HIGHWAY CHILE And PICTURE Come Together For
A Metal Infused Whisky And A Night To Remember
On Friday January 24th a unique event will take place in Zoetermeer (NL). At ‘De Boerderij’ you can witness a double concert by Highway Chile and Picture, two legendary Dutch rock bands who had their heyday in the 80s but who are still very much alive. The evening will be a tribute to one of the most popular Dutch radio discjockeys and record producer Alfred Lagarde, who passed away 22 years ago but is never forgotten because of his weekly show ‘Betonuur’, which was legendary. Besides the tribute it will also see the introduction of Highway Chile’s very own Metal Infused Whisky. What will make the evening even more special is that Armand Vanderstigchel, Highway Chile’s original singer and also occasionally HeadBangers LifeStyle contributor, will come over for the United States to play with the band. Enough reason for HeadBangers LifeStyle’s Hans van Peppen to contact singer Stan Verbraak and guitarist Martin Mens of Highway Chile.
I always listened to Betonuur and Countdown Café, even taped the programs back in the days, but you guys played there live with Highway Chile and Helloïse. How did that go back in the days? Did you call him, or was it the other way around?
,,Besides two solid hard rock performances by Picture and Highway Chile the audience can expect to see and hear Kees Baars (he made Countdown Café together with Alfred) speak about Alfred, show photos, play Alfred’s favourite music, and interview some key band members. It will be an evening that cannot be ignored by old school Dutch hard rock and metal lovers! Obviously we will also bring our “Metal Infused” Whisky barrel for further enrichment with rock music and crowd participation. Don’t miss out!”
Every renowned band has its own beer or whisky these days. I mean, giants like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Volbeat, AC/DC, Slayer and even Martyr for example. But now, my dear metal freaks, we have the Dutch band Highway Chile who is coming with their own Metal Infused Whisky. That barrel with whisky is standing on stage while the band is performing a live show! Martin Mens, guitarist of Highway Chile, tells us more about the idea of the Metal Infused Whisky.
Martin Mens (Highway Chile) plus the famous Metal Infused Highway Chile barrel
,,Last year Maurice van Wees, a good friend of mine, owner of a huge import company of drinks in Amersfoort and, let’s not forget, a Metal music lover, had the idea of bringing his own whisky on the market in a special way. It’s a Benriach with an alcohol percentage of 57%band it has been aging now for 15 years. Maurice also plays guitar very well, but not in a band, so I suggested to him to do this with Highway Chile and give the whisky a special flavour. Metallica has its whisky lying in a warehouse where the music of the band is coming out of hanging loudspeakers. So we thought we could do this better by bringing the whole barrel on the stage and giving it a Metal Infused treat by our heavy frequencies of the instruments and the yelling and shouting (and sweating) of the public.”
I already went to one of the Metal Infused concerts where you play Highway Chile and Helloïse songs and the barrel was on stage next to you and we all sang the new song ,,My Booze Is Metal Infused”. Are there more new songs coming up, in other words is Highway Chile ready for a new album?
,,I can’t answer that question at the moment. Some musicians are very busy with other bands (Dan Stennis Band, August Life), but I have the idea to bring out an old fashioned single with the song ,,Metal Infused’’ and another new song later this year.”
The fans can get the whisky together with a t-shirt at the live concerts, like on the 24th of January in Zoetermeer where you play together with Picture. Are you looking forward to that one?
,,I am really looking forward to that. It’s always fun to play with Picture…..we did that in 1980 as well.”
Are there other dates confirmed where we can enjoy music and whisky?
,,So far, other dates are: Saturday February 1st-‘Crossroads’-Kaatsheuvel (NL), Saturday March 3rd-‘Elektra’-Sliedrecht (NL) and Saturday April 18th-‘N201’-Aalsmeer (NL). We have some more options but not confirmed.”
Will there be a possibility in the near future where fans from all over the world can order the whisky and a t-shirt online?
,,We have not thought about it, but I will discuss it with Maurice because he will be doing the distribution of the whisky.”
More information about the special HIGHWAY CHILE/PICTURE show here
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