03-06-2017: Jan Bechtum, the original guitar player and composer of the band Picture, will deliver a contribution to Breaking the Chains. Picture was the first Dutch metal band to sign a record deal in 1980. ‘Bombers’ was declared the Dutch metal-anthem by Aardschok back then. Picture has already toured both in Holland and abroad, and they have been the support bands of acts as AC/DC, Saxon and Ted Nugent. Picture has now gone back to their roots after 38 years, playing in their original line-up for fun.
Later this year a South-American tour will follow. And, if you happen to be in Sweden this month, you can see Picture live on ‘Sweden Rock’, as the second Dutch band ever to perform there.
What was your first thought when you got the question to participate in the BTC project? And what was your motivation to say yes?
,,I was very excited and honored to be asked by Kristoffer for this wonderful project. There are a lot of good causes to work for but this project immediately touched my heart. I have 3 grown-up sons and I love them very much. Why some people think it’s OK to abuse children is beyond me. My heart is really into this project.”
What do you want or hope to be able to contribute to BTC album?
,,I am already recording tracks for one of the songs I contributed with Bart Hennephof, the producer. It’s going great. I will participate on as many activities as possible to help this project.”
Are there activities planned for your band Picture at the moment or the near future?
,,Picture is doing a lot of shows this year with the classic line-up of 1979-1982 when we recorded the first 2 Picture albums. We will be playing Sweden Rock Festival in June this year and a few other festivals in Germany, Portugal, Belgium and probably Spain, Greece and Italy as well. Later on in 2017 we will be touring South America, where we have a huge fan base. We are also putting new songs together for a new studio album and we are also gathering video material for a live DVD. We’re having so much fun!”
Interview by HeadBangers LifeStyle