4 August 2002 Amsterdam
After a ride by car, train, tram and on foot
my husband and I arrived at a quarter to 4 at the open air theatre in
Everything there still bared the traces of the giant rainstorm, that
broke loose for more than an hour around Amsterdam and its suburbs earlier
that afternoon, but the sun already tried to break through the clouds.
It also appeared that the program length for that afternoon was exceeded
and that the Jan Akkerman Band were still waiting for their turn. The
band that had to perform before them, were still sound checking. On
a certain moment I noticed Nico in the crowd, he would take digital
photo's for the website that afternoon.
An hour later than planned, Jan appeared on stage (with his acoustic
He started alone with the well-known song Puccini's Café.
Afterwards the other band members joined him.
Besides Jan the line up were Jeroen Rietbergen (keyboard), Wilbrand
Meischke (bass) and Ton Dijkman (drums).
In the sunshine the large crowd enjoyed themselves a lot, hearing Jan
Akkerman classics like Pietons, Crackers, Streetwalker and Heavy Treasure.
From their fabulous improvisations and solo's, one could tell that the
band members were having a great time too.
Jan's songs never sound the same, that's one of the reasons why I admire
his guitar playing so much, just great!
At every single gig of Jan, the contribution
of his loyal sound technician Neil Denholm is also very important. Thanks
to him too, Jan and the band sound like they ought to do!
From the beginning until the end Jan and his band succeeded in drawing
the attention of the varied audience.
When their time was up, the crowd kept on cheering for an encore; this
was an improvisation of Pavane. Jan played the second encore on his
brand new Firenze, it rocked tremendously, all ended in a short improvisation
of the legendary Hocus Pocus.
That was a great ending of a very successful concert!
Afterwards Jan invited us back stage for a drink and then we had a nice
chat with Jan and his wife Marian.
After having said goodbye to them we started our ride back home with
a satisfied feeling.
Jan and guys of the band, thanks a lot for the fabulous afternoon!
Photo compilation: Nico Sijm