Snowy White and the White Flames
Live in Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
November 9th, 1997
by Ed Sander
It was 16.20 hours, ten minutes later Snowy would start a gig in
the Cafe Wilhelmina, and we were hopelessly stuck in traffic. A
soccer match at the PSV stadion had just ended and thousands of
supporters crossed the road, not even noticing the red traffic
lights. Rather frustrating considering that the concerned pub was only a
couple of hundred meters away.
After 10 to 15 minutes traffic started moving again and a couple
of minutes later we entered Cafe Wilhelmina. This immediately
brought back memories. I had spent my first year of college in
the building across the square and had spent quite some hours
drinking beer and playing biljard in this pub. It was good to be
When we came in we just caught the last half of Memory
Pain. It was rather crowded in the pub but a camera near the
stage fed a TV screen in the front of the pub. I didn't consider
looking at a TV screen an equivalent of a real concert so we quickly went
towards the small stage. After a while we had conquered a place
near the musicians.
Although it's not what you would call progressive rock Snowy's
music always attracts a lot of proggers. He used to play with Pink
Floyd when they played the In The Flesh and The
Wall shows and was one of the few highlights at Roger Waters'
The Wall live in Berlin show. Snowy's current music is
hard to describe but features clear blues and progressive
influences. Maybe melodic / progressive blues would be a nice
You really need to hear Snowy's music live. The albums are okay but
the songs work much better when they are played live. There's a
lot of improvising (which I like) and Snowy's Dutch companions
Walter Latupeirissa (bass/bass pedals) and Juan van Emmerloot
(drums) are fabulous live artists. As a matter of fact, I
consider Juan to be one of the best drummers I've ever seen.
Seeing him play the drum kit often summons up thoughts of The
Muppets' Animal. He's also got a good sense of humour, which
makes a nice addition to Snowy's rather shy presence on stage.
After the Peter Green cover Loved Another Woman and the
title track of his latest album No Faith Required the
three piece band played a new version of That Ain't Right.
They've been playing this song for quite a while now - even
before the release of No Faith Required - and it had
become a lot longer and heavier since the last version I heard in
After this the band took a short break. They had been playing for
35 minutes now and I expected it to be a rather short gig. Not
only does the band rarely exceed 100 minutes of stage time, they
also had to play a second gig later that day.
Most of the people went to the bar for a drink, which gave us the
chance to go to the front of the stage.
From this position I could take some pictures when the band
returned and Juan soon noticed us and greeted us (in the past me
and my brother-in-law were editors of the fanzine of the Snowy
White Fan Club).
The second set proved to be unexpectedly long and contained some
of the long versions of tracks of the last album. First they
played the fantastic 15 minute version of American Dream.
This was followed by a track which will appear on the new album
(which will be released on the 26th of January); Like the
Sun. A bit of a love song, more 'poppy' than the recent
material, but with a great rocking middle section. Let's hope
that part doesn't get cut from the final version.
'We're going to play two more songs', Snowy said, 'One's very
long. The other one is very short. This is the short one'. While
Mr. White played the blues classic World Keep on Turning
on his own, Juan and Walter got a chance to catch their breath
and prepare for the 30 minute version of Miracle I Need.
As always this featured a great bass and skat solo by Walter and
some additional bluesy improvisations. Although I adore this
version, some people in the pub got a bit restless. Maybe
the place and time of day weren't quite right for such extended
versions, but I myself couldn't be bothered by that, and one
(drunk ?) bloke was dancing like a maniac.
The band came back to play one final encore. They had some
problems with a piece of equipment (vocal monitors ?) and had
decided to play Long Hot Saturday Night. The old album
version was nice but this rocking new version really kicked some
In the end the band had played a 100 minute set after all. Great
stuff. I'm very curious what the next studio album will sound
like - though it probably won't beat the live stuff.
When's the next Dutch gig ?
Loved Another Woman
No Faith Required
That Ain't Right
- 10 minute break -
American Dream (15 minute version)
Like the Sun
World Keep on Turning
Miracle I Need (30 miute version)
Long Hot Saturday Night