The show does go on…

Doorgaan zonder te stoppen…

25.267 kilometer, 658 optredens, 183 plectrums, 121 setjes snaren, 9 gitaren, 11 versterkers, en meer indrukwekkend, ontelbare lachsalvo’s, fouten (heus), krampen in kaken en foute “artiesten maaltijden” verder, kunnen samengevat worden in 1 cijfer: 10.

De 10 voor 10 jaar Blood, Sweat & Kiers. Een schitterende tijd met heel veel anekdotes die ik nog vele malen ten gehoor zal brengen. Een dikke 10 voor een gouden tijd. Blood, Sweat & Kiers stopt, niets bijzonders, soms is het tijd om nieuwe wegen in te slaan. Jammer is het wel, maar we hebben de foto’s nog… 😉

 

The show does go on…

25 267 kilometers, 658 appearances, 183 plectrums, 121 sets of strings9 guitars, 11 amplifiers, and more impressive, countless laughter, errors (really), laughing until it hurts and fabulous “artists meals”, can be summed up in one figure: 10.

10 to 10 years of Blood, Sweat & Kiers. A great time with lots of anecdotes which I shall come up with many times. A big 10 for a very good time. Blood, Sweat & Kiers will stop, nothing special, sometimes it’s time to break new ground. It is a pity, but we still have the pictures …;)

New Guitar!

Yee-hoo!

Im realy thrilled with my new guitar! A Danny Gatton’s #1 inspired Haar T-style. Loaded with Joe Bardens, a realy sweet “amber golden” colour (wich is very hard to capture in a picture), flamed maple “quarter sawn” neck, 1 piece alder body, altogether just over 6 Lbs (and al you guitar players out there know what that means! ;))

What a sweet tone! Yes people, (who don’t play the guitar) this is a complete diffrent animal than my beloved “cream” telecaster, my work-horse for the last 5 years. Althoug both a Haar T-Style guitar, that’s about the only comparison you can make…

 

Ps.

Believe it or not, this is my second serious guitar I own! (part from an acoustic, which isn’t a real guitar isn’t it, a Surf Green Stratocaster wich stands cortious next to my bed, a gifted Levin wich is a sweet and awesome sounding instrument, 2 Egmond guitars wich I bought for 2,50 each… And I swear that that is it ow, and an acoustic “my verry first six string” in the attic)

In jugs & jars…

So much fun this weekend! Playin’ guitar for a gazzilion hours and as “icing on the pie” BBQ & Beer at my brothers place, sweet! What more does this man need…

Here a pic from the “Jazz in the Gracht” festival. Compliments to the organization and al the volunteers! Everything was al in “jugs & jars” and everybody was very kind, thanks for that! (Thanks Ellen Post voor the picture, I hope you don’t mind I’m using it… )

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Firewood…

you least expect it… having an appointment with the luthier of your current # 1 guitar Erik van der Haar,  2 hours later you’re driving home with a car loaded with firewood… One thing is for shure, I never did stoke some high quality Birds-eye maple, Rosewood and other bits ‘n pieces. Talking about making a posh fire!

Kept me warm loading the stuf up, will keep me warm burning it through winter! Sweet!

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Marathon session…

It all happend in the Box.

And so it was that I was asked again to help mr. Boogie Woogie on his newest album “the Big Easy”. And that is always an honor! Marcel Schuurman already did a nice job on the “live” recordings in the studio. They recorded 24 songs in a couple of hours without any overdubs besides vocals, what an achievement!

And than I’m the lucky one that mr. Fats Domino had 2 guitar players in the ol’ days. And that Marcel isn’t able two play 2 guitars at once… (the guitarlessons from Michael Angelo were all fully booked I guess… *LOL*) So here I am, slaming 2 and 4 on a 2 by 4.

Thanks Boogie for giving me the opportunity to record an other album with you! (my descendants will be proud…)

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Unplugged…

And so is it also!

Once a year Cultureel Cafe Bacchus organizes a weekend with acoustic music. Everybody can join and gets the opportunitiy to play 25 minute acoustic set. And because that is a challange, it;s around the corner, all our friends ar their (to either play or to join laughing and drinking) and (by far the most important) free drink coupes I join whenever possible.

This year in a last minute dicision, I persuaded Ab Hansen (bass), Cees “the Force” Tas (drums & kachon) and Marco “Fender” Peet to join me. A plan came together. During the day, while changing my acoustic strings, the phone rang. By answering it I heard a whel known “WHHHAAAA”, the Boogie Man! Within minutes it came clear that the man had no plans for the night, a split second later he had… Later that night he joined and we played a sweet, swinging, acoustic grooving set.

After this night I had two questions in my mind. Why don’t I pick up my Martin OM-1 a bit more? And when did I drink that “one to many” beer…

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Please note, the only electric instrument on stage is a piano. While the “real-deal” was standing underneath the staircase. Well, it did work!

Not for one hole to catch…

I know that sounds weird, but I love to literal translate Dutch sayings… and this is one of them! Ok, this is what happend. And so we arived at a cool looking bar, and the place was getting crowdy, nice! Blood, Sweat & Kiers worthy we build up within 15 minutes, it’s a gift. And were ready for the sound check. That is to say, we were ready, not the soundtech of the venue…

After a couple of moments we couldn’t stand our curiosity no more and asked the tech what was happening (or what was not happening). The man, not to pleaced himself, answered that they had a new PA system, NICE! But, the guy who installed it was on vacation and the didn’t knew…

Well, that’s what we’re good at: sollutions to keep the crowed happy. We turned our own monitors 180 degrees right at the peoples and started the show! Did it sound good?! Probably the least. Did we have good fun?! Ow, yeah!

We hope to get back one day, to let hear how we can sound like…

Thanks The Haque for the patience and compliments after all!

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‘ol days (part 2.)

Surfing on the web, I spotted this picture… Me with my beloved Fender classic 50’s Stratocaster, (and probably a MesaBoogie caliber 50… ssssst, don’t tell anyone), the “infamous” band jackets touring with the BluesMasters. I think it was in ’01?

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Behind the bar…

For everything a first time…

It happend previously that Wouter and I ended up “behind” the bar during (or after…) a gig. But playing with the 2 of us? And NO bar tenders behind the bar? Never! Up untill now, 15 january ’13 ‘t Kantoor – Haarlem. Having a blast playing 3 short sets and even drafting a beer for a thirsty customer while we were playing!

I think I don’t have to repeat we had a good time! Hope we’ll be back soon at ‘t Kantoor!

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(photo: Frans Brouwer)