Marjolein Kooijman leaves The Gathering – band to take a break.

From The Gathering’s Facebook page;

“Dear friends,

With some great shows and the release of ‘Afterwords’, a special album that had a fantastic response, we had a good year. But looking in the near future we have decided that we all need a break. After almost 25 years of making albums, touring, etc, we need some time to reconsider how we will shape the future of TG. Also, Marjolein has decided to take other directions and go her own path. We have played, toured and made music together for ten years with a lot of joy. She is a great person and musician and she will be missed by all of us. We wish her only good things for the future.
We want to inform you that the shows next week in Nijmegen and Dordrecht (the Netherlands) will be the last ones for a while, and the last ones with Marjolein. We want to thank you for your enduring support, and hope to see you at one of the shows.

“Dear fans & friends of The Gathering,

I have something to tell you, because after quite some time of thinking I have decided to leave The Gathering.

The ten years with The Gathering have been a great experience for me and a dream come true. Making music, traveling all over the world and meeting wonderful people everywhere: I am very thankful and happy to have been a part of this.
But in this life things change, and that’s a good thing. Life is never boring. I feel it’s time for me to move on and focus on new things. Also musically.
So, with this backpack full of great memories I look forward to what the future will bring. The open road is inspiring, I guess that’s the beauty of uncertainty.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank everybody for their love and support throughout the years.
I’m looking forward to play two intense final shows in Nijmegen and Dordrecht & hope more good music and experiences will follow.

Until we meet again!

Lots of love,
Marjolein”

The Gathering have been my favourite band for a long time, and its sad to hear that Marjolein has decided to leave, she’s been an integral part of the band ever since she’s joined, having released 5 albums and 2 DVD’s in that time, and I regret never having been able to see them live with her. I wish her all the best for the future, and will eagerly follow her musical adventures in the future (fingers crossed for another Le Dimanche album!)

I really hope this isn’t the end for The Gathering, and they come back again strongly to kick everyone’s ass again in the future with a new bass player. If not, then these lyrics from Travel will be forever be poignant – “I wish you knew your music was to stay forever, I have no clue if you know how much it matters”

Link to the annoucement: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152214957189813&set=a.10150138011574813.332164.211336444812&type=1&theater

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