AD: Golden Earrings wall preserved27/3/2015
Rolling Stone: Jackson Browne, you had to guess what Nico was thinking24/3/2015
Rolling Stone: The 10 best jam bands23/3/2015
Guitar Player: Black Sabbath announce final show17/3/2015
Uncut: Sinead Connor stops performing Nothing compares 2u27/2/2015
Uncut: Radiohead have changed their method again19/2/2015
MOJO: New Blur album is Graham Coxon's fault10/2/2015
Rolling Stone: Shirley Manson on Kanye West after Grammy's1/2/2015
The Toronto Star: New Rush tour could be last27/1/2015
Uncut: Chris Robinson on the Black Crowes split27/1/2015
Rolling Stone: Phillip Phillips wants to break from American Idol27/1/2015
Loudwire: Scott Weiland never in supergroup Art of Anarchy21/1/2015
Rolling Stone: Garage rockers The Sonics return with Bad Betty17/1/2015
Guitar Player: Ten overlooked, essential solos of the 70's12/1/2015
Guitar Player: Randy Rhoads tribute announced9/1/2015
Free Musketeers: Voetbalplaatjes maar niet van Panini7/1/2015
Billboard: Neil Young explains Pono once more4/1/2015
Uncut: Michael Stipe plays surprise debut solo gig in New York
Nick Mulvey, 1/4/2015, Paard van Troje, The Hague Sharon van Etten, 9/4/2015, Paradiso, Amsterdam Monomyth & Shaking Godpseed, 10/4/2015, Paard van Troje, The Hague Splendid, 11/4/2015, Paard van Troje, The Hague Paul Weller, 11/4/2015, Tivoli, Utrecht Paulusma, 17/4/2015, Theater de Veste, Delft AC/DC, 5/5/2015, Gelredome, Arnhem The Replacements, 30/5/2015, Paradiso, Amsterdam Fleetwood Mac, 31/5/2015, 1/6/2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Kiss, 18/6/2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam The Who, 10/7/2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam U2, 8/9/2015, 9/9/2015, 12/9/2015, 13/9/2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Roger Hodgson, 12/9/2015, Carré, Amsterdam Crosby, Stills & Nash, 24/9/2015, Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam Supertramp, 11/12/2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Golden Earring, 12/12/2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Morrissey, Tivoli, Utrecht 28/10/2015 The anticipation for Morrissey's performance in Tivoli was high because it was four years ago since his last show in Holland. For me it was the first time I witnessed him perform. As well as the first time in the impressive, renovated big hall. The place was absolutely sold out and the atmosphere electric. Before the concert we could watch an enjoyable compilation of clips with some of Morrissey's favourite music (incl. Ramones, New York Dolls but also Chris Andrews). The band took the stage, wearing 'Fuck Harvest' shirts (a beef with the record company), with a ferocious version of The Queen Is Dead.
The band only slowed down after five songs with Certain People I Know before Morrissey finally spoke some words to the audience. Despite his recent health problems Morrissey appeared in great shape while his political/social comments were as sharp as ever. Besides Harvest, the Royal house and the pharmaceutical industry got a beating. During Meat Is Murder (one of three Smiths-songs played tonight) a movie with shocking images of animal abuse and slaughter was shown. Meanwhile Tivoli was summoned to arrange that it was meatfree all day.
The songs from the diverse new cd World Peace Is None of Your Business worked really well. Kiss Me A Lot and The Bullfighter Dies had more punch than on the cd while there was more room for the Spanish guitar (by Jesse Tobias) during Staircase at the University. Although the older Morrissey singles and Smith-songs are among the highlights as expected, Morrissey includes 9 songs from the new album and it sounds completely naturally. The man's got so many great tunes to choose from. The band's playing, led by the loyal Boz Boorer (joined in 1991), is solid and passionate. Overall a very convincing performance. Looking forward to his next visit.
Setlist: The Queen Is Dead / Suedehead / Speedway / Kiss Me a Lot / Certain People I Know / I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris / Istanbul / World Peace Is None of Your Business / Staircase at the University / One of Our Own / Trouble Loves Me / The Bullfighter Dies / Neal Cassady Drops Dead / Meat Is Murder / Yes, I Am Blind / Kick the Bride Down the Aisle / I'm Not a Man / Asleep / Everyday Is Like Sunday