Kayak’s Ton Scherpenzeel On Lead Singer Max Werner’s Need To Drum

The Dutch band has cross-pollinated Rock, Pop and Prog since 1972. One things for sure they have never really stayed in the same place musically or personally. There’s been a revolving door with lead singer and the folks who back them up but the one constant has been their leader Ton Scherpenzeel who has been on every album.

I’m often been approached by young and old music fans bitching that’s there no new music out there to which I always respond, ‘So you’ve heard everything – everything that’s ever been recorded? I discovered Kayak about 10 years after they started in 1982. It was a used record store and I thought this album cover was interesting. My first thought was this has to be some sort of Prog band.

My favorite singer with the band was their first Max Werner. He was with them until they broke up in 1981 after their “Merlin” and “Eyewitness” albums. He was also back for their reunion project “Close to the Fire” in 2000. Before we talk about the new box set that features every singer from every album I have to point out something that’s really rare in Rock and Roll. Werner who had been the lead singer from the very beginning, a guy who looked and sounded like a front-man decided he didn’t want the job anymore. Scherpenzeel told us why?

Kayak are working on their 17 studio album appropriately title “Seventeen” but this month they released their box set ‘Journey Through Time’ which included all sixteen studio albums plus two bonus CD’s. In our next video we’ll go more in depth on the project. I just talked to Steve Lukather of Toto about the emotions he felt going back and helping with the remastering of all those older tune. With those internal calender pages turning I imagine Ton felt the same way? – by John Beaudin

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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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