vendredi 18 août 2017

Luv' goes on!!!

Photo credit: Jean-Marc Koos

One year and a half after their comeback, the Luv' ladies want to go on. That's what José Hoebee confirmed in a message posted yesterday on her Facebook page. She named David Hay Gibson (their personal assistant) and the talent agency (Jan Vis) that arrange their bookings. 

Here's what she wrote:

"I've had a nice afternoon with my LUVers Ria and Marga. We've had a talk to evaluate our situation....That's what we do sometimes. It has to be done and it's good to do it. It appears that we like what we do and we want to carry on...Not only us....but also the people who enjoy our shows. We're very happy with that...Good people around us...Dear David....who takes care of a lot of things...Jan Vis talent agency ....We are in good company....Luv' is all...."

Source: Facebook

jeudi 17 août 2017

Patty Brard on Shownieuws: latest viewing figures

Patty & Celine backstage at Shownieuws

Here are the latest viewing figures of "Shownieuws" (SBS 6's entertainment news program featuring Patty Brard as an expert and Celine Huijsmans as an anchor):
  • August 15th: 601.000 viewers / market share: 15.5%
  • August 16th: 619.000 viewers / market share: 17.2%
Source: SKO, SBS 6, Patty Brard on social media

Patty Brard's column about Vegabond

Patty Brard's latest column for Weekend magazine deals with Vegabond (an intimate lunchroom and vegan grocery store in the heart of Amsterdam that sells vegan essentials as well as delicious food). The diva highly recommends this address.

Click here to read her column.

Info about Vegabond

Source: Weekend

mardi 15 août 2017

Michiel Gunning's artistic past

Luv' singer Marga Scheide has been happy with her partner Michiel Gunning for 12 years. In the 1970s and 1980s, Michiel was active in the music business and the youth press.

Facebook friend Stany van Wymeersch interviewed him for his book "We All Love ABBA" that came out last year (see article posted on May 27th, 2016).

Michiel told Stany that he hung out with the members of ABBA during their promotional visits to Holland in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to his connection with Dutch photographer Peter Mazèl. Hclicked particularly with Agnetha Fältskog

Agnetha (of ABBA) and Michiel Gunning (aka David) - article published in Popfoto in June 1979

Michiel/David interviews ABBA for Popfoto (December 1980)

Here's what he said in Stany's book about his collaboration with Peter Mazèl and how he became "David" in a photonovel published in Popfoto:

"It was the time of those boys, you know: Claude Vanheye, Govert de Roos, Nick van Ormondt and Peter Mazèl, all very talented photographers. Peter Mazèl was in close contact with all those artists that I would later get to meet. He worked as a freelancer for Popfoto and Muziek Express in Holland, Pop Rocky and Bravo in Germany, Circus in the US and Melody Maker in England [Mazèl passed away in 1996 while working on a project at a jazz festival]. We became good friends when Peter got a freelance assignment for a photo story in Popfoto. By coincidence, I became the main character in this photo story and ended up playing the part for ten years. They didn't use my proper name, Michiel, in the story but instead chose David. During the mid-70s, David was a popular name: David Bowie, David Cassidy, David Essex, David Soul - too many to count them all. Each month, a three-page photo story was published in Popfoto, photographed by Peter Mazèl. That's how our partnership began. In the story, I had the role of a charming but clumsy guy. Any issues at stake were solved and, in the end, everything always worked out. After a while, I became more and more involved in the development of the storyboards and got to write all the dialogue.....I did 120 photo stories, over a time period of exactly ten years. I decided to hold on to the complete collection of Popfoto magazines that featured them. I'm glad I did because this way you can understand them in relation to a specific time with regards to fashion, music, and so on. I'd started in June 1976. It first began as a joke, but it became popular. I got fan mail, and the editorial board decided to retain it as a regular feature in the magazine. By June 1986, I was in my early thirties, and I felt I had to be careful that I did not become a caricature of myself. I wanted to avoid that the fans - the girls - would start writing, "Dear Popfoto, David is clearly getting older...," and so my last story was published, and we celebrated it with a splendid party.

Michiel's partnership with Peter Mazèl went beyond the photonovel for Popfoto. He accompanied him to TV shows (TopPop, Disco Circus) and concerts in Holland and abroad. He became his assistant. 

Funnily enough, Marga and Michiel never met during Luv's heyday. Here's what the couple explained to Stany in his book:

"Stany: Your path never crossed?

Michiel: No, although we were both featured in the same magazine.

Marga: What a shame! Ten years ago (in 2005-2006), when we first got to know each other, Michiel said: "Do you remember me?" and I said, "Help me out, I can't remember." "I'm from the photo story in Popfoto!" But I had never looked at it in Popfoto, unlike José who did know him. She used to read all those photo stories, so she also read the one in Popfoto. The first time I took Michiel to a Luv' performance, José exclaimed, "Aaah, but that's David!" I thought: who the heck is he (laughs)?"

Moreover, Michiel was involved in several music projects.

In 1979, CNR Records released the single "Love Concerto" performed by "David":

A side: Love concerto 
B side: Dancing on the beach 

In 1982, he was the lead singer of the male group "Strawberry Vocal Choir" that put out two singles.

Dutch record sleeve of "Summer Is A Coming"

German record sleeve of "Summer Is A Coming"

"Summer Is A coming" - released by Philips in the Netherlands and by Avon in Germany in 1982. 

A side: Summer Is A Coming
B side: Beach Party

Strawberry Vocal Choir on TV (1982)

The follow-up record was entitled "Saturday Night At The Movies". 

Dutch record sleeve of "Saturday Night At the Movies" (Philips, 1982)

A side: Saturday Night At The Movies
B side: I'll Be Home When The Baby Comes

In 1984, Michiel was part of the mixed pop group called "Voo Doo" that released the single "Veronica" (named after the famous Dutch broadcaster).

Record sleeve of "Veronica" by "Voo Doo" (CNR Records, 1984)

A side: Veronica
B side: Veronica (Instrumental Version)

Nowadays, Michiel often accompanies Marga to Luv's shows and events. The lovebirds have a second home in Ibiza.

Michiel is a happy father. His daughter, Renéeappeared on RTL 5's reality show "Echte Gooische Meisjes" in 2010. She is a model and is involved in communication activities (including RTL Live Entertainment). 

Michiel, Renée and Marga were present at Luv's 40th-anniversary party in Best last month

Source: Google image, We All Love ABBA (by Stany van Wymeersch),,, YouTube

Shownieuws (feat. Airen, Patty & Maurice): viewing figures on August 14th

Airen Mylene, Patty Brard & Maurice Wijnen on "Shownieuws"

After four weeks off, Patty Brard was back yesterday on SBS 6's entertainment news program "Shownieuws" as an expert next to Airen Mylene (the anchor) and Maurice Wijnen. The program drew 583.000 viewers (market share: 16.8%). After August 31st, the ex-Luv' singer will leave SBS 6 and Shownieuws to start new adventures.

Source: Patty Brard on social media, Stichting KijkOnderzoek

De Emoji Film (featuring Patty Brard) enters the Dutch Box-office Top 20!!!

De Emoji Film (the Dutch version of the 3D computer-animated comedy film "The Emoji Movie" featuring Patty Brard as a voice actress) has entered Holland's latest Box-Office Top 20 at #4, grossing an estimated €786.995 between August 9th and August 13th. 100.000 tickets have already been sold. 

Dutch cast of "De Emoji Film" (featuring Patty Brard, Arjen Lubach, Jandino Asporaat and Bracha van Doesburgh)

Source:, RTL Nieuws, YouTube

lundi 14 août 2017

20th anniversary party of RisQué (formerly known as Luv' Unlimited)

On November 26th, 2017, Drag act "RisQué" (formerly known as "Luv' Unlimited" (Luv's lookalike act) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in Vlaardingen, NL between 1.00 pm and 6.00 pm. Next to the original members Sabrina (Peter Broos) and Samantha (Wil van der Schoor), a new girl has recently joined the group: Monique de Rooij. The ladies will perform a repertoire including classic hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s (Baccara, Luv', Doris D and the Pins, Risqué, ABBA, Samantha Fox, Sabrina, Centerfold, Pussycat Dolls, Patricia Paay, Three Degrees...). The exact location of the event has not been announced yet. 

Tickets: 6€
If you want to join the party, please send an email to or send a message through Whatsapp: +31 6 40758572

RisQué/Luv' Unlimited was the surprise act at Luv's 40th-anniversary party in Best last month (see news posted on July 9th, 2017). 

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter who impersonated Marga Scheide at that time. Click here to read the interview. 

Source: Facebook