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Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: October 23, 2015, 01:24:21 PM »

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Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - The Vision the Sword and the Pyre
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:07:21 AM »
An update on this project, taken from Eloy´s website:

Quote:

The oft-cited work on the topic of Joan of Arc is taking form, and there will now not only be a rock opera by Frank Bornemann, but, first of all, another ELOY album presenting the music on which the later the musical framework for the stage version will be based.
I have long said goodbye to the idea of composing a stage work, or even presenting a musical in which the dialogues fill the content with overblown singing - generally to the detriment of the music. Rather, I intend to create a complex artistic work in which the musical part assumes a greater responsibility - in other words, something beyond the scope and purpose of known works - without neglecting the subject which, I admit, as a history aficionado and member of the »Association des Amis du Centre Jeanne d´Arc« in Orléans, is very important to me.

Since the album »Power And The Pasion« (also termed a rock opera back then) I have not, perhaps with the exception of the double concept album »Planets« / »Time To Turn«, devoted myself to a work which has a continuous storyline or even historical events as a basis. Such works always require a lot of time and are a much greater challenge than a band album, which doesn’t have such stringent requirements in terms of content.
In the case of the story of Joan of Arc, I have set myself, musically and lyrically, a very high benchmark, which, particularly by sticking to the historical events, demands a high and consistent accord between content with the music. Although the realisation of this project has been going through my head for over 15 years, I only now for the first time have the opportunity to address it and meet the challenge. The idea to combine it with ELOY and to put a version of it to tape first, which, at the same time, also underpins the continuity of our common musical creation as a band, only came to me when I was layouting and composing.
It took some time until it was clear to me that the best way for this musically and thematically ambitious work to see the light of day would be through the band. It is now likely to take for several months before even the music is complete, the texts are fully written, and all the layouts for the final recordings have been created. And another few months will surely have gone by before the recordings are all wrapped up, but then you can be assured that you can expect a very special work which, I am convinced, will rank at the top of our releases up till now.

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Eloy (Germany) / Eloy - The Vision the Sword and the Pyre
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:07:02 AM »
Some news taken from Eloy´s website:

Over the last 15 years Eloy´s Frank Borneman has been working on a rock opera dedicated to Joan of Arc. The next step will be taking this opera on the road.
In addition to the large choirs and orchestral sounds, Frank will also be supported by Eloy, making the work part of the band's core discography.

The music for "La Vision l'épée et le bûcher" or "The Vision the Sword and the Pyre" will even be sung in two languages for the live appearances. The show will also go on the road in Germany under the title "Die Vision, das Schwert und das Feuer", with lyrics in German.
It goes without saying that this project presents an enormous challenge, especially for Frank as the author of the content. As such, fans will have to wait patiently for the music to be released on CD. Only then can work begin on the stage production – as soon as the financing has been secured and the cast for each version is in place.

Being an Eloy fan way from the early seventies, I hope to get a chance to see this show on the road somewhere.

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Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - Historical Overview
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:02:56 AM »
On January 17th 2014, Eloy released Reincarnation on Stage, a double live CD featuring recordings  of Eloy´s latest tour.

Some of my favorite tracks on this album are Child Migration, Silhouette & Horizons, but it is good to hear some of the older tracks such as Poseidon's Creation, Decay Of The Logos & Atlantis' Agony At June 5th 8498, 13 p.m. Gregorian Earthtime, three tracks from the legenday 1977 Oceans album, actually 3/4 of this album.

Eloy´s tour line-up:

Eloy´s line-up:

Frank Bornemann (guitar & vocals)
Michael Gerlach (keyboards)
Hannes Folberth (keyboards)
Klaus-Peter Matziol (bass)
Bodo Schopf (Drums & percussion)

with

Steve Mann (guitars)
Alexandra Seubert (vocals)
Tina Lux (backing vocals)
Anke Renner (backing vocals)


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Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - Historical Overview
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:57:19 AM »
In 2003, EMI released »Timeless Passages«, the ultimate song collection on two CDs. The product was graced with elaborate cover artwork, strongly suggestive of the band's heyday. Shortly afterwards, the last newly mastered old EMI studio albums hit the market. The back catalogue sold in respectable quantities, proving the interest of the fans was still alive. And so the people at Frank's label, Artist Station, which he founded together with Martin Kleemann, had to figure out a way of meeting expectations. In 2009, ELOY are celebrating their 40th anniversary. »The Legacy Box« DVD-set comprises a documentary on the history of the band, enriched with video clips, concert footage and TV appearances of the band. Many of the former and current members of the band have their say. Up to date? Yes, on the occasion of the anniversary, new music is being written and recorded. »Visionary«, is the title of the new album, set to challenge the best of the old ones. Frank has brought the band together again and inspired them to give their best.

Visionary was actually released in 2009, with the following line-up:

Frank Bornemann (lead vocals, guitar)
Michael Gerlach (keyboards)
Hannes Folberth (keyboards)
Klaus-Peter Matziol (bass)
Bodo Schopf (drums, percussion)

ELOY is back!

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Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - Historical Overview
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:52:26 AM »
1993: "Chronicles I" is released as a part of a re-recorded bestof-collection.

1994: "The best of Eloy Vol.I" is released by EMI. It includes titles of the "early days" from 1972 to 1975.

1994: "Chronicles II" is released.

1994: "The tides return forever" is released and the band reappeared live on stage for several successful shows in Germany.

April 1995: The first official Eloy-fanclub was founded.

"Now, Klaus-Peter Matziol is back in the band as a full time member. Our latest album "The Tides Return Forever" is in the classic Eloy tradition, and reflects the feelings we had during the recording of the "Chronicles" CDs. Our 25th Anniversary deserved another highlight in our long series of albums!

It is a real pleasure for me to have gotten such a great and positive response everywhere for "The Tides...". I think this album is our best one for a long time and can be compared, qualitywise, to "Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes" and "Time To Turn".

Last spring, we played a series of 12 shows to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. They were all sold out! After our concert in Bochum, on April 9th, 1995, we received a golden record for the previous album "Ocean", from EMI-Germany."

The line-up for the 1994-95 tour was :
Frank Bornemann - Guitar and Vocals
Michael Gerlach - Keyboards
Klaus-Peter Matziol - Bass
Steve Mann - Guitars and Keyboards
Bodo Schopf - Drums
Bettina Lux and Susanne Schätzle - backing vocals/choir

1996: "The best of Eloy Vol.II" released by EMI. It includes titles of the "prime"-period from 1976 to 1979.
1996: Work on "Ocean 2" began.
12th October 1998: "Ocean 2" released

1999: Remaster-project of all Eloy-CDs started

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Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - Historical Overview
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:45:28 AM »
"The split of 1979 was not for musical reasons. From my point of view, Detlev Schmidtchen and Jürgen Rosenthal had ego problems and left the band to start their own careers [they recorded an album together, "Ego On The Rocks", in 1978]. Klaus-Peter and I weren't able to change their minds, and so we had to find new partners.

Jim McGillveray was a very well-known drummer in Germany. He had the reputation to be one of the best drummers in this genre. Hannes Arkona and Hannes Folberth were good friends, and worked together in a few bands in Hannover before. Both were big talents, and very nice guys. In spring 1980, we released our first album together, "Colours"."

1980: "Colours" is released

"But in the following years it was not easy to keep the balance in the band. Some members wanted to change the style, and tried to get Eloy to sound like a hardrock band. I personally didn't agree, and tried to continue in the old style of the band, albeit with a few modern up-dates."

1981: "Planets" is released as part I of a two-part concept (A science-fiction-story).

1982: "Time to Turn" is released as part II.

1983: "Performance" is released and toured in German-speaking countries and the UK.

1984: The band breaks up after finishing the production of "Metromania".

"Until the autumn of '84 that concept was working, but then everybody went his own way. Our common spirit didn't exist anymore... There were no financial reasons for the split this time, although the end of our record deal with EMI was the first time we had the opportunity to rest the band for a while.

As a farewell, Eloy gave several concerts in the UK, which were recorded by the BBC. One of these shows in the famous Marquee is attended by Fish and other members of Marillion, and photos of Fish with Eloy are in circulation.

After a break of 1 1/2 years, I met Michael Gerlach by chance in Berlin, while I was producing a heavy-metal band there. The decision to continue Eloy as a duo was based on the possibilities of modern technologies, which allow us to create musical layouts in a perfect way, without having a full line-up. I'm talking about drum machines and music computers to replace the other musicians during the composition phase and the recording of the basic tracks.

Nowadays, I am working as a producer and I own a publishing company, in partnership with Warner/Chappell, and a production company. I give my main attention to young artists. I try to ensure them a serious artist development, which is working well. Michael is doing similar things, and we cooperate from time to time."

1988: "Ra" is released by the new company SPV and introduced at a live-TV-show.

1991: "Rarities" released by EMI. A collection of singles and rare-tracks.

1992: "Destination" is released with bassplayer Klaus-Peter Matziol on some songs.

"With "RA" and "Destination", we had very good chart positions and sale figures in Germany. I am surprised that there is still so much interest in our music. I guess it has something to do with our very special profile. We receive a lot of letters from fans everywhere around the world, although our albums are only available as imports in foreign countries...

As the other members of Eloy and I never had problems with each other during the long years we spent working together - we only had differing opinions regarding the music sometimes - it was easy to invite most of them for the "Chronicles" project. I'm also still in contact with Manfred Wieczorke (we are still good friends). Jürgen Rosenthal wasn't able to join us for the project, as he hasn't played for years. It was a wonderful feeling to play the old songs after all these years again. I was very surprised at how good our harmony was during those sessions!"

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Eloy (Germany) / Eloy - Historical Overview
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:45:07 AM »
Copied from the original entry by Melo the Prog Goddess on the old bazaar.

"The name Eloy is based on the book "Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. Wells describes in his book the situation of mankind about 800.000 years later, and Eloy is a human race in his story. The Eloy in Wells' story have made a new start with the help of the time traveler. In a way, it was a new beginning for the human race. German rockbands in the late 60's played mainly covers from other bands instead of playing their own compositions. Record deals for German bands were absolutely rare and German bands generally were considered to be second class bands in their own country. At that time it was a strong effort for a German band to come out with only their own compositions. It was a start into an unknown future, and from this point of view, comparable to the human race in Wells' story. That is why I got the idea to name the band Eloy.

I started to play in the early 60's, inspired by bands like The Shadows and American rock'n'roll singers, and later The Beatles. I found the other musicians of Eloy by chance, but I felt from the beginning that this would be a longtime project!"

1969: Eloy is formed. Initially it is a school band, whose repertoire inclued songs by The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Who and Cream.

1970: Eloy wins the first prize at a newcomer competition and they recorded two of their own compositions for a single which is released on an independant label. ( Daybreak/Walk alone )

1971: Eloy's first LP (self-titled) is recorded in the "Stars-studio" (Hamburg) and released.

"From the beginning, we tried to find a very special style, influenced by progressive rock music. Of course, it took time to find an individual identity. In the beginning, we had with lead singer Erich Schriever, guitar and keyboard player Manfred Wieczorke, and me, 3 composers in the band. I got the leadership of the band after Erich left us in 1972. He was very good, qualitywise, but not willing to do the step to a professional. Furthermore we had some problems with him, while playing live. He was no entertainer at all, too politically-oriented and not visionary enough. At that time I was only the guitar player in the band. When Erich left overnight, I had to replace him for a couple of gigs and so I played guitar and sang. At that time, we intended to find another lead singer to replace Erich, but that wasn't that easy in the early 70's. The first two concerts with me as a singer turned out to be more successful than ever before! In the end, we decided that I continue to sing. Helmut Draht on drums was replaced by Fritz Randow.

Like every other band we had problems at the beginning to coordinate all ideas, but at the time of our first EMI album, "Inside", everybody in the band was agreeing on playing in a progressive style."

1973: "Inside" released on EMI's Harvest label. First tours supporting English acts like Beggars Opera or East of Eden.
- The song "Future city" reached the topten of some american radio-stations.
- The single "Daybreak" was released (B-side: "On the road")
- Wolfgang Stöcker left the band. Luitjen Janssen replaced him.

1974: "Floating" released. This album was recorded at night - at the same time as the Scorpions recorded their album "Fly to the rainbow", because Rudolf Schenker arranged Frank Bornemann for the production of their album.

1975: "Power And The Passion" released with second guitarist Detlev Schwaar. It reaches sales figures of 30.000.

"The reason for the break-up of the band in 1975 was mainly the way of working, plus the style of the music. I personally wanted to continue the way of Eloy with concept-albums and a mixture of symphonic arrangements, atmospheres and rock structures. Some members of the band didn't agree with this concept. Manfred Wieczorke changed to the band Jane, mainly for financial reasons, as Eloy was in an awful financial state after a lot of trouble with our manager Jay Partridge.

In 1976, I had to reform the band totally and found musicians in my hometown, who were sharing my vision regarding the future of Eloy. It was also the first time that I was accepted as the producer of the band, and so I could realize everything I had in mind.

Klaus-Peter Matziol is very individual and creative, and his way of playing gave Eloy a very special push. Jürgen Rosenthal came not only for drumming, but also wrote the lyrics for three albums : "Dawn" (together with me), "Ocean", and "Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes" (together with me). His way of playing the drums was influenced by Neil Peart and Bill Bruford, and also gave Eloy a special accent of the rhythm parts. Detlev Schmidtchen moved from the guitar to the keyboards and tried to replace Manfred in every way. He was excellent! These two musicians have a common spirit. With this line-up, Eloy became the most successful rockband in Germany.

In that period, the financial situation was better than ever before, so we could do whatever we wanted to do. To record an album like "Dawn", with a string orchestra, would cost much more money nowadays ! The inspiration in the lyrics to our albums was mostly the world we live in, and I usually use fantasy or science-fiction stories to bring out what I feel. Except for some lyrics by Jürgen Rosenthal, I wrote most of the songs, arranged and produced them all. Crediting the band collectively for writing the music was only a way to give every member of the band the same amount of money."

1976: "Dawn" sells 150.000 copies

1977: "Ocean" sells 200.000 copies. In german charts better than Genesis or Queen.

1978: "Eloy Live", a double-livealbum is released (due to technical problems not a complete live-album).

1979: "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" sales surpass "Ocean"


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Eloy (Germany) / Eloy - Links & Info
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:43:37 AM »
Eloy is a German "Krautrock" band, which has been active since 1969 - present.

More on Eloy can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):


Eloy´s Website: http://www.eloy-legacy.com/

Eloy on MySpace: https://myspace.com/official4eloy

Eloy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Official4Eloy

Eloy on ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/Official4Eloy

Eloy on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=97

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Kayak (NL) / Kayak - Links & Info
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:32:41 AM »
Kayak is a progressive band from the Netherlands, which has been active since 1972.

More on Kayak can be found in the other topics in this board and on the following website(s):


Kayak´s Website: www.kayakonline.nl

Kayak on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kayak/209230952473801

Kayak on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/kayak/id24990441

Kayak on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=162

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Kayak (NL) / Re: Kayak - Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:31:02 AM »
2012 • 40th Anniversary

In 2012 Kayak celebrates their 40th anniversary with the 'Journey Through Time' tour that would continue into 2013. Then there's a book: a biography  (written by Irene Linders, based upon the views and notes of founder Ton Scherpenzeel). In the meantime, preparations are being made for new ambitious project, the third rock opera in the band's history: Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis. The double album is scheduled to be released mid 2014. Because of the fact that the costs of recording and releasing the new project are estimated to be considerably higher than the average album, Kayak starts a crowdfunding campaign, hoping for the financial support and loyalty of their fans.

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Kayak (NL) / Re: Kayak - Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:23:36 AM »
2006 • KAYAKoustic



Singer Bert Heerink’s unexpected departure has no serious consequences because Edward Reekers returns to the band after the succesful collaboration on ‘Nostradamus’, and Cindy Oudshoorn has become a full-fledged Kayak member.
There is no new album release this year. After the sudden demise of Nostradamus – despite the quite successful tour, the financial risk of a continuation of the project was too high – the band decide to opt for a small tour.
In the fall of 2006 there is the start of the KAYAKoustic Tour, which runs until the beginning of 2007. The band's original intent, an almost acoustical show, is watered down because of the late announcement: there are not enough theatre bookings to do the tour as planned, so a number of clubs has to be added to do the tour.
Eventually, a semi-acoustical approach is adopted, in which a great number of old songs that have rarely been played live before, like ‘Daughter or Son’ or ‘What’s in a Name’, were transformed by completely new arrangements.
In the theatre shows the strong vocal line up is emphasized: while Ton Scherpenzeel plays the grand piano, the guitarists stick to their acoustical instruments, Pim to his brushes and hotrods, and Jan van Olffen excels on double bass. Some of the shows of the tour have been recorded for a CD that is meant to be released in 2007.

2007-2008 • Coming Up For Air



A few months after the last KAYAKoustic concert the live album from that tour is released in May 2007. Just like the tour this release is on a small scale: the CD can only be ordered directly through Kayak’s internet web shop. The rest of the year there are no more gigs, as the band concentrates on writing and recording a new studio album, planned for an early 2008 release: ‘Coming Up For Air’, that will also once again take the group to the theatres and clubs of Holland. No rock opera this time, like the last two albums ‘Merlin’ and ‘Nostradamus’, but a ‘regular’ CD with fifteen songs without any conceptual connection.
The tour is also marked by the 35th anniversary of Kayak. In February 1973 ‘Lyrics’, the bands first single, was released. In the autumn of 2008 a live DVD is recorded in Paradiso , and subsequently ‘The Anniversary Box’, containing the Paradiso concert as well as a collection of fan chosen tracks is released.

2009 • Letters From Utopia



In 2009 Kayak releases a new album, a 2CD no less with 19 new songs, entitled ‘Letters From Utopia’. The line up had remained unchanged since 2005, the longest period in Kayak history. At the release of the album, shortly before the beginning of the tour, Kayak announces that it might just be their last tour. The band does not give a reason for this decision, but it is apparent that it is becoming increasingly difficult to set up a tour under professional conditions.
Having announced this, Kayak also made it clear that the band did not have the intention to quit the Dutch rock scene altogether though: they promised to keep on looking for other ways to continue.

Pim

On November 23rd disaster strikes: drummer Pim Koopman dies of a heart attack in the middle of the tour. The rest of the tour is, of course, cancelled. Kayak anncounces that the decision, whether to continue the band without Pim or not, will be taken when the time is right.

Tribute

In 2010 the Pim Koopman Tribute concert takes place in the Amsterdam Paradiso hall, exactly (save one day) a year after Pim’s passing. Kayak performs a special set with guest artists or band members that Pim had worked with in the past as a producer and songwriter, like Pussycat, Diesel, The President, Jose, and Caren Maywood. Pim’s place as a drummer that night is taken by Hans Eijkenaar. A few weeks after the concert Kayak announces their intent to continue as a band with Hans as Pim’s successor on drums. A new album is planned for 2011.


2011 • Anywhere But Here



In 2011 the Tribute Concert DVD of the Paradiso concert in honour of Pim is released. The band works on a new album, that will be entitled ‘Anywhere But Here’ and is- no surprise- dedicated to Pim Koopman. Hans not only takes Pim’s place behind the drumkit, but also mixes the album. In September the album is released, and from October to December a re-energized Kayak embarks on a club tour.

Meanwhile, also having left their former label and bookings agency the year before, Kayak regain the copyrights to most of their releases since 1981 and set up their own webshop.

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Kayak (NL) / Re: Kayak - Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:23:06 AM »
2001

2001 saw the release of two new Kayak albums: 'Chance for a LIVE Time' and 'Night Vision'. 'Chance for a LIVE Time' was the first real live album Kayak ever released ('Eyewitness' was recorded live in the studio, but the audience was added to the tracks later on). The album, recorded during the 'Close to the Fire'-tour 2000, reflected the new energy and inspiration within the band, that proved to be stronger than ever after Max Werner's sudden departure just before the tour started and Bert Heerink had to take over lead vocal duties. Shortly after the release of 'Chance for a LIVE Time' Kayak started working on their twelfth album called 'Night Vision', which was released in November. At the same time the band started working on ideas to rework the 'Merlin' suite (from the album of the same name that was originally released in 1981) into a full concept album and a theatre tour that included a real orchestra, planned for 2003.

line up: Bert Heerink, Rob Winter, Rob Vunderink, Pim Koopman, Ton Scherpenzeel, Bert Veldkamp.

2002

2002 started off with the succesful 'Night Vision' tour. After the tour Ton, Pim and Irene concentrated on writing and arranging for the new Merlin 'rock opera', which would become the most demanding and most pretentious project Kayak had ever taken on. But not just that. To make it even more demanding, halfway through the year the band was confronted with two dramatic changes. The first major drawback was the split within record company and tourpromotor ProActs, which meant that Kayak had to look for a new record company to release the new album which was considered to be vital for the future of the band. The second blow came when shortly before the recordings began, guitarist Rob Winter announced his departure, as he found it would become impossible to combine his work with the Marco Borsato Band and Kayak. Rob's successor was found in Joost Vergoossen, who in recent years had played (among others) with the Ilse de Lange Band (with... former Kayak bass played Theo de Jong!) Joost joined the group in the autumn of 2002 and could start right away with his musical contribution to the new album. Another remarkable change in the line up took place: for the album and upcoming tour, that was based on the story of Merlin, and that was going to be presented in the form of a rock opera, Kayak needed another singer to fulfill the role of the scorceress Morgan (Merlin's adversary). Leadsinger Bert Heerink already played the part of Merlin, while second vocalist/guitarist Rob Vunderink was reinvented as Mordred, the illegitimate son of Morgan and her halfbrother, King Arthur. The quest for a female vocalist that could perform that role ended succesfully when Cindy Oudshoorn accepted the offer. Cindy had not only been a solo singer with a few singles (in Dutch) on her name, but had also worked as a session vocalist, live and in the studio, for acts like K-Otic and Ruth Jacott. Once more, the cast for Kayak was complete. And the show could go on- which it did. The second half of 2002 Kayak concentrated on recording their magnum opus 'Merlin- Bard of The Unseen'.

2003

2003- 'Merlin- Bard of the Unseen' line up, f.l.t.r. Ton Scherpenzeel, Bert Heerink, Cindy Oudshoorn, Rob Vunderink, Joost Vergoossen, Pim Koopman and Bert Veldkamp.

2005

In April 2005 Kayak is expected to release the CD 'Nostradamus- The Fate of Man'. Although recordings have already begun, at this moment it is still unsure whether or not all 28 (!) new songs will be featured on the CD. This would then have to be a 2CD because of the total track time of ca. 1 hr 50 minutes. Much will depend on the progress of the preparations for the tour. Kayak plans to release a DVD that will feature all the songs, after the tour.

For promotion only a special mini-CD will be released, that will contain the most 'accesible' or 'radio-friendly' songs.

Nostradamus - The Fate of Man - 2005 Tour

Kayak's line up (or should we say: cast?) for 2005's theatre tour 'Nostradamus- The Fate of Man' has been confirmed. The band (Ton Scherpenzeel, Pim Koopman, Bert Heerink, Rob Vunderink, Joost Vergoossen and Bert Veldkamp) will be joined by guest vocalists Monique vd Ster and Edward Reekers. Together with Bert and Rob they will perform the leading roles in the rock opera about the famous 16th century French astrologer.

Besides these (solo-)vocalists two more singers/dansers will be performing in the show. The name of the female singer/dancer that has been selected is Marjolein Teepen. Marjolein currently plays the leading role in the Opus One theatre production 'Alice in Wonderland', with music by Ton Scherpenzeel.

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Kayak (NL) / Re: Kayak - Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:22:39 AM »
1982-1998

Seventeen years would go by with only one sign of life of the band: In 1997 Kayak reunited for a TV program called "Classic Albums", that concentrated on the album "Royal Bed Bouncer", featuring the lineup that made this record in 1975. Meanwhile, all the original LP albums were re-released on CD, most of them with extra tracks and lost B-sides, some as compilations. Besides EMI and Phonogram, a new and specialized record company called Pseudonym Records took care of the re-release of several LP-s.

In the TV program it became clear that Ton, Pim and Max had been busy with demo recordings (of an unnamed "project"), but this unfortunately didn't attract too much interest from the major record companies. It looked like Kayak would never return.

1999-2000

line up: Rob Winter, Ton Scherpenzeel, Pim Koopman, Max Werner, Bert Veldkamp



In 1999 Kayak was asked by popular Dutch/Frisian band De Kast (once big fans) to be its guest on a TV program called "De Vrienden van Amstel Live." Kayak, for the first time in 17 years, agreed to perform live in front of an audience. Ton Scherpenzeel, Max Werner, Bert Veldkamp and Johan Slager, together with Pim Koopman's temporary replacement Marc Stoop (Pim, partly living in Ireland, couldn't make it in time), played this legendary gig in Café de Paap in The Hague in November 1999 together with members of De Kast. This marked the beginning of Kayak's "second" life. The demos that were slowly gathering dust in Ton's studio, surfaced again, and drew the attention of a new record label called ProActs, a project in which De Kast participated. And what no one had dared to hope, finally happened: Kayak (this time with Ton, Pim, Bert, Max and new guitarist Rob Winter) started working on its new album, "Close to The Fire." Released in May 2000, "Close to The Fire" got an extremely positive reception, partly because original singer Max Werner had again taken to the microphone, drawing fans from the early years. The old magic, the inspirational fire was back. Kayak also returned to the stage, this time as a six-piece band. Ex-Vandenberg singer Bert Heerink became the second lead vocalist, giving Max the opportunity to share the frontman responsibilities with somebody else and expand his percussion ambitions. With Bert, Kayak could also perform the songs that Edward Reekers used to sing, like "Ruthless Queen" and "Merlin", to name but a few. Unfortunately, severe health problems kept Max from maintaining his position as lead singer very long and he was forced to leave the band in the autumn of 2000. Soon after that it became clear he had never intended to stay with the band much longer than that first tour and would have quit anyhow. He was not really replaced, because Bert Heerink had already taken over some of his vocal duties, but an extra guitarist/vocalist was added, Rob Vunderink. Rob had played in bands like The Hammer and Diesel.

2000

line up: Rob Winter, Ton Scherpenzeel, Bert Heerink, Bert Veldkamp, Rob Vunderink, Pim Koopman

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Kayak (NL) / Re: Kayak - Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:22:17 AM »
1977-1978

line up: Ton Scherpenzeel, Max Werner, Johan Slager, Charles Schouten, Theo de Jong

At the end of 1976 Pim and Bert were replaced by Charles Schouten and Theo de Jong. This line up recorded "Starlight Dancer." The title track, one of the band's all-time classics, reached number 14 in the Dutch charts, and Kayak seemed to be back. The American release of the same name (a compilation of the Dutch LPs "The Last Encore" and "Starlight Dancer") was even a minor success in the USA, with "Want You to Be Mine" peaking at 55 in the Billboard charts. Kayak was even voted Most Promising Band of the Year by the influentual American music paper Record World. But as time went by, musical differences between the original and new members appeared to be unreconcilable, and within 18 months the band (or what was left of it) again had to find a new bassplayer and drummer. And not only that...


1978-1981

line up: Ton Scherpenzeel, Johan Slager, Max Werner, Edward Reekers, Katherine Lapthorn, Peter Scherpenzeel, Irene Linders

What followed was a very chaotic year, in which the band's break up often seemed near, because in spite of the possibility of an American tour and the long-awaited international breakthrough, lead vocalist Max Werner made it clear he wanted to withdraw as Kayak's frontman. Werner had always felt like a drummer, and had more or less happened to find himself trapped in the lead singer role because of his unique voice. When the drum chair became vacant, he told the others of his wish to become the band's new drummer, which meant that Kayak had to start looking for a new leadsinger. All plans had to be discarded and the group basically had to start from scratch. Edward Reekers became the new vocalist. With him three "newcomers" joined the band: Peter Scherpenzeel (Ton's younger brother) signed on as the new bass player, while backing vocalists Irene Linders (Ton's wife and lyricist for many of his songs from then on) and Katherine Lapthorn were added to give the band a whole new identity. All these changes, and the release of the new album "Phantom of the Night", meant a significant break with the past in more than one way -- for many old fans this band had little to do with the original Kayak. But the "new" group suddenly and unexpectedly reached a bigger audience than ever before. "Ruthless Queen" was Kayak's first and only really major hit single (number 4 in the Dutch charts). The album even made it to number one, being awarded platina for over 100,000 copies sold in Holland.

Ton, Max, Johan, Irene, Peter, Katherine, Edward in Toppop

The next album, "Periscope Life" (1980), was recorded in Los Angeles. It was similar in style, but lacked the big hit and surprise factor that made its predecessor such a phenomenal success. However, it still outsold the first five albums. With its next album, "Merlin" (1981), Kayak returned to its original progressive and symphonic rock roots, with a suite about the legendary medieval magician on side A. This album, together with "Royal Bed Bouncer", was generally considered to be Kayak's best work. With the decline of commercial success however, personal and musical struggles within the band surfaced. The desperate financial situation that manager Hirschland had led the band and its members into only made things worse.

1981-1982

line up: Ton Scherpenzeel, Johan Slager, Peter Scherpenzeel, Edward Reekers, Max Werner

While Max Werner celebrated a number one single as solo singer (!) in Germany with "Rain In May", the band finally collapsed under its own weight. Kayak (now without the two female backing singers) still managed to produce one semi-live album, "Eyewitness." This LP contained three new songs, but mostly consisted of recordings that were done 'live' in the studio, with only minor repairs and dubs added. The applause was overdubbed, something that became clear when later the CD version of the album was released: Ton Scherpenzeel explained in the liner notes that he had decided to have the album edited and re-released without the clapping and yelling audience, something that had always irritated him so much that he had never been able to listen to "Eyewitness" himself in its original form. This album would be the last that was heard from Kayak for a long time.

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