Archive for September, 2013


This is the cover of one of my old fanzines, DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE issue 17 (October 1980). The story behind it was that Rainbow played a show in Malmö a week prior to the famous Caste Donington show in August that year (last concert with drummer Cozy Powell and singer Graham Bonnet), and after about two thirds of the set the rain was pouring down. The band abandoned Don Airey during his solo and never came back, and one of the final  improvisations from him that night was a snippet of the song “Singin´In The Rain”.

All in all, a fantastic show, with Ritchie Blackmore in top form (and mood). The whole band was great. “Stargazer” was played, a far better version than the one at Donington. It was my second Rainbow show that year and the only outdoor gig I ever saw with Blackmore.

Author Martin Popoff is doing a book and one of the things I rambled about earlier today for his Q&A was about this night. It was one of those great nights that can never be forgotten.

Great memories.

(Cover shot was taken by journalist Göran Holmquist)


Errol Flynn – in his own words

Posted: September 29, 2013 in Books


Digging deep in the old collection again as I pack boxes of stuff to be carried down to the basement. Found this book today, which takes me back – Errol Flynn´s “My Wicked, Wicked Ways” (Pan Books, 1961). I read this a few years ago, having found it on eBay I think. I loved the man when I grew up, his classic movies, and I guess I still do. I remember this book as a really good read but one also wondered if it was all true or if some creative writing had found its way into these pages at the time. I have no idea, but the thought lingers.

In any case, a true character. No doubt about it.


There will be another Great Lake Monster night with witnesses on October 7 in a town called Krokom (situated by lake Storsjön, The Great Lake) – I promised that I would put up some flyers and posters around Östersund so I will take care of this in the next few days (starting tomorrow morning on my way home from work).

Friends of this blog will be aware of what goes on when these meetings takes place, it is a very interesting project. I will be there as usual and a report will follow on this blog.

Commando 4639-4642

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Commando - New issues


Commando 4639-4642 is out today in the UK. See categories for a good deal should you want to subscribe.


Busy days. There will be a Deep Purple party here in Östersund about eight weeks from now. Details will follow on this blog. I will have a blast with this, it will represent a long journey and it will be a special evening. There will not be a band but there will be lots of loud music and I think it will be a night to remember.

Stay tuned for more details.


Posted: September 23, 2013 in Books


If Roger Moore thinks this is a good read, it probably is. He mentioned the book a couple of years ago to a Swedish journalist, so my guess is that I was not the only person that ordered a copy back then. “Hellraisers – The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O´Toole and Oliver Reed” (Preface, 2009) by author Robert Sellers looks like a winner. I fully expect the same kind of wild tales that you would get in any rock biography these days. But then, these guys wrote the book. Well, these guys and the Rat Pack over in the States. This will be my bedside companion this week.

On a personal note, I really don´t get drunk anymore (ever).


I popped in at a new place for rockers here in Östersund this afternoon, Jane Doe (Food, Drinks & Rock´n´Roll), to take a few snapshots and have a burger (and a beer) for dinner. It opened a few weeks ago and I have to say that this town could have used a place like this 20 years ago. Any fan of Classic Rock will feel right at home here and I wish the owners all the success they can possibly have. Östersund is a rock town so I would expect the rockers to support this establishment. If you want to make a visit, these are the opening hours right now…

Wednesdays & Thursdays – 17.00-24.00 / Fridays & Saturdays – 15.00-02.00 / Sundays 17.00-24.00.


This picture was taken through a window quite by accident and I kind of like it – two happy youngsters in love. The candles kind of nails it. In any case – Jane Doe has arrived, and I like it!

Long Live Rock´n´Roll!!