The guitarist and his neighbor Rinus Gerritsen (bass player) founded the band The Tornadoes in The Hague in 1961. They soon find out that a group with the same name already exists, so they continue as The Golden Earrings and later Golden Earrings. Singer Barry Hay and drummer Caesar Zuiderwijk have been with the band since 1970 and the composition remains unchanged.
In that formation, the band experienced their greatest successes nationally and internationally. For example, ‘Radar Love’ (1973) topped the Dutch charts and the song was also in the highest regions of the US and the United Kingdom. ‘Twilight Zone’ (1982) and ‘When the Lady Smiles’ (1983) also gave rockers high marks in the charters.
Golden Earring released dozens of albums and was high on the Dutch charts with almost all singles. The band often looks back on their previous successes with several great hit albums. Similarly in 2000 with ‘The Devil Made Us Who Do’.
In relation to the new work, things remain fairly quiet around the golden earrings in the coming years. In 2012 the band released ‘Breast’ n Us’, the last album with new work. In the years that followed, separate issues were released.
The band will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the current line-up in 2019. Golden Earring performs with a big show in Rotterdam Ahoi, which has now become their final concert. “It sucks, we would rather have planned a farewell tour, but unfortunately that’s what it is,” hey said E. “Our last performance was in Ahoi in 2019. It was a great performance with family and friends, but we would love to see it differently.”
Although Golden Earring ceases as a band due to the illness of guitarist and founder George Koymanes, it is not the end of their musical career for the band members. “They will continue independently of each other,” the band’s manager tells it ANP.