Archive for December, 2019

Might as well scribble down some highlights from the 2010s as we now say goodbye to this decade. So here we go.

1. DEEP PURPLE/TOMMY BOLIN PARTY

November 23 2013. I throw a Deep Purple/Tommy Bolin Party at Jane Doe in Östersund (Jämtland County). Five DJs, all of them well known in these parts, Lars Ericsson, Micke Mojo Nilsson, Jonas Öhlund, Staffan Eriksson and Björn Höglund. 70 CDs, 40 books, 30 DVDs and plenty of magazines were handed out for free during the night. Several record companies helped out, Johnnie Bolin included, and author Martin Popoff had pre-signed his books. Story about this night came out later in my RETROFUTURE 7 magazine. The time had come to wind things down, but it would not reach the end until RETROFUTURE 8 in 2015.

2. DISCOVERING BABYMETAL

March 9 2017. I finally discover Babymetal after having had my system shocked by “Gimme Chocolate!!” and straight after seeing that video, the 2016 Alternative Press collaboration with Rob Halford. I blogged about them for the first time that day and then I went deep into the Foxhole (as they say). I never looked back, as you all well know…

3. PUBLISHING A STORSIE SPECIAL

May 2012. I went out on a limb with the RETROFUTURE project as I highlighted the Storsie mystery, and in 2012 I finally published a 60 page special titled “Storsjöodjuret”. This all led to TV appearances (as far away as Canada), loads of media attention (like a thumbs up in Dagens Nyheter, a major newspaper) and it eventually landed in an Award from Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (that hangs in my guest toilet, not big on such things). I handed out nearly all of them (1,000 copies) for free.

4. MOVING TO STUGUN

June 16 2018. I finally find my dream house (after a 10 year hunt) in Stugun (Jämtland County) and in less than a week I own it. Then I spend months moving stuff and taking care of business and on April 1 2019 I finally moved in full time (having sold the old apartment in Östersund). Since then I have created a wonderful place and I am very happy to live here now. Many friends helped out, but I have to give Kalle a shoutout. Thanks man.

5. ROCKWEEKEND 2010

July 2010. I catch Over The Rainbow, Tarja Turunen and Cougars (featuring Martina Edoff), Twisted Sister etc in good company (Hi Seth!) at the Rockweekend Festival in Gävleborg County before heading home. I dissed Deep Purple on that festival and I do not regret it (people were disappointed). For me it was one of the last great moments of my musical journey to witness Over The Rainbow at their peak and Blackmore Jr was very good, making this the Rainbow reunion that never was (in my opinion). Too bad that they never issued a live DVD, they deserved a legacy. I saw other bands later on but Over The Rainbow was the best of the decade (of course I never had a chance to see Babymetal, that is still to come).

6. FINAL ISSUE OF RETROFUTURE

February 22 2015. The final issue of my publication RETROFUTURE (#8) arrives. Low key release party at Jane Doe in Östersund on March 4 with Thomas Drevin (220 Volt) and Björn Höglund (Hoven Droven) as DJs. The lovely Nina on the cover as Montana Blue. I think I ended this journey with a bang, a very strong issue. Once this was published and handed out, I had given away 15,000 copies of RETROFUTURE magazines and 5,000 flyers in Jämtland County since 2010. It was my Last Hurrah and I enjoyed it. It was a well publicized period and nobody will ever repeat what I did. I can just say that.

7. THE TRINKELBONKER BLOG

I have to include this blog on this list. I started it in August 2012 and quickly added some Classic Rock interviews from my past and there are quite a lot of them now (and more coming). The traffic has varied, but there has been some amazing spikes. On June 6 2017 I posted the Enter The Twighlight Zone – Babymetal Tokyo Dome (2016) DVD Review and it just exploded. Within days that text had been published in Japanese and Spanish elsewhere, which is very humbling. I know that hardcore fans of Babymetal has been here ever since. But I have had feedback that has generated traffic from Ian Gillan, Deep Purple, Steve Lukather and many others over the years. I do enjoy this little corner of mine, and I will carry on as long as I can.

8. MY WESTERN GALS

I have to give my Western Novel projects a nod here and the models I had the pleasure of working with – Lina (Dakota Jane), Nina (Montana Blue) and Ellinor (Tornado Blaze). This wild idea turned into some of the best stuff that I ever produced in RETROFUTURE and I think it will be remembered by a lot of people. I mean, this stood out a mile in this day and age and I got very nice feedback for it (including from James Reasoner, the famous author). This stuff has its own tag on this blog, My Western Gals, so you have interviews and all sorts of stuff to check out should you want to.

9. THE LEGACY

I think I do have a legacy. Quotes from interviews (that are up on this blog) appears all the time in books – literally every year – and every now and then good things comes out of it. I have helped out with scans from my Deep Purple archive that has ended up on several albums, and in 2013 I helped VH1 out for a Deep Purple documentary that was later aired. Even now, as we move into 2020, the old archive is about to be revisited again (but more on that later). It has been a long journey but even now, five years after the final issue of RETROFUTURE, I feel that what I have done is still appreciated. And I guess Trinkelbonker kind of keeps it all rolling, in a small way. And who knows, maybe I will print just one more issue of RETROFUTURE some day? I thought I was done but then Babymetal came around and I am not so sure anymore.

10. SURVIVING 2019

I was so ill that I was jackpot lucky to get out of it alive this summer, but I made it. I look at life a little bit differently now. And then we are suddenly moving into the 2020s, how about that?

(My images)

Invasion 1984!

Posted: December 31, 2019 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

And from the pages of Battle we have this wonderful (and brutal as f**k!) compilation of the 1983 comic “Invasion 1984!” (Rebellion, 2019). John Wagner went on to create Judge Dredd so he is a household name in the business. I quite enjoyed this, but you will never see anything like it again now. 130 pages.

(My shot of the Eric Bradbury cover)

Every now and then the traffic on this blog goes nuts, and it happened again yesterday with a 500% spike. Nearly 200 visits alone for the Top Podcasts post, which surprised me. Good to see this sort of interest though. I will add the last posts of the decade on the blog tomorrow and then we are in 2020. Amazing.

Just listened to the 36th episode of the Deep Purple Podcast (that deals with David Coverdale´s Twitter habits, good fun) and towards the end of it they talk about stats for the show and Swedish visitors comes in as the second strongest lot after the home crowd (Americans). Then they thank me for having helped them out a bit, which is nice. I sent them some magazines a few weeks ago and they mention that too, so thank you for your support guys.

So, 2020… How about that?

(Seen here is my publication SLICE GLOBAL EDITION 2008, Ritchie Blackmore cover shot by Michael Johansson)

Swedish Donald Duck Anniversary

Posted: December 30, 2019 in Books, Comics

The Walt Disney brand has always been strong in Sweden and back in 1968 they launched a Kalle Anka (that would be Donald Duck) Pocket book series with primarily Italian produced comics, and this has now (just in time for Christmas too) reached #500. I bought the very early ones and has succummed to nostalgia every now and then ever since. This one goes into the old collection because of the anniversary. Good cover too, and you can sort of touch the “500” part, like silvery snow or something. So they put some extra effort into it which is nice.

(My shot of said book)

In 2004, I published a fanzine in A5 format titled Truppserien here in Sweden, an homage to the War Comics scene of the old days. I was running a site called Where Eagles Dare at that point and it was good fun to create a War Comic and print it (I think, in 100 copies) at the time. Lennart Samor, a well known artist in my neck of the woods, agreed to take on the project and add art to my script and I think it has a certain charm to it even now. Titled “Fruktans minut” it sported Stuka art on the cover (really well made I think) and the version you are about to read now is a reprint in English titled “Nightmare In The Sky” that was later published in SLICE GLOBAL EDITION 2008 as well as RETROFUTURE 3 (in 2010). Since I do support the sole remaining comic of this kind (Commando) on this blog, I figured it would be a nice addition to publish it online now for a broader audience. I hope you enjoy it.

To be continued…

(Trinkelbonker 2019)

To be continued…

(Trinkelbonker 2019)

(Trinkelbonker 2019)

Might as well have a go at some Top Lists for 2019 and I think I will start with the Top 5 Podcasts of my choice. And they are…

1. THE DEEP PURPLE PODCAST

No one could have known back in April that the Deep Purple Podcast would turn into such a lovely affair but it really has made Mondays quite desirable. Suddenly we have something that kicks off every week covering the adventures of the Deep Purple Family in a joyous way. 35 episodes so far and the Christmas Special was quite funny, with hosts Nathan Beaudry and John Mottola at their very best. Every Deep Purple fan in the world ought to follow them on their adventures. At the very least it would be appropriate if the official facebook pages helped them out a bit, so that people could find out about this excellent show. I mean, why care about social media if you do not show some love to the major fans and their work out there (says the guy that has produced 60 Deep Purple magazines). Oh well. I think David Coverdale has mentioned them in some way though (or shared a link), so things may be looking up.

2. THE BABYMETAL PODCAST

As a close second I have to give the guys (Paul, Kevin etc) over at the Babymetal Podcast a shoutout for their great support for all things Babymetal in the last 12 months. 26 episodes so far and in the last one (that was uploaded yesterday) they went through 2019 and included just about everything including a moving selection of quotes from fans. Again, it would be prudent if official sources could help these guys out, I find it weird that the powers that be (that would be you Koba) can not grasp how lucky they are to have this kind of support. Just one nod on facebook. How hard can it be?

3. DIGGING DEEP – THE ROBERT PLANT PODCAST

The episodes are way to short but it is Robert Plant himself that has a go every now and then on different topics and that is quite interesting. I hope that more artists follow in his footsteps eventually. I do like the old man. He has a lot of integrity. Needless to say, he has good numbers.

4. POD OF THUNDER

With 342 episodes behind them, these guys really are the champions if you think about it, and they deserve way more attention than what they have got. Plenty of Kiss (episode 342 actually deals with Bruce Kulicks collaboration with Velvet Insane, a band from my neck of the woods that I have blogged about). In episode 313, they talk about the Deep Purple song “Getting Tighter” from the “Come Taste The Band” album for 105 minutes (David Coverdale ought to check that one out!). These guys are seriously funny.

5. THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE

With 1,405 episodes that generally all have millions of views, Joe Rogan is the biggest of them all. But then he has guests like David Lee Roth, Rob Zombie and James Hetfield on, as well as comedians, politicians, philosophers, authors etc. And he gives them all time to go for the details, which is why podcasts rule.

THE HONORS LIST

Not sure if you can call them podcasts, but maybe you can. The Rageaholic is worthy of your attention and his Black Sabbath history show alone has notched up some 333,000 hits as we speak (proud to be part of that episode in a small way). The Dark Journalist is doing a great job peeling off the layers of some of the biggest “conspiracy theories”, and has to be mentioned. I also enjoy the Fall Of Civilizations Podcast by Paul Cooper, which is extremely good. And lets not forget Pete Pardo of the Sea Of Tranquility show, what a passionate man he is. I admire that spark.

Well, I quite enjoyed putting this list together. Good fun.

(Top image of Deep Purple – MK2 reunion eras – was originally a page from my fanzine DEEP PURPLE FOREVER #28, and photographer Michael Johansson supports this blog – many thanks!)

Completed the fifth Babymetal binder today, another 110 pages with stuff from all over the world. Seen here is a spread from Japanese publication PMC #15, published a couple of months ago. Babymetal just performed the last show of the year in Japan (with the classic Kami Band) and they will be back for the East Meets West shows on January 25-26 in Japan before heading to Europe and Stockholm (February 3). The countdown is on.

(My shot of said binder)

220 Volt guitarist Mats Karlsson has finally got a solo album out and it is called “The Time Optimist”. In my opinion, 220 Volt is by far the best ever Classic Rock/Metal band to have come out of Sweden, and if it was not for Nightwish (who are from Finland), I would have said Scandinavia. This project took a long time to get out there and Mats played me some of these songs (demos) in the early 1990s. Stuff like the excellent “I Believe” and “Heather”. As this is a solo album, he choses to broadening the musical spectrum quite a bit on this one, which is good for him because it showcases just how mature he is. As a solo artist I rank him up there with Steve Lukather and you will understand what I mean if you listen to this. I love the artwork by Mats Vassfjord, his cover shot with Mats guitar being highlighted in the colours of his home County Jämtland really means something in these parts. Makes me proud.

And now that we have this, I hope that this will open the gates.

(My shot of said CD, you can also get it on Vinyl)