Remember PICTURE 2011
For several of years, this was the official website for the Dutch heavy metal band, Pictures.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages, as well as other sources.
For the most up to date information about PICTURE go to their current website at: https://www.pictureband.nl/
If you say Holland and the first Dutch metal band, which image comes to mind then? Right! We’re talking about PICTURE!And they’re back stronger and more motivated than ever.
Picture was the very first Dutch hardrock band with a "record deal". With a history of 7 released albums world-wide and extensive tours throughout Europe with a.o. AC/DC, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Rose Tattoo and April Wine, everybody understands the past of Picture.
Back in 1979 (30 years ago) the story of Picture began. Classic songs like Heavy Metal Ears, Diamond dreamer, Bombersand Eternal Dark (covered later by Swedish metal giants Hammerfall) and highly energetic live performances made Picture a very successful band. Picture paved the way for all other successful Dutch hardrock bands that followed in their footsteps soon afterwards.
In many countries in the world Picture is treated as a cult band and when the long anticipated reunion finally happened at the beginning of 2008, many invitations to play on big (foreign) festivals followed soon. A limited edition live CD was being recorded and from December 2008 until January 2009 the band retreated in the StarSound Studios in Utrecht (Holland) to record their new studio album "Old Dogs New Tricks".
October 1st 2009, 30 years after the release of their first album, a new Picturestudio album “Old Dogs New Tricks” is officially released. The album contains a wide variety of hard rock and old school metal songs, completed with a breath taking ballad. The album was produced by Nico Verrips, who already produced and wrote numerous hits into the charts and who kept the eighties feeling, but gave the record a contemporary modern sound.
Old Dogs New Tricks is a typical Picture album with a variety of heavy and dynamic songs. The powerful and raw voice of Pete Lovell shows to its full advantage with this kind of heavy music. Add the brilliantly composed songs anno 2009 to this and you will agree that this is Picture in their historically best line-up ever. This is Picture 2009! Be prepared to be blown away…
Picture was the very first Dutch hardrock band with a "record deal". With a history of 7 released albums world-wide and extensive tours throughout Europe with AC/DC, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Rose Tattoo and April Wine, everybody understands the past of Picture.
Back in 1979 (30 years ago) the story of Picture began. Classic songs like "Heavy Metal Ears", "Diamond Dreamer, "Bombers" and "Eternal Dark" (covered later by Swedish metal giants HammerFall) and highly energetic live performances made Picture a very successful band. Picture paved the way for all other successful Dutch hardrock bands that followed in their footsteps soon afterwards.
In many countries in the world Picture is treated as a cult band and when the long anticipated reunion finally happened at the beginning of 2008, many invitations to play on big (foreign) festivals followed soon. A limited edition live CD was being recorded and from December 2008 until January 2009 the band retreated in the StarSound Studios in Utrecht (Holland) to record their new studio album Old Dogs New Tricks.
October 1st 2009, 30 years after the release of their first album, a new Picture studio album Old Dogs New Tricks is officially released. The album contains a wide variety of hard rock and old school metal songs, completed with a breath taking ballad. The album was produced by Nico Verrips, who already produced and wrote numerous hits into the charts and who kept the eighties feeling, but gave the record a contemporary modern sound.
Old Dogs New Tricks is a typical Picture album with a variety of heavy and dynamic songs. The powerful and raw voice of Pete Lovell shows to its full advantage with this kind of heavy music. Add the brilliantly composed songs anno 2009 to this and you will agree that this is Picture in their historically best line-up ever.
After being rather successful in a local band, lead guitarist Jan Bechtum decides to put an add in a Dutch music magazine to find a new band. A few months later Rinus Vreugdenhil reads the add and calls Jan to join him and Laurens Bakker to form a new group. The first time they play together they know immediately that this is the band they've been looking for. They decide to name the group Picture. The name had been used before by the local group in which both Rinus and Laurens had played. The search for a good vocalist ends a few months later when Ronald van Prooijen agrees to join Picture. Two months later in August, Picture records a demo in the rehearsal room and the song "My Gun Shoots" from this demo is aired on Dutch radio in the program of Alfred Lagarde.
During a gig in December two Dutch radio people from Vara's Popkrant get excited over Picture and decide to put them on their show. Picture records three songs in a radio studio and these songs are aired together with interviews in January, 1980.
Even before the performance in Vara's Popkrant the band signs a record deal with Warner Brothers.
In March Picture is supporting act for the Canadian rock group April Wine in Amsterdam.
The record deal with Warner is cut off. Warner wanted Picture to play more commercial songs and Picture did not want to play anything other then their own material.
In July Picture opens for AC/DC. Later in July, a new record deal with Phonogram is signed. In the end of 1980 the first album is recorded in the Dutch Wisseloord studios.
The album Picture is released all over the world. The band members, however, are very disappointed over the sound and mix of the album.
Picture does two European tours as supporting act of Saxon and supports Ted Nugent in Amsterdam.
Picture is working very hard to put a new album together which is recorded and released in the fall of 1981 (Heavy Metal Ears). The album's sound is much better.
Picture does a extensive tour in Italy.
Due to personal problems Ronald decides to leave Picture even though international success seems not far away. In South America, Picture becomes very popular. Picture even reaches third place on a Mexican metal popularity list, behind Kiss and Black Sabbath.
A new Israelian singer Shmoulik Avigal joins the band.
Picture is invited by Kiss to join them in a Mexican tour. Everything seems taken care of but unfortunately there is no money to pay for the flying tickets.
The third album Diamond Dreamer, recorded with Shmoulik and co-produced by Pete Hinton (Saxon) and Jan Bechtum is a great success!
Chriz van Jaarsveld is added to the band as a second guitarist to boost the band's live performance.
After a small fight between Picture manager and Shmoulik, the Israelian singer is fired. The English singer Pete Lovell replaces him.
Picture does a small tour in Israel. Right after this tour Jan Bechtum leaves the band for different reasons. Later on Picture is invited to the Donnington festival but the new guitar player Henri Van Maanen is not ready for this and the show is canceled.
The new album Eternal Dark is released but the original Picture sound has gone although the production of the album is again the best ever.
Drummer Laurens Bakker leaves the band.
The album Traitor is recorded with only one original band member left (Rinus).
An invitation to the great Rio festival must be turned down (again) due to financial problems.
The album Every Story Needs Another Picture is recorded almost entirely by studio musicians. The only reason to record this album is the contract with Phonogram. Again a sad milestone in the Picture history.
Former Vandenberg vocalist Bert Heering joins the band.
The album Marathon is the last album Picture would record.
Picture does a single reunion concert in Sliedrecht. The original line-up with Laurens Bakker, Rinus Vreugdenhil, Jan Bechtum and Ronald van Prooijen shakes Holland for the very last time. There was much hope that the four would stay together to do regular shows but organizers were scared off by the huge amount of money Picture management asked for a show. Unfortunately the Picture members did not know this and would not have agreed.
Jan Bechtum starts a new rock band with Mark Maas (drums) and Jos Adema (bass).
When the search for a good vocalist seems to fail they decide to reform Picture hoping for more chances to find a singer.
In January lead singer Michel Zandbergen records a demo with Picture and decides to join the band. A new Picture is born.
After two years of club tours, the new incarnation of Picture is unable to secure a record deal, and Jan disbands the group. Jan goes on to found an IT company in Holland.
Meanwhile, the other members of Picture are involved in various projects. Ronald is singing for a band called Exist and guitarist Chriz van Jaarsveld is playing in a band called Jetland.
Thanks to the efforts of longtime fans signing an online petition, Double Dutch secures the rights to Picture's first four albums, and releases them for the first time on CD. Picture and Heavy Metal Ears are released on one CD, and Diamond Dreamer and Eternal Dark are released on one CD.
1. Battle Plan
2. Shadow of the Damned
4. Edge of Hell
5. The King is losing his Crown
6. Think I lost my Way
7. Killer in my Sights
8. My kinda Woman
9. The Price I Pay
10. War Horse
11. We're not Alone
12. Stand my Ground
13. Bonus : Eternal Dark MMXI
|OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS|
1. Old Dogs New Tricks
2. Blood Out Of A Stone
3. High On Fire
4. Live By The Sword
5. Now It's Too Late
6. Just Incredible
7. Who Can You Trust
8. Opposites Attract
9. Choosing Your Sign
10. A Better Soul
11. Celtic Cross
12. Never In A Million Years
1. You're all alone
2. Heavy Metal Ears
3. Diamond Dreamer
4. Eternal Dark
5. Griffons guard the Gold
6. Tell no Lies
7. Lady Lightning
8. You're touching me
9. Choosing your Sign (new)
10. Live by the Sword (new)
1. Break Away
2. Vampire of the New Age
4. Desperate Call
5. I'm on My Way
6. We just can't Lose
7. Don't keep me waiting
8. Get out of My Sight
|EVERY STORY NEEDS ANOTHER PICTURE|
2. Moving Down The Line
3. Burning For Your Love
4. Stay With Me
5. She Was Made For Lovin'
6. I'm Still Flying
7. Stand Back For The People In Charge
8. You Took My Money, You Took My Pride
9. No Way Back
2. State Of Shock
3. Loud 'n Proud
4. Lost In The Night
5. Right Now
6. We Don't Need To Hide
7. Out Of Control
9. Dyin' To Live
1. Eternal Dark
2. Make You Burn
3. Into The Underworld
4. Griffons Guard The Gold
5. Down And Out
6. Flying In Time
7. Tell No Lies
8. Battle For The Universe
9. Power Of Evil
10. The Blade
1. Lady Lightning
2. Night Hunter
3. Hot Lovin'
4. Diamond Dreamer
5. Message From Hell
6. You're All Alone
7. Lousy Lady
8. The Hangman
9. Get Me Rock And Roll
10. You're Touching Me
|HEAVY METAL EARS|
1. Heavy Metal Ears
2. Spend The Night With You
4. I'm Just A Simple Man
5. Funky Town
6. Out Of Time
8. No No No
9. Rock & Roll / Under Your Spell
1. Dirty Street Fighter
2. You Can Go
4. No More
5. One Way Street
6. You're A Fool
7. Get Back Or You Fall
8. Rockin' In Your Brains
9. He's A Player
Mike Ferguson is an American/Dutch guitarplayer, songwriter and lyricist.
Born on September 24th 1979 at Edwards air force base in California. When he was 13, his family moved permanently to The Netherlands. A year later he began playing guitar and has been in bands since he was 16. When he turned 18 he formed the band Detonation with which he released 4 full length albums. Many shows were played all over Europe and two in India.
With Doghouse Gallows he released the album Dodgy Deals in 2009.
In April 2011 a new adventure came on his path in the name of a band called Picture. “I am very happy and honored to have been asked for the first Dutch heavy metal band. This is a style of music that I have loved for a long time, to play with such a great band is a dream come true.”
1999 Skull Crusher complitation
2000 Lost Euphoria E.P
2002 An Epic Defiance
2005 Portals to uphobia
2007 Emission Phase
2009 Dodgy Deals
2010 Pie Taster Promo
2003 Desert of Pangea
Amps: Laney Vh100R
Cabinets: Fame with vintage 30 speaker, Marshall 1960
Effects: Boss Digital Delay III, Boss Noise Suppressor, Morley Bad Horsey Wah, Digitech whammy, Boss Tuner, Boss Line selector.
Born in 1962 and raised in Limburg (Holland) Peter picks up playing the guitar at age 10 inspired by a friend of his. Some time after he forms a band called "Misty Future" and wins a talent show with one of his own written songs.
From the 1980's onwards he plays in different rockbands only to join "Heartbeat" in 1982 who were already reasonably known at that time and having had some radio airplay. Heartbeat toured with Vandale and in between Peter focussed on some sideprojects.
In 1986 Peter forms "Tightrope", a heavy metal band.that got a German record deal because their demo became Aardschok's Demo of the Month. From 1990 to 1995 Peter also plays in a band called "Marilyn Monroe". Somewhere in 1994 he meets up with Arni Treffers, also known as Long Tall Ernie (and the Shakers) and they form a band called "Radio Oranje". They get a record deal with Telstar and release 4 singles.
Then in 2002 Peter forms a Saxon Tribute Band that later will be changed to Gunz and Rozes. In 2005 he joins Vengeance with who he makes 2 albums.
Since 2010 Peter plays in Hollands oldest Hardrock & Heavy Metal band, Picture.
Peter's gear consists of:
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Custom / B.C. Rich Eagle DLX
Amps: Engl Fireball
Rien, Born in 1951, is the bass player and longest standing member of the dutch heavy metal band picture.
He started out in the band Lemming as the bass player and sound mixer. He started playing bass because he liked the low sound. In 1977, he met up with Laurens Bakker and with various musicians, started Picture.
By 1979 Jan Bechtum and Ronald van Prooijen had joined the band for their first stable (and the classic) lineup. Throughout various lineup changes, he carried the torch and kept Picture going until the final breakup. He felt there was still some life left in the band but with so many personnel changes and the changing music scene, he had to let it go.
Rien's influences included Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Deep Purple and Frank Zappa. He used a Gibson thunderbird bass and Sound City, Dynacord and later on Peavey amps.
Recently (late 2007), Rinus, Jan and Bakkie teamed up with Pete Lovell and Rob van Enkhuizen for a reunion rehearsal.
It went so well that they made two albums together again. Recently Jan and Rob however decided to part ways with Picture and Peter Bourbon and Mike Ferguson were their replacements. With these two guitarists they are in the studio now to record their next album which will be the "loudest and heaviest they ever made" according to Rien
Laurens ”Bakkie” Bakker (Leiden, The Netherlands, July 10th 1955) learned his first rudiments in a marching band at the age of 9, but he didn’t like his drum teacher, so he quit.
Years later, in high school, he took up drumming again and joined the school band as well as a band called Fase 5. During that period Bakkie first played on Hayman drums and later switched to Rogers. The set-up of his drums was a 24” double bass drum, 12”, 13”, 14”, 15”and 16” toms and 18”and 20” floor toms completed with 2 14”deep snares.
He already had a wide range of impressive cymbals back then, consisting of Paiste’s 602 series : bright medium ride 18”, medium ride 20”, bright medium ride 20”, medium ride 22”, heavy ride 22” and a 15” hi-hat medium and one 18” 2002 ride.
Later he was totally impressed by the Paiste Rude Series since they were to last longer which was a good thing for a hard hitting drummer as himself. Afterwards he was sponsored by Meinl.
Things became serious for Bakkie when he joined John Ridge & Cocon back in 1974. With them he toured the club circuit in Holland and Germany. After Cocon called it a day, John Ridge (John Boutkam) pursued his successful career in Sweden with the EF band, but luckily for us, Bakkie stayed on Dutch ground.
In 1977 Bakkie teamed up with Harry Bruintjes (ex- guitarist of Lemming) and bassplayer Rinus Vreugdenhil to form the legendary hardrock band Picture. Picture paved the way for many Dutch bands to come, since they were the first Dutch metal band to sign a record deal. But the influence of the band and of Bakkie stretched out far beyond Dutch borders as their records were distributed in over 80 countries and lots of them had the privilege to see our longhaired blond drummer play live. With Picture Bakkie recorded four albums : Picture (1981), Heavy Metal Ears (1981), Diamond Dreamer (1982) and Eternal Dark (1983).
Bakkie quit Picture in 1985 to turn up again at one single occasion to play with the original Picture line-up the song Eternal Dark, covered by Swedish metal band Hammerfall, at one of Hammerfall’s shows in 2001. The perfect combination of a song, written by the band who were forerunners of heavy metal combined with the band who stands for heavy metal today.
But don’t think that this was the last time we could see Bakkie play!
In 2007 Picture launched their own Myspace account and clips travelled around YouTube. When the band received lots of positive reactions from all over the world, a reunion was the next logical step.
As Bakkie puts it himself: “this is more or less the story so far but it will continue for sure”.
Bakkie’s long hair may be a bit shorter now, but he still has kept the heavy power rock beats and his double bass drum and they surely will blow you away.
Born in Jersey Channel Islands, Lovel left Jersey with his band Guilty Spirits when he was 20 years old and drove around France and Germany looking for gigs for a few months until finally settling in Hamburg, Germany. After a couple of years of hardship the band split up and he joined a German band called Stallion. When that band split he went to England and was asked by the manager if he would like to audition for a dutch band called Picture.This he did and it clicked and a new chapter in the Picture saga was opened. Pete did the vocals for the Eternal Dark and Traitor albums, toured here and there and did promotion in South America, then left the band due to the direction the band was "taking" (read pushed into by the record company) . He joined Emergency and signed a record deal with BMG and recorded the album Martial Law. Then a few nondiscript bands until the Picture rebirth.. At the moment apart from Picture he plays in a band with his son Tim (drums) and a mate of his, Johan Kerkhoff (bass) .
The band is called Dead Legacy. Rien contacted him and asked if he wanted to do the Sweden Rock Festival. Ofcourse he agreed and things just took off from there...the rest is history...,or will be !!