Congratulations to Dutch drummer and member of the rock group Krezip, who will join U2 as their temporary drummer for their US tour. Larry Mullen, U2’s drummer, will undergo an operation and need time to recover, so Bram Van den Berg will take his place.

Van den Berg has been plucked from the relative obscurity of the Dutch rock music scene to play with one of the most famous bands in the world. Like many people worldwide, my initial reactions to this news were, “Bram van who?, How? Kre what?”

A cynic might say that as U2 have their business registered in Amsterdam to reduce their tax liabilities, perhaps they spend enough time in the Netherlands to be acquainted with the rock music scene here. However they found him, it’s great news for Van den Berg. Goed zo jongen!