll find some info on it. Check out www.sandrahay.nl On November 13, 2005 Sandra and Barry will sign her book after the book presentation of "Bibi moet plassen" at bookstore Paagman, The Hague. The book will be sold in a limited edition as well. This limited edition is limited to 500 pieces only and has a cd with it.
Barry Hay was present at the Radio 538 studio on October 07, 2005 during the 40th anniversary broadcast of the Dutch Top 40 chart. Golden Earring got awarded for the fact the total amount of weeks in the charts of all their singles was 389 weeks and this is the highest ever for a band in the Top 40.
On October 12 Golden Earring was the band to listen to on Arrow Classic rock radio station at "Rocktober". The whole day songs from the band were played in every hour show. From 22 to 23 hr. there was a special about the band and all kinds of single b-sides and lesser known songs were broadcasted. Most of these songs appeared on the 4cd The Devil Made Us Do It. Check out http://www.arrow.nl.
Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform on drums at the Bergschenhoek library on Thursday evening October 13, starting 20 hr. Cesar will tell stories from the rich Golden Earring history and give a drum clinic. Tickets for sale, they cost 11 euro each.
During the Heineken Music Hall concert on October 14 Bertus Borgers joined the band during the encores She flies on strange wings and Holy Holy Life for some sax solo's. He also played along during Gamblers blues. You could buy drinks with special (plastic coins) These coins had the Golden Earring wings logo on the backside.
The Hague drumteacher Rob Kramer is professional drummer for 28 years now and is one of the teachers at Cesars Music Station. He organised on October 16th a huge drumarathon for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. In cooperation with Discovery Channel, Right to Play, BMI Benelux and Pearl Kramer runs the Amsterdam Marathon on October 16th, 2005. Every five kilometer he would give a drumsolo of 800-900 beats. These drumsolo's could be sponsored. But due to a lack of interest he had to call off his plans. There were no real sponsors and the response was low. However some individuals sponsored him for a few hundred euro's. The proceeds did all go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Check out the next link underneath!
There was an auction on E-Bay with drum sticks from famous drummers from Anouk, Marco Borsato, Golden Earring, Di-Rect and many more. More information on the Drumarathon site! Due to disappointing bids the items were retracted from the auction site.
Mid October 2005 another (second) version of the Glorix TV commercial was released. Again with the Back home song in the background and the same words by Barry about the Glorix product.
On their site the Boekdesign company stated the release of the long awaited book "Golden Earring" will be December 03, 2005. The bookpresentation will be at Asta, The Hague. Note that the title is changed to Golden Earring instead of The story of....
During the Heineken Music Hall show Bertus Borgers played along on three songs. (Gambler's Blues, She flies on strange wings and encore Holy Holy Life)
Golden Earring did perform some shows for companies only. On November 07, 2005 the band did play an acoustic gig for Eneco Energy at the Pepsi Music Stage, Amsterdam. Golden Earring also performed a show at the Antwerp Hilton Hotel for Citrix Systems at their first Benelux Citrix Solutions Conference on November 15, 2005.
Barry Hay could be seen in the NET5 tv program "I Feel Good".
On November 13, 2005 Barry and Sandra Hay were present at the book presentation of "Bibi Moet Plassen". They were signing for over 1,5 hours their book and at the end Barry was reading out of the book to some younger children at the end. They really enjoyed the many customers and we, the young and older fans, were having a good time. Our copies were signed and we all could buy a limited edition. This limited edition (500 copies only) has a cd in the book on which Barry and Sandra are reading from the book itself. The cd was recorded at Ocki Klootwijks Rock-Town studio, Rotterdam. Ocki Klootwijk was also present at the event. Afterwards Barry and Sandra told me they were overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted a signed copy. They didn't expect it at all.The announced support act Judasville for several electric shows from November to December (Arnhem (Nov. 11), Wateringen (Nov. 25 & 26), Beverwijk (Dec. 9) and Leiden (Dec. 17) will not do these shows. At the Wateringen concerts they were replaced by support act Overthrow. On the Judasville website I saw their shows for Beverwijk and Leiden were cancelled as well. It might be possible Overthrow will do these shows as well.... However the concert poster for the Leiden 2006 show had the name Judasville as support act on it, but they didn't play...
The book presentation of the book "Golden Earring", formerly announced as "The story of"' will be on December 03, 2005 in The Hague at the Asta theatre. The amount of pages has been increased up to about 384 pages now and 900 illustrations! The site Haags Poppodium did mention there will also be a short concert at Asta dancing, The Hague, for the press, fans and invited people on December 3! 1000 tickets are now for sale! Promotion for the book has started and the Publishing company gave interviews for papers, radio and tv. These will be broadcasted soon.
Barry Hay attended with his wife Sandra the Millionairs fair at Amsterdam in December 2005.
A third version of the Glorix commercial (for Glorix doekjes) is aired on television since December 14, 2005. This time Another 45 miles is used for the background music.
Golden Earring did an in-store book signing session at bookstore Paagman The Hague on December 17, 2005. A lot of fans attended the session and Golden Earring signed the books for about 1,5 hours! Then they left for the Groenoordhal Leiden, to do their last electric concert this year. Bertus Borgers was present again and played along on three songs. (Gambler's Blues, She flies on strange wings and Holy Holy Life)
On December 22 there was another book sign session for "Bibi Moet Plassen" at the Bijenkorf, Amsterdam, where Barry and Sandra did sign the book at the book department from 19 - 20 hr.
George Kooymans was present on December 29, 2005 at the 65th birthday of Peter Koelewijn and played along with Peter Koelewijn, Boudewijn de Groot and others during the song "Kom van dat dak af". George is an old friend of Peter and they were neighbours for some time during the period George lived in Soest. George also performed the song in the early nineties during a New years tv-show.
In 2005 Radar Love covers were released by:
In 2005 an Another 45 Miles cover was released by:
In 2005 a Back Home cover was released by:
In 2005 a Bombay cover was released by:
In 2005 a Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong cover was released by:
In 2005 a Going To The Run cover was released by:
In 2005 a Johnny Make Believe cover was released by:
In 2005 a Long Blond Animal cover was released by:
In 2005 a Sound Of The Screaming Day cover was released by:
In 2005 a The Devil Made Me Do It cover was released by:
In 2005 a That Day cover was released by:
In 2005 a Twilight Zone cover was released by:
In 2005 a When The Lady Smiles cover was released by:
For more and detailed information about Radar Love covers I strongly suggest you visit the Radar Love website made by fellow researcher, collector and fan Patrick Orriens who dedicated a great part of his life researching this great song and tracking down many Radar Love covers.
2006 - In the Dutch movie La Bella Bettien (2002, by Hans Pos) which was broadcasted on January 01, 2006 on Nederland 1 by the Avro, you could see a scene where to girls go to a disco in Rome and they dance on "When The Lady Smiles" by Golden Earring.
During the Golden Earring vacation break Cesar Zuiderwijk organised several workshops at Music Station on January 06 (2 sessions), 07 and 08. Barry Hay was the special guest at a 30 minute concert The Clarks gave in Ahoy for the Wieler Zesdaagse on January 06, 2006.
On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 George Kooymans was interviewed on RTL4 in an early morning talkshow called Lijn 4. A videoclip George made with Marion Bloem for the "Royaal gebaar manifestation" was broadcasted as well.
Red Bullet announced Spring 2005 another Golden Earring dvd will be released. This probably is the long awaited 1969 Eight miles high special. History learned this dvd wasn't released unfortunately.
At the first show in the new year (Den Helder) the acoustic setlist was unchanged. The concert in The Hague was not sold out. During this concert Going To The Run was dedicated to the on January 19, 2006 deceased soul singer Wilson Pickett.
Golden Earring asked the local The Hague band to be their support act The Polar Exploration Ship for the shows in Kerkrade and Ahoy, Rotterdam.
For February 01, 2006 a concert at the Rotterdam Ahoy was scheduled. This is one of the biggest indoor venues in Holland where Golden Earring can perform live. It was the 7th time in their career Golden Earring went on stage in this large venue. In my opinion this show will contain some surprises, maybe some older songs will be played. It is expected Frank Carillo did join the band on stage for two songs as he was on a European tour in the same period. For this concert a special release of the Golden Earring 'Forever' t-shirt was printed with a6-colour print On the left sleeve you find the text'Golden Earring Ahoy 2006' and also a special deluxe keycord were for sale only at the Ahoy concert on February 01, 2006.
The Utrecht show on February 03, 2006 had to be postponed as well as the Amstelveen gig on February 06, 2006 due to voice problems George.
Doetinchem show on February 13, 2006 had to be postponed due to unknown reasons. It was rumoured Barry was ill in the fancircuit.
Barry Hay was present at the book presentation of Perfect Day (by writer Joost Zwagerman) at Studio DeSmet, Amsterdam on February 19, 2006. Barry Hay was amongst the performers like Frederique Spigt who gave a mini performance.
(Photo Jaap Reedijk)
Just like in 2005 Barry Hay took part in a painting session for the Kika 2006 auction. On February 22, 2006 Barry attended, amongst others like his friend Henk Schiffmacher, the VU hospital. He painted with Mohammed and an plaster animal. The proceeds of the auction will be for Kika (Children with Cancer foundation). The auction was on March 16, 2006 at Artis, Amsterdam. The proceeds of Barry's painted item were 7000 euro.
During the month February Golden Earring recorded several more tracks at the Dutch studio they were September last year as well.
Barry Hay and Cesar Zuiderwijk went with The Clarks to Curaçao in Feb\March 2006 to perform with them on March 04, 2006 at the Tu tu Tango café-restaurant. No more details known yet.
Rinus Gerritsen did attend the Rhytm and Rhymes festival on March 04, 2006. He was interviewed by Bart Chabot. The event is held at Asta Discotheque and The Hague City town hall. The interview will be used for the book Bart is writing about Rinus, which will be made out of the content of many interviews Bart held through the years with Rinus and Golden Earring.
Barry Hay is amongst the fourty artists who did attend the new festival Het Voorwoord at the Koninklijke Schouwburg on March 12, 2006. The event is organised by the Crossing Border Festival and Barry Hay was interviewed by Joost Zwagerman.
Golden Earring was forced to cancel another show on March 15 at Alphen aan de Rijn due to the fact Barry had caught a cold. The only had played one show at Terneuzen after their vacation break. The cancelled show is scheduled for May 30, now. The next show at Middenbeemster was performed as planned. George bought a new Gretsch guitar with Frank Carillo. George proudly showed the new guitar after the Middenbeemster concert backstage to fans. He doesn't use it for shows yet and wants to practice on it first. Then it will be used at shows as well. The guitar itself is a Gretsch G6199 "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird, after a 1959 model used by Bo Diddley. During the Middenbeemster show Bertus Borgers played along as well.
Evil Love Chain
Skyscraper Hell Of A Town
Another 45 Miles
When The Levee Breaks
Albino Moon (With Sidney Katz)
Are You Receiving Me (With Bertus Borgers)
Gambler's Blues (With Bertus Borgers)
Bombay (With Sidney Katz)
When The Lady Smiles
Going To The Run
Johnny Make Believe
Long Blond Animal
-------- encores ------
She Flies On Strange Wings (With Bertus Borgers)
Holy Holy Life (With Bertus Borgers)
Support act: Blue bus.
But after playing this Middenbeemster show Barry wasn't recovered as well a he thought. So again a show had to be cancelled. The Nijmegen show at de Vereeniging on March 22 had to be cancelled and was moved to May 03, 2006. On March 25, 2006 the band played at the IJsselhallen, Zwolle and the setlist was slightly changed compared to the Middenbeemster show. Bertus Borgers was not present this time. She flies on strange wings was omitted from the set, while Gambler's Blues was replaced with Save your skin. Back home was added to the end of the show, while Long Blond Animal became the first encore. Fact during this show was that George's microphone got defect halfway the song Future. As George uses a microphone with a cable, this cable got replaced and the problem solved. (I first thought it might be a low battery but only Barry uses a wireless microphone.)
Barry Hay was seen shortly on local TV Noord yesterday. He attended the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Jan Cremer at the Groninger museum called "Zeegezichten". He also gave his opinion about the paintings. The opening was on Sunday April 09, 2006 and the exhibition lasts untill October 2006.
On April 11, 2006 there was the presentation of the Golden Earring Rose. Each bandmember and manager Rob Gerritsen received a nice bouquet of these pretty flower which is named after the band. The rose is produced by Golden Earring fan and rose grower Theo Olyerhoek from Roelofarendsveen. It took him three years to create the rose and he asked for permission to use the band's name last year. The rose will be on sale from May 2006 on. On April 13, 2006 SBS Shownieuws had an item about the Golden Earring Rose.
On April 15, 2006 the band played at Nieuw Vennep again and gave a great was show. No suprises, same set as last week in Utrecht and Bertus Borgers played along again. Good old Jim Chapin was backstage at the gig as well and proud of what he considers his "son" Cesar. The band made up for the deception of last year when Barry and Cesar had a quarrel and the band didn't play an encore then. Next year March 03, 2007 they're booked again for Nieuw Vennep according to info from fans.
Cesar and Percossa did re-open a shop called Shop Wessels de Vlog Luxerie in Rijssen on April 27. Several performances were given during the day.
On May 01, 2006 the opening of Cesar Zuiderwijks Music Station at Rotterdam will be a fact. Besides the school in The Hague there now is a possibility to take lessons in Rotterdam as well. Amongst the teachers are drummer Ernst van Ee and Golden Earring second bass roadie Daan Breukhoven.
What was already whispered in the fan rumour circuit for some time became clear in May: Barry's house in Amsterdam was for sale and sold now. He will have a new house build at Curaçao, mainly for holidays and to settle there in the future. In the meantime he's looking for a smaller house near Amsterdam.
On May 20, 2006 the concert at the Graauw Rock festival had to be cancelled and postponed to June 05, 2006. This means Cesar did 4 gigs in a row then from June 02 untill June 05 on!
On May 22, 2006 Barry Hay presented the first copy of "Herrie in de keuken" book to chef cook Herman den Blijker at the tuinhuis of Restaurant Groot Paardenburg in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. Amongst the guests was also his close friend Henk Schiffmacher.
On June 03, 2006 Cesar Zuiderwijk joined with The Clarks on stage again during the annual Kaderock 2006 festival at Musicon in The Hague. Later on Mariska Veres was on stage as well to perform some Shocking blue hits like Venus and Never marry a railroad man.
During the Strijen 2006 concert on June 10, 2006 a filmcrew could be seen on stage and later on they filmed fans in the audience. The concert was very energetic but very loud as well as more shows the last year.
For the Tollwood Festival gig in Munich (Germany) on June 19, 2006 Golden Earring went to Germany by plane. This is done more often for foreign shows when Golden Earring played at a festival like the 1999 Luxembourg gig. The band played a slightly changed set due to the festival time limit. Albino moon was left out as wel as Johnny Make Believe. George Kooymans gave an interview in which was said he expected the release of a new album in January 2007. At least that is the intention. He also pointed out there might be another concert with an orchestra.
(Photo used with kind permission of Eva B. Louis\Music Mirror site)
On July 07, 2006 a female singer called Daize Shayne released a cd called "Live Your Dream" in Germany. This cd features another cover version of Radar Love. (Mascott label)
On July 08, 2006 Golden Earring performed in Beilen and this is the last show before the 2006 summer break. This completes a long serie of electric shows on which Bertus Borgers was playing along. It is unsure if he will join the band on stage after the summer break.
On August 09, 2006 Rinus Gerritsen became 60! It's great to see this musician is still on stage and entertaining us! His collegue Barry Hay became 58 on August 16, 2006.
For August 18-20 2006 Cesar planned another DrumDriedaagse at Musicon The Hague together with the Slagwerkkrant. He was there as a teacher himself. On August 19, 2006 Cesar joined in a session with participating students from the Drumdriedaagse. From September 2006 on Cesar will tour with his new theatre program "Slagdroom" in music stores and theatres, tour lasts untill April 2007... The dates are planned in between Golden Earring gig dates.
On August 23, 2006 the Dutch radio 2 broadcasted eight tracks from the 1989 Parkpop Festival concert during the Radio 2 Zomerfestival program. In the past already six tracks were broadcasted (When The Lady Smiles, Distant love, Weekend love, Long Blond Animal, Turn the world around and Can do that) but this time the songs Twilight Zone and Radar Love were broadcasted as well. (Missing tracks are Back home which opened the show and Too much woman (not enough girl)
On August 26, 2006 Barry Hay was special guest at Oranjerock in Katwijk where he performed together with the band Midnight Temptation several Golden Earring songs. The next day there was a concert of Barry Hay and the Barking Dogs at the Hillegersberg Jazzfestival.
Frank Carillo and his wife stayed two weeks over at George Kooymans residence at the end of August and first week of September 2006. During this period George Kooymans and Frank Carillo were seen twice in concert. The first gig was a try out concert at Zaal Roey in Rijkevorsel, Belgium on August 31. The second gig was on September 02, 2006 at Breda during the Rosie Lee Roots festival. For both shows Rinus Gerritsen played the acoustic bass guitar. On September 05, 2005 Frank attended the recordings for a radioshow called Crossroads at BRTO radio in Bergen op Zoom and played four songs solo and 7 with George Kooymans on stage as well.
On September 06, 2006 Rinus Gerritsen was seen in session because of 3 Jaar Café Paard van Troje at the Paard van Troje Den Haag. Amongst the other participants were Henk Koorn (Hallo Venray), Rob Bolland (Bolland & Bolland), Spike (Di-Rect), Jaap de Jonckheere (Urban Heroes\Boom boom Manchine), Sacha de Bruin, singer/guitarist Marcel Singor (Maxville), Claudia Sumeru (Bagga Bownz) and Ron Knoester (Billy The Kid). The session was organised and hosted by "Nachtburgemeester" Rene Bom.
Cesar Zuiderwijk started another theatre tour called "Slagdroom" which premiered on September 07, 2006 in Culemborg at the Muziek Metropool store. 300 visitors attended the show.
Tourlist Slagdroom Theatre show:
Cesar Zuiderwijk was awarded with the Zildjian cymbals jubilee award at the Ittervoort Drumworld festival on September 17, 2006. More info and a few photo's can be seen at the News section on the official website. On September 18 Cesar was seen in the tv show 'De Wereld Draait Door' (Nederland 3 channel) Re-broadcasts were shown all night on Nederland 3.
The first gig after the summer vacation break took place on September 29, 2006 in Wassenaar at Sporthal de Schulpwei (Sold out). Usually this means a crew rehearsel for building the stage, lights and equipment. This time it's combined with a concert for about 1250 visitors. Cesar had a new drum kit on stage, a white one this time from the Pearl reference series. George had a new guitar rig on stage with a large Bogner amplifier and the old Koch amplifiers beside them again. Big tree blue sea was played for the first time after a very long absence in the setlist. The support act was the band Cool zero, which features long time Earring fan Alec Lokhoff on guitar. This band was asked by George Kooymans himself to do the support act after he heard their 2005 debute cd.
The second show after Summer 2006 vacation break was at Giessen at Sporthal de Jager on September 30, 2006. Special guest was Bertus Borgers on saxophone again and has same setlist as Wassenaar show one day earlier. Bertus Borgers will do more shows the upcoming months. On evenings he can't attend he will be replaced by The Hague saxophone player Boris van der Lek. Big tree blue sea was played again. The next electric show at Siddeburen (October 06, 2006) the song was skipped from the setlist again... The Siddeburen show was the first show the band played with Boris van der Lek.
Drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform on September 30, 2006 at Van Genderen at the Voorstraat in Spijkenisse. From 13-17 hr he did play on the Fissler sponsored drumkit build up from pots and pans. Drummers could play along with Cesar and you could make your own photograph with Cesar.
Golden Earring performed on October 07, 2006 a private show for the Eneco "Sterk Werk" event in Amsterdam at the Docklands (Acoustic show)
Def Leppard is did release a special edition of Hysteria, the group’s best-selling album and one of the pre-eminent rock albums in music history. The release celebrated the album’s upcoming 20th anniversary with a two-CD Hysteria Deluxe Edition, set for release on October 24, 2006. This remastered edition contained a bonusdisc and amongst the bonustracks is Radar Love live performed by Def Leppard in a medley the medley titled "Rock Of Ages" (which includes parts of the classic rock anthems "Not Fade Away," "My Generation," "Radar Love," "Come Together" and "Whole Lotta Love") -- all recorded in concert in Tilburg, Holland in July 1987.
Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform with Percossa Percussion on October 28, 2006 to celebrate the re-opening of a shop called De porseleinkast at the Voorstraat in Katwijk aan Zee between 13 and 17 hr.
On November 08, 2006 at the acoustic concert in Alphen a/d Rijn at Theater Castellum the song A shout in the dark (from the The Hole album) was added to setlist and played live again since a very long time.
Golden Earring performed on November 10, 2006 a private acoustic show for over 2500 Fortis Visa Card holders event at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Actually this was the second booked show as the first one was planned for December 15, 2006 at the same venue.
On November 10, 2006 the long awaited Golden Earring Live in Ahoy 2006 dvd was released by Universal. The dvd package also holds a bonus cd with many (but not all) tracks from the concert. The first version of the DVD had some problems: two tracks didn't proceed and had to be skipped manually. Some weeks later a new version was in stores without the mentioned problem.
On November 11, 2006 Golden Earring performed live at the TROS MuziekCafé radio show hosted by Daniel Dekker on national Radio 2. The recording studio was Studio Plantage, Amsterdam. The setlist for this concert was: 01. Who do you love, 02. Smoking cigarettes, Interview Barry and Rinus, 03. Johnny Make Believe, 04. The devil made me do it, first DVD's Golden Earring live in Ahoy 2006 presented to the band by Henk Schiffmacher, 05. Albino moon (With Sidney Katz), 06. Paradise In Distress and the encore Twilight Zone (part) The interviews were hilaric and there was a good atmosphere in the audience.
Barry Hay did perform on November 17, 2006 at the Brouwhuis at Zoetermeer with his Barking Dogs.
On December 02, 2006 Golden Earring flew to Switserland by plane for a show at the Z7 Konzertfabrik. They were accompanied by saxophone player Boris van der Lek and their support act was the Swiss band The Force.
Drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform on December 09, 2006 at the Ninaber van Eyben shop at the Hoogstraat in The Hague. From 12-16 hr he did play on the Fissler sponsored drumkit build up from pots and pans. Drummers could play along with Cesar and you could make your own photograph with Cesar.
On December 15, 2006 the band played another (acoustic) private show for Fortis Visa Cardholders at the Heineken Music Hall. This was the originally the first planned show but due to popular demand another Fortis private acoustic show was organised a month earlier. On December 16, 2006 the band played at the Heineken Music Hall an electric show with Cool zero for the third time that year as their support act. Guest player Boris van der Lek (saxophones) was given a red (Xmas color) saxophone by the band, thanking him for his efforts during several shows the last year.
Tourlist December update Slagdroom Theatre show:
In 2006 Radar Love covers were released by:
2007 The Theatre tour 2006 - 2007 will be continued in the Dutch theatres in 2007. Also several 2007 electric shows like Noordwijkerhout, Tilburg and Kerkrade are already on ticket sale! Golden Earring will also perform at Den Helder on "Bevrijdingsdag\May 05, 2007" at the Sporthal Quelderduyn during a new festival which has no name yet. Golden Earring asked the band Cool Zero again to be their support act for several of their 2007 shows.
In 2007 the recordings for a new cd will go on. It's expected the cd will be released in 2007. However no more details are known yet. Cesar Zuiderwijk continues his Slagdroom shows in 2007. On January 18, 2006 a gail with force ten struck the Netherlands (and whole Europe) which resulted in many traffic jams and closed highways. Due to the very bad weather many visitors but also Cesar Zuiderwijk had difficulties to reach the Schouwburg Tilburg for the Slagdroom show so it had to be cancelled. A new date will be set if possible and published here as soon as it's available. An extra Slagdroom show was booked for February 09, 2007 at the Theater aan het Spui, The Hague.
Golden Earring did perform their first acoustic show in 2007 on January 22, 2007 in Hoogeveen at De Tamboer (Acoustic show). The first electric show was in Kerkrade at the Rodahal on January 26, 2007.
Cesar Zuiderwijk was present at the West Week Tv program from TV West local tv station and talked about music and the West Top 500. He also announced a new cd will be released this year.
On January 27, 2007 Golden Earring received the Radio West Top 500 award at the Noordwijkerhout concert, celebrating their number 1 position of Radar Love voted by the readers. The award consisted of a "Golden Record". The TV West 500 was broadcasted during a week at this local radio\tv station. Golden Earring had 38 tracks in this top 500.
At the end of January it become known the band Cool Zero was asked to be the support act for several more shows in 2007. (Gigs like Kerkrade, Goes, Enschede, Zwolle eg)
In February 2007 the official site announced they got 2 new shirts in the merchandise shop. Both shirts carry a Sandra Hay design on it, they are the so called 'Snake' and the 'Sword' shirts named after the print on the shirts. Golden Earring also launched a website on the MSN myspaces site.
Golden Earring was booked to perform another Strijen open air concert on June 16, 2007. On the internet information was published Golden Earring would perform also on June 16, 2007 at Antwerpen - Sportpaleis but this was an error of the webpage which published the date.
Golden Earring did perform on the well known AJOC festival at Mijdrecht on May 27, 2007 again. The band has played there almost every year since 1991 according to the history on the AJOC website (16th time in 2007!) and is the band which was seen there most during all the festival years. Only due to the GE-sabbatical the band wasn't there in 2000. Support act will was Seven, an upcoming band from The Hague which released their debute cd last year.
Golden Earring drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk did a drum performance during the "huldiging" of ice skater Ireen Wust in her home town Goirle on March 17, 2007.
On March 18, 2007 George Kooymans did perform "Kom Van Dat Dak Af" together with Boudewijn de Groot and Peter Koelewijn at Royal Theatre Carré during the Radio 2 Gala van het Nederlandse Lied. George Kooymans performed the song "Ik veeg de straten aan met tranen" solo. Several other performers were Helmut Lotti, Bastiaan Ragas, Boudewijn de Groot, Bennie Jolink, Des'ray and Anita Meyer. Peter Koelewijn released a cd called "Peter Koelewijn - Mijn Mooiste Songs" soon afterwards with partial new work but also some older recorded songs. One of the older songs is track 17 "Het Heilig Vuur" which he recorded in 1992 for Arcade Records with George Kooymans, Cesar Zuiderwijk and Rinus Gerritsen at the Fendal Studio's. The track handles about good old rockers.
Cesar Zuiderwijk and Percossa Percussion feature on one song at The Armin van Buren live 2006 dvd "Armin Only". On the dvd an error is made at the end titles where George Kooymans is mentioned instead of Cesar Zuiderwijk. Peter Koelewijn decided to release a "new" album called "Mooiste liedjes" due to the media attention for the Radio 2 Gala where he was awarded for his musical achievements. The album features 3 new songs and several older ones like "Het Heilig vuur" from 1992 on which Rinus, Cesar and George as musicians can be heard!
The Belgium band "Lash" released a dance version of Golden Earrings song ‘When The Lady Smiles’ in March 2007 which became a hit in Belgium as it entered the hitparade at position 41. Lash releases from time to time dancable cover versions of wellknown hits. On their newest single four versions of the classic When The Lady Smiles are to be heard. The single will probably be released in Holland as well. Listen to previews at this website.\
The Oor magazine April, 2007 issue had a review of the Fonos release of George Kooymans solo album "Solo".
April 03, 2007 Golden Earring fan and Radar Love websitemaster Patrick Orriens now has completed a book about facts on Dutch Nederpop. The book itself is called 99 Nederlandse Muziek Facts, has a small introduction by George Kooymans in it and costs 10 euro ex postage costs. More information you find at the 99 facts book site.
On April 07, 2007 Radar Love was used for the popular SBS serie "Dancing with stars". MTV VJ Nikky performed her dancing act on Radar Love. The performance could be seen on the RTL4 site. A recent broadcasted episode of the American serie "Drive" on Fox TV featured Golden Earrings Radar Love song. The version used was the Nine pound hammer cover performance. The song Radar Love remains a popular tune for use in tv series and as a song cover as well. On this site many cover versions are published but the most up-to-date site for information abou this song is Patrick Orriens Radar Love website. We often echange information with each other.
On April 14, 2007 George Kooymans gave a solo performance at the Jeugdhuis Spiraal at his hometown Rijkevorsel. About 200 visitors saw a fine show at Jeugdhuis Spiraal in Rijkevorsel with a surprise setlist. The songs were sung by George unless otherwise indicated below. Here is the setlist:
On April 21, 2007 Golden Earring performed another show in Zwolle at the IJsselhallen with support act Cool Zero. On April 20, 2007 George Kooymans was heard on national radio during the 'Leuk is anders' radioshow by DJ Dolf Jansen in a very small interview with a less serious content. George Kooymans complimented the new support act Cool zero in the broadcast and advised DJ Dolf Jansen to put on a record by the band! (which he didn't unfortunately). The interview was captured by a Golden Earring fan and now circulates amongst fans. Golden Earring's setlist at Zwolle was slightly changed according to information I have now. Skyscraper Hell Of A Town was the opener instead of Don't Stop The Show which was skipped and somewhere during the show Sleepwalkin' was added to the setlist and Bertus Borgers played along on this song also.
On April 29, 2007 Barry Hay did perform with the Barking Dogs at Groenlo - City Lido. Tickets costed 10 euro and the support act was Premium.
On April 30, 2007 cover band The Raspers released their new cd "25 years today" and you find a part of Radar Love in another song called It's all over now. Papa was a Rolling Stone is found in the mid section of Golden Earring's Twilight Zone. Third track by Golden Earring is Long Blond Animal. The cd itself costs 10 euro and is sold during concerts. Check out The Raspers website for more information.
In April 2007 Golden Earring started with a new Stage monitor engineer. Hans Bouma has been replaced by Marc Troch.
Golden Earring performed two private shows on May 11 and 12, 2007, The Hague at the Uithof for the HTM (The Hague public transport company).
Both Barry Hay and Cesar Zuiderwijk were ill during the Wijchen show on May 19, 2007. Cesar Zuiderwijk showed up only half an hour for the start of the show while Barry Hay had to go off stage several times to vomit fans reported. However the show was continued but 2 songs were omitted from the setlist (Sleepwalking and the decil made me do it). The soundcheck for the Wijchen show as done by the roadie from Cesar, Gabor. The next week two shows had to be cancelled as Barry Hay still was ill. (Neerpelt open Air on May 25, 2007 and Bathmen May 26, 2007 shows)
On May 30, 2007 fans noticed George was trying out a HOOK amplifier on stage. This amp is made by Leendert Haaksma (Anouk) fans reported and in use on stage since the Wijchen 2007 show. Of course fans are curious if the Bogner amplifier will be replaced which is in use since the Wassenaar show (September 2006) and maybe give Kooy's sound a bit more body... Another fan reported George is still busy doing some fine tuning with the setup on stage now. More information about the Bogner amplifiers here and here (+ great sound samples for different amplifier types).
On June 02, 2007 Golden Earring performed a 60 minute set at the Schwung 2007 festival at Roeselare (Belgium) today. Cesar Zuiderwijk performed about 20 minutes with The Clarks at Kaderock 2007 before leaving for the Roeselare concert (Belgium). (Songs When The Lady Smiles, Twilight Zone and Radar Love)
On June 10, 2007 Golden Earring performed for the Rockpalast Classic Rock night concert at the Paladium in Koln (Germany). During this 75 minute concert by Golden Earring tv-recordings were made. These were broadcasted on June 30, 2007 and re-broadcasted on July 07, 2007 at WDR Fernsehen. Fans described the performance as "".... it's really amazing ... the sound is smashing.... The performances of Rinus, Barry, George, Cesar and Bertus are outrageously .... They're all one with the music and their musicality is incredible with great camerawork and the lightning with the blue and clear white colours makes it real artistic and complete ... I'm impressed!" Some fans like the sound of the recording others find it bit to clear. However the recording spreaded rapidly on dvd amongst fans and they even suggested to make it an official release due to the good quality of performance and recording!
On June 15, 2007 the Space Shuttle STS117 crew's wakeup call came at 6:41 am MDT with the song "Radar Love" by Golden Earring, played for Mission Specialist Steve Swanson! The STS-117 crew is commanded by Marine Lt. Col. Frederick W. Sturckow. The mission's pilot is Air Force Col. Lee J. Archambault and the mission specialists are James F. Reilly II, retired Army Col. Patrick G. Forrester, Steven R. Swanson and Olivas. STS-117 will deliver the second starboard truss segment to the space station with the third set of U.S. solar arrays, batteries and associated equipment. Again NASA used Radar Love as it did earlier to wake up an Mars explorer vehicle...
On June 16, 2007 Golden Earring performed their last show before the summer break at Strijen. This show was special as the band performed an extra song called My Lips Are Sealed. This song is brand new and was performed for the very first time live. Fans are enthusiastic about this short rocksong, sung by both Barry and George. A news paper said in a review this would be the new single.... Let's see if this becomes true! The song was spread rapidly on the internet as it appeared only a day later on Youtube giving fans all over the world an opportunity to see and listen to the new song. Cesar Zuiderwijk performed earlier that day with the Clarks in Den Haag at the Melis Stoke park from 13.30 hr - 14.15 hr. Then he left for the Strijen concert.
On June 24, 2007 Barry Hay performed at the song Helter Skelter live during the Wormer Live festival. He was there on invitation of the organisation and said at forehand he wouldn't perform. It ended up he did the song Helter Skelter with one of the performing bands. Barry was brought to the festival in a big limousine and his daughter Bella was with him. It is said she also performed one ore more songs at the festival...
Barry Hay did perform at the "Nacht van de Soulmuziek" on June 28, 2007 at Paradiso. This event was sold out.
The tv broadcast for the recorded German Rockpalast night show on June 10, 2007 was shown on June 30, 2007 on WDR3 Fernsehen.
George Kooymans did perform with the Barking Dogs on July 22, 2007 at the Hillegersberg Jazzfestival, Rotterdam between 18.30 and 20.30 hr. Special guest was Barry Hay who joined the musicians on stage for the last two songs Twilight Zone and Radar Love.
On July 24, 2007 the sad news became known former Golden Earring manager Fred Haayen suddenly died on Sunday July 22, 2007 at The Hague's Bronovo hospital due to a severe bleeding in the brain. Haayen was important for Golden Earring as he started their professional career, was their manager for a long time and signed them for his 21 Records and Jaws labels to name a few things. Although bussiness wise there was some trouble over the years this man was important to the band... May he rest in peace. Our thoughts are with his family! Acccording to paper AD Den Haag Barry Hay, George Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen attended the funeral of Freddy Haayen on July 26, 2007 at The Hague cemetary Nieuw Eykenduynen.
Cesar Zuiderwijk performed at the Breda Ballon Fiesta on August 03, 2007. Together with members of Percossa Percussion he did drum in an air balloon flying above Breda!
On August 06, 2007 Dutch Radio 2 (re)broadcasted the concert Golden Earring gave on June 25, 1989 at Parkpop 1989 Den Haag! The concert is part of the Zomerfestival broadcasts. Pity is this concert was broadcasted last year as well, some new material would have been fine.... Eight tracks broadcasted: When The Lady Smiles, Distant love, Weekend love, Long Blond Animal, Turn the world around, Can do that, Twilight Zone and Radar Love.
Barry Hay will present a weekly radio show at the Curaçao radio station Dolfijn. As many fans know Barry Hay bought a house at this island and will live both in Holland and Curaçao. During a visit last July the singer was asked to present a show on a weekly basis. Hay has agreed to this on condition the show is with rock music only. It is not known yet when the first broadcast will be.
Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform on August 10, 2007 at the Waterpop Festival at Wateringen. During the month August 2008 it became known Cesar will perform more Slagdroom shows so another theatre tour is being prepared for the season 2007-2008.
Cesar is one of the organisers again of the "Drum Driedaagse" being held at Musicon, The Hague. During these three days they always organise a session. This year it's on Saturday August 18, 2007 at Musicon. Starting time is 21 hr. and amongst the musicians are Cesar Zuiderwijk, Sacha de Bruin, Johan Witt (guitar), Martin van der Starre (Judas in Jesus Christ Super Star), Lino Vishnudatt (bass), Chiel (keyboards) and attending drummers from the DrumDrieDaagse. Entrance fee 5 euro.
During the Drum Driedaage the well known drummer Chuck Silverman will be present to teach his funk\latin style drumming. He is the author of several books like The Funkmasters - Drummers of James Brown and Afro-Caribbean Grooves. Chuck Silverman teaches at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. But apart from teaching at the DrumDriedaagse he will also give a drum clinic at the Rock Palace Music store, Den Haag on Friday August 17, 2007. Starting time of the clinic is 21 hr. and entrance fee is 5 euro.
On the 2007 DVD release by WC Experience "Live in Almkerk" a bonus feature shows the CD presentation at 013 where Cesar Zuiderwijk does a drum solo with band member Raymond de Graaf. DVD label number PINK 200737.
Cesar Zuiderwijks "Slagdroom" theatre tour will be continued into 2008! A lot of shows have been booked and new dates are set for:
On September 21, 2007 Golden Earring did resume their concert tour in Berkel en Rodenrijs at Sporthal Oostmeer. This was the first electric show after their 2007 Summer break. Rinus Gerritsen performed wearing sun glasses because he had a cataract eye surgery recently. He will wear them as long as necessary. Their support act Cool zero is asked to do several more support shows again (Eindhoven, Fijnaart, Steenwijk) At the first acoustic concert after the Summerbreak there was also a setlist change. At Golden Earrings acoustic show on September 25, 2007 at Capelle a\d IJssel the songs Weekend love and Vanilla Queen (with Rinus on piano) were added to the setlist. Guitar tech Sidney Katz played along on acoustic slide guitar at Weekend love. The songs Albino moon and Lost and found were omitted. This was the same at the Vlaardingen shows a week later.
On September 28, 2007 was published Cesar Zuiderwijk won the "The Hague cultuur prize 2007". This prize is awarded every two years to someone who is an ambassador for the cultural life in The Hague. The prize was earlier awarded to choreograph Jiri Kylian, cabaretier Paul van Vliet and Auke de Vries. The prize consists of an sculpture and 25.000 euro cash! Congratulations Cesar!
Golden Earring changed it's electric setlist again at the Steenwijk show on October 06, 2007. Watcha gonna do (when the levee breaks) and Future were omitted and replaced by Candy's going bad, Leather and Vanilla Queen. Compared to the previous electric show this means there was one song extra in the final total of songs. During the soundcheck at least Vanilla Queen and Candy's going bad were rehearsed. Special guest today was Boris van der Lek.
In October 2007 a book about the legendary drum brand Westend from the Hague was released called The Westend Story. Named after the street the music shop van Bram de Hooge was located untill 1973: Westeinde. Cesar Zuiderwijk has used at least two large bass drums from the Westend factory. Jaap Eggermont and Sieb Warner also had Westend drumkits. About 300-400 drum kits were build, all pre-ordered for. The 44-page book costs 8,95 euro ex postage costs but can also be bought direct from the authors (9,95 euro). ISBN 978-90-9022365-0, format 21 x 21 cm, 44 pages, full colour, authors Andy Portasse\Rob van der Werf. Link here (In Dutch). Mail for Westend book info. to one of the authors (Rob van der Werf) and please read the article mentioned below! Sieb Warner also performed on the Westend Drums and as first drummer Freddie van der Hilst also had Westend drums we now know all (The) Golden Earring(s) drummers did perform on these famous drum kits!
Radar Love was featured on the CW's show Reaper on November 06, 2007 at Episode 7: "Love, Bullets, and Blacktop". Reaper is a a new USA TV serie.
On November 22, 2007 Cesar Zuiderwijk attended a poetry workshop called Poezie op Pootjes from the R.G. Ruijs Stichting in Den Haag. The event started early on 07.30 hr with a breakfast\workshop and many famous people from The Hague like Cesar Zuiderwijk, Jetta Klijnsma, Sjaak Bral, Agnes Kamstra, Henk Bres, Paula Udondek, Pierre Heijnen, Marnix Rueb and Marcel Verreck came to Floow restaurant at het Plein to write their poems. With the luxuary of eggs, orange juice, small bread and especially coffee all celebrities wrote their poem under supervision of The Hague city poet Harry Zevenbergen and Diann van Faassen. AD TV and TV West have online items about this: AD tv item and TV West item. Cesar's poem will be online soon at Poezie op Pootjes site Info thanks to Gerard van den IJsssel\Haags PopPodium site.
Cesar Zuiderwijk was present at a show of "Dit was het nieuws". Info can be found at TROS website. Broadcast was on November 24, 2007 On Nederland 1, 21.25 hr. Cesar had many of his stick gadgets with him and the show was hilarious. Recordings for the show were made at Angel Studio in Amsterdam on November 23, 2007. Tickets costed 10 euro each. The re-broadcast was on Monday November 26, 2007 at Nederland 3, 23.20 hr.
Fans reported Golden Earring performed The Road Swallowed Her Name at their Wateringen show on November 24, 2007. Fans heard the band rehearse the song during the soundcheck, The Road Swallowed Her Name was also performed live for the first time this year as an extra song at this show. Fans also mentioned poor sound at this concert due to beer thrown into the sound mixer. Rinus performed on a new bass guitar at this show (3 or 4 songs like Future and My Lips Are Sealed). He told fans backstage he bought an old body on the internet in the USA and a Dutch company made a new neck for it. The guitar looked (and sounded) great!
On November 27, 2007 Golden Earring performed at Terneuzen's Scheldetheater a new song called Where have you been for the first time acoustic live. On this song Sidney Katz played along. The song was performed in the second part of the show after Weekend Love and Bombay on which songs Sidney Katz also performs. As probably known to most of you Sidney Katz is George Kooymans guitar technician on stage. Together with My Lips Are Sealed which is now on the electric setlist this are two songs which will probably appear on the new Golden Earring album.
On December 02, 2007 Rinus Gerritsen attended the "Aftermath" book presentation and received the first copy of the book out of the hands of Aad Spanjaard. Afterwards I had an interesting conversation with Earring fan Jan Sander and Rinus Gerritsen. Rinus spoke frankly about several things and we especially heard details about the new bass guitar he bought in the USA for about hundred dollars. The neck for it was made by the firm from Vlaardingen Rinus has done bussiness with before. Rinus loves the sound of the guitar and uses it now for Future and My lips are sealed. Rinus also mentioned a different title for the recently performed song Where Have You Been. He mentioned the name "The Last Five Years". So it was a nice talk and Rinus had to sign a lot of books as well. The author Aad Spanjaard mentioned Rinus as a quiet and nice person he knew for a long time. In the book are several photo's from Golden Earring, some of them i've never seen.
On December 13, 2007 Cesar Zuiderwijk has performed as a mystery guest for Werkinstelling Hamaland at City Lido, Groenlo. On December 14, 2007 Golden Earring did perform at a private show in Zoetermeer at De Boerderij for BAM Groep company. (Acoustic show)
At Golden Earrings show on December 15, 2007 in Amsterdam at Heineken Music Hall the song (Where Have You Been) The Last Five Years was performed electric live for the first time. This song which is played several times now during acoustic shows was originally called Where Have You been, but Rinus now thinks this songs should have a strong title and suggested Stratosphere as a new (third version) title. A new promising band from the Hague called "F" was the support act for this show.
Cesar was present at the "Open Dag" at Waterfront Rotterdam on November 03, 2007 where his Rotterdam branch of Music Station is located.
In 2007 Radar Love covers were released by:
In 2007 a Long Blond Animal cover was released by:
In 2007 a Twilight Zone cover was released by:
In 2007 a When The Lady Smiles cover was released by:
2008 - On February 05, 2008 the band did perform at the Ahoy Rotterdam again for the eigth time in their career. The theatre tour 2007-2008 will last untill May 07, 2008. As Barry Hay lives partially at Curaçao now (since August 2007) Golden Earring shows will be scheduled in a month on - month off scheme in the second part of the next season (August 2008 - 2009).
The electric and acoustic shows for the first part of 2009 are now in the Unofficial Golden Earring Tourdates listing on this website.
On January 03, 2008 Dolfijn FM Curaçao broadcasted part 8 of their radio show Oorverblindend with Barry Hay. (Show theme: Time, seconds, minutes, days, years and clocks)
Cesar Zuiderwijk gave several drum workshops for advanced and starting drummers on January 04, 05, 06 - 2008 at his Music Station Prinsestraat, Den Haag.
During the January 05, 2008 episode of the Dutch Idols 2008 competition contestant 'Bas' covered Radar Love.
Found a download for Golden Earring's Heineken Music Hall show 2007 on a Brazilian mp3 site on the Internet. Very fine artwork! (But with an error as When The Levee Breaks was omitted in the text at first...)
On Dutch Radio 2 you could hear in January from time to time a radio promo by Rinus Gerritsen who told listeners when they heard a Golden Earring record on the radio they could win tickets for Golden Earring's Ahoy 2008 show on February 05, 2008
Virgil Donati stopped by at The Hagues Rockpalace after he finished his European clinics tour. Rock Palace made a photo of him together with Cesar Zuiderwijk. The third person on the left is Dennis van Hoorn, drum teacher at Music Station and Rock Palace shop employee. Exact date to be researched.
On January 10, 2008 Dolfijn FM Curaçao broadcasted part 9 of their radio show Oorverblindend with Barry Hay.
You could see Cesar Zuiderwijk on RTV West at the program Haagse Iconen. This program was first broadcasted on January 29, 2008.
On January 29, 2008 Golden Earring performed on Dutch TV Nederland 1 at the Pauw en Witteman tv-show. The song Stratosphere was performed acoustic live and part of When The Lady Smiles. This tv show was repeated in the night.
On January 30, 2008 all four Golden Earring members placed a hand in concrete for the Hoogeveense Walk of Veen. Based on the Walk Of Fame or Sony's Star Boulevard the band now has their own tile in Hoogeveen. The band members cooperated for this at the foyer of the Tamboer theatre in the afternoon. A review of this ceremony and a picture are to be found in the Telegraaf of January 31, 2008. Picture scan at Jan Karstens site!
On February 05, 2008 Golden Earring did perform at the Rotterdam Ahoy again for the 8th time in their career and the concert was sold out! One and Only productions had the band signed and they also organise the "Vrienden van Amstel concert" which has a large stage and video wall. These features were also used at the Golden Earring concert again just like at the Ahoy 2006 concert (which was captured on film and released as the "Golden Earring Live in Ahoy 2006" dvd) Special guests this time were Bertus Borgers and Robert Jan Stips on keyboards. The band performed a fine version of Fighting Windmills live (with Robert Jan Stips). Sidney Katz is heard on more songs than ever and makes a nice addition to George with his guitar sound with slide in Bombay for example! Cesar Zuiderwijk had a new stand behind him with two double bass drums in it which are in use from the Ahoy concert on. The support act F didn't bring what it should bring in my opinion. I don't think a rapper and his band is what Golden Earring fans would like to hear as an opener for the band. It just doesn't fit the musical taste of many Golden Earring fans in my opinion.
On March 08, 2008 Cesar Zuiderwijk took part in the "Tijdreizen race" which was held in The Hague. 3 contestants amongst Cesar Zuiderwijk each travelled from Leidschendam to The Hague. Cesar used the public transport, Dennis Weening (MTV show host) by bike and Kirsten Dissel (actress\TV West show host) by car. The purpose was to find out which is the fastest way to travel at a certain time. This can be found out at the Tijdreizen site. The race was won by Dennis Weening on bike, Cesar followed after five minutes.
When The Lady Smiles has been rewarded by the listeners of Dutch music station Radio Veronica and chosen to be the best song of the 80's! This news was already mentioned on the official Golden Earring website but was officially announced on March 26, 2008 by Veronica. Each band member received a Radio Veronica Eighties Top 880 award out of the hands of Radio Veronica-DJ Erwin Peters. The presentation took place after the soundcheck of the Milsbeek gig on March 22, 2008.
Check out a YouTube movie from the Top 80's 880 Award presentation to Golden Earring.
The Hague based coverband The Clarks gave several concerts on Curaçao in March. During one of these shows on March 29, 2008 Barry Hay (who lives on Curaçao since 2007) played along! From that gig photo's excist and can be seen on the website www.goldenearringforum.nl.
On April 11, 2008 Rinus Gerritsen and his daughter Natousch performed a version of Radar Love together! The performance was added on Youtube on April 13, 2008 and has the performance of the Golden Earring classic Radar Love at the 'Dalton Voorburg' popular Open Podium on April 11, 2008. The members of the "band" who performed the song were: Natousch Gerritsen - Vocals, Rinus Gerritsen - Bass, Bram van den Brekel - Guitar and Max Wellenstein - Drums.
On April 16, 2008 4 Golden Records from the late former Golden Earring manager Freddy Haayen were auctioned at Rotterdam. The final bid prices were: Golden Record NEWS 2200 euro, Golden Record Complete Singles Collection 950 euro, Golden Record The Naked Truth 750 euro and Golden Record Face It 650 euro. Prices excluded auction costs.
Around this time George Kooymans was seen performing with another guitar instead of his BC Rich guitar. This guitar has been in use since the early Eighties and bought at Gerritsen Music Store in The Hague. The guitar remained in use for many, many years. Only once George was not satisfied with the monitor sound on stage and threw the guitar in anger to the monitor engineer in a moment of "temporary madness". He instantly regretted this move as the guitar neck broke and he to be repaired. This was done at the Vox Humana guitar shop in Vlaardingen. New guitars are tried out now. George has over 50 guitars as could be read in a small interview in Dinand Magazine, a one time release magazine, with guest director Dinand Woesthof (Kane).
On April 19, 2008 I found info on the internet for one Golden Earring UK 2009 show: March 13, 2009 at The Ipswich Regent. Tickets on sale now: 28, 5 UK pounds and 2,5 fee costs.
Support act for the Golden Earring Mijdrecht show at AJOC Festival on May 11, 2008 was Leaf...
Cesar Zuiderwijk received the Den Haag Cultuur prijs 2007 on May 16, 2008 at Theater Diligentia at 14 hr out of the hands of wethouder Jetta Kleinsma. Many artists witnessed the event. Later that evening he performed a Slagdroom show at the same theatre. In the evening the NOVA tv program (Nederland 2) had an item about Cesar Zuiderwijk and the given Cultuur prijs Den Haag 2007. Also on May 17 Cesar Zuiderwijk performed at the same venue a Slagdroom show.
Support act for the Golden Earring show at Wessem Havenfeesten on June 07, 2008 was Ashtone... Earlier that day CesarZuiderwijk performed with the Clarks at Kaderock 2008, The Hague.
The German band Discipline has recorded a cover version of Golden Earring's Going To The Run. It is released on 2CD and 2LP with the titel 'Old Pride, new Glory' on June 13, 2008.
Dutch band Di-rect did close their acoustic theatre show performances with a cover of Radar Love. This cover version is now recorded acoustic live and released on the cd and dvd "Di-rect Live and Acoustic"
On June 14, 2008 Golden Earring did perform at Strijen again. Here is the actual poster for that concert which is placed in shops and venues to promote the gig. Support act The Moondogs.
On June 21, 2008 Golden Earring did perform at the Indian Summer festival amongst others like Anouk.
Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform a 45 minute show at the Kaschba event on June 22, 2008 at The Hague at Wijkpark Transvaal! He performed together with Percossa Percussion which whom he performed together during the "Alle Gekheid Met Een Stokje" theatre tour in 2000 also.
Record Company Blue Note has contacted Barry Hay so he mentioned in his radioshow "Oorverblindend". Barry Hay flew one day after the Pinkpop Classic gig to America to choose songs for an album which he will sing with a Big Band (Metropole Orchestra). The album was announced to be recorded from June 22 - 25 (but probably some earlier) and on September 04, 2008 Barry Hay will perform together with the Metropole Orchestra at Paradiso, Amsterdam!
Cesar Zuiderwijk performed at the Popweekend event in Alkmaar on July 04, 2008. More info to be added.
Cesar Zuiderwijk was organiser and host for the 2008 Drumdriedaagse at Musicon, The Hague again on August 15, 16 and 17, 2008.August 17, 2008 - Today I visited with my wife the opening of the Radar Love 35 years exposition at the Rock Art Museum, Hoek van Holland. Truly a great exposition and worthwile going to. Here is a small impression of this afternoon, check out the photo's. Golden Earring guitarist George Kooymans came by and took the time to check out the exhibition with Patrick Orriens and Jaap Schut (organisers of the exposition). Many people attended the opening and I want to thank both Jaap and Jacqueline Schut for their hospitality and kindness to send me an invitation. Amongst the visitors were many Golden Earring fans like Aart van Grootheest, Ina Nieboer, Berry Albers and husband, Ineke, Jac and Annie, Amy, Sander van den Berg and Nico Hamerslag (Golden Earring Museum) with his wife. Also many artists were there and amongst them were Joop Roelofs and Evert Nieuwstede. I also saw reporter Gerard van den IJssel of the Haags Poppodium. Special were the many videoshots to be seen on many screens with nice Radar Love material like commercials, cartoons and live recordings. Respect to Rob von Romer for all the fantastic work!
George Kooymans did perform with the Barking Dogs again at the Hillegersberg Jazzfestival 2008 in Rotterdam on August 31, 2008. Special guest on stage was Frank Carillo who performed many songs live including several of his own.
On September 04, 2008 Barry Hay did perform live with the Metropole Orchestra at Paradiso, Amsterdam. After show a ten minute backstage interview was made by Marc Stakenburg for Radio 2. Radio, tv and dvd recordings were made, another show was given at the TROS Muziekcafé radio show on September 13, 2008. Some time later Barry and the orchestra were to be heard at the Evers Staat Op Radioshow as well. (September 18, 2008) Somewhere during this weeks Barry Hay broke a toe.
Skyscraper Hell was omitted from the setlist at Hoogwoud show in Sporthal de Weijver on September 20, 2008. George was seen with a big bruise on his forehead and a shortened show was performed. : only 1,5 hour, instead of the usual 100 minutes. (Reason is unknown)
Cesar Zuiderwijk performed with Percossa Percussion on September 27, 2008 at the Frederik Hendriklaan, Den Haag. 4 short (15 minute) sessions were given at 12, 13, 14 and 15:00 hr. Cesar Zuiderwijk has performed on October 04, 2008 in London with Percossa Percussion as well at the famous Harrods department store where they performed the well known kitchen act for Fissler pans. The Harrods website mentioned: Fissler steel band: 4th October - 11:00 , Home Electrical, second floor. The Dutch percussion group Percossa are in Harrods performing their legendary Fissler steel band performance, where the five players smash and bash their way around the kitchen with the most amazing culinary crescendo.
On October 01, 2008 Cesar Zuiderwijk was present at the opening manifestation of the The Hague Hubertus tunnel. He performed on drums during the piece "Doorgang" which was especially written for the opening ceremony of the tunnel.
October 2008 another sampler release came onto the market called 50 years Nederpop (Universal label). The Golden Earrings is present on it with songs from the early years. Another worthless attempt to earn money with a sampler with lousy artwork.
October 2008 another Dong-Dong-Di-ki-Di-gi-Dong cover version was released by Happy Elf with vocals by Nina. The style is electropop and Happy Elf is the nickname for a musician who wa sonce drummer in the Mariska Veres Jazzquartet. 4 tracks are released on the EP Dong-Dong-Di-ki-Di-gi-Dong. Beside the title track you can hear Rock in the Sea (original Shocking Blue) and Wild and Exciting and Storm and Thunder (by Earth and Fire). (The songs can be downloaded at iTunes and Musicfan.fm.)
Planned for release on October 24, 2008 is a 2cd on the Rodeo label called Golden Earring - The Long Versions with both studio and live tracks. Of course all tracks are available on regular releases but some versions were only released on 12inches so at least some of the songs are unique on this sampler if you have only cd's in your collection.
In October 2008 an acetate single was offered on sale at the Dutch auction site Marktplaats. The ad: "Zeer unieke demo single van de Golden Earrings opgenomen eind 1966 of begin 1967. Title: Baby don't make me nervous. In April 1967 op b-kant van lp Winter Harvest verschenen. Dit is nog een rauwe versie op de lp is alles wat genuanceerder gespeeld. Dit is dus een echte demo, geen promo of dj copy. Single heeft alleen een a-kant en is opgenomen in Geluids Technisch Bureau in Den Haag. Op de single zit alleen een label met daarop 45 toeren en er staat geen tekst op alleen van het logo van GTB. Dit nummer is nooit commercieel op single uitgebracht. Dit nummer is geschreven door M. Gerritse en G. Kooymans, gezongen door George Kooymans aangevuld door Frans Krassenburg. Onmiskenbaar begin jaren Golden Earrings. Staat vinyl ex and cover mint-ex." Prices are already up to 750 euro.
November 17, 2008 - Cesar Zuiderwijk was present this week at the book presentation of the new version of ut Groen Geile Boekie which explains traditional The Hague language. Some Golden Earring videos as well as a fine Radar Love song battle between Golden Earring and Ludacris and The Beasty Boys can be found on the Ik lul Haags website. Here you also find some very hilarious speech lessons for learning "Haags". Check them out and buy the book! It's a great gift!
November 21, 2008 - Barry Hay was seen in last nights RTL Boulevard program and talking by phone about their Cannes show earlier this month in front of IT personnel and amongst them was Dutch Prince Bernhard jr. Barry Hay admitted ashamed he named this prince Maurits persistantly. (But that was his brother's name....) You can review this program at RTL4 site here.
November 25, 2008 - I was informed a one track promo cdsingle of Barry Hay's "Old Town" excists. It is released on the Blue Note label in 2008. There is also a promo cdsingle of "Wall's Come Tumbling Down" These singles are probably for promotion only and there won't be any single release from the album....
Updated Tour schedule for Cesar Zuiderwijk solo Slagdroom theatre show:
On December 18, 2008 Cesar Zuiderwijk performed a 45 minute private show for OCW Den Haag personnel during their annual Christmas celebration at theatre Diligentia.
December 21, 2008 - Here are the setlists for the Frans Krassenburg concert which took place at Musicon, The Hague on December 20, 2008.
A fine cover version of "Please Go" by the Frits Philips Band can be found at the The Frits Philips Band website.
In 2008 Radar Love covers were released by:
In 2008 a Dong-Dong-Di-ki-Di-gi-Dong cover was released by:
In 2008 a Going To The Run cover was released by:
In 2008 a I Am A Fool cover was released by:
In 2008 a Johnny Make Believe cover was released by:
2009 - On January 10, 2009 George Kooymans performed with the Barking Dogs at City Lido in Groenlo.
The Barry Hay DVD with the Metropole Orchestra was released on January 16, 2009 (instead of the initial November 24, 2008 date). The dvd was postponed twice but has been release now finally. Little bit strange is that the last 4 tracks of the show are presented as "extra" on the disc....
Support act for Golden Earring's Zwolle gig on March 07, 2009 was Nova Borgers. She released her debut album called "Same As Never Before" in 2008 which contains songs written by her father Bertus Borgers. I recommend this album which was produced at Ocki Klootwijks Rocktown studio and contains very fine songs. Great Hammond organ, fine vocals by Nova and great musicians!
For 2009 two UK concerts were announced and presales have started now! These concerts are actually the first ones after a 32 year absence in the UK! UK Fans are delighted the band returns to the UK after so long and already had given up seeing the band once more in their homeland. Show dates are set for March 13, 2009 at The Ipswich Regent - Ipswich and Shepherds Bush Empire - London on March 14, 2009.
The next message was found on the Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash website: "MTWA to appear as special guests to Golden Earring Hot on the heels of the critically and commercially successful Classic Legends of Rock tour Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash has been invited to appear as special guests of Dutch rock legends Golden Earring for two major UK theatre concerts during March 2009.
These shows promise to be high profile events, marking Earring's first UK live appearances in thirty years with their classic line-up still intact and Martin considers it a privilege to be asked to appear. As with the Classic Legends tour, these shows are certain to expose MTWA to the wider rock audience and are already attracting major interest from within the industry.
Golden Earring with special guests Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash play Ipswich Regent Theatre on 13 March 2009 and London Shepherd's Bush Empire on 14 March 2009.
One week later Golden Earring also performed abroad in Germany again on March 21, 2009 at the Hamburg Color Line Arena during the first Springtime Rockfestival.
On March 27, 2009 female singer Rachel (former K-otic band) sang a Radar Love cover version in the X-factor program on RTL4 tv (episode 11). Watch the the tv broadcast online. Rachels performance made me think of the Centerfold cover but it's a great version!
On April 11, 2009 Cesar Zuiderwijk and Barry Hay performed together with the Clarks on Curaçao at Mansion Arrarat. Golden Earring sound engineer Arjen was also there to do the stage monitors. During the soundcheck songs like She Flies On Strange Wings and Beds Are Burning were performed.
On May 10, 2009 Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform with The Clarks again at The Hague - Theater Concordia, Cesar probably will be at Musicon as well (open day). Also on June 06, 2009 Cesar and The Clarks perform a set at Kaderock 2009 before Cesar leaves for the Golden Earring Strijen concert on the same day!
Support act for Golden Earring's Strijen 2009 gig is The [New] Shining. This gig is mentioned on their website. The [new] shining is an ambitious 3-piece heavy rock band, set up in the summer of 2006. They have their debut album out since April 2008 and what I hear on their (fine looking!) website sounds good. (Single Temptation) Probably a good choice for a support act again. Pretty heavy but melodic as well.... You can even listen to their debut album online! A fine change for the well known Moondogs who were there for several years....
The [New] Shining’s music is all about: Energy and emotion, a wall of sound, drive and haunting melodies. Harmonious vocals set in a background of melancholy and aggression, catchy chorus lines. These are the key elements of TNS’s music. The [New] Shining originates from former 5-piece bands Lost Serenity ('96-'99), CHAIN ('00-'01) and the 4-piece band Dinos4Dinner (`02-`06). In 2002, after having tried innumerable singers and many musical escapades, lead-guitarist “Nax” steps up to take on the lead-vocals. Bass-guitarist “R” feels he can’t stay behind and takes care of the backing-vocals as of this moment. Then when the rhythm-guitarist decides to quit the band, it’s quickly decided to continue as a threesome, under the new band name: “The [New] Shining”. This takes place in the scorching hot summer of 2006 during the recording of TNS’s debut CD “Supernatural Showdown” at the SyCo Studios.
Despite the “necessary” setback, the band keeps on going as passionate as ever and delivers a large amount of tracks. Partly because of this, T[N]S caught the attention of the prestigious Chrysalis (of Velvet Revolver, Skunk Anansie, also David Bowie, Pink Floyd among others) and signed a world-wide publishing-deal. Recently T[N]S finished its brand-new debut album “Supernatural Showdown” mixed by top-producer Oscar Holleman (of Within Temptation among many others). January 2008 T[N]S signs a record-deal with FLOW Records and a management- and bookings deal with White Mountain Management (known from Moke, Kraak en Smaak and many others). April 18th 2008 their debut CD “Supernatural Showdown” is released, along with the release of their first single “Temptation” and “Temptation” video clip.
T[N]S’s track “Temptation”, from “Supernatural Showdown”, is now frequently played on 3FM, National Radio! All songs of The [New] Shining are being written in a “live” situation. Therefore it's obvious their music is best heard & seen on stage as it provides an overwhelming and spectacular show!
On August 29, 2009 I and many other Golden Earring fans as well as other interested persons enjoyed a great Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros show at Razzoo in Uden. Special guest was George Kooymans for this show and in the second part of the show Frank and George performed several songs together. One of the songs was called A Blind Love and written by Bandoleros band member Eddie Seville (drums). Frank Carillo revealed the name of the upcoming Carillo\Kooymans album which is named On Location and due to be released in January 2010! The Bandoleros performed on equipment lent by Golden Earring members Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums) and Rinus Gerritsen (stand up bass) A better review will be published soon as I will go to the Hillegersberg Jazzfestival soon to see both George Kooymans and Frank Carillo perform again!
(All photo's copyright Casper Roos\Golden Earring Record Research Website)
On August 30, 2009 George Kooymans performed with the Barking Dogs at the Hillegersberg Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. George Kooymans also performed three songs with his friend Frank Carillo and his Bandoleros who performed as well during this festival. George was heard on the tracks A Blind Love, Across The River and On Location. These songs will be on the 2010 cd release "On Location" by Frank Carillo and George Kooymans (Universal Records)
September 08, 2009 - Today Golden Earring resumed with a concert in Waalwijk - Theater de Leest. This is the first show after the 2009 summer break (Acoustic show). During all shows new merchandise will be sold including a sweat jacket. Information about this was sent by newsletter from the official site. Check out the new design panther t-shirt here. The new merchandise won't be sold otherwise.... Next Golden Earring show tomorrow in Doetinchem - Schouwburg Amphion (Acoustic show)
Golden Earring's support act for the Strijen 2009 show in June now has been asked to be the new regular Golden Earring support act for their upcoming Autumn shows! This band made a very good impression on me and many other Golden Earring fans! A good choice if you ask me....
October 17, 2009 - Rinus Gerritsen attended the TV program Draait Door last night.
October 31, 2009 - Today's Golden Earring show in Oud-Gastel - Het Veerhuis, support act Frontaal. BN\De Stem Newspaper article about this show.
November 04, 2009 - Cesar Zuiderwijk performed a drum clinic at “Drums en Co” in Gits (Belgium) on Thursday 29 October 2009. Check for photo's Pearl Website.
On November 16, 2009 Cesar Zuiderwijk did perform in a private show at Zoetermeer for Vrienden van Kunst en Cultuur Zoetermeer.
December 04, 2009 - The DVD for Cesar Zuiderwijks Slagdroom show (and many extra's) is released today. The dvd is released on the CNR label and besides the full show you see drumsolo's from Golden Earring shows like Veronica's Countdown show at Voorburg, Holland, A Frankfurt drumsolo, a solo with Labyrinth (about 20 minutes of footage all together!) Also 2 short drum workshops can be seen (recorded at Naaldwijk and Schiedam on Slagdroom tour) and the dvd is made by Regenboog Videoproducties (Den Haag) by Rob von Römer! Thanks for the info Rob!
December 07, 2009 - Yesterday I went to Gorinchem to see Cesar Zuiderwijk & Friends at Theater Peeriscoop. This show was sold out and 135 vistors saw a fine show. This show was announced as a one time only event. Promotor Fred Delfgauw explained Cesar wanted to perform at his theatre but Fred replied he couldn't afford it as there are only 130 seats. However Cesar and Friends decided to perform anyway for a smaller fee and just have fun. So that's why five enthusiastic musicians were on stage again after 25 years of the start of the Labyrinth project they all participated in...On keyboards was seen Jasper van 't Hof and he was also around as the musical director of the music event which was introduced as music on an improvised base by musicians with over 250 years of musical experience. There was a very relaxed atmosphere and great music. I didn't hear to much familiar songs but two of them were Footprint and Big Log (Robert Plant) and another was called Crystal Bells by Charlie Mariano (a former and sadly past away member of Supersister and well known jazz musician) All friends present at the Peeriscoop Theater were a friend of Charly as well so this was kind of a tribute to him. On saxophone was Bob Malach, a musician I particularly liked! Great solo's and fine musical support to all other bandmembers. On bass the one and only Rinus Gerritsen, Golden Earring bass player and band member of Cesar. Rinus brought along a red (Sigma?) bass and a Hartke amplifier but his sound somewhat got drowned in the guitar sound of Eef Albers a jazz musician pur sang I guess but in my opinion (as well as many other visitors!) to much heard with longlasting solo's and occasionally losing himself in it. A visitor appropriate said after show: It was more like Eef and Friends! So if there should come a next time, less guitar and more attention for the other bandmembers please.
Funny thing was that Rinus Gerritsen had some musical notes on a bunch of sheets and put them on his amplifier with a coffee cup on it but after a few sounds out of his amplifier the notes and cup dropped down on the stage floor and the next songs always started after a few seconds of searching for the right music as Rinus his sheets were in complete disorder. Anyway the band and audience were amused by this non-rehearsed non-musical intermezzo. Musical director Jasper desperately tried in the first part of the show (50 minutes) to get Cesar Zuiderwijk to perform a drumsolo but this wasn't noticed or honoured. Later on in the second part which took about one hour Cesar did a fine solo. I do have to check the names above if they are spelled right so gimme a little time for that but anyway it was a great event and the theatre itself is small but very cosy and a fine place to be. As I was seated on the first row and right in the middle the sound might have been better further away from the stage but the guitar was too dominant on stage but in the mix as well and the bass was often barely heard..... Fred, thanks for organising this show and till next time. (Whenever I have the time I will extend this review some more! If any other vistor has additions please e-mail me. Anyone with a setlist?
December 07, 2009 - Cesar Zuiderwijk talks about 2010 Sabbatical in Teleac TVshow.
December 19, 2009 - Today's Golden Earring show in Kerkrade - Rodahal, last show in 2009 (Electric show)
When The Lady Smiles is featured in A Dutch Musical production called "Dromen Zijn Bedrog" which roughly covers 50 years of Dutch popmusic in a feel good musical style.
In 2009 a Radar Love cover was released by:
In 2009 a When The Lady Smiles cover was released by:
In 2009 a Seasons cover (written by George Kooymans) was released by:
2011 (actual) story part is at the start of this story!
Please be aware of the fact that this page is still under construction and is constantely being updated and extended. So far some milestones in Golden Earrings glorious career have been highlighted but of course a lot more has happened during the past 40 years! So please keep checking back here and view the latest news as well as the latest additions about Golden Earrings history or should I say "Hitstory!"
For this story many sources and clippings from papers and magazines were used frequently. They are so many I can't mention them all. Because of those many sources I can't garantee all facts are true or at the right date. Where possible they have been crosschecked and verified. If you believe facts are not true please email the webmaster! Also some of the info was taken out of the booklet with the 4cd "The Devil Made Us Do It" for which I provided a lot of information and therefor being mentioned in the credit section. (Which I'm very proud of of course! Actually I supplied a Golden Earring Record Research Report print 4 to Rinus Gerritsen on his request, which was used for the booklet info!)
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To be continued!
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