I first came across Hans in’t Zandt and John Cuijpers when I saw the two Dutch bands Harris (Iron Maiden tribute) and Parris (Thin Lizzy tribute) in Tegelen four years ago.
Interestingly the personnel are the same across the two bands, the only differences being the clothes, guitars and music.
I’d also seen them as part of Red Pepper Bullwhip when they were supporting the Golden Earring.
They guys have been playing with NWOBHM band Praying Mantis since 2013. I had come across Praying Mantis before, but having never seen them live, it made perfect sense to get down to the Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park, to see their warm up gig prior to setting off for their Japanese tour.
A superb smaller music venue, the evening did not disappoint and it was a full house.
Space was at a premium, so it was a massive challenge to get usable photos. Got there in the end!