First of all Golden Earring isn't the only well known Dutch Rock band but unlike contemporary bands like The Tee Set, The Bintangs, Focus, Trace and Shocking blue, they never split up. Every one of the bands I mentioned split up at a certain moment only to reform many years later, not so with Golden Earring, they have survived for almost 50 years and 40 of them in the same line up. Anyway it all started in The Hague in 1961 The Golden Earrings in 1965 from left to right: Frans Krassenburg (leadvocals), George Kooymans (leadvocals, guitar), Jaap Eggermond (Drums), Peter De Ronde (Guitar) and Rinus Gerritsen (Bass) In 1961 childhood friends George Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen started a beat group called the Tornado's only to find that the name "Tornados" already had been used, so they changed it to The Golden Earrings after a song by Peggy Lee. With Frans Krassenburg as the lead singer, Peter de Ronde on rythm guitar and Jaap Eggermont on drums they recorded a single in 1965 called "Please go" "Going to the run" was a salute to a Hells Angels member who was a personal friend of Barry Hay. Hay describes getting a phoncall from the states every new years eve and how they used to ride bikes together, the guy died in a motoring accident making his final run. "Going to the run" has since become a true biker song classic and many biker who perished in a motor accident had this song played at their funeral. I saw Golden Earring a two months ago at the last gig of their 2009 tour, from what I understand, they are now taking time off and getting ready to record a new album. So we haven't seen the last of the school band that George Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen started in 1961.