have been possessed with music as long as I can remember
but as a
real late bloomer I first picked up the guitar when I was already 16 years
old. Not seriously yet, but nevertheless the
seed" was planted
Because of the overall lack of bass players and surplus of guitarists in the early 80's
my first real local band
effort was as
in a obscure band called
LEDGE. However, I soon realized I really needed to become a
real life guitar player
The very first band to write
my own material for
as a Guitarist was in the late
with a band called
Soon after that colorful experience too many to mention bands
outs were subject
to my everlasting search for my musical goals which were to be
found somewhere between
If it would be legit to mention one band from that period I think it must be
LEGAL NOISE (1991 - 1992).
In 1994 I found 'the best of
those both worlds'
developing a band called
(1994-2002). Next to several Demo tapes a CD called
released in 1998.
was a very promising act musically but
unfortunately different views with regard to the
band's ambition made me ultimately leave
Late 2003 I joined the well
known early 80's Heavy Rock Band
revitalized in the beginning of the new millennium, appeared to be a very cooperative collective and
next to other great achievements a brand new full length album
KEEPER OF THE EARTH
2008) was released worldwide through Mausoleum Records.
remained a valid asset
but in between the activities for
I also began to
play a lot
with the Hard
Rock Cover band
(2006-2010) featuring singer
(creative) activities for
were not supported by the whole group after
the release of
KEEPER OF THE EARTH and
there was also no regular gigging I
too many to mention musical projects like for
(2007) which was a special project to support
Jeff Scot Soto
Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo).
also played in
Holland's first Metal band
PICTURE for a year (2010-2011)
and joined a
Ronnie James DIO
Tribute band called
DEO in 2011.
After leaving PICTURE
the regular outfit in those days but besides that I
busy with various other musical projects like for instance
AEROFORCE ONE which was an Aerosmith tribute band, Rock Cover
DEATHRIDERS which is the band of original
that I am proud to have
very special one-off New Years show to celebrate the coming of 2015 with
A TRIBUTE TO
MONSTERS OF ROCK
in Baroeg Rotterdam (NL).
Some shows were done in 2016
a DEEP PURPLE tribute band with members of a.o.
an ALICE COOPER tribute band.
I continued to do
various guest appearances,
for instance with the iconic Metal band
The latter was a great event at Boerderij in Zoetermeer (NL)
with a lot of great music friends
to honor guitarist and friend
(RIP 1963 - 2015).
DEATHRIDERS in 2016,
in 2017 and left DEO early 2018.
August 2018 a debut album for a brand new Progressive
project with singer
sees the light of
is a very
strong concept album. It features
on drums Hans in 't Zandt
(PRAYING MANTIS) on bass
Rob van der Loo
(EPICA), Marchell Remeeus (HELLOISE, HIGHWAY CHILE)
and Harry den Hartog, Keyboards and Hammond
Gerald Vos, backing vocals, Amèlie Mangelschots (AURACLE),
(ANNATAR, HEIDEVOLK) en
Samantha Greenwood. On cello Jacqueline
Hamelink (SOUNDING BODIES).
2019 we begun to do
with AUGUST LIFE and
AUGUST LIFE is as of then a real band instead of a project. The debut album New Eternity is
now also released on vinyl through
After some months, maybe even years, of pondering
I finally made the decision to leave
May 2020. I had great moments with this band but after almost 17 years
of loyal duty it is now time to expand my musical horizon further.
As 2020 turns out to be a horrific year so far I am forced to
reassess all my musical activities. Great shows with
DUTCH DISCIPLES were / are cancelled and as plans made for
now on hold for continuation in 2021, all energy will go in making AUGUST LIFE's successor of
NEW ETERNITY the best effort so far....
story to be continued...