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Kane in 2005
Background information
Origin The Hague, Netherlands
Genres Rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active 1998present
Labels Ariola Records
Dinand Woesthoff
Dennis van Leeuwen

Kane is a Dutch rock band. The group consists of the two original members, Dinand Woesthoff (lead vocals) and Dennis van Leeuwen (guitar). Their music can be described as "guitar rock" and is inspired by U2. At the moment, Kane is working on their fourth album, which was planned for release in late 2007 but has been delayed and will be released in the beginning of 2008.

the Band is inspired by U2 , Pearl Jam , Queen and Nirvana.



The group started in The Hague in 1999, when Dinand and Dennis met each other in a beach cafe where they were both working at that time. Both had a passion for music and it did not take long before they were discovered in a small cafe where they performed for a very small audience.

The breakthrough came in the summer of 1999 with the song Where do I go now. The CD As long as you want this from 1999 was on the album hit list for 1.5 years and achieved double platinum sales. With the second album from 2001, called So glad you made it the group scored several big hits. One of the biggest hit singles was Let it be.

In the following years Kane received some big awards, including TMF awards , MTV Europe music awards and an Edison. Kane performed at big festivals like Parkpop and Pinkpop.

Dinands wife was Guusje Nederhorst. She died from breast cancer on 29 January 2004. The couple's son is Dean Maddy Woesthoff. Dinand devoted the song Dreamer to his beloved wife. This single immediately reached the number 1 chart position and became the best selling single of 2004.

Kane tried to make a career abroad, but with only little success in Belgium and a #38 UK chart position for "Rain Down on Me", it didn't go too well. The fact that there's an American southern rock band called Kane and that the name of English piano rock band Keane resembles Kane's didn't do them much good either.

The third album of the band, 'Fearless' (2005), came out of nowhere and hit #1 on the Dutch charts. The first 2 singles, 'Something to say' and 'Fearless' came in at #1 too.

On August 13, 2005 the band did an open-air performance on the beach of Almere. It was visited by over 30 000 people. A few days before, the band performed in front of 1500 people in Paradiso, Amsterdam. In December 2005 Kane ended the year with a performance in Ahoy' Rotterdam.

Band members

Kane has a long history of changes in the band formation. Since the foundation in 1998 the group has had 19 different band members, although some of those members only played once for recording the album "February".

At the end of 2004 the bass player Dion Murdock left the band . He wanted to play drums for the Dutch band Intwine. Murdock was replaced by Yolanda Charles, who played for the band of Robbie Williams. She took control of the album Fearless and was hired only to make this album. Bassist Manuel Hugas who played on the CD/DVD "February" too, now plays for Kane, but he only plays bass at live concerts.



Dinand Woesthoff (current)


  • Dennis van Leeuwen (current)
  • Paul Jan Bakker (fired)
  • Tony Cornelissen (left the band)


  • Yolanda Charles (only for studio-recording of 'Fearless')
  • Dion Murdoch (Left the band)
  • Aram Kersbergen (Left the band)
  • Manuel Hugas (current but only on live performances)
  • Matto Kranenburg (Fired)


  • Martijn Bosman (Left the band)
  • André Kemp (left the band)
  • Cyril Directie (left the band)
  • Sammy de Fretes (original drummer, never recorded)


  • Ronald Kool (left the band)
  • Nico Brandsen (Current bandmember, but not a real member)


  • Hans Eijkenaar (only drummed on the first album 'As long as you want this')
  • Cor Mutsers - Guitars
  • Wiboud Burkens - Piano
  • Mike Booth - Trumpet
  • Pieter Lieberom - Saxophone

All guest musicians on 'February' (2004)



  • As long as you want this, 28 January 2000, #2
  • With or Without You, December 2000
  • So glad you made it, 30 October 2001, #5
  • What if, 17 June 2003, #1
  • February, 3 May 2004
  • Fearless, 23 May 2005, #1
  • Everything You Want, 9 May 2008 #1
  • No Surrender, 27 November 2009


  • "Where do I go now", 14 August 1999, #29
  • "Damn those eyes", 18 December 1999, #26
  • "I will keep my head down", 17 June 2000, #12
  • "Can you handle me", 28 October 2000, #10
  • "So glad you made it", 22 September 2001, #4
  • "Let it be", 19 January 2002, #10
  • "Rain down on me", 22 May 2002, #14, UK #38
  • "Hold on to the world", 18 October 2002, #25
  • "My best wasn't good enough", 4 March 2003, #5
  • "Before you let me go" feat. Ilse DeLange, 27 June 2003, #4
  • "Rain down on me (Tiësto remix)", 12 July 2003, #6
  • "My heart's desire", 15 May 2004, -
  • "Something to say", 2 May 2005, #1
  • "Fearless", 6 August 2005, #1
  • "All I can do", 26 November 2005, #12
  • "Believe it", 4 March 2006, #4
  • "Catwalk Criminal", 25 January 2008, #4
  • "Shot of a Gun", 11 April 2008, #1
  • "Wanna Make It Happen", 11 August 2008, #34
  • "It's London Calling", 16 October 2008, #10
  • "No Surrender", 6 November 2009
  • All chart positions are according to the Dutch Top 40

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