Vandenberg Biography

This Dutch hard rock act was a vehicle for the talents of Adrian Vandenberg (31 January 1954, Holland), formed by the experienced guitarist after the collapse of his previous band, Teaser, and an unsuccessful spell rehearsing with Thin Lizzy. The group, which was completed by Bert Heering (vocals), Dick Kemper (bass; ex-Turbo) and Jos Zoomer (drums), quickly signed to Atlantic Records on the strength of an impressive demo, enabling Vandenberg to give up the session work and super-realist art that had financially supported him. The self-produced Vandenberg had a heavy sound reminiscent of the Scorpions and Judas Priest, and contained sparkling performances from Vandenberg and Zoomer. The former’s songwriting and guitar-playing, compared at the time to Michael Schenker, interested David Coverdale, who twice asked the guitarist to join Whitesnake. However, with the album and ‘Burning Heart’ single enjoying considerable success in the USA, Vandenberg declined. Heading For A Storm benefited from the band’s wider experience, with Heerink particularly improved, but failed to maintain the previous momentum of US success, despite a tour supporting Kiss. Alibi, however, saw the band regain much of the lost ground with a better production and more fiery fretwork from Vandenberg, but the departure of Heering the following year for Picture unfortunately signalled a downward slide for the band, which dissolved in 1987 when Vandenberg finally accepted a further offer from the persistent Coverdale.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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