Guitarist and singer George Kooymans of the Golden Earring is seriously ill. He has the incurable muscle disease ALs. This means the end of the Hague band, the manager of the group confirms to DeccEit.
The 72-year-old Kooymans was involved in the formation of the band as a teenager together with bassist Rinus Gerritsen. In the following years singer Barry Hay and drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk joined the ranks.
In AD Kooymans confirms that he has the disease. “It is a very bad message and I am not really in the mood to say much more about it. Im under treatment at the University Hospital in Leuven. Thats it.”
ALs is an incurable muscle disease. In ALs, the nerves die off so that muscles become weaker and stiffer. It is becoming increasingly difficult to move, eat, talk and breathe. That eventually leads to death, there is no medicine. Two to three people per 100,000 get the disease.
Barry Hay of the Earring says in a first reaction that the defeat is great. “Its all very intense.”
Golden Earring is one of the most successful Dutch rock bands of all time. Not only in the Netherlands, but also in other countries. The fact that the band even got a foothold in America in the seventies was a huge achievement that appealed to the imagination.
The 1973 hit Radar Love remained one of the most played records on American radio stations for decades. The song has been high in the Top 2000 for years.