metal talk
instagram Facebook Twitter RSS
metal talk
Anneke van Giersbergen: Little Devil, Tilsburg

ian sutherland
Words and Pictures: Ian Sutherland
4th October 2017

anneke van giersbergen

Remarkable Dutch singer/songwriter Anneke van Giersbergen is always a busy lady and seemingly able to turn her skills and unique vocal skills to any musical occasion. In between appearing onstage at the grand, progressive rock extravaganza which was the Ayreon Universe shows and preparing to front her new heavy progressive outfit, Vuur, she squeezed in some solo acoustic shows.

Tilburg's Little Devil rock cafe has a tiny live venue within it's premises which was packed and it was a hot and sweaty environment long before the star of the night hit the stage.

anneke van giersbergen

Easily able to fill much larger venues in the area, Anneke admitted after the show that she just played here because she likes it and loves the intimacy such an environment creates. Having to squeeze through the packed audience herself to get to the stage didn't seem to change her mind about that.

Once on the stage she is immediately friendly, chatty and full of warmth. Speaking in both her native language and sometimes in English as there were fans from as far away as Brazil and Israel in the audience, the vibe created is so relaxed that the audience feel comfortable to make comments and engage in conversations with their heroine between tunes. When Anneke says "happy birthday" to a fan, there is a spontaneous birthday song sung by the audience with no prompting.

Of course that charm and friendly warmth is only the icing on the cake, as there is also the music. A mixture of originals and covers are trotted out seemingly effortlessly, every one carried out across the room on that voice, sometimes like sunlight captured and held still for a second by the sheer warmth of the sound.

anneke van giersbergen

Nostalgic emotional moments like her own 'My Mother Said' and Ayreon's 'Valley Of The Queens' are poignant and beautiful yet still allow a smile. 'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS sees the crowd being encouraged to sing the guitar part and Iron Maiden's 'Wasted Years' is transformed into a ukulele led sing along.

Bruce Springsteen, The Gathering, Queen, Kate Bush; they all get treated warmly and affectionately and carried with that vocal which is just irresistible.

Ninety minutes flashed by in no time at all and everyone in the room was left with a warm feeling of togetherness and of somehow having been part of the show, not just watching it.

Everyone should go and see at least one of these Anneke van Giersbergen intimate acoustic shows. This mercurial, talented lady with the special voice just reaches inside and warms your heart; she's good for the soul.

The power of music condensed into a single human form, Keep an eye out for her coming your way.

beer beer

beer beer beerbeerbeerbeer beer beerbeerbeer

Check out more of Ian Sutherland right here.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


metal talk © All written site content is copyright 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.