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Kane was a Dutch pop rock band. In its final stage, the group consisted of the two original members, Dinand Woesthoff (lead vocals) and Dennis van Leeuwen (guitar). The band was inspired by U2, Pearl Jam, Queen, and Nirvana.

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Kane in 2005
Background information
OriginThe Hague, Netherlands
GenresPop rock
Years active1998–2014
LabelsAriola Records
Past membersDinand Woesthoff
Dennis van Leeuwen
Robin Berlijn



Kane got its start in The Hague in 1998, when Dinand and Dennis met each other in a beach cafe where they were both working at the 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.

Their breakthrough came in the summer of 1999 with the song "Where Do I Go Now". Their record As Long as You Want This from 1999 was on the album hit list for 1.5 years and achieved double platinum sales. With their second album in 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. They performed at big festivals like Parkpop and Pinkpop.

Woesthoff devoted the song "Dreamer" to his wife Guusje Nederhorst, who died in 2004. 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 No. 38 UK chart position for "Rain Down on Me", it didn't go too well. The fact that there was an American southern rock band called Kane and that the name of English piano rock band Keane resembles Kane's didn't help them much either.

The band's third album, Fearless, hit No. 1 on the Dutch charts when it came out. The first two singles, "Something to Say" and "Fearless", came in at No. 1 as well.

On 13 August, 2005 Kane did an open-air performance on the beach of Almere. It was attended by over 30,000 people. A few days before, the band had performed in front of 1,500 people in Paradiso, Amsterdam. In December 2005, they ended the year with a performance in Ahoy Rotterdam.

In December 2014, Kane disbanded.[1][2]

Band membersEdit

Kane has had a long history of changes in the band formation. Since their founding in 1998, the group has had 19 different band members, although some of those members only played on the recording of the live album February.

At the end of 2004, bass player Dion Murdock left the band, as he wanted to play drums for the Dutch band Intwine. Murdock was replaced by Yolanda Charles, who played for Robbie Williams's band. She only played on the album Fearless. Bassist Manuel Hugas, who played on the CD/DVD February too, later played for Kane, but only during live shows.



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


  • Daniele Labbate
  • Ivo Severijns (left the band)
  • Manuel Hugas (left the band)
  • Yolanda Charles (only on Fearless)
  • Dion Murdock (left the band)
  • Aram Kersbergen (left the band)
  • Matto Kranenburg (fired)


  • Bram Hakkens
  • Wim van der Westen (left the band)
  • Joost Kroon (left the band)
  • Martijn Bosman (left the band)
  • André Kemp (left the band)
  • Cyril Directie (left the band)
  • Sammy de Fretes (original drummer, never recorded)


  • Anan den Boer
  • Nico Brandsen (left the band)
  • Ronald Kool (left the band)
  • Ricky van Poppel (left the band)


  • Hans Eijkenaar (drums on first album, As Long as You Want This)
  • Cor Mutsers (guitars)
  • Wiboud Burkens (piano)
  • Mike Booth (trumpet)
  • Peter Lieberom (saxophone)



Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
As Long as You Want This
  • Released: 28 January 2000
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD
So Glad You Made It
  • Released: 30 October 2001
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD
  • NL: Platinum[5]
What If
  • Released: 17 June 2003
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD
1 24
  • Released: 23 May 2005
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD
1 9
  • NL: Platinum[5]
Everything You Want (nl)
  • Released: 9 May 2008
  • Label: Universal / KANE
  • Formats: CD, LP
1 25
No Surrender
  • Released: 27 November 2009
  • Label: Universal / KANE
  • Formats: CD
2 89
  • NL: Platinum[5]
Come Together
  • Released: 23 November 2012
  • Label: Universal / KANE
  • Formats: CD, LP
3 64

Live albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
With or Without You
  • Released: December 2000
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, DVD
Live in Rotterdam'
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: DVD
  • Released: 3 May 2004
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, DVD
Live 05
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, DVD
De Kuip Live
  • Released: December 2008
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, DVD

Compilation albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Singles Only
  • Released: 11 March 2011
  • Label: Universal / KANE
  • Formats: CD, LP


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Dutch Top 40
Single Top 100
"Where Do I Go Now" 1999 29 45 As Long as You Want This
"Damn Those Eyes" 26 30
"I Will Keep My Head Down" 2000 12 20
"Can You Handle Me" 10 45
"So Glad You Made It" 2001 4 7 So Glad You Made It
"Let It Be" 10 17
"Rain Down on Me" 2002 14 29
"Hold on to the World" 25 19
"My Best Wasn't Good Enough" 2003 5 3 What If
"Before You Let Me Go"
(with Ilse DeLange)
4 3
"Rain Down on Me (Tiësto Remix)" 6 1
"Dreamer (Gussie's Song)"
(Dinand Woesthoff)
2004 1 1 Fearless
"Can You Handle Me" 52 What If
"Rain Down on Me" 38
"Something to Say" 2005 1 1 33 Fearless
"Fearless" 1 1 57
"All I Can Do" 12 9 59
"Believe It" 2006 4 4 58
"Catwalk Criminal" 2008 4 2 Everything You Want
"Shot of a Gun" 1 2 52
"Wanna Make It Happen" 34
"It's London Calling" 10 25
"No Surrender" 2009 3 1 No Surrender
"No Surrender (Live)"
(with Carice van Houten)
"Love Over Healing" 20 26
"In Over My Head" 27 43
"Scream" 50
"High Places"
(with Ilse DeLange)
13 12
"Come Together" 2012 16 12 79 Come Together
"I Love This City" 2013 31 68 93
"First Crash Overthrow" 96
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Other charted songsEdit

Song Year Dutch Top 40
"My Heart's Desire" 2004 69 February


  1. ^ "Rockband Kane stopt ermee" [Rock Band Kane Quits]. Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Kane stopt na 16 jaar" [Kane Quits After 16 Years]. NOS (in Dutch). 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Dutch Charts > Kane" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Belgian (Flanders) Charts > Kane". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "NVPI Goud & Platina" (in Dutch). NVPI. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Dutch Top 40 > Kane" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  7. ^ "UK Charts > KANE". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 November 2011.

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