with videoThe Flemish singer Helmut Lotti (52), known for his brave, classical-like repertoire, has done something that his fans probably didn’t see coming. The tenor pulls out all the stops for a ripping cover of metal band Iron Maiden, while his neat clothes don’t stay on.
Leon van Wijk
Starting next week, the Belgian radio station Willy will bring a top 1000 with the best and ‘dirtiest’ rock records ever made. Listeners can now vote and Helmut Lotti, who broke through in 1989 with an Elvis Presley cover in the Dutch Sounds mix show, has some advice. According to him Run to the hills by the British metal band Iron Maiden from 1982 in the first place. The singer has special memories of the song.
,,My brother Johan is a hard rock fanatic and played the album The number of the beast Iron Maiden used to be flat,” he says. ,,Run to the hills was my personal favorite. One day I was singing that song when my father suddenly walked in. He stood transfixed and said, “Wow, you can sing.” That was the first time I got a compliment from my father about my singing.”
And he can still sing, according to the cover he recorded to reinforce his advice. It starts quite calmly, with Lotti in a neat suit with a bow. First his jacket goes off and his cool leather bracelet comes out. When his waistcoat and shirt are also taken off, it turns out that he is wearing a T-shirt from the band.
Listeners do not know what they are experiencing. ‘Never thought I’d ever hear Helmut Lotti sing metal, but beautifully done’, it sounds under the video on YouTube. “He could be Iron Maiden’s new frontman,” wrote another. This is what the original sounds like:
It is not the first time that a singer with a completely different image brings out the rock star in himself. Do you have a moment for me– folk singer Frans Bauer once covered you hast from the German band Rammstein:
Although it is not rock, it is a similar outing: opera singer Maria Fiselier was ahead of the best singers for a moment a rude rapper:
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