Golden Earring


This concert review is from when Golden Earring were out touring in promotion of their album “Switch” released in March that year. One of the songs mentioned here, “Kill Me (Ce Soir)”, was covered by Iron Maiden as a B side on their 1990 single “Holy Smoke”. It shows you that Golden Earring made other songs than “Radar Love” that were of note. Check them out!


Concert Review

Golden Earring

by Max Bell

Golden Earring`s return to domestic base, fun loving Amsterdam, completed yet another highly successful European tour.
Although they`re undoubtedly Holland`s most accomplished band, the audience they pull is still largely comprised of the faithful who latched on in 1965 when Earring were just your average Continental outfit struggling to keep up with an Anglo-American monopoly on rated music.
Now it`s different. Ten years is a long time for any group to survive, and this one is only just reaching commercial fruition.
Naturally the Carre Theatre was packed but the lack of both atmosphere and spontaneous reaction to a very high energy act seemed to indicate that the Dutch aren`t going to elevate their home team to the league reserved for visiting heavies.
Something is lacking in Golden Earring`s presentation that no amount of professionalism and shellshock volume can compensate for.
The fault lies in a lack of variable material and their mistaken insistence on playing too bloody loud. Clearly balanced quadrophonic sound and razor sharp dynamics are fine, but they don`t excuse unimaginative pacing.

To their credit the visuals are neat and simple and occasionally they produce a real gem, but there`s too much indifferent jetsam floating amongst the superior ballast.
They bounced on stage like several Randolph Scotts and shot straight into “Suspicion”. Fair enough with raunchy sax and trumpet breaks plus pretty George Kooyman`s flash`n-`mean guitar.
A quick breather to get the standard formalities over and then an oldie, “She Flies On Strange Wings”. Popular number this, lots of power chords and metallic stereo riffs ricocheting round the hall.
It`s all done by mirrors of course, though I`ve got to admit that Kooymans is pretty nifty on the fretboard, and what a lovely mover!
Bit of buzz out front and they pulled “The Switch”, from the new elpee to celebrate.
It was here that I wondered why the hell my feet weren`t moving of their own accord. Although new member Robert Jan Stips contributes a meaty keyboards passage and the others shove the coda about at high-speed it`s really hard rock by numbers, throw out the bait and watch `em salivate.
Trouble is they didn`t.


Now this grouse with Earring`s patchy repertoire is enforced when they do deliver the goods, because it`s then that you realise you`re seeing three-quarters of a potentially excellent live act.
“Big Tree, Blue Sea” is a genuine ace despite the sneaking suspicion that George is working through the “guitar heroes you have loved” routine. He does it with panache however, and Barry Hay`s flute is a welcome diversion from the previous blast.
At the climax they sound like some Rattles Shocking Blue hybrid, stupid but fun.
“Kill Me (Ce Soir)” was better. Ostensibly about some geezer called Vick Timms it`s actually a vague tribute to Jim Morrison.
Long, long ago Hay copped a lot of the lizard king`s mannerisms, not to mention the black leather trousers, and got them down pretty pat (the mannerisms, not the trousers). The song builds to a point that might be gripping were it not for the magnesium flashes at the end, an unnecessary extravagance considering the context.
“Love Is A Rodeo” gets back to that old impression of deja vu; almost anachronistic lead and a definite nod to days of yore, acid and San Fran.
The horn section, another recent acquisition, returned for “Daddy`s Gonna Save My Soul”, but didn`t do anything other than add to a deafening welter of noise. If Van Gogh ever goes to Golden Earring concerts, he`s probably glad that he did pull his left ear off after all.

During “Vanilla Queen” slight tactical variations resulted in an enjoyable rocker that did not hurt. The band were super slick, tight and confident and oozing full-tilt arrogance.
Enter “Radar Love” which, surprisingly, a fair section of the crowd had shouted for all evening.
Now “Radar Love” was/is a great song and live they bring out the tension lurking behind the drum beat but when Cesar Zuiderwyk launches into his tortuously excessive and boring solo it ruins the atmosphere. Who wants to hear freaky blows at individual instruments which serve no purpose other than to show off how good or bad a musician is?
Anyway the solo is barely a development of the actual rhythm before he gets the spotlight. After the banging and clanking, he still leaps over the huge kit, which is getting to look very contrived.
Continuing that vein, Rinus Gerritsen, who`d been subdued most of the time, stuck his compulsory guide to the obscure regions of the bass guitar in the middle of “Can`t Get A Hold On Her”.
Two encores “Cool Jerk” and “Back Home” then off. They kept them hanging on in there but they sure didn`t take them all the way.
Golden Earring are positively undermining their own possibilities when they stoop to rock cliches, because apart from that lack of invention there`s a niche for them somewhere.
Quite where I couldn`t truly say.

A nice ad from the boys in Bad Company.

A nice ad from the boys in Bad Company.

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper and you are free to use it as you like. If you use it on your own webpages – please credit me or put up a link to my blog.

This number of New Musical Express also contains articles/interviews with these people: Average White Band, Kenny, Ronnie Lane, Osibisa, Randy Newman, The Who, Viv Stanshall, Mike Love (Beach Boys), Dollar Brand, Greenslade.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Golden Earring FROM SOUNDS, November 23, 1974

This is the first article I have reprinted featuring this band. Golden Earring is still working as a band today – not bad considering that they formed in 1961. The four members present today have been with the band since 1970, so these are real veterans of the music scene. Check them out on YouTube if you like – I recommend starting with their super-hit “Radar Love” if you don`t already know it, and please watch their official video from that time. It is “special”.


Oh yes, Earring are still around

Pete Makowski has a bite and a chat with Golden Earring before rehearsals for their British tour.

“Somebody ought to give that guy a kick in the balls,” said Golden Earring`s guitarist George Kooymans regarding Bob Harris`s critical comments when the band appeared on `The Old Grey Whistle Test`. “Everyone`s entitled to their own opinion but I`m not sure if an announcer should do more than announce the bands. It`s like the announcer at a concert saying `and now for the shittiest band in the world Golden Earring`. It wouldn`t be right.”

Still despite that, there is a whole hunk of people who do like the band and they have worked hard to establish their position as one of the leading rock bands, in fact the first Dutch rock band. They`ve earnt themselves a solid reputation for hard work and entertainment. The group are curtouring Britain and I managed to catch a few words with George and Robert Jen Stips over a meal before they went into rehearsals.


The group have recently returned from the second leg of their American tour which collectively amounted to a total of eighty dates which has proved to be successful, they have returned with a gold album and two chart singles.
Kooymans is an amiable character who looks younger than his years and is a nervous bundle of energy, constantly moving back and forth with almost childlike enthusiasm, when answering questions. Stips looks even younger and seems quite unaffected by his sudden plunge into success. In fact the whole of Earring have a sobering level headed attitude to their new found success.


They take their ten year slog in their stride and accept it as a form of schooling into professionalism. Even now, Kooymans points out, the band want to take careful steps and not let things go to their head. “Sure it does a lot for your ego playing headline concerts but it`s no good if not many people turn up. We don`t want that kind of superstar trip. In America we would only headline if we knew that we could fill the place.” And they did.



I asked George how the audiences reacted to the band. “At first they didn`t know any of the numbers but soon they were familiar with “Radar Love”, next time it was much better, they knew all the songs.”
Recently in America European bands have become immensely popular and Earring received a lot of attention from the Press. “They were interested in us initially because we sang our lyrics in English, which is understandable. I`m sure if there was a British band that sang Dutch lyrics touring Holland the same would happen.”
Earring have toured the States previously in `69 and `70 but this only amounted to a few scattered club dates and couple of nights at the Fillmore. “This time the whole thing was organised much better. I think it has tightened the band up.

“I really wouldn`t mind living in America, it has everything you want. One of the noticeable things is the music. You can turn on a radio and hear good music all the time while in Holland the radio stations play shit. There aren`t any pirate stations anymore and even then they weren`t much better. The stations in Britain aren`t all that good either. People say there isn`t much new talent coming out of Holland. It`s not surprising when a kid turns on the radio and all he has is that shit to listen to – where can he turn to for his influences?”
Where did George turn for his guitar influences? “I don`t listen to the guitarists, I just listen to the music. If I started listening to the guitarist, it would get me frustrated thinking how much better they are.”
On the second half of their American tour the band introduced their new keyboards man Robert. He formerly played with a Dutch band called Supersister, who many people compared to Soft Machine. They recorded a couple of albums on Uncle Peel`s Dandelion label.
“Reemus used to play keyboards but we realised that we needed something to fill out the sound,” said George. “They asked me to join the same day our band split up”, added Stips enthusiastically. Golden Earring was a totally different kettle of fish to Supersister. “Yes,” agreed Stips, “but it`s something I`ve wanted to do for a long time.”


In between touring the band have managed to lay some tracks down for their forthcoming album tentatively titled “Up And Down Absurdia”. “We`ve still got a lot of backing tracks to lay down, we`re not really sure of the title,” admitted George, “it changes every day but we`re thinking about it. The tracks are much shorter on this album, tighter, I really like it.”
“Candy`s Going Bad” has been lifted off the band`s “Moontan” album and has been released as a single to commemorate the band`s tour. “We were going to do a new show to go with the album, but as it`s not ready yet we can`t, although we will be featuring some new material. This tour`s just to let people know we`re still around.”

The ad for Earring`s latest single. Not exactly politically correct these days, but in 1974 it was okay!

The ad for Earring`s latest single. Not exactly politically correct these days, but in 1974 it was okay!

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper and you are free to use it as you like. If you use it on your own webpages – please credit me or put up a link to my blog.

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Bob Dylan, Alan Price, Jeff Beck, The Faces, Jethro Tull, Gary Glitter, Gary Shearston, Wizzard, Doug Kershaw, The Irish Question, ELP, Brian Eno, Sutherland Brothers & Quiver.

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!

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2. The offer should be around or upwards of 20 $ (US Dollars) to be considered. (This includes postage).
3. We conduct the transaction through my verified Paypal account for the safety of both parties.