Archive for September, 2019


Fans of early Van Halen has a treat to look forward to, as they are set to release a Vinyl box titled “The Japanese Singles 1978-1984”. It features 13 Singles in all and 750 of these boxes will have them in Red Vinyl. The release date is November 1.


“Russian Roulette” will be re-issued in Gold/Black Vinyl in a Limited Edition of 2,000 copies on October 10. They have a re-issue programme going.


Joe Bonamassa will release another live-album on October 25. This one is called “Live At The Sydney Opera” (you can see a trend here, as earlier live albums were recorded at classic spots like Red Rock, Radio City Music Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall etc). Great looking cover, and it will be issued in Blue Vinyl as well.


The first edition of the “Bomber” Airfix kit I mentioned recently on this blog blew out the door and Airfix is now putting out a second to meet popular demand. I knew it.

Glad to see that the Deep Purple Podcast quoted the recently posted interview with Dan McCafferty of Nazareth in todays episode (21). Also, somebody at the University of Cape Town wanted to have permission to use a quote or two from my 1987 interview with Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath). Of course I said yes, why not. I like it when people actually ask.

Basement blues

Posted: September 16, 2019 in General, My countryside dream

Due to my condition this summer (still waiting for that operation), work on the house has stalled until I am sure that I will be present when work is to be done, but at least I have started to lay down some groundwork in the basement. Not sure if any previous owner of this place ever used this space for anything other than to store stuff, but I have a vision of a library/music room down there and I am sure it will be there a couple of months from now. Before I let the professionals in (new window, new floor, shelves etc), I will get the painting done (God knows what I will do with the four green doors!) and I will remove that awful yellow mat that has been there forever. So this is a snapshot of a moment in time, soon to be just a bad distant memory.

To be continued…

(My shot)


Here is some good news. Lee Aaron is set to release a live CD/DVD next week called “Power Soul Rock´n´Roll – Live In Germany”. It actually kicks off with the Deep Purple classic “Mistreated” (which was also on her latest studio album “Diamond Baby Blues”).


Swedish rockers Velvet Insane has a very special guest on their upcoming second album; Bruce Kulick from Kiss. Now these guys are from my neck of the woods and they are clearly going places.


There is a book on Black Sabbath titled “Sabbath The Dio Years – A Photographic History” in the making. No word on a release date as yet.


I have mentioned these puzzles before on this blog, now we have another batch coming up with bands like Queen, Rush, Guns N´Roses, The Ramones, The Doors and Metallica.

Future Metal

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, Cool stuff, Magazines

Well the countdown is on. One month from now we have the release of the third Babymetal album “Metal Galaxy”. There will be a media blitz and we are starting to see the magazine covers now (seen here is Metal Hammer UK 327, Headbanger 24 and PMC 15). The ongoing US Tour is creating a buzz and it looks like the Forum gig (their first arena show in the US as headliners) on October 11 will be a success. The Forum gig also assures a very high Chart position for the album in the States since everybody that goes will get a CD, and that is one hell of a promotional stunt right there. My guess is that they will do a second tour of America in 2020, since cracking that market is of such great importance. Meanwhile, the rotation of the “Avengers” (the third girl position) is continuing even in the States as we speak. Momoka Okazaki popped up at the third date in Washington (at the 6,000 seater The Anthem) the other day, and it all works since these dancers are such professionals. Getting to be part of Babymetal is a big thing for any dancer, fully comparable to having worked with Frank Zappa or Ritchie Blackmore in the old days.

“This is the future”, it says on the cover of Metal Hammer. They have supported Babymetal in the UK since 2014. I fully expect Kerrang to give Babymetal the cover too. At this point you can almost tell in advance who will support them and who will not. So the question is if some of the magazines that have sort of ignored Babymetal will start to come around this time. Classic Rock, Burrn (in Japan) and Sweden Rock Magazine comes to mind. Ignoring Babymetal is starting to look a bit silly at this point. You can say what you want about them, they really are a breath of fresh air in a very stale invironment. Which is why so many older rockers (like me, who started to buy rock albums in 1971) enjoy them so much. There is a craft here and they are taking chances like no other band ever has. Hell, they even have a track called “Future Metal” on the new album, a crazy instrumental that really sounds like it belongs in a Sci-Fi movie. Maybe somebody will add it to a movie before you know it.

It helps that Su-metal and Moametal are so good at what they do. Su-metal is the Audrey Hepburn of Heavy Metal, I guess it had to happen sooner or later. Moametal is the Grace Kelly. They have the grace and the beauty of classic Hollywood, and it is wholesome. I like that. There is a place for Babymetal, although they are clearly the real mavericks in a field that has continued to evolve for over five decades. They draw from all of it as well as other fields of entertainment, and they even dare to bring in future visions. Add the theatrical side and we have a fantastic concept here.

Babymetal will conquer the world. But then, I say the world needs Babymetal.

(Covers: Metal Hammer UK 327, Headbanger 24, PMC 15)


Well the US Tour is on and the first two shows in Orlando and Atlanta has created a lot of positive vibes in the fan community. Openers Avatar are going down well too and it says something about the Babymetal team that they dare go out with first rate acts. Incredibly, Babymetal now has a brand new Kami Band for this tour, and it seems to be members of Galactic Empire. They are doing a good job though, but it is quite a twist in the history of Babymetal to do this. It remains to be seen if they are to be on that stage on the prestigious Forum arena show on October 11 as well. It is to be live streamed to Japan and chances are that it is to be filmed for official product (like Wembley was in 2016). That is a big deal obviously. Still, Babymetal has created a universe that only they inhabit and it seems to be working out just fine for them. The set is high energy and they send people home exhausted but happy. Riho Sayashi is the third dancer on this tour.


Good old Rob Halford (With Family & Friends) is set to release a Christmas album titled “Celestial” on October 18.


Airfix will release a very exclusive kit soon, the Motörhead Heinkel HE 111 H-6 of the classic “Bomber” album cover. Incidentally, the cover artist, Adrian Chesterman, did use an Airfix model when he worked on the original art back in the day, so this is good karma. The Airfix kit will sport the album cover, so fans of Motörhead will love this. I wish Lemmy could have seen this, he would have loved it.

Commando 5259-5262

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Comics

Commando 5259-5262 is out (as of yesterday) in the UK. Just search “Commando Comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)


The Orlando show tonight (see previous post) is on. Avatar and Babymetal will perform as planned. Come to think of it, both Swedes and Japanese folks have strong work ethics. Plenty of bands would have cancelled for sure, but not these acts. Cred.


Good news for fans of Jon Lord. A remastered version of his 1976 solo album “Sarabande” is set to be released on September 27 (CD/Vinyl). The cover is updated too, but with respect for the original. Looks good. “Gemini Suite” and “Windows” will also be released on Vinyl on the same day.


Posted: September 3, 2019 in Comics, Cool stuff

More nostalgia from Commando HQ as we see the return of Braddock in issue 5259 this week. The comic debuted as early as 1952 in The Rover and continued to pop up for decades in titles like The Victor and Warlord. And now Commando offers a brand new take on the comic, penned by Commando writer Ferg Handley. In a press release from Commando, Ferg goes into some detail.

– “Sometimes, dreams do come true. As a boy, I loved reading the war stories in Commando and The Victor, so imagine my delight when I was offered the chance to revive one of DC Thomson’s old characters for Commando. I was given a list to choose from, and when I saw the name Braddock, I knew that this was the one for me. My father was a wireless operator/air gunner in Bomber Command during the war, so I have always been drawn to RAF stories. I was tempted to dive straight in and write up a story. But on reflection, and after checking out Braddock’s early adventures, I decided to go for a full reboot and begin telling the pilot’s story from the very start. Braddock had found it hard to join the RAF as a pilot due to his background, so that made for some interesting incidents at the beginning of his career. And once he had been accepted, the Battles of France and Britain made for some great action scenes, as the rookie struggled to make his mark”.

Commando continues to wave the flag of the golden era of UK comics, and they should be saluted for the effort.

(Cover courtesy of Commando)


Hurricane Dorian might spell trouble for Babymetal. In a sense it already is, and the big question now is weather or not Babymetal can still open up their US Tour in Orlando on September 4 as planned. No official word yet from the Babymetal camp but then they are quite used to rough conditions in Japan. I mean they just braved Typhoon Krosa a couple of weeks ago in Osaka and they have done it before. But if Dorian closes down airports etc, it is over. Johannes Eckerström, singer of Swedish openers Avatar, tweeted this a few hours ago: “To every one asking and wondering. We are still staring at weather maps and following things waiting to decide what to do. Step one is to make it to the states safely, which might mean rerouting. After that we will follow suit with Babymetal. Sit right everybody, AND STAY SAFE!”. If there is any chance at all to do the Orlando show safely, Babymetal will be there.


Just discovered an interesting Japanese dance unit called Elevenplay. They perform with drones and it is quite spectacular (check them out). They are related to Babymetal in a small way since this project is the brainchild of their choreographer Mikiko Mizuno.


Ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden will have a book out in November called “Where´s My Guitar?”. Great cover too.