International Nits Convention Pictures
On November 19 2000, Clemens van Driel and other Nitsfans organized
Greatest Nits INC, the International Nits Convention in Utrecht.
All Nits members and many former Nits members were present, there was a quiz
and a lottery, where unique Nits items could be won. Highlight of the day
was the performance of LICE, a Nits tribute band, whose members consisted
of Nits mailing list subscribers. They were joined by Nits musicians, and
even the founding line-up of the Nits played some songs.
Dennis' Nits meeting sign, used for the third time.
Clemens, Jolanda and Wilco drawing prizes of the Nits lottery.
Nits tribute band LICE, from left: Anna, Dennis, Francois, Robert, Jelle.
LICE, joined on stage by Michiel Peters. From left: Franck, Michiel,
Symeon, in the background Maarten and Jelle.
LICE, joined by Henk Hofstede for In the Dutch Mountains. From left:
Tenno, Dennis, Henk, Jelle and Maarten.
Nits reunion, Henk Hofstede, Pieter Meuris, Joke Geraets and Michiel Peters.
Henk and Martin Bakker doing Chameleon Girl.
After the very successful first Nits Convention back in 2000, Anna
Adrichem, Clemens van Driel and other fans got a second one organised
as well. This featured the return of LICE, surprise performances by
other Nits fans, a still quite difficult Tom Telman quiz, lottery and
Nits performances in various lineups. Almost all past and present Nits
members joined and played music.
Yes, that is the old trusty Nits meeting sign Dennis made way back in 1998,
but it is still doing strong.
Lice doing the soundcheck, from left Tenno and Anna behind Dennis, Franck
More Lice members, this time Robert on drums, Ria, Maarten and Symeon on
Anna did not only organize the event, but also guided through it and
announced all performances and events.
Adrian, who already performed 5 years ago, was back on stage with
Crane Driver and brought some cans with him that said So So
Frank and Tenno showed their guitar and singing skill on two songs from
the Ting album.
Unfortunately I do not have a picture, but there
was also a performance of Cars & Cars on a Chapman
Stick, a strange string instrument I have not seen or heard before.
Martijn did The Bauhaus Chair and asked Robert Jan to accompany
him on keyboard, which he did.
Jelle also requested some help from Nits members, first from Leona ...
... and then from Henk.
Tom Telman was back as quizmaster with more questions. Do you remember
all the lyrics to all Nits songs, even the funky stuff?
LICE ready to play, Jelle on keyboard, Dennis, Anna, Tenno with accordeon, Franck
LICE in full swing, Jelle, Maarten, Ria, Franck, Symeon
Henk really enjoyed the Lice performance. He and Rob seemed to have much fun
listening to some well known and not so well known Nits songs.
After a successful show, all Lice members line up to receive the applause.
From left, Lice are Franck, Anna, Tenno, Dennis, Jelle, Ria, Maarten,
Symeon and Robert.
After Lice, the Nits themselves came on stage,
with Titia, Leona, Robert Jan, Henk and Rob.
Arwen was also back on stage, playing standing bass again.
Probably the oldest person in the audience, Henk's mother was also present,
but looking rather sceptical.
Since Leona was there, 26A was played of course.
Martin Bakker and Michiel Peters were also on stage.
Henk announced Kevin Hearn from the Barenaked Ladies, a big Nits fan from
Canada. Kevin arranged a Nits concert in Canada and had the Barenaked
Ladies opening for the Nits. Kevin joined on Cabins playing
the accordeon and singing.
After the music, it was time to thank the main organizers, Clemens ...
... and Anna, who put much effort into making Greatest Nits 2005 a special
day for all Nits and Nitsfans.
Jochen A. Stein, jst at nitsfans dot org
Last modified: 02-04-2005