Golden Earring

Sample this concert
  1. 1Intro00:35
  2. 2Vanilla Queen10:57
  3. 3Radar Love16:35
  4. 4Twilight Zone10:37
  5. 5The Devil Made Me Do It07:49
  6. 6Heartbeat04:25
Liner Notes

Rinus Gerritsen - bass, keyboards; Barry Hay - flute, vocals; George Kooymans - guitar, vocals; Cesar Zuiderwijk - drums

This red hot performance by Dutch superstars, Golden Earring, was among several sets recorded for broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour between 1974 and 1984. The group, which had gone more than a decade between their biggest radio hits, was back in action with Cut, a bona fide comeback record that spawned the mega-FM hit, "Twilight Zone." They also lay down a killer version of their biggest hit, "Radar Love." (That song appears here in a 21-minute version, complete with extensive guitar, bass, and drum solos.). Also featured in this show are other tracks from Cut, including "Devil Made Me Do It" and "Heart Beat."

One of the most powerful rock music forces to ever emerge from the Netherlands, Golden Earring is one of the few bands to achieve international chart success in three consecutive decades: First with their cover hit of the Byrds' classic "Eight Miles High" in 1969, followed by "Radar Love" in 1973 and "Twilight Zone" in 1982. The latter two songs remain staples of classic rock radio today. Front man Barry Hay and guitarist George Kooymans show why they were among the few rock stars to emerge from Holland to achieve worldwide success. Hay never got his due as a rock vocalist extraordinaire in the US, but he should have.

A group never content to follow any formula for too long, they approached each album as if they were a new band, even reinventing their own music by redoing songs from earlier albums. In 1973, they released Moontan, their most popular album, which gained them a worldwide audience. In 1973, they toured internationally with acts such as Kiss and Aerosmith opening for them. They came back in 1982 with another huge hit, "Twilight Zone," which gave them a serious commercial push and allowed for them be tour extensively in the U.S. once again. By the time the late 1980s rolled around, however, the group decided to keep their focus on Europe and Japan because they stopped charting hits in the U.S.

They have remained a popular European act, and all the members have released solo albums.