BIOGRAPHY
 

In the beginning
Plackband was formed in the mid seventies by musicians from the music scene of The Hague. However the music was in the beginning a mix out of different music styles of these gentlemen, slowly their direction came clear: symphonic rock with influences out of jazz rock. Later on their sound was more influenced by the legendary bands of those days like Genesis and Yes. The band got the nickname, "The Hague's Genesis"!
Because the band had no name and their sound gear was held together with "Plackband" (Dutch for adhesive tape), as a joke they called themselves Plackband. Not aware at that time that this would be become their official name. It's not a name that represents the style of their music. On the other hand it shows their stubborn spirit, not influenced by trends but always choosing to go their own (and often difficult) way.

Live shows
The first gigs in 1977 were a little shaky, but after a while the sound became more tight and mature. As a result of the combination of their enthusiasm and a big feeling of togetherness, investments were made which were important for the future of the band. In those days the band owned the most professional sound and light gear of all amateur bands in The Benelux. This in combination with a gigantic (yellow with blue lettering) truck. It was always brilliant to see how a live show was built in those days. Led Zeppelin once owned a part of the light gear. It is funny to hear, when you ask someone about that live show of Plackband, they always speak about that in superlative terms.
The highlight of their gigs was the discovery of the band by "VARA's Popcaravaan" and "VARA's Popkrant". (VARA=Dutch radio/television station) Also two songs were recorded in 1978, which became their first EP. Those two songs were: "Seventy Warriors" and "Some Party". It's still a mystery they never managed to release a whole album (LP). If you read the reviews of those days, they always get praised into heaven. And their shows were always sold-out. The headlines of their greatest (and maybe also saddest) review said: "Plackband the only bad thing is, they're from Holland "

Holiday of eighteen years
Eventually  one record company was interested in the band, but they would introduce another style (more commercial) and even introduced an different singer: Martin Scheffer from Sympho band Taurus. They tried something with the cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever". But it was never released. Singer Kees Bik was forced to leave the band, and in 1982 the band slowly died. In the years to come they tried to work on a comeback with singer Frank van de Bos. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately this never was the case. Otherwise the never expected reunion of 2000 would not have happened.
This is what happened: All Plackband members had their own musical challenges. Ronald and Michel did the project November (together with FAF drummer Edwin Wernke), which resulted in a CD album, the little gem: "The 1st of November" and a single called "Memory" wich also contained an acoustic version of Genesis-cover "The Cinema Show". Albert opened a music store, Kees became songwriter with Urban Heroes and Boom Boom Machini and John and Tom founded a recording studio: studio "Sound Design" in The Hague, which later merged with "Holland Spoor". There they found an old Revox tape with a live recording of the last gig they did on Christmas Eve 1981 at "de Paap" in The Hague. It was hidden on the top floor of the studio, which was in fact the old practice room of Plackband. Later the decision was made to release this tape in a remastered version under the name: "The Lost Tapes".

Reunion of 2000
At the time that Michel and Ronald were recording "The 1st of November" (at Holland Spoor Studio's) there was more and more talk about a reunion of Plackband. While promoting the November CD, people often said to Ronald and Michel they never heard of November but they all knew Plackband. That released some nostalgic feelings. When also a Dutch prog magazine (IO pages) published an article about Plackband this became very clear to Ronald and Michel. After the failure of releasing a second November album, it happened all very quickly. After some phone calls on one and the same evening, everyone was very enthusiastic to give it a try. The reunion was a fact and "The lost tapes" were independently released.
After rehearsals for a whole year (a hell of a job) the first concert with all the original members in 18 years was held at 23 June 2000 at "de Boerderij" in Zoetermeer. It became a beautiful show, a feast, a concert, which will never be forgotten! The enthusiasm was back and the band looked fresh, more mature and relaxed then ever! Another four concerts followed and the band was thinking about the future to come. Was this it? No, the band wanted more.

Xymphonia Records
So the band was looking for (yes they did) a record company! Together they made a commitment that there would be no concessions made this time and the company had to be as enthusiastic about symphonic rock as they were. In the end the choice was simple: Xymphonia Records. There were four companies interested and at first glance it would be the French Musea Records. But when band members came in conversation with the earlier mentioned Xymphonia things happened very fast. This led to a very interesting cooperation. The first fruits of it will be harvested shortly. The CD-single "Remember Forever" with a complete new title track and the two remastered tracks of their first EP from 1978. In March 2002 the long awaited album "After The Battle" was released. This album is very successful according to the reviews all over the world.

New lead singer
The band and lead singer Kees Bik decided to split up. The band was very grateful for  everything Kees had meant to Plackband.  A new period has come. The choice for the new lead singer fell not coincidently on ex-November singer Karel Messemaker
With him the band got new impulses. At this moment the band works on new songs and the existing songs  are revamped under the influence of Karel. For the first time in history of Plackband they play sometimes some songs of Genesis and Peter Gabriel arranged in a Plackband way.
Songs are Carpet Crawlers , More than This, Afterglow ,  Red Rain

2004
At this moment the band is very busy rehearsing for a comeback with an exciting show supplied with visual effects. The highlight is a concert in the Boerderij on the 19th of November 2004 in Zoetermeer (Holland). This will be live recorded for DVD.
The goal is a beautiful live DVD in the beginning of 2005 in the shops for the fans of Plackband. Featured on the DVD will be the live-concert and also pictures , unique video fragments with an interview included and last but not least a video-clip!!!!
Also the band  will return to the famous international venues like Spirit of 66 in Verviers/Belgium and the Classic Rock Society in Rotherham/England

2005
Karel Messemaker has  a serious health problem. Koos Sekreve replaces him. Plackband goes more and more international. There are concerts in Belgium in The Spirit of 66 and in Doornik. In August the band is on the Gong festival in Reggio in Italy. Also there is a successful venue in England in The Boardwalk A music cafe in Sheffield. In the old days Genesis played there. Further the band is one of the biggest acts of the Progpassion festival in Holland.

2006
In April there is the long expected dvd/cd Visions. It took a long time because the editing has to be done  by PB Himself. Besides the registration of the concert in 2004, Visions gives an overview of Plackband through the years.
Again they are going over the Dutch borders. There are shows in the Spirit of 66 and in England for the Classic Rock Society. Borders don't exist anymore for PB.

2007
The band decides to go on with four. Karel Messemaker is no longer the lead singer. Michel takes over. The first material in this combination is put on a demo called PBII.  The new songs are presented on a big stage. The band is support act by The Musical Box in the RAI Theatre in Amsterdam.

2008
At this moment there is much to do about the band. They are invited by Arie Versteegh of the Boerderij to do the support act for Kayak a famous Dutch band. PB started a new show. In the Paap is the 30th anniversary and this is followed by a extended show again for the Classic Rock Society in Rotherham. The band played already for the 5th time there. Martin Hudson the big man behind this invited them direct after the gig for a next time.

 

Next is a show with Arena in Ittervoort in Limburg in Holland at April  4th.