Derek Trucks Band – Islington Academy

I went through some of my old pictures and came across some from the Derek Trucks Band concert I went to on October 11, 2007. Ever since I got introduced to their music through Eric Clapton’s 2006 tour i’ve been a big fan of him. When I noticed they planned a gig in London I immediately bought a ticket and booked a flight! The night cost me about 400,- euro’s in total but was worth every penny!

When I was waiting outside the club before the show I started to talk to some other Derek fans over there. A lot of them where surpisingly young but of course almost all of them where guitar players :). Suddenly we saw two regular looking guys walking by… took us a while to realise it where Derek and Mike looking for the entrance! So naturally we went after them and got a few pictures. I mentioned to him that I came all the way from the Netherlands to see him and he even replied back to me ” That’s great man!!” 🙂 Felt a bit embarrassed acting like a crazy fan but what can you do?!

I’ve put together a gallery of the pictures I took, along with a scan of one of Yonico’s hand drawn setlists that I found on the internet. I’ll convert a few of the video clips I made to flash and upload them here later on..

The Pink Guitar

My girlfriend wanted to go shopping for shoes so we went over to Amersfoort on saturday September 27th. I heard that there was a big guitar store in Amersfoort called KeesDee so naturally I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to have a quick look. I needed a proper holder suitable for multiple guitars so that gave me a good excuse to go.

 The second we walked into the store Astrid noticed this Pink Statocaster model guitar, glitters included……….. She told me with a guitar like that she’d definitely would learn to play. I half-jokingly told her that I would buy it right now for her if she would indeed pick up the guitar. I browsed around a bit and looked at some beautiful custom made R. Taylor accoustic guitars. The salesguy was very friendly and could tell a lot about them. Even let me play on a 6500,- Euro guitar which was giving me GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) already.

Anyway, I paid for the guitar standard and left the store. We headed for home but started talking about the Pink guitar again in the car. We agreed that I would give the guitar as a gift but she would pay me back if she wouldn’t try to learn how to play. So we went back to the store and when we entered I think I saw a VERY big smile on the saleguys face, he probably thought I was going for the Taylor… 🙂 He was a good sport though and even threw in some pink picks and snares for free!!

Astrid’s already able to play ‘Michelle’ from Anouk and ‘A horse with no name’….