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Muziekcentrum Enschede, 9 december 2005, De Snevo's en de Dijk


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One of my favourite musicians is Theo Vogelaars. Not because he is such a great musician, but I like his devotion to the music. He used to play in the Tröckener Kecks, one of the best Dutch bands in the 80's and 90's, but was shocked a couple of years ago when singer Rick de Leeuw left the band. Vogelaars started a new band, Snevo's. I saw them in a small cafe in Hengelo nearly two years ago, yesterday they were the opening act for de Dijk in Enschede.

The crowd was largely Dijk minded, so plenty of surprises when the opening act started to play. Snevo's could be compared to early Kecks, or to Ramones with more sense of humour. Short songs, rock, a tad of punk, fun lyrics, but mostly plenty of fun trying to grow as a band. They played most songs from their only album, one new song and one cover, the not very obvious Marijke by Peter Koelewijn.

After the opening act, my evening was done. But I admit that De Dijk was fun as well.
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Boegies and Tröckener Kecks
Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Late 1987

I was 17 and a fan of the Kecks, a new and upcoming Dutch band. Coming from a small town I had never been to a club to see a concert, this time I got permission from my parents to go. Together with Ben, a friend from the next village, we took our bike and went to Deventer, nearly two hours in a cold winter night. Everything for our new favourite band.

We were early, obviously. One soft drink before the gig, then into the concert hall to get a good place. We were lucky: front row was still possible. First we had to wait for the opening act of the evening. A punk band from the north, I had seen them on TV once, a song titled ‘Meh’ which immediately has the whole title as lyrics. Standing on the front row I saw their play list, which they had written down on a sheet and cello taped to a speaker in front of them. Nearly thirty songs, I was amazed. In my head I started calculating (as I love to do), an hour and a half at least, then reset the stage, the Kecks, encore and two hours cycling again, this could become a long night.

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