Archive for April, 2018

Well look at this. The first Babymetal (ring) binder is almost full (80+ pages out of 110 or so), but I run out of the material needed to proceed any further today. I have enough stuff to fill two of these up at the moment, even if I save some of the key magazines as they are. Here is a few pictures for inspiration…

On the last shot you can see that the right page is not quite full yet, but it will be. You just need the right cuttings from the right period and then you are ready to go. As I said in an earlier post today, I have been collecting stuff like this in this fashion since the early 1970s. It is very very effective, it is like a never ending book that ends only when you let it.

Good fun.

(My images of said collection)

Sad to hear that Joe Lynn Turner suffered a heart attack in Belarus last weekend (he has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Minsk). A European tour that was supposed to start in Sweden on April 25 has been cancelled as Joe needs some time to recover.

Get well soon my friend.

(Seen here is DEEP PURPLE FOREVER # 24, published in January 2000. Cover shot by Michael Johansson – used with permission from photographer both on magazine cover and on this blog)

50 years ago

Posted: April 20, 2018 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family, General

It was 50 years ago today that Deep Purple (still called Roundabout, but not for long) played its first concert together over in Denmark. A photograph from the day is floating around on Facebook today and I have never seen it before.

The start of a very important band, but few could have guessed it on that night.

Ian Gillan and Roger Glover released “Accidentally On Purpose” in February 1988. A pretty laidback album with some nice songs on it. It was recorded as a reaction to what they went through in Deep Purple with the “House Of Blue Light” album. Gillan had one more tour to go with Purple before he was fired.

This album still sounds good.

Art Bell is gone

Posted: April 15, 2018 in General

The legendary radio host and author Art Bell has passed away. You may remember him from his Coast To Coast days but he was making a bit of a comeback in the last few months. I have listened to many of his shows on YouTube over the years and he was always great. And one step ahead of the competition.

Got the “Babymetal World Tour 2014” Limited Edition of the first Babymetal CD on import from Japan yesterday (see April 1 post for details), and it was good fun to watch the bonus DVD. Apart from the early videos (which are good to own), the real prize on this release are the five tracks from one of the Summer Sonic 2013 concerts they did in August that year. Now when I bought this, I was kind of hoping that it would be the Osaka show (the outdoors one), because it is famous for having Lars Ulrich watching them from the wings (which meant that he had to make a bit of an effort to even get there, this being the smallest stage of that day and Metallica performed elsewhere on the site that night). What you actually get on this release though is the Tokyo show, which was an indoors event. Not sure if these songs were all they got to play on that night, but I guess 30 minutes at a big festival is pretty fair for a new outfit. The place is packed though and the girls are super happy at the end when they get to their “We are…” (Su-metal) “…Babymetal!” (Yuimetal and Moametal responding together with the crowd). Very entertaining performance, they were quite professional at this stage even though they were so young. Wowow filmed this gig so I guess it was aired on television in Japan at the time. Not sure if the Osaka gig was filmed but I really hope it was.

Good addition to the ever growing collection.

(Thank you Kalle San for your support)

It was 40 years ago this month that Roger Glover released his second solo album “Elements”. By 1978 he had been out of Deep Purple for five years and at that time he was most well known for his years with them and having produced records with Nazareth, Judas Priest and David Coverdale. He must have felt that he was out in the wilderness at the time and it was not that long after the release of this album that he was asked to produce the next Rainbow record. Within weeks he was joining the band. “Elements” never had a prayer of hitting Gold, it was too much of a progressive, almost Soundtrack like record. But it is still my favourite in a stack of very eclectic records from this man. Very talented guy.