Anneke Van Giersbergen (former lead singer of the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band The Gathering) will give a concert in Bucharest at Silver Church on November 27, 2013, according to information posted on the singer’s website this August. Presale tickets are available both online at eventim.ro, www.myticket.ro, www.iabilet.ro and in the Eventim network (the Germanos, Vodafone, Orange, Domo stores, Humanitas, Carturesti bookshops) and Diverta stores as well, for RON 40. The price of a ticket purchased on the day of the concert is RON 60, metalhead.ro informs.
Considered one of the best female rock singers worldwide, Anneke is heading to Bucharest to promote her latest studio album “Drive” as part of a tour in Europe. Her music started from genuine forms of the metal music genre and turned into an alternative rock of good quality containing influences of various music genres.
Born in 1973 in Sint-Michielgestel, the Netherlands, Anneke van Giersbergen became most notable for her work with The Gathering, alongside whom she recorded six studio albums. She has played with several bands before becoming part of the duo Bad Breath, who played a mix of blues, jazz, folk and funk. She joined The Gathering in 1994, and she is most notable for her work with them. In 1998, she sang on the Ayreon album Into the Electric Castle, a concept album telling the tale of an alien entity ‘kidnapping’ eight human souls from different times. Anneke portrayed an Egyptian woman from the time of the pharaohs, according to Wikipedia.org.
In 2006, she appears on the album 2006 Rubicon from Asia band members’ John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes on the tracks “To Catch a Thief” and “Tears of Joy”. She also appears on the Smear Campaign by the grindcore-death metal band Napalm Death, on the tracks “Weltschmerz” and “In Deference”, contributing spoken rather than sung vocals “for good effect and relevance to the track”. In June 2006, the epic rock band Globus released the album Epicon, which included Anneke’s vocal and writing contributions. Anneke co-wrote the lyrics for “Mighty Rivers Run”, and sang lead vocal on the track as well as dueting with Christine Navarro on the seminal “Diem Ex Dei”.
Since 2007, when she left her former band, the Dutch singer has been involved in a solo project called Agua de Annique, which also included her husband and drummer of the band. She now performs under her own name with her husband & other members. She has also worked with Within Temptation, Devin Townsend, Anathema, Moonspell sau Napalm Death. Anneke’s musical roots are in classical and jazz music, but she enjoys rock and pop the most. Her main influences are Prince, Ella Fitzgerald and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).