Guitarist Georg Koemans made the “Golden Earring” an honorary citizen

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His wife Millie, their two children and three grandchildren were there, the Flemish newspaper wrote.

Kooymans’ friends approached the city council with a request to make him an honorary citizen. “When this news became known, we had a lot of positive feedback at Regiforcell,” Koeman’s friend Stanny van Osteyn told the paper. “With his labors, George moved a stone in a musical river. However, he and his family have always remained ordinary people without delusions of grandeur.”

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Kooymans is pleased with the appointment and speaks of a “great honour”. “We have lived in Rijkevorsel for nearly fifty years and feel at home there. In fact, we ended up here by chance. The intention was to move to the United States in the early 1970s, but it wasn’t easy. That’s why we went to Rijkevorsel for research. I’ve lived here for more than half my life, and yet I’ve remained Dutch. I haven’t adopted an accent.”

Golden Earring has become known for big hits like Radar Love, The Twilight Zone And When the lady smiles. Golden Earring had to stop performing in March 2021 because Kooymans suffers from ALS.

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