Posthumous tribute concert to André a roaring hit

27th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

A shiver went through the crowd at the tribute concert to one of Dutch best-loved singers as his songs were being sung.

27 May 2008

AMSTERDAM - "André's spirit returns to Amsterdam" says AD, reporting on Monday night's posthumous tribute concert to André Hazes, one of The Netherlands best-loved singers, who died in 2004.

His gutsy down-to-earth style and sentimental songs saw him rise from pub singer to working-class hero, becoming something of a national icon in the process.

The paper describes how a shiver went through the crowd at the Amsterdam Arena as the singer's young son and daughter stepped out of a limousine and broke into one of their father's songs "It's cold without you".

In 2004, the stadium was the scene of an emotional farewell tribute concert. Then André Hazes coffin was present, on the eve of his cremation. This time around he was present in archive footage shown on a giant screen as a host of prominent Dutch entertainers on stage sang duets with him.

His widow Rachel, sometimes criticised for exploiting her late husband's memory, told AD what the occasion meant to her. "It's still very strange for us to be so close to Dré again, here with so many people ... You know it's impossible, but you can't help thinking he could walk in at any moment."

André Hazes: The Musical is due in September 2009.

[Radio Netherlands / David Doherty / Expatica]

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