Period : February 6-12, 2001
In this issue : Guido Belcanto, De Mens, Wicona Airbag, Ferre Grignard, Kadril,
Blue Blot, Starflam, Neeka, Fred & The Healers
February 12, 2001
GUIDO BELCANTO POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL At
least, that is the title of Guido Belcanto's
new programme that premiered last Saturday in Turnhout: "Van den Duivel bezeten".
In it, the singer "explore the duality between gladness & sadness, between lust
for life and weariness of life, between chastity & sin, between comedy & drama,
between woman & man". According to the press-release this make Gudio Belcanto
"shamelessness in the flesh, by far the biggest exhibitionist & eccentric of
On a related note, there's also a new Guido Belcanto single, called "sinds
jij uit mijn bestaan verdween"
(since you got out of my life).
The dates & more info about the show can be picked up at Garifuna.
MENS ARRIVES SHORTLY
At least that's what Frank van der Linden & Co promise with the title of the brand
new single "Ergens onderweg"
(somewhere on the road). The single is the first precursor to what will shortly
become a new full-cd of De Mens. The CD
will be entitled "Liefde" (Love) and will be released near the end of this
month. Guest appearances on the cd came from Tiene Reymer (of Flowers
for Breakfast, who sung a duet "Denk je nog aan mij") or Steven de Bruyn (of
The band - with guest, such as Luc de Vos of Gorki
- will be presenting the new album on two concerts in the club of the AB in Brussels
on the 22nd & 23rd of February, but both occasions are already sold out.
Later dates can be found on the newly opened website, demens.be.
HARALD VANHERF BECOMES WICONA AIRBAG Harald
Vanherf, possibly that name rings a bell, but the chance is slim as he was the
singer of the Hoodoo Club (Who? Exactly! A shamefully underestimated and
unrecognized band ...) has found new life after last year's split of his band.
The new outfit sports the name Wicona
Airbag, and has made it's debut in grand style with a full-cd, entitled
"Up with People" (btw : although "up with people" are not so "up" no more).
The cd was produced by Geoffrey Burton (Arno,
Pieter-Jan de Smet), and is being released
on the commercial Roadrunner-Arcade Music. The drums on the album are done by
Mario Goossens, as if he wasn't busy enough with Monza, Hooverphonic, Trigger
As the record company says "we could name Wicona Airbag country, and we wouldn't
have to lie about that. We could also refer to Nine Inch Nails, and we wouldn't
have to blush. But as it fits a good debut and a daily Vanherf, you can't pin
it down on one thing".
with People" by Wicona Airbag at Proxis
February 8 , 2001
Choice live op MSN France
K's Choice are still touring to promote the fine album "Almost Happy" all over
Europe, and in doing so will be netcasting a gig in Paris, tonight. The
concert will be an invitation-only thing in Paris, organised by Microsoft France.
The webcast on MSN starts
at 9, but K's Choice isn't on until 10:30.
Sarah, who is sporting a "coupe skinhead" these days, is also the host
of the new website that's being opened by Kanaal
Ferre Grignard on display in Antwerp.
Just as last year, Antwerp is remembering their beatnik star from the sixties
with a fine exhitibition about his life and works. It features memorabilia and
pictures from throughout his musical career, but also focuses on his lesser known
painting abilities (especially poignant in the works from his last months, when
the singer was diagnosed with throat cancer and started painting in his hospital
in Antwerp). To be seen ... Place : Provinciaal Centrum Arenberg, Antwerp. Info
Kadril en route
Kadril, the folkrock-group that was started by the brothers Libbrecht exactly
25 years ago, will be celebrating that "silver" number with some festivities in
the Fall of this year. There will be a "Best Of Kadril", and a tour that will
reunite the band and their new singer Eva with the singer that brought them the
most fame, Patrick Riguelle.
As Laïs has found their own backing band in the
meantime, the musicians of Kadril have found a new female band (a sextet this
time) to back : the Galician polyfonists Ialma. The two bands will go on tour
together from March on.
Blue Blot lives again
Blue Blot are not contenting themselves with a one time reunion to promote the
release of the "Best of Blunk", but are getting more ambitious again. They have
found a new singer in Tony O'Malley, a Brit who has been singing for over
30 years and moved to Belgium a few years ago. The rest of the current line-up
is still mostly "original", with Marty Townsend on guitar, Jan Meyers on bass,
Michael Schack on drums, Carlo Mertens on trombone, Peter van Bogaert on Hammond,
Frank Deruytter on sax, Catherine Meys on backing vocals.
The first concert (but there'll be more) of the reunited Blue Blot is on February
14, in Cultureel Centrum Deurne. Info 03/360.85.65.
Boutique Rock in Brussels
When even Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad is headlining "En Wallonië is de
winnaar" ("Wallonia wins") above an article with a batch of cd-reviews, there's
definitely something moving on the musical scenes in the South of Belgium. To
emphasize that new-found momentum, the French Community is organizing a showcase
of all the rock-bands that have recently released an album or will be releasing
one very soon. They have invited over 1600 people from the music bizz from Belgium
and abroad to attend concerts on six seperate days at Flanagan's in Brussels.
13/2 Zop Hop Pop, Melon Galia, Tongue,
14/2 Sharko, Mudflow, Clover's Cloé
15/2 Lenght Of Time, Darkangel, D.O.D., L'esprit du Clan
16/2 Ghinzu, 10 000 Women Man, Fantomas
Pop, Llama Farmers
17/2 Miam Monster Miam, Flexa
Lyndo, Grand Piano, Wide Open Cage
18/2 Vanilla Coke, Moxie, Monsoon
More info : 02/511.80.85
Starflam still survivant
After their deal with Universal was getting them nowhere but in very long arguments,
Starflam have moved on to Capitol (EMI) where they'll finally be able to release
"Survivant". The album features guest-vocals by such people as Marie Daulne
of Zap Mama, Arno,
Shyrock (of the Dutch Postmen), Uman, Profecy ... It was mixed by Mario Rodriguez
(who has done work with Notorious B.I.G.,Mobb deep ...) in New York.
The vinyl version (2LP) will be released on March 6th, with the CD-version can
be expected two weeks after.
Other rap-related news is that St-Andries
MC's have got a title for their new cd: "Operatie Afzuip", and that
there's a new sound in Liège coming from rapper Mata, who has released
the maxi "The Man" and made a fine website to promote it at www.mata-theman.com
Tom Robinson & Neeka
There's a saying in Flanders "an old goat stil fancies a green leaf", and hey,
there you have it ... Tom Robinson (English rocker, best known songs 2-4-6-8 Motorway,
Listen to the radio ...) is touring Belgium with the young female singer Neeka.
The link between them came about when they were both signed by the label Oyster
Records, although that label is no longer.
Dates for the tour in February & March are up at the Tom Robinson site.
Fred & The Healers are back in town
Fred Lami & His band, one of the best blues-rock outfits of this country, have
a new album coming up shortly. After "First" of 1997 and "I Gotta Leave" of 1998,
this will be third album of the trio. There's already a single out entitled "Stayin'
Out", and the title of the album will be "Electerrified".
The band will showcase their new material at two concerts at the Botanique in
Brussels, on 22 (already sold-out) and 23 February.
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