Max Werner

Max Werner

Max Werner (born 29 December 1953, Hilversum) was lead singer, drummer and percussionist of the Dutch Progressive rock band Kayak. He co-founded the band along with keyboardist Ton Scherpenzeel, guitarist Johan Slager and drummer Pim Koopman in 1972.

He sang lead vocals (and played mellotron) on the first 5 Kayak albums, later switching to drums until the band split up in 1982. In 1999, he returned as singer for the Kayak album "Close to the Fire". After a short tour 2000, he had to leave again due to health problems.

Max Werner recorded 4 solo albums. In May 1981, he scored a big hit in Holland (reaching #3) and in September/October he climbed the charts in Germany (#2) with his solo-single "Rain in May". In April 2005, Max Werner joined the German TV show "Die Hit Giganten - die 30 größten Hits und Interpreten der coolen Achtziger", presenting his hit "Rain in May".



Studio albums with Kayak

(as lead singer):

(as drummer):

Solo albums

  • Rainbow's End (1979)
  • Seasons (1981)
  • How Can It Be... Like This? (1988)
  • Not the Opera (1995)