Can this possibly stick? Am I crazy for thinking that after 20 years, Dutch trio Peter Pan Speedrock might not just be able to put the band down and walk away? It’s like slamming into a brick wall at 100 miles an hour. I mean, right now and for the last couple nights, they’re in Japan. They toured in the US back in October. They’ve got an extensive run through Europe set up for before and after the New Year. Granted, they might need a break, but I have to think that sooner or later Peter Pan Speedrock will pick up again and continue their assault. It’s what Motörhead would do.
Until I hear otherwise though, they’re calling it a retirement. News came down the PR wire:
Peter Pan Speedrock announce retirement and plan international farewell tour for 2016
“It was loud, mean, fast & dirty”
An international farewell tour in 2016 will be the last chapter in the saga of the loudest band from the Lowlands. Dreams came true, goals were achieved, Peter Pan Speedrock had their say and left their mark, so the book may close. After twenty years it’s time for singer-guitarist Peter van Elderen, bassist Bartmann and drummer Bart Nederhand to embark on new endeavors. Meanwhile the Dutch speed rockers take off again, for their Japanese tour starts on November 27.
The farewell marks the end of an era, because Peter Pan Speedrock are more than a band. This force of nature is a counterweight for Holland’s lack of earthquakes and hurricanes. Since PPSR arose from Eindhoven in 1996, the sonic landscape in the Netherlands has been shaken up and blown to smithereens. This relentless approach eventually gained PPSR worldwide recognition. Alas their roller coaster ride will come to an end somewhere in 2016.
While they are flying to Japan, the three Lighttown diehards are probably reminiscing about a long and lively career. In 1996 they had a damn good feeling about the road ahead, but no-one foresaw it would lead Peter Pan Speedrock across the length and breadth of Europe numerous times, cut through by tours in North America and Australia. To top it all PPSR instigated the grand slam of rock on Dutch soil: Speedfest. Last Saturday this annual international festivalhalla celebrated its tenth anniversary.
With over 25 releases under their belt PPSR are still on top of their game: supercharging their own brand of rock & roll vigor and winning crowds over by playing scorching live shows. Initially they strived to play 2247 shows, as much shows as the Ramones, but the counter will stop at around 2000 shows next year. If that’s the only unreached objective, it must have been a wild and wonderful ride. And the million visitors who witnessed PPSR live over the years will agree. Let’s drink to that with some Speedrock Premium Heavy Lager. That’s right, PPSR even have their own beer brand as part of their legacy.
No matter what the future holds, Peter Pan Speedrock shall ring on forever and a day!
Peter Pan Speedrock tour dates:
27.11 – Nutty’s (Machida, Japan)
28.11 – Vertex (Yokkaichi, Japan)
29.11 – Gramhouse (Ina, Japan)
30.11 – Metro (Kyoto, Japan)
1.12 – Varit (Kobe, Japan)
2.12 – Hokage (Osaka-Shi, Japan)
3.12 – Huckfin (Nagano, Japan)
4.12- Sunash (Shizuoka, Japan)
5.12- Earhdom (Tokyo, Japan)
11.12 – Rock School Barbey (Bordeaux, France)
12.12 – Secret Place (Saint Jean de Vedas, France)
13.12 – Le Mars Attack (Angouleme, France)
17.12 – Gleis 22 (Munster, Germany)
18/12 – Hafenklang (Hamburg, Germany)
19.12 – East Club (Bischofswerda Germany)
15.1 – dB’s (Utrecht, Netherlands)
20.1 – La Scene Michelet (Nantes, France)
21.1 – Sala Sidecar (Barcelona, Spain)
22.1 – King Kong Club (Zaragoza, Spain)
23.1 – Libertados (Leon, Spain)
24.1 – le Bukowski (San Sebastian, Spain)
26.1 – Sala Son (Pontevedra, Spain)
28.1 – King Creole (Estepona, Spain)
29.1 – Gruta 77 (Madrid, Spain)
30.1 – Hell Dorado (Vitoria, Spain)
31.1 – Edaska (San Vicente De Barakaldo, Spain)
1.2 – Le Tigre (Selestat, France)
12.2 – Patronaat (Haarlem, Netherlands)
13.2 – Neushoorn (Leeuwarden, Netherlands)
26.2 – Café Nord (Essen, Germany)
27.2 Westwerk (Osnabruck, Germany)
17.3 Club 007 (Prague, Czech Republic)
18.3 Groovestation (Dresden, Germany)
19.3 Lido (Berlin, Germany)