Yo! Bitch!!! (Sorry, been watching too much Breaking Bad lately)

First of all; what do you think of my new logo?

You will find it as inlays on my new Mayones guitars, on my guitarpicks,
as my Facebook profile picture. And eventually on socks, lollypops and other stuff...

Within Temptation

Within Temptation's 'The Unforgiving' tour is coming to an end. Only a couple
more festivals to go and then it's all about recording, mixing, mastering etc etc
for the upcoming album. I have recorded five songs so far and it's going to be
a great album I think...


In between all that I'm busy writing new songs for the second ForAllWeKnow album
Check out this YouTube link of this short video of me and Wudstik fooling around with some music
Check out the ForAllWeKnow Facebook page for regular updates...

Maiden uniteD

Maiden uniteD will do some more gigs in september.
Check out the live section, the Maiden uniteD website
and this flyer for more information



Hey there!

Last couple of months have been really quiet touringwise but I've been
really busy with writing material for a new ForAllWeKnow album. I'm waiting
for some files Wudstik recorded this morning as we speak...

April will take Maiden uniteD on the road again. We'll be doing gigs in the UK,
the Netherlands and Belgium. Check out the 'Live' section for more info... It's going to be fun!!!


Ok, I think I need someone to keep my website up to date...
As always in these kind of situations I'm doing my 300 'self-punishment pushups' for not taking the time to tell you folks what I've been up to...

297 more to go...

At the moment I'm doing a short European run with Maiden uniteD
We've already been to Turkey, Holland, Belgium and the UK and we had a blast so far!!!
Next week we're going to Cyprus and after that we finish the tour with 3 special gigs
with some special guests which will include Apocalyptica's Perttu Kavilaakso and
ForAllWeKnow's Wudstik


Within Temptation is enjoying some time off from the road to write new music.
The last world tour was amazing! We've visited so many great places, met so many great people and played so many cool gigs!
Last month we finished the tour by playing a special 15th anniversary show
at 'Sportpaleis' in Antwerp for 17.000 fans.

Ok, screw those pushups...

I try to squeeze in some writing for the new ForAllWeKnow album in between gigs.
It will take some time before it's finished so please bear with me.
But I know it will be a great one!!! I'm colaborating with Wudstik and he's coming up with some great stuff as well!!!

So, tell me, how have you been???



Studio video footage and European tour announced

Maiden uniteD, the all-acoustic Iron Maiden tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) and Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), is currently recording its second album ‘Across The Seventh Sea’.

Video footage from the studio can be seen here...

The album will be released in September after which Maiden uniteD will embark on a European tour in November and December:

Nov 15 Little Devil, Tilburg (Netherlands) warm up show
Nov 16 TBA, Ankara (Turkey)
Nov 17 TBA, Istanbul (Turkey)
Nov 18 TBA, Turkey
Nov 19 TBA, Trikala (Greece)
Nov 21 TBA, Athens (Greece)
Nov 23 Estrado, Harderwijk (Netherlands)
Nov 24 TBA, Netherlands
Nov 30 Spirit of 66, Verviers (Belgium)

Dec 01 PIT, Terneuzen (Netherlands)
Dec 07 The Peel, Kingston London (UK)
Dec 08 The Snooty Fox, Wakefield (UK)
Dec 09 The Diamond, Mansfield (UK)
Dec 14 De Pul, Uden (Netherlands)
Dec 15 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (Germany)
Dec 16 Beatnik, Beerse (Belgium)
Dec 19 The Barrel House, Larnaca (Cyprus)
Dec 22 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer (Netherlands)
Dec 23 Asta Theater, Beek (Netherlands)

Released in December 2010, "Mind The Acoustic Pieces" was described as "an acoustic reimagining of the entire classic Iron Maiden album 'Piece Of Mind' with new arrangements."

Maiden uniteD is:

* Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE): Vocals
* Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION): Guitar
* Joey Bruers (UP THE IRONS): Bass
* Marco Kuypers (CLOUDMACHINE): Piano
* Mike Coolen (WITHIN TEMPTATION): Drums

For more information, visit www.maidenunited.com.



Maiden uniteD

Maiden uniteD's second full-length album "Across the Seventh Sea"
is scheduled to be released in September 2012.

Cover artwork, track listing and guest musicians will be revealed
in the months to come, but if you take a look at the artwork for the exlusive
pre-sale t-shirt, you can guess at least one song.

More information about the special early bird pre-sale packages can be
found on www.maidenunited.com

For All We Know

Last week Wudstik and me got together to work on some new music
for a second For All We Know album. It will probably take a long time
before it will be released but there will be a new album some day...


Added some new pictures in the pics section...


Ok, ok, ok... I've just finished doing 356 pushups as punishment for
not updating this site for the last months. My apologies.
(I'm about to do 647 situps as well...)

Anyways, I'll tell you what I've been up to lately;

Within Temptation

Since last august we've been touring around the world again. Sure felt pretty
weird the first time we hit a festival stage (Sziget in Budapest was our first one)
again after 4 years. But after a couple of songs we all had the feeling
we hadn't been away for so long. Great!!!
Since then we've been to the USA and Canada, pretty much the whole of Europe
and we just came back from Mexico and South America.
We're preparing ourselves for the theatertour that's gonna kick off next week

Maiden uniteD

Well, this project took us further than we had ever expected. Initially it was supposed
to be a project to celebrate the music of the band which got me into playing the guitar; Iron Maiden. And doing this while having a good laugh!
We're still having loads of fun but apparently more people seem to like it that we expected when we started this project.
We played some nice clubs in Holland but we also took it abroad and played the Download Festival (UK) and Wacken Open Air (Ger) and did some tours in the UK and Greece and Cyprus.
Next weekend we're going into the studio to record the drums for the second album.
The first album 'Mind the Acoustic Pieces' is still available through the Maiden uniteD website and on iTunes

For All We Know

Eventhough I've never done any live gigs with this other project of mine, the album is selling pretty well. I've done a second and a third pressing so that's great!
I'm thinking of doing a followup for this project as well. I hope I can find the time to start on it at the end of this year.

Also this album is still available through the website and iTunes;


Other stuff

My good friend Kristoffer Gildenlöw is about to release his solo album 'RUST'. I've played some guitar on it and I'm very proud that he asked me. Check out the trailers on his website and facebook page

And don't forget to check out 'League of Lights'; a project by 'Threshold' keyboard player Richard West and his wife Farrah. On that album you'll hear Mark Zonder (Fates Warning/Chroma Key) play the drums, Jerry Meehan (Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music/Robbie Williams) on bass and me on guitar.

I've also played guitar on five tracks of Anneke van Giersbergen's latest album
'Everything is Changing'. What a brilliant album this is!!! She's going to tour Europe this spring so make sure to check her out if she's in neighborhood...


Hey folks,

it's been a while since my last update. Well, rest assured; I've been great. Thank you. How about you???

For All We Know

April 25th was a special day; For All We Know was released on this day. I'm really really happy with the end result. It has been sold in over 30 countries already. You can order it here

Maiden uniteD

Maiden uniteD will be playing at two really cool festivals this summer:
june 11th at Download in the UK
august 4th at Wacken Open Air in Germany


Today League of Lights is officially announced. It's a project by singer Farrah West
and keyboardplayer Richard West (Threshold).

On drums you'll hear Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Chroma Key), Jerry Meehan
(Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry)
on bass and yours truly on guitar.

The album will be released april 11th but you can check out their website and facebook for more info and a teaser already. Presale has started...



Yesterday I signed a thousand copies of the 'The Unforgiving' booklet. Two more weeks before the release of the new Within Temptation album. Nice...
Tonight we'll be on a very popular Dutch tv show called 'De Wereld Draait Door'

It's almost april and what does that mean?

Exactly; the release of the For All We Know album


Another Maiden uniteD tour. Check out the LIVE section for the tourdates. Hope to see you all there!


Since today the official For All We Know website is online:


Order the album during the pre-sale period and you'll receive cool extras...


Wow!!! There's so much exciting stuff going on at the moment;

Maiden uniteD

We are confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany for thursday august 4th
In april we're gonna be on the road again and in that month we're also gonna release the vinyl version of 'Mind the Acoustic Pieces'

Within Temptation

I've been doing a lot of promo this month for the new album. We did acoustic radiosessions in Birmingham, Paris, Halle a/d Saale, Brussels, Hilversum and Helsinki. In Germany we were surprised by a Golden award of the The Heart of Everything album. Since it's release it has sold more than 100.000 copies. Not bad for this time and age

For All We Know

April is going to be busy for Maiden uniteD but this month will also see the release of the For All We Know album. I've been working for quite a while on it and sometimes it seemed like it would never be finished but in april it will be released. On february 22nd the website will go online so there will be much more information revealed then. Keep an eye out for the website, myspace and facebookaccount...

Agua de Annique

I'm gonna do some more gigs with them this year. I was also asked to record some stuff for their new album. Great stuff!!!!


Yes, the DVD we've recorded at our gig at De Boerderij in november 2009 will finally be released this spring. I'll keep you posted...


Good morning, afternoon, evening, night...

It's been a while since my latest update and I'm very sorry for that. I'll do 273
pushups as punishment for the lack of news

For All We Know

Things are starting to roll a bit for my project For All We Know
The album is almost mixed. It will be mastered the first week of february.

Here's the artwork for the album:

You can find ForAllWeKnow on: