Archive for May, 2019

Went out to check if I had mail…

(My images)

Commando 5227-5230

Posted: May 15, 2019 in Comics

Commando 5227-5230 is out tomorrow in the UK. Just google “Commando Comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)

BABYMETAL

Congratulations to Babymetal for reaching 50,000,000 YouTube hits with “Karate” today. It is the third most popular video, second only to “Gimme Chocolate!!” (102,000,000) and “Megitsune” (57,000,000). They are sitting on a very solid platform, but can they repeat the early hype in the years ahead?

RAINBOW

Ritchie Blackmore has dusted off an old Blackmore´s Night tune called “The Storm” and re-recorded it as a digital Rainbow Single. It will go out on May 17.

WHITESNAKE

The new Whitesnake album stormed the Japanese charts and reached a very respectable #1 position on the day of entry. This is not a Hard Rock chart or anything like that, it really was the best selling album by any artist in the country. Also, there is another issue of Sweden Rock Magazine coming out, the second in a row with David Coverdale on the cover. Maybe the time has come to bow out in style? People are very supportive and it is always great to leave when things are looking good. David will be 68 on September 22.

Doris Day is gone

Posted: May 13, 2019 in General, TV & Movies

Sad to hear that Doris Day has passed away. I have always had a soft spot for her classic comedies, and I have a few in the old collection. I will look to see if a few more pops up now. It is not like you will ever see that stuff on TV these days.

Class act.

BABYMETAL

Babymetal dropped the news today that there will be another exclusive Fan Club (The One) release titled “Metal Resistance Episode VII – The Chosen Seven”. You get two DVDs with Download 2018 and Dark Night Carnival 2018 plus a CD with a previously unreleased song. It will ship at the end of June. Fair enough, but I would like to see more official (easy to grab) product on the general market now.

KAL-EL

Norwegian doomsters (think early Sabbath) Kal-El will re-release the 2015 album “Ecosphere” on CD and Vinyl on May 17. Big day too with Vinyls coming out from PAL (see earlier post) and Heavy Load as well.

QUEEN

If you skip your vacation this year you can buy the entire Queen catalogue (18 albums) in a neat box on May 31. It is titled “Complete Studio Albums”. All coloured Vinyls.

Added this notebook to the old collection, a Japanese print from Toshiba EMI Music, covering the “Come Taste The Band” and “24 Carat Purple” albums (the latter a well beloved compilation from 1975). Lyrics are included. Nice cover shot by photographer Kenji Miura from the Japanese tour in December 1975. Not sure what year this was published but it certainly looks good. Had no idea that this existed until quite recently (I like eBay due to Babymetal, and once you are browsing…).

(My image of said book)

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

Deep Purple is to play 33 shows in the US between September 3 and October 19. So we have another trek of The Long Goodbye Tour over there (the stint they did with Judas Priest a while ago was a successful package). As things stand, we are looking at another studio album as well. Well, they have always been a working band. Babymetal has announced the longest US Tour so far with 20 gigs between September 4 and October 16. My guess is that we will see the new album as well around that time, and that they will work on promoting this for at least two years as they see fit. Swedish rockers Avatar, a very theatrical outfit, is to open for Babymetal.

With the American economy booming, things may be looking up over there if you are fairly well known.