Impressions of Jan's November 2002 UK Tour
Took my daughter to see the jan akkerman
band at the point in Cardiff last night brilliant performance as usual
you have got another generation tuned in to your music (patti pavilion
sound is a lot better)also closer to port talbot
First UK gig for me started in Cardiff.
An old converted church. The sound was a pain for Neil, reverbs everywhere
but a few great numbers, with the "Zebra" trotting to the
top (cant get enough of that tune). Onto Sheffield, nice venue,great
sound, band chilled out and "blues Roots" was special. Then
a long drive to Glasgow (Time for a J.A.sleasy jet i think!) to a converted
boat! Great crowd, electric atmosphere and Jan at his humorous best
(abandon sheeep! Willy caught yodeling!). Great solos from the new drummer
and Willy and superb improvisation from Coen when Jan broke a string.
Olivia really loved the rock feel to this gig, boogieing to most of
it.Stealth and Millennium shone out as the new Gtar got better and better
as jan weaved from the Flintstones to Streetwalker. Then a truly heart
warming moment as Jan presented a "Free gig for life certificate"
,to Jim Higgins, true appreciation from Jan to a great fan who is Guaranteed
to turn up anywhere! As Jan Hasn't mastered the art of drinking a pint,
talking and playing at the same time(yet)can the venues please get drink
extensions next time!
Just a thank you for the Birkenhead
gig (what a respectable and quiet place!). Even what was old was new
(?). Enjoyed it immensely, although I was slightly thrown by everything
running so early. I thought Marijn was excellent and I enjoyed Willi
Rarely do I participate in guestbooks
or website bulletin boards, but
The new drummer of the JA band: Marijn van den Berg and bassplayer Wilbrand Meischke
Photo's: Clive Woodley