zephyr illusions photo by donna October 1992. The view atop Chasseral, Jura Mountains looking across Switzerland to The Alps on the horizon. Fog, intensely thick, rising from Lac Bienne and stretching its fingers high onto the Lignières-Plateau de Diesse after wholly filling the valley below the plateau.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Just Might Make It As A Groupie, After All :)

i began going to concerts in 1973 or '74 and one of the first concerts i attended was headlined by Dutch rock band Golden Earring. i can't remember for sure (bad memory), but i think KISS was the opening act for the show i saw. this was shortly after Radar Love became a big hit in the USA. that show rocked and Golden Earring was awesome!
i've been a fan of Golden Earring over the years and one of the things i want to do during my European holiday is to see Golden Earring play a gig in The Netherlands. Golden Earring has been actively rocking for 40 years and have a large following in Europe so i thought i'd send the Earring a fanmail telling them that a longtime fan from America is hoping to get lucky and find a way to get a ticket to their show in Zevenbergen, Holland before the show sells out. (Golden Earring seems to sell out all their shows, they are that popular.) because Golden Earring is openly very appreciative of their fans, i was reasonably certain that i'd receive some sort of nice acknowledgment of my fanmail.

WooHooo! not only did Golden Earring send me a very nice reply thanking me for being a fan over the years.....
not only does this mean that i will have a VIP pass for guaranteed admission to the gig waiting for me at the box office, i'm also invited to meet the band after the show!!! the tour manager told me that he would personally see that!
i am totally psyched! :)

btw, did you know that the original coverart for the classic album 'Moontan' was banned in the USA & Canada and was released in North America with this not-as-pretty coverart.


  1. Very nice!!!! Golden Earring rules!

    Have loads of fun there..

    I like bonjovi, shall i try the same? :)

  2. bedankt, Prof. i'm totally looking forward to the gig! Golden Earring are awesome musicians and write some really good rocking tunes. i'm still in disbelief of my good fortune to be put on their guest list. wow! B-)

    i like Bon Jovi, too. they sure know how to rock. maybe you should write to BonJovi.... ya might just be as pleasantly surprised as am i :)

    trouwens, would you know anything about the sporthal Lindonk in Zevenbergen? i suppose it's a sports arena of some sort, but i cannot find any information on it. i wonder how large of a place is it?

  3. Sorry, i just read your comment. I have no idea about Zevenbergen, never been there... will see if i can find something (and maybe translate it for you) :)

    I found this link but no information about the size. It is indeed a sports arena.

  4. thanks, Prof., if you are able to find any info on sporthal Lindonk i would very much appreciate it. i've asked a couple of Dutch friends and they don't know the arena. this is the only website i was able to find for Lindonk.