Yesterday, about 20 weird but very enthusiastic people gathered at Utrecht’s Dom Square. All of them were there to help The Gasoline Brothers shoot some more footage for their Giro d’Italia video. If you happened to be around the Dom Square on Sunday morning, you must have been surprised by seeing those happy cheering folks. Only to find out that some of Utrecht’s finest were among the crowd. Thanks if you were one of them – greatly appreciated! We’re not going to tell you yet who will be in the final video, but have a look at these pics and you might get a clue.
On Tuesday, Gerben Schmidt and Matthijs van der Ven shot the first footage for the upcoming Gasoline Brothers video. They were assisted by production assistant Age Versluis, Rabobank’s Dennis Rijnbeek and his daughter and three potential Oscar winning actors: Dutch pro-cyclist Koos Moerenhout, talented Utrecht writer Frank Heinen and everyone’s favourite lady cyclist Petra Uittenbogaard. I was told they spent 2,5 hours shooting essential images. Some pictures of yesterday’s shoot can be found at Age Versluis’ Twitpic site. Petra wrote a great blog post about the whole experience. It’s great reading stuff, check it out here!
Last year, The Gasoline Brothers were given a lot of publicity after a spontaneous bet with pro-cyclist Koos Moerenhout led to a Gasoline Brother song called There it goes (for Koos). The single, released just before the start of 2009’s Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in the Dutch city of Assen, became a cult hit of sorts for the Utrecht band. Enthousiastic responses among (pro-)cyclists and cycling fans turned The Gasoline Brothers into somewhat of a hype.
The city council of Utrecht, The Gas Bros’ hometown, also took notice. This year’s Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) starts May 8, 2010 in Amsterdam. The next day, the stage goes from Amsterdam to Utrecht. Utrecht’s city council is of course very keen to to promote the city and organise all kinds of events during (and before) the Giro circus hits town.
Let’s say it’s quite logical that the city of Utrecht came knocking on The Gasoline Brothers´ door, asking them to write and record the official ‘Giro d´Italia in Utrecht’ song. And of course we said yes. With great pride. The song will be recorded March 18th and will be mixed and mastered later this month. The single will be officially released around April 16th.
Just before the Giro circus arrives in Utrecht, the city organises loads of special events – check this out for an overview: http://www.utrecht.nl/smartsite.dws?id=12564&persberichtID=332879&type=pers). The Gasoline Brothers are expected to do some live shows in their hometown during that period. Live dates will be announced shortly.
By the way, you know The Gasoline Brothers: they are bound to come up with something else – beside releasing a single. They are rumoured to be working on something cool and interactive. What that is exactly? They’re not telling you yet…
Oh, and have a listen to 2009´s cycling hit: There it goes (for Koos) by The Gasoline Brothers:
Obviously, we like the idea, so we encouraged Tim to engage more fans. Which he did:
So now we’re thinking: why not? If you support the idea, please fill out the ‘Performing On Demand’ form at our Tour Dates page. Make sure you fill out ‘Haldern’ there. Or any other city, for that matter. Thanks!