Thé Lau

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Thé Lau
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Thé Lau with The Scene, June 2014
Background information
Birth nameMatheus Josephus Lau
Born(1952-07-17)17 July 1952
Bergen, North Holland, Netherlands
Died23 June 2015(2015-06-23) (aged 62)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Rock music
Occupation(s) Guitarist, vocalist, lyricist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active1973–2014
Associated acts The Scene, Neerlands Hoop Express
Website thelau.nl

Matheus J. "Thé" Lau (17 July 1952 – 23 June 2015) was a Dutch musician and writer. Besides his solo career, he was the lead singer of the Dutch band The Scene. He was born in Bergen, North Holland.

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Music career

Lau played guitar in several bands and was a member of the Dutch band Neerlands Hoop Express. In 1979 he founded the band The Scene with Lau as lead singer and guitarist. [1] The band's most well-known songs are "Blauw" and "Iedereen is van de wereld".

Lau left The Scene in 2003 and got touring with keyboardist Jan-Peter Bast in Dutch theaters. In October 2006, he resumed the tour under title Tempel der liefde accompanied by Jan-Peter Bast and tango string quartet Pavadita.

In 2007, The Scene had a reunion with Lau and three former band members. (Jeroen Booy, Emilie Blom van Assendelft and Otto Cooymans) They started touring again, and released a new CD.

In 2010, Thé Lau topped the Dutch charts with a collaboration with Dutch rapper Lange Frans, "Zing voor me".

Writing career

In 2000, he made his debut in literature by writing short stories De sterren van de hemel (meaning the stars of heaven). In 2003, his writings were published in a book titled Thé Lau, de teksten. His first novel was Hemelrijk in 2004, followed by a collection of music stories entitled In de dakgoot (meaning in the gutter). In 2007 his work has appeared in 1000 vissen, a collection of stories about the Amsterdam's neighborhood Spaarndammerbuurt where Thé Lau had been living and working for 15 years.

Illness and death

Lau was diagnosed with throat cancer in August 2013 and was told he could not be cured in April 2014. He died in June 2015 in Amsterdam. [2]

Discography

Source for Thé Lau discography [4] / Source for The Scene discography: [5]

Albums

with The Scene
Solo

Singles

with The Scene

Non-charting

Charting

Solo
Collective

DVDs

Bibliography

Participations in collections

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