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06 Jul


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In her recent performance at Tuska Festival in Helsinki on June 30th Anneke van Giersbergen played, among others, Iron Maiden’s “Waster Years” alone on stage with an acoustic guitar. Check out the video below…

07 Aug


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Vuur, the band featuring singer Anneke Van Giersbergen will release its debut, “In This Moment We Are Free – Cities”, on October 20th via InsideOut Records. The album wsa produced by ο Joost Van Den Broek, who also contributed in the song writing along with Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Daniel Cardoso (Anathema) and the band’s two guitarists Jord Otto (My Propane, ex-Revamp) and Ferry Duijsens. There is a concept in the album which according to Anneke is life in big cities and freedom. "The lyrical themes of this album revolve around cities and freedom”, says the singer. “Exposure to big cities can be overwhelming and you can feel engulfed by everything around you. At the same time it's easy to be a stranger in a big city and for me that brings out a feeling of freedom as well. This past year I've thought a lot about the virtues of rural versus urban life, since me and my family are moving back to the city. It's very exciting, but at the same time I know that sense of urban solitude from past experiences. The cover artwork represents this duality."

"In This Moment We Are Free – Cities" track listing:
01. My Champion - Berlin
02. Time - Rotterdam
03. The Martyr And The Saint - Beirut
04. The Fire - San Francisco
05. Freedom - Rio
06. Days Go By - London
07. Sail Away - Santiago
08. Valley Of Diamonds - Mexico City
09. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki
10. Save Me - Istanbul
11. Reunite! - Paris

When in June 2007 Anneke was leaving The Gathering after thirteen years of significant presence in the band, everybody was talking about the beginning of the end for the band and Anneke Van Giersbergen’s personal stake for her future career.
Thoughts about both the above issues were justified by general consent.

Public demand for Anneke Van Giersbergen show in Athens led the concert company to schedule another show on the next day, Sunday May 17th.

If someone wonders where and how the real value of an artist shows, the answer was given on Saturday at the half a century old open air cinema in the center of Athens. The small looking (but very big in reality) Dutch visits our country very often. This time, I don’t know how tempting an acoustic performance of hers was, the truth is that for once more her unique magic dominated the hall and the Athenian sky.

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