Jeroen Haamers is the frontman of Batmobile, a psycho-/rockabilly trio from The Netherlands. Ever since he was a child, Jeroen has been a huge Elvis fan, and as a guitar player, his early influences were Scotty Moore and James Burton. In the early 80s he played in several punk and rock ‘n’ roll bands. In 1983 the love of rockabilly made him start the band Batmobile together with drummer and life-long friend Johnny Zuidhof and brother Eric on double bass. In 1985 Batmobile released their first self-titled mini album which led to international recognition for them. Jeroen and Batmobile have made 12 full-length albums, been featured on numerous compilations, and toured most parts of the world.
Jeroen bought his first Gretsch in 1986 (a 1966 Tennessean) and he has been hooked on Gretsch ever since. This was a perfect addition to his Fender collection he had built up until then: a 1957 two tone grey Country Club, a Black Falcon, and more recently a Duo Jet and 6121 Roundup. In combination with his vintage amps and the wild sounds of a WEM Copycat, he creates the distinctive psycho-/rockabilly guitar sound of Batmobile.
Jeroen is working on two side projects, one called “Jeroen Haamers and the Zorchmen” (with musicians from the Meteors, Guitar Slingers, Klingonz and the Coffin Nails), and the other a project with Batmobile and a big band called “Big Bat”.
Currently Batmobile is working on a new album scheduled to be released later this year. The band is also working on the release of a live DVD Spitting & Screaming featuring highlights of their tours from 2014 to 2016 as well as the release of the documentary Being Batmobile.
With a style that “runs from hard-core bashing to Stewart Copeland complex”, this beat keeper incorporates his influences into each fluid performance ever mindful of the importance of supporting the song.
Drumming since grade school, Kris’s school band practices mixed easily with private lessons and his earlier bands’ local successes. Forever sharing practice time with his younger brother resulted in a musical bond that eventually led to their first signing with E.V.L.A./Atlantic Records. Kris’s first major label national touring band supported shows for Sugarcult, Third Eye Blind, Eve6, Maroon 5, Jack’s Mannequin, Finch, Need To Breathe and Better Than Ezra as well as headlining countless shows themselves. Kris later toured with Atlantic Records' recording artist Ryan Star on a 70-plus city tour opening for American Idol winner David Cook followed by a summer tour with Collective Soul and is featured with Ryan's band in the video “Right Now”.
A veteran of both the NY and LA club scene, Kris enjoys the road travel that allows him the opportunity to meet so many fans, answer their questions about his playing, and to speak about his gear choices. He continues to welcome session calls--playing for multi-platinum record producer Ron Aniello on The Sequel project. A college graduate with an IT degree, the hard-hitting, creative stickman has a soft spot for his Mac and graphic design.
Kris currently plays drums for Grammy-winning artist Matthew Koma, LMFAO, and RedFoo.
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Gretsch Day at Street Sounds NYC
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Gretsch Guitar Connects Past to a New Era of Women
Sometimes the past can connect with the present to create something totally new...Find out how a Gretsch guitar owned by the Colonists, an all-girl rock band from the 60s formed in Richmond, VA, connects with Chicanery, a present-day all-girl rock band from Sydney, Australia.
The Gretsch Building Turns 100
The Birthplace of Silver Jets, White Falcons, Round Badges, and “That Great Gretsch Sound” Turns 100 in 2016. Learn how in 1916 my grandfather, Fred Gretsch, Sr., took his bold vision of growing Gretsch into the largest music manufacturing company in America and constructed a large 10-story factory that, at the time, was the biggest building in Williamsburg, New York.
American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection - NOW OPEN THROUGH MID-JULY!
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN is exploring the history of the guitar with an exciting exhibition of "...the largest collection of stringed instruments ever displayed by the museum" which "marks the first time this collection has been made available to the public." Learn more.
Some exciting and fun programs are happen throughout the exhibit:
Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments: Gretsch Style. Drop in between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on any of the following dates: May 1, 15, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30; June 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26.
Songwriter Session: Lindsay Ell, June 25, 11:30 a.m.
Beatles Gear: The Gretsch Invasion with Andy Babiuk, June 25, 1:30 p.m.
BEATLES GEAR ULTIMATE EDITION
Andy Babuik's critically-acclaimed book is now expanded with over 650 new and previously unpublished photos as well as plenty of new and never-before-told stories. This book is the first to tell the full story of how the Beatles made their music. It details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboards the Beatles used at the key points of their relatively brief but entirely revolutionary career…
Get your copy of a special limited edition with Gretsch cover at GretschGear.com.
German Guitar Heroes
Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.