Dries Roelvink enjoys an emotional evening at the Concertgebouw. The singer is holding a concert there for the first time in 29 years. The last time, his deceased parents and sister were there.
“There is a painting of my father on the wall. I have been looking at it more in recent days. I think: You should know what happened in recent years,” the 64-year-old singer told the news agency. Afghan National Police.
“There were four of us in the house, and now I am the only one alive. My three parents and my sister are no longer there. It has been on my mind in recent days.” The singer still remembers his first show at Het Concertgebouw in his home city of Amsterdam. “They sat there proudly in that front row.”
He says that Rolfink was not yet experienced as an artist. “I gave a small concert at De Kleine Komedie. It was sold out, so I thought: I need a bigger hall.” Shortly afterwards he saw a performance by André Hazis Kabir at Het Concertgebouw. “I thought that was very special,” Rolfink says. “Then it planted a seed. And I thought: I’ll do it too.”
“I dedicate a song to my children”
But two songs from his show 29 years ago can be heard Monday night. In his show the singer takes the audience “through time.” “It starts with my mother’s music, who made a lot of records.” Music from the Jordan River is also central to the beginning of his show. He also sings songs by his musical heroes Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.
Also special visits such as I’m coming And Mary Magdalene passes by. The singer is anticipating an emotional show as his parents and sister are missing, but is thrilled that his wife and sons Dave and Donnie will be there.
Dave has just left a rehabilitation facility in South Africa. The singer confirms that his son Donnie also had a “strange year.” Donnie had an accident with a Hummer and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “I will definitely dedicate a song to my children.”
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