Frontman Huub van de Lubbe announced on Wednesday morning that De Dijk will stop at the end of 2022. One of the biggest bands in Dutch pop history also has a lot of tribute acts who cover his songs. Will they go through with it?
“It is very unfortunate”, says singer Peter Vosters of tribute band Zoden Aan De Dijk. However, the news that Van Der Lubbe is quitting did not come as a surprise. “If you’ve read his book, you kind of expect it. But it’s definitely a shame, especially for the other band members,” Vosters refers to Van der Lubbe’s statement that his bandmates actually didn’t want to stop at all.
“The boys don’t like it at all, they would rather have gone on for years,” says Van der Lubbe in an interview with de Volkskrant† “They say, ‘What’s wrong with just continuing to do what we’re good at? And I get that. One side of me also says we have to go all the way. But hey, I’m 69. You don’t have seven lives. , you don’t even have two.”
The singer says he is tired of life with De Dijk, because it no longer offers surprises. He wants to see if there are still “artistic surprises” in him.
Vosters is far from finished with De Dijk’s music. “As long as we enjoy it, we just want to continue. I think we might get a little busier if people can no longer see De Dijk live,” he predicts.
The repertoire that Zoden Aan De Dijk has mastered consists of about 35 songs by their favorite band. Vosters does not see the fact that no more new material will be added when De Dijk stops at the end of the year.
“We mainly focus on the older work. We listen to the new songs. If there is something nice with a lot of blowing in between, we sometimes pick up one of them. But it is not the case that we have new work every week And playing the classics still doesn’t get boring after fifteen years.”
Tribute band Zoden Aan De Dijk has been playing work by De Dijk for fifteen years.
Don’t get bogged down in doggerel
What makes De Dijk’s music so special to Vosters are the lyrics. “It’s not doggerel,” he says. “Dutch bands quickly get bogged down in that, but De Dijk doesn’t.”
What keeps it so fun for them as a tribute band is that the music is challenging for the band members. “It is not simple pop music. If we would play that, we would no longer exist. De Dijk challenges us, because we want to imitate the masters as best as possible. But no performance by them is ever the same.”
When asked whether Vosters himself is going to watch one of the farewell concerts of his examples, he answers a resounding yes. “We will certainly make it a team outing. It will be quite a charged evening, because we have been intensively working on their music for fifteen years. It is the end of an era.”