On Friday Feb 8, 2009, the Dutch broadcast company RTL4 aired the program "Van der Vorst looks at the stars". Together with his
"star-team" (three special needs youngsters), Peter Van der Vorst visits Dutch celebrities in their own homes. They want to see the whole house, including the bedroom, but will they succeed in André's castle?
They also record a new CD.
Click on the picture to the left to see how this is done.
On February 2nd, 2009 André appeared in a new afternoon talk show of the local L1 broadcast company. André looks forward to 2009 and 2010 with specials planned in Berlin (Brandenburger gate), Paris (Eiffel tower), his tour to South America
and plans for South Africa.
And he will become a grandfather...
Click on the picture to the right to see this interview, done in the Maastricht dialect.
March 5th, 2008, a day André will never forget.
In the morning he was awarded with the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" by the French ambassador in the Netherlands,
in his castle in Maastricht.
In the evening he received (for the fourth year) the \’Export Award\’ from the Dutch music industry for the best selling artist abroad.
Click on the picture to the left to see the presentation of these awards.
In 1995 André Rieu played the "Second Waltz" in the intermission of the soccer match Ajax - Bayern München. This performance meant his breakthrough in The Netherlands, selling 900.000 copies of his
CD "Strauss & Co". On March 18th, 2009 he played again for the Ajax fans in the Amsterdam ArenA. Click on the picture to the right to see this performance.
On Wednesday March 18, 2009, the Dutch TV program Boulevard (RTL4), aired a special about the many real life soaps we have seen on TV in The Netherlands.
Click on the picture to the left to see the item on the Rieu road soaps.
It has been a while since I have updated the Just For Fun section. Click on the picture to see how this single white shoe, a children's song and an opera duet come together.
For new visitors to this site, see the remaining video's in on this page as well. Amazing how you can make music.
Another addition to the Just For Fun section.
Parody on André Rieu by André van Duin, a Dutch comedian. Click on the picture to the left to see this amusing clip.
Check the background violin players, do they look familiar??
Ruud and Ineke meet Kathi (Caramia).
Ruud needed to be in Berlin (Capitol of Germany) in connection with his job.
I joined him for a private weekend, since we had not been in Berlin for over 10 years.
Kathi (Caramia), webmaster of one of the two German fan web sites, lives there and had always said: "If you are ever in Berlin, let me know"! Well, we did, and we spent two most enjoyable days with Kathi
and her friend Ghislain.
Click on the picture to the right to see an impression of this visit.
In 1988 Tom Hanks played in the movie "BIG". One of the scenes was shot in the New York flagship store of FAO Schwarz, where Tom plays a big piano in an unusual way.
On May 11th, 2009 André, Mirusia and Pierre appeared in the Kerri-Anne morning show on Australian TV. Parts of this interview -the Vegemite tasting- have already been shown on other sites, but here is the full interview. Click on the picture to the right
to see this interview.
Will André taste a Vegemite sandwich?
At the end of May, Marc Rieu opened his first real exhibition as a painter in the Apple Park
hotel in Maastricht.
Click on the picture to the left to see an interview with Marc and André as it appeared on the local L1 TV station.
On June 10th, 2009 the French TV station RTL9 showed the Schönbrunn concert.
Prior to this concert there was an interview with André Rieu. Click on the picture to the right to see this lively interview.
THE 2009 AUSSIE ROAD SOAP
On May 22, 2009 the Dutch broadcast company TROS started a new André road soap in five episodes. Click on the image to the left to see these exciting five episodes.
Fans on three continents prepare for the Maastricht concerts, working far apart, but close together. We would like to show you how all these banners, buttons, flag decorations and name tags are made.
Click on the picture on the right
to see the "making of...."
By train from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Maastricht, everything you want to know about the fan dinner and fan picnic, the vegemite tasting, the Maastricht walks and
bike trip, tickets for the concerts etc.
Click on the picture above to see detailed information for the fans visiting Maastricht.
The videos of the "André Rieu Week" of the local TV station L1. This includes a video of Pierre who takes us behind the
scenes of the André Rieu company.
The photo show of the FAN Dinner, the Vegemite tasting and much more can be found when pressing the picture to the right.
On July 13th, 2009 the Dutch TNT Post issued a commemorative Stamp Booklet for
the 30 year jubilee of André Rieu.
Click on the picture to the right to see the full contents of this booklet and a translation of the informational text.
Recently André has been named the best selling male artist in the world. On August 10th, André Rieu and Gaston Starreveld presented ZIP code based lottery prices. André danced with Diny Groenen, one of
the winners and he reacts to the fact that he is the best selling male artist. Click on the image to the left to see this short clip from the program "Shownieuws"
On a number of occasions, André Rieu and the JSO have appeared in the (German) TV shows of Carmen Nebel.
Time for a visit of Carmen to Maastricht!
She and DJ Ötzi visited André in his hometown of Maastricht. will she like the traditional Maastricht dish "Zuurvlees"?
André Rieu's relation with New York? NY is
like André. Everything is possible, everybody is living together with everybody. Of course Maastricht is his # 1 favorite, but the Big Apple is close second.
Click on the picture to the left and read it all in this article as found in the magazine of the Dutch Automobile Association.
August 2009 André appeared on Dutch TV in the daily gossip and show news program "RTL Boulevard" He talks about his trip to South America and his love for
"Holiday on Ice".
On August 27th 2009 André was on Dutch TV in the talk show of "Knevel and Van den Brink", where he talks about his
ambition to play on the North Pole.
Click on a picture to the right
to see these interviews.
On Sunday August 30, 2009 after his afternoon concert in Heereveen in The Netherlands, André was escorted by police to be on time in Hasselt Belgium (a three hour ride) for his appearance in the program of Marcel Vanthilt: VILLA VANTHILT.
Click on the picture to the left to see this interview.
The Dutch TV program “Eén Vandaag” (broadcast on Sept. 5th, 2009)
followed André Rieu in the week
preceding the Amsterdam
Special guest in this show is the Dutch comedian/singer André van Duin.
Will André's violin survive this comedian?
Click on the picture to the right
to see André's week.
On Saturday August 1st, 2009, the German broadcast company ZDF aired the Maastricht 2009 concert. Click on the image above to see a compilation of this exciting concert. Looking for the Maastricht videos, slide shows and TV interviews? Click on "previous items" and picture of the André Rieu Week.
On Sept. 18th and 19th 2009, André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra recorded a special in the beautiful and historic city center of Heidelberg in Germany.
Click on the picture to the left to see the video with a compilation of this concert.
This video is made by the Leung family.
It is obvious that they had a
wonderful time in Maastricht.
Click on the picture to the right
to see this video.
Thank you Alice for sending us this impression.
On Sept. 12th 2009 André and Pierre interrupted their Germany tour to receive American veterans from WW II at his castle, to thank them for the liberation of Maastricht 65 years ago.
Click on the picture to the right to see this report by Maastricht TV.
On Friday Oct. 9th, 2009, Ivo Niehe broadcast his TV program "TV Show on Tour", where he had an interview with Mirusia and her parents.
Click on the picture to the left to see this interview.
Last week we received a notification from the Efteling Theatre that during the Christmas holidays they will be
showing the musical
"The Sound of Music" again.
Since the 1965 movie,
we are hooked!
Click on the picture to the right to see André dancing in a program recorded in Salzburg, the city of “The Sound of Music”
On October 16, 2009 there was a live broadcast via satellite to cinemas in Australia and The Netherlands of the
Dame Edna Everage show
with her supporting act André Rieu.
Click on the picture to the left to see an impression of this show.
On October 2nd, 2009,
the German TV station
MDR aired an exclusive interview by Andrea Ballschuh with André Rieu
because of his 60th birthday.
Click on the picture to the right
to see the interview.
Immediately after André Rieu returned home from his successful tour in Australia and New Zealand, André set out on a promotional tour in The Netherlands. On Thursday November 5th, 2009 he had a busy day. The presentation of his new 5-DVD box and TV and Radio interviews. See the three most important broadcasts of that day, items from the main
news program (where he shows a picture of the twins for the first time), the gossip program Shownieuws and an interview in the program "De Wereld Draait Door"
(DWDD = The world keeps on turning).
Click on the picture above to see these three video's.
In 1995 André Rieu appeared in a TV commercial for Bavaria malt beer (alcohol free beer). Why is he driving a steam roller? In the same year of the commercial, he also received Mr. van Bezij (comedian André van Duin) at his home for a violin lessen. Why is Mr. van Bezij interested in André's garage?
Click on the pictures above to see why.
We have also posted our Fan Photo Shows part 6 and 7! Part 6 contains all those familiar faces from Australia and New Zealand, while part 7 shows the Brazilian fans and furthermore many fans seen at the Heidelberg concert and some miscellaneous pictures. Click on the picture above to see these new Fan Photo slide shows.
This morning, to her surprise, Ineke received her copy of Marjorie's new book "Dreams come true". This book is about a German twin and fans of André.
They visit his castle and see how he lives and works.
Click on Ineke's picture to the left to see a small clip from a TV gossip in where André reads from this book.
Update: We have added a 2nd video from the program "Shownieuws" broadcast later that day.
What's this? André and Pierre silenced by
pacifiers and busy with diapers? The ladies have gone shopping?
Click on the picture to the right to see the interview from the German ARD TV station.
On December 7th, 2009 André Rieu -among many other celebrities- performed at the 81st Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.
Click on the RVP logo above to hear André's first impression.
We updated the 7th Fan Photo Show, featuring Brazilian, American and European fans. So please have a look if your picture is added (Click on the picture to the left). We look forward to the next Fan Photo Show with pictures of South African fans. So please South African fans, mail me your photo or take pictures of all your fan friends when you meet at the concerts in April/May
2010. We wonder: Can we also add Queen Elisabeth II of Great Britain as a fan??? We hope so!
This week, two appearances of André on the Dutch TV! First of all he ended at the sixth place in the "Dutchman of the Year" election and the RTL Boulevard gossip follows André before and after the Gelredome (Arnhem) concert.
Who is the lady kissing André? There is no mistletoe around...
Click on the picture(s) above to see these items.
On Wednesday December 23rd, 2009, Frank Steijns gave a first comment on the
burglary of his carillon on the
local L1 TV station.
Click on the picture on the right to
see this news item.
No idea what he is talking about!
Each year André and the JSO traditionally appear in a Christmas special with Carmen Nebel on the German TV.
Click on the picture to the left to see (part of) this romantic show.
On December 26th, the local Limburg TV station L1 aired a three part special about André Rieu. Part of this special was an
interview by Jo Cortenraedt in André's home, where they reflect back to the past year and look ahead to 2010.
Click on the video to the right to see the entire interview.
On December 29th, 2009 the Dutch TROS showed the special "André and Friends", in the Amsterdam ArenA.
What is so "special" about this "special"?
Why is he dressed in an orange vest?
Why are there 30.000 people in the stadium and not a single ticket was sold?
Click on the picture to the left to see why.
of year 2009