Tarkan Rocks Rotterdam
Turkish national newspaper Hürriyet's European division, which ran a competition to send twenty of its readers to the Ahoy Rotterdam show, reported yesterday that five thousand fans* gathered to witness last Saturday's staged event.
With the Turkish media attempting to mend its relationship with Tarkan, the paper went on to report that the music artist "conquered the hearts of fans" and began the "spectacular concert" by singing his 2001 song "Kuzu Kuzu", after which the singer spoke to the audience.
"This concert was postponed for a number of reasons. After seven years we've finally come together in Holland," he said.
Apologising for his long absence to the crowd - consisting mainly of Dutch fans - Tarkan reportedly went on to say, "Really I've been away for a long time. But I promise you from now on we'll be seeing more of each other."
His repertoire for that evening included a mix of his English and Turkish songs, including "Gül Döktüm Yollarına", "Şıkıdım", "Kır Zincirleri", "Şımarık", "Ay", "Unutmamalı", "Hüp", "Dudu" and "Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım".
*This figure was quoted as being 3,500 in some Dutch sources, while figures emailed in by fans to Tarkan Deluxe have ranged from 1,500 to 6,000.