The last Queen's Day to date happened three years ago, when Princess Beatrix, then still the Queen of the Netherlands, announced her upcoming abdication for her son Willem-Alexander. The latter celebrates his birthday on April 27th, which is very conveniently near the former date of April 30th.Read on »
The band Dream Theater is absolutely legendary. They are considered the founders of the progressive metal genre, and each of them alone is equally legendary. If you doubt that, just watch their Instrumedley video; not many musicians in the world are capable of playing something like that.
The band was presenting their new album The Astonishing in the Theater Carré in Amsterdam on February 23rd.Read on »
It's now Movember (a.k.a. Musical November), which means — showtime!
And today's report is about the Finnish symphonic metal legend Nightwish.Read on »
Between the 19 and the 23 of August Amsterdam hosted a huge marine event called SAIL Amsterdam. It's held once every five years, and is most known for its tall ships (apart from hundreds of other ships). During the event they sail in loops around the IJ lake, giving the area a totally different look and attracting millions (yes, millions) of visitors.
For these days bridges over the IJ are open or even get dismantled to let the tall ships sail in.Read on »
It's been a while since my last gig report, time to catch up with the latest developments in the Dutch rock world. I've a perfect occasion as I've seen two live rock legends.
The project called The Gentle Storm, which is just one year old, were presenting their debut album The Diary in the Amsterdam club Melkweg (I've seen Pagan's Mind there before).Read on »