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Tom Verlaine


Tom Verlaine

Born Thomas Miller in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1949. Verlaine (who borrowed his artist name from the French poet) was trained as a pianist but got interested in rock music because of The Rolling Stones.

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The Story Of Big Star


Big Star, 1972

Looking back, Big Star seems to be one of the most unfortunate names a band could ever choose. Big Star wanted to conquer the world with beautiful music but they never even came near chart succes. During the band's existence (1971-1975) they only sold a couple of thousands of records.

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Concert Tips

The Magpie Salute, November 22, 2018, Tivoli, Utrecht
John Cale, December 3, 2018, Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Patti Smith, January 27, 28, 29, 2019, Tivoli, Utrecht
The Kooks, March 29, 2019, AFAS live, Amsterdam
Sharon van Etten, March 29, 2019, Paradiso noord, Amsterdam
Todd Rundgren, April 4, 2019, Paradiso, Amsterdam
Joe Jackson, April 4, 2019, Tivoli, Utrecht
Rufus Wainwright, April 15, 2019, Carré, Amsterdam
Metallica, June 11, 2019, Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
Whitesnake, June 12, 2019, 013, Tilburg
Wilco, June 16, 2019, Paradiso, Amsterdam
Tool, June 18, 2019, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Muse, June 27, 2019, Goffertpark, Nijmegen
Weezer, July 4, 2019, Tivoli, Utrecht

Live Reviews

Johan

, Paard, The Hague 8/11/2018
Johan, 2018

Johan made a restart in 2017, releasing an excellent 5th album "Pull Up" in 2018. Main new addition compared to the line-up of 2009 is Robin Berlijn (Fatal Flowers, Kane). On "Pull Up" he already proved his value, giving the bandsound some rawer edges. That bandleader Jacco de Greeuw has faith in the new album is shown by the fact that they play 8 of it's songs. The song catalog is so impressive meanwhile that it hardly seems to matter what the setlist looks like. At some point Jacco wonders if the next song is from the 2nd or 3rd album. Only songs from "4" are avoided. Though the band never scored a real hit, the songs that got a lot of airplay are all here. A Johan concert without classics as "Everybody Knows", "Porneaux", "Tumble and Fall", "Pergola" and "Oceans" is hard to imagine. That Johan is in good shape and rocks harder than before apparently comes as a surprise to the soundman. Apart from this minor glitch, the performance confirms that Johan is still among the best Dutch rock bands.

Setlist: I Mean I Guess / Easy (It's) / W.F. / About Time / When I'm on My Own / Tumble and Fall / Just Because / Dream (On My Mind) / Porneaux / Pergola / Walking Away / Making Sense / What a Scene / She's Got a Way With Men / Anyone Got a Clue? / Save Game / Oceans / Quicksand
Encore: Day Is Done / December / Everybody Knows

Gaz Coombes

, Rotown, Rotterdam 12/4/2018
Gaz Coombes

The former Supergrass-frontman played in Rotown just a couple of weeks before the release of his third solo album. And the 5 new songs from the forthcoming "World's Greatest Man" were all excellent. Only the first single, "Deep Pockets", was familiar to some. Gaz plays solo, assisted by a drumcomputer and a looper pedal. That he handles this with great ease can't be a surprise since he recorded about 90% of the music on his solo albums. The small but atmospheric Rotown is packed and seems aware that this is a major musical talent at work. For the quieter songs Gaz asks attention and he gets it too. Considering that "Matador" was the first solo album where he found his way it's amazing that people are hardly asking for Supergrass songs. They realize that this is a special guy. Gaz holds out 'till the last encore before he treats the audience on an acoustic version of the Supergrass song "Moving". A wonderful night. Gaz Coombes's music really deserves more attention.

Setlist: Oscillate / Hot Fruit / White Noise / Buffalo / Shit (I've Done It Again) / One Of These Days / Walk The Walk / Deep Pockets / Oxygen Mask / Seven Walls / The Girl Who Fell To Earth / 20/20 / Detroit
Encore: The Oaks / Matador / Moving