by Herman Nijhuis
(see also Kevin Moens's review)
Ok.. you want reviews, you get reviews...
i am not a journalist, just a fan, so i am not sure if my
feelings about the concert can be transfered to some letters
on the internet... i hope it works out.. anyway, it was a
We got there quite on time, so we could see
the support act as well. it was daryll ann, a dutch band,
who happen to have quite alot of possitive coverage in dutch
media lately.. i always really liked them, especially their
1995 single I could never love you. Their last album, Happy
Traum, is quite okay too. They are pretty good, and it was
a good concert. But off course, we were only waiting for dEUS..
Pretty soon after Daryll Ann left the stage,
dEUS came up.. mostly this takes a minute of ten, especially
in a place like Vredenburg, which looks a little like an old
classical amphitheatre. it's a pretty big place, and i only
go there if the band is actually worth it. it's not my favourite
So dEUS came up! they started with instant
street... they started off really mellow, nicely sounding..
then the lights dimmed a little, and the acoustic guitars
were exchanged for electrical ones.. and well, instant street
just got the kind of transfer as on the album, getting louder
and louder.. after that they played sister dew, which was
very very atmospheric in my opinion.. then they played an
old favourite of me, little arithmetics.. it's a fantastic
song, but in fact, i like almost all their other songs better..
it was a nice version though.... sampeckinpah's daughter really
surprised me.. i didn't expect them to do this b-side live,
it's a great song, and it was a funny version.. some of deus'
man danced really nice to this.. especially klaas janszoons
was dancing really cool (he used to be always very shy on
stage).. i was standing on the left side of the stage, in
front of me were klaas and tom.. klaas was playing lotsa instruments..
keyboards, bongos, violin, ukelele etc etc.. he looked really
cool as well, i love his appearance. The quiet songs were
definitely over now, and so Suds and Soda came in.. this really
really rocked, and the crowd went nuts.. Apparently the sound
was quite loud, so after this tom admitted his ears hurted
a little, and then magdalena was played.. magdalena was truly
beautiful... it was the first song of the ideal crash i fell
in love with, and so it was really nice.. after that they
played let's see who goes down first.. this song was played
very very intense and quite angry.. when it comes to lyrics,
i always associate it with in a bar's disappointed in the
sun. it seems that it's all about the time that tom suffered
from a psychosis, right? this song took quite sometime, and
it was absolutely a highlist.. roses was just a great livesong,
but somehow the new songs seem to work better.. put the freaks
upfront was really cool too, it was only a pity that the sound
wasn't too good, so that kinda sucked.. still a great song
though.. after that the magic hour.. that song was played
in total silence, and left me weak in the knees, i was shivering
all over my body.. what a fantastic song... after that, hotellounge,
yet another of the oldies. i liked it. but not as much as
the next two songs, turnpike and fell of the floor, man..
those two songs were absolutely played stunning, and the crowd
went completely insane.. they kinda improvised, and there
was no silent between this two songs.. people were stagediving
(which is quite unusual in vredenburg), crowdsurfing, dancing
on stage (there was one guy who danced for 5 minutes on stage,
then he started to dance with tom.. tom didn't seem to mind,
but he nodded to a security guy, who subsequently pushed the
guy in the public.. it was quite funny.. i think turnpike,
played in this version, if my favourite deussong.. fell of
the floor, man was great too... after this personal highlist,
deus left stage... the crowd was very noisy, and after a few
minutes, klaas came back, and kept playing his keyboard again..
then tom came back, and begin to sing w.c.s.... the rest rejoined
pretty soon as well, and especially klaas and tom kept dancing
really cool, at times... i want to be able to dance like this
too! it was absolutely cool.. then, the last song was played..
it was a truly majestic version of dream sequence #1... anyways,
i absolutely thought it was a stunning concert.. for example,
i totally forget about daryll ann, until one of my friends
brought them up in the train back home... when i got home,
i played the ideal crash, and the single of instant street
with sam p.'s daughter for a few times, even though i had
to wake up pretty early for a 9 to 9 schoolday... so it was
quite some deusday..
I hope it wasn't too boring to read, but it
was about deus, and some of my personal experiences during
the concert.. i am sorry for the englishspeakingpeople that
my english kinda sucks, my vocabulaire isn't that big, ya
Well, take care y'all, and some reactions
on this would be appreciated..
Herman, who's freaking out in moonage daydreams
by Kevin Moens (www.deus.be)
you asked for it, so here it is:
it was pretty weird to have a dEUS show in
my 'hometown' Utrecht, especially on a Monday evening. Eisbaer,
Dana and I arrived around 7 pm after being allmost kicked
out of the Mac. It was the first time that I visited Vredenburg,
but believe me: you don't want to be drunk in that place...next
time I'll bring my compass along so I don't get lost all the
Enough of this: what about the gig?
Darryll-Ann was ok, but I left after a couple
of songs. We found a nice spot next to the PA and we were
ready for another dANNY show! Luckely Tom got rid of the beard,
dANNY was supercool as ever, Craig looked a bit euh 'casual'
(?) in his jeans and with his sneakers.
The concert was excellent, thanks to Tom who
was feeling good and stirred up the crowd. Some nice bloke
with a Lowlands-Hawaian shirt proved to be the next Sam Louwyck
during 'Fell Off...' very amusing. Excellent version of Hotellounge,
and -believe it or not- Tom even started singing the first
lines of 'Zea'.
The band was really satisfied, especially
Tom because it was the first show after Lowlands. He knew
that our official www.dEUS.be was nominated for best belgian
website, but I unfortunately I had to tell him that VTM's
website won... dANNY told us that VLF would play in Brussels
(yeehaaa!) but you allready know this, right?
Well, tonight we're off to see tindersticks
but next week it's the final crash in Brussels... see y'all
Sam Peckinpah's Daughter
Suds & Soda
Let's See Who Goes Down First
Put The Freaks Up Front
The Magic Hour
Theme From Turnpike
Fell Off The Floor, Man
Dream Sequence #1