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1982 - 1987


hard rock


Most popular Dutch hard rock band ever that managed not only to top the Dutch but also the US charts. Later guitarist Adje van den Berg joins Whitesnake.
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Bert Heerink   zang
Jos Zoomer   drums
Dick Kemper   basgitaar
Ad van den Berg   gitaar

Former members

Peter Struijk   zang

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1981   Bert Heerink
1981   Dick Kemper
1982   Ad van den Berg
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Biography Vandenberg

Most popular Dutch hard rock band ever that managed not only to top the Dutch but also the US charts. Later guitarist Adje van den Berg joins Whitesnake.


Adje van den Berg starts his career in the band Teaser.

Ad van den Berg


Teaser records its debut album, containing Free and Bad Company influenced blues rock. Characteristic for the band's sound are the vocals by Jos Veldhuizen and the catchy song material.



After several changes in its line-up, the band records a demo under the name Teaser and is signed by Atlantic boss Phil Carson.


Vandenberg Vandenberg records its debut album in April 1982 in the studio of former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. At its release in October the band is touted as the next big thing in hard rock. Vandenberg even scores a hit in the US with Burning Heart.


Burning Heart also shoots to the top of the Dutch charts. The band tours the US supporting Ozzy Osbourne. In the UK the band supports the Michael Schenker Group. December sees the release of Vandenberg's second album, Heading For A Storm.


Different Worlds is the next hit single for Vandenberg in the Netherlands. The band tours the US supporting Kiss. After that the band tours Japan.


Under the supervision of Jaap Eggermont the band records its third album: Alibi. But because Phil Carson has left Atlantic the album does not get enough support of the record company.

Jaap Eggermont


To make things worse, singer Bert Heerink is kicked out of the band after a Dutch Christmas tour. Initially he is replaced by Peter Struyk. But the demo's recorded with Struyk fail to impress the Americans and pressures about a change of musical direction are weighing heavily on the band. In the meantime, Adje plays as a guest musician on the new Whitesnake album called 1987.


For the second time Adje van den Berg is asked by David Coverdale to join Whitesnake. Because things aren't going too well with his own band, Adje decides to jump at the opportunity. He joins the band just in time for a successful stadium tour following the band's 1987 album.



Bassist Dick Kemper forms a new band called No Exqze. Jos Zoomer and Peter Struyk join the band Avalon. In 2002 Zoomer will pop up in a band called Biss.

No Exqze


While David Coverdale is recording an album with Jimmy Page, Adje goes into the studio with Whitesnake rhythm section Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo. This results in the CD Manic Eden. The album combines Whitesnake-like song structures with Hendrix-like guitar sounds. But even before one single copy of the album has been sold, Adje returns to Whitesnake to work on new material. Bert Heerink in the meantime scores a big hit with and also releases a solo album entitled Storm.

Bert Heerink Manic Eden

1997 - 2002

Vandenberg Jos Zoomer and his band Soylent Green release the album Nutrient. In 2002 he is in the band Biss.

Soylent Green


Vandenberg In January Dutch TV-show Single Luck features Vandenberg's big hit Burning Heart. The band members get back together and on February 27 Warner Music releases the double CD The Definitive Vandenberg, which contains album tracks, demos, live tracks and a new symphonic version of Burning Heart. Drummer Jos Zoomer joins the band Shiver.



In January a Japanese show from 1984 by Vandenberg on is released on DVD. As a bonus the DVD also includes four videos and the episode out of Single Luck, a TV series about one-hit wonders.

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