Archive for June, 2013

Alien 25 year anniversary

Posted: June 29, 2013 in Classic Rock


EMI in Sweden has released a 25th anniversary edition of the first album from AOR rockers Alien, originally released back in 1988. It is a double CD, that also features the full US edition. They were huge in Sweden in the summer of 1988, with “Only One Woman” going Platinum, no less. Still, there were far better songs on this album, most notably “Tears Don´t Put Out The Fire”, “I´ve Been Waiting” and “Jaime Remember”. Guitarist Tony Borg was the ringleader, the secret weapon the wonderful voice of Jim Jidhed.

Hearing it now again after all these years in nice. I still got the vinyl somewhere, but until I got that hobby room going… It is very much an album of its time.

I did a few interviews back in the day. Tony Borg checked out my Deep Purple collection when Alien visited Östersund. Good memories. The last time I saw him was when we did an interview at the Hard Rock Café in Stockholm, probably in 1989. The photograph you see here was taken outside the establishment.

Apparently, the original band has reunited and are doing concerts again, which is good to see. I for one, would like to see them record a new album. Clearly, they have unfinished business to attend to. 

As do I. I will include some of the classic stuff in RETROFUTURE 7 next year. After all, the timing is obviously right.

Welcome back chaps!



My friend Seth Nilsson took this snapshot of legendary bass player Lars Ericsson (he is the king around here) on his porch the other night, in the light of the midnight sun that we have here now. Lars is holding a copy of the very first fanzine from back in 1978 (owned by Seth) and the brand new Purple edition of RETROFUTURE 6. What a lovely surprise to get this in the mail. Thanks guys! I feel a sudden urge to listen to “Come Taste The Band” now, know what I mean?

As for the Purple edition, 100 has been shipped to the States for the upcoming Tommy Bolin Fan Jam in Sioux City over there (see earlier post) and another 400 has now gone out locally with another 400 to go (still waiting for the second shipment consisting of half the print though) – although some of these will be reserved for a Deep Purple party for later in the year.

Copies can be found right now at the County library in Östersund (along with a free western novel type publication – see earlier post) and at various pubs etc if you are lucky enough to spot them. Also, the record store Musik & Skit has them (I love that place, they are open Wednesdays 18.00-21.00 and sundays 12.00-16.00).

Lots of positive feedback from locals now, which is very nice.


Yesterday, a friend of mine and myself took our bicycles and spent six hours just enjoying some local scenery (eating a nice meal halfway). When you live in Östersund, Jämtland (County), it is easy to forget how beautiful it really is in these parts. Just look at these snapshots.

Enjoying ones holiday does not have to be expensive.

Today I add Jämtland (County) as a category on this blog, for easier access to pictures taken in these parts.


I promised that I would send over 100 copies of the Purple edition of RETROFUTURE 6 to Sioux City for fans of Tommy Bolin who will attend this years Tommy Bolin Fan Jam at The Icket Nicket club in early August, and now I have. I mailed the package to Trace Keane today, and it should arrive in about a weeks time Stateside. Exactly what they will do with these magazines is up to them, I´m just happy to send a big thumbs up from Sweden. August is a tad early for us to have a party (our short summers are sacred), but we will have a Deep Purple party in Östersund before the end of the year.

I added a copy of blues man Michael Mojo Nilsson´s new album to Johnnie Bolin in this package, since he shares this issue with him and David Coverdale in the English section of the magazine (an album has been sent to Dave as well). A nod from Sweden, and Mojo is naturally a big fan of all things Purple (aren´t we all?).

I wish I could have been at the Tommy Bolin Fan Jam, but I can´t, so I will think of you all when you celebrate the legacy over there. Remember that Tommy is beloved all over the world still, not least here.


Hammer was a fanzine covering hard rock and metal here in Sweden in the early 80´s. This is issue 3 1984, with David Coverdale gracing the cover. My guess is that most writers in this field (and photographers) started out in publications like this. This title was no exception, as it featured soon to be legendary writer (and now author) Anders Tengner and others.

I loved this fanzine (still do, as I look back). It was written with plenty of love for the subject and a humour that would be hard to find today.

I wonder if it was easier for that generation (I include myself in this gang since I came up around the same time) to get access simply by hanging around hotels etc? These days, you see artists sell “meet and greet” packages for small fortunes. Also, is anybody starting fan clubs any more, with fanzines? I hope so, because they are a beautiful thing.

Strangely enough, in Sweden a fanzine is often described as being exclusively a punk thing, belonging to that scene. I have read books about this culture that have completely avoided the hard rock and metal scene of the day. Hammer really mattered to a lot of people back then, and it is remembered fondly. But when some people look back on them days, they see fit to rewrite history. Like certain publications – like Hammer – never existed. I know mine is always overlooked. Still, I was very active as early as 1978.

I guess a book will mention us all eventually…

Those were the days

Posted: June 21, 2013 in Comics


Bought this second hand a while back, Pilot 22 med Attack! issue 4 1971. I really have a soft spot for the covers of the comic books of that era, they were usually of high quality. Full of action and movement. One can almost hear the engines roar when one see a cover like this.

Pilot 22 was Battler Britton in Sweden, he was published here between 1965 and 1984 in different formats and titles.

Good days.


Ian Gillan´s facebook page linked to the June 9th post “Deep Purple Magazine 26” today, adding good traffic to this blog right now. I´m pretty sure they only link to stuff that the man himself has given his approval to, so that makes my day. Here is another picture that was taken on that day back in 1982, Ian is signing some records etc, he signed the Episode Six photograph you can see with the words “I remember this!! Cheers. Ian Gillan”.

If I can locate that I will post it on this blog.