The Dutch tribute band Parris was allowed to open day 2 of Bospop. Songs by Phil Lynott were thrown around the field at a fast pace and the already numerous attendees could enjoy covers like “The Boys Are Back In Town”, but at “Whiskey In The Jar” the figurative flame went into the pan and there was plenty of blaring along with it. At the closing “Are You Readyhands went up in the air. Nice start to a promising day. A lot of good rock bands come from Scandinavia and the Swedish Gin Lady is certainly one of them. Nice accessible rock from the seventies. The Chicago native Neil Francis was allowed to repeat today after his inserted performance from yesterday.
Today the emphasis was on funk, but Ry Cooder influences were also unmistakably noticeable. Great band that you should definitely hear more often. The 11-piece band TräckSäck with Tren van Enckevort (Rowwen Hèze) and Bart Storcken as leading men unfortunately had to contend with technical problems. Regularly there was a disturbing hum, annoying creaking or even total noise loss, but that did not spoil the fun. Not only the Limburgish-tinged songs were fully sung along, but with their own version of “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, the tent went completely wild. Nice interlude.
And then singer-songwriter Paul Carrack, who has not only written songs for many greats, but has also had hits with his unctuous voice. †Silent Running” and “Don’t Shed A Tear” were followed by a number of bluesy songs, but the converged spontaneously started singing along with “In The Living Yearsfrom his time with Mike & The Mechanics. Stage session that was over way too early.
Rock bands often consist of trios: rum, bass and guitar. Still, there are the necessary differences. The Record Company from Sweden remained harmonious, but with the necessary tempo and volume differences. The audience in the tent was delighted with their efforts. An hour later the Danish Dizzy Miss Lizzy was on the same stage. The band calls itself a power trio and power it was. The decibel meter was so loud at the first tones that a new one would not be an unnecessary luxury. But the tight rhythm made up for a lot and ensured that the audience went crazy. In between, Heather Nova had provided a (perhaps too long) rest point in the programming with her fragile voice. Technically perfect, but in any other setting she would certainly have received more appreciation than she could already claim.
The amiable Amy MacDonald did not deny her roots and sang a Scottish anthem to her granny. But she made even more friends with her fun anecdotes and her sweet smile. Backed by an excellent backing band, hits like “mr. Rock & Roll” and “This Is The Life” and she provided an hour of real feel-good entertainment. Steve Vai is known among enthusiasts as a guitar virtuoso. And he proved that once again at Bospop. Hard-hitting riffs were interspersed with very subtle and lovely-looking tunes. Not for everyone, but his fans couldn’t get enough of it. Many people won’t say the name Michael David Rosenberg, but if you ask them if they have the song “Let Her Go” of Passenger, almost everyone will say yes. With a lot of interaction with the audience, this Brit gave a performance, which many will remember later. Only with his acoustic guitar and his voice as a second instrument managed to captivate from start to finish.
Three years after he had to cancel his performance at Bospop due to illness, he was finally there: Sting. And how! Hits from various periods in his musical career passed by at a rapid pace:Message In A Bottle†Englishman In New York” and “If You Love Somebody” just to name a few. A wonderfully relaxed version of “Moon Over Bourbon Street” and a drawn-out “Roxanne”. His performance has been worth the three-year wait. Still, he himself had to wait before he could start his performance. And that was due to the simply frenzied crowd at De Dijk’s podium session. As is known, the band will stop at the end of this year and the overcrowded tent, which lent itself perfectly to such a farewell in terms of entourage, wanted to enjoy the arts of Huub van der Lubbe and his companions one last time. With numbers like “A Man Doesn’t Know What He’s Missing” and “Nobody In Town” the passionate voice of Van der Lubbe, together with the community singing of 8,000 enthusiastic fans, gave me goosebumps. People, who had to stay outside the tent because of the crowds, were hopping on “Dancing on the volcano” and completed the celebration of recognition. A deafening applause broke out as the band left the stage and it was inevitable that they could sing along one more time with “Can the lights be turned off† Bospop and De Dijk wrote history on 9 July 2022.
Text: Jan Lormans
Photos: Johan Horst & Antoine Bongers
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