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Well we are off to a good start with the Old School Magazines & Comics series on this blog, with 30 blog posts in about four weeks. As my holiday ends this series will slow down a bit but I have prepared another 16 posts that will take it into November. I have had some good feedback but I can understand that this is not for everybody. On the other hand, this is Trinkelbonker and it is what it is. How many blogs like this can you find out there? A lot of this stuff has been in boxes in a basement for years, it was not until I moved to the countryside that I could have easy access to it all. It certainly is a nice collection. Loads of history.

(My shot – the titles on display here is: Se (39 1969), Motor (30 1967), Levande Livet (28 1953), Vi två (7 1970), Kanada Jim (25 1962), Texas Jack (8 1954), Fick Journalen (46 1957), Texas (3 1968) and Bazooka (8 1964).

I am 59 years old as of today so one more year to go before the big 60. Not that I care much. It is just a number. It will mean that I am one year closer to retirement though, which will happen (the way I see it now) at 65. We shall see. I consider myself a pretty lucky guy. Born in a country like Sweden in 1961 was a blessing. It was a very safe environment. We had a library closeby when I was a kid and that was a blessing too. I read books when I was 10, not just comics and stuff like that but thick books on history and of all the wonders and the mysteries of this world. In the 1960s I listened to the radio because it was the only outlet, but I was lucky in that my mother bought records that I enjoyed so I used to raid her collection. So much great stuff, Elvis, Tom Jones, The Hollies, Cliff Richard. Then you saw Elvis on TV and he certainly made an impression. Then it was The Monkees, also on TV. The first album I ever owned was an album by The Monkees. Then I got “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and without knowing it at the time (this was probably in 1970) I had now touched on the Deep Purple Family (as singer Ian Gillan sang the part of Jesus on that album). In 1971 I discovered Deep Purple and so at age 10 I dived deep into the wonderful world of rock music and radio was the natural outlet still. And friends in school that had older brothers and sisters whom owned great albums (that is how I stumbled across Purple). It was the age of great discoveries, but Deep Purple would remain the heroes.

On TV, you had a lot of Westerns. I know now that the boss of the two channels that existed back then was a huge fan of the genre, and he made sure that the Swedish people got to see all the classics (still love that stuff to this day), and we also got High Chaparral (which, along with The Addams Family surely added something to my cultural DNA). Once a week you had a detective story on TV that everybody watched. There was a bunch of them over the years that everybody loved – Columbo, McCloud, Baretta, Kojak, Cannon etc etc. The 1970s was awesome. I recall a summer (could have been 1973) when TV aired all the classic horror films and we all watched them. That introduced horror comics. The comic book scene was fantastic. So much to chose from, and so I collected a lot of titles. I used to draw comics myself, just for fun. But this interest gave way to music and in 1978 I created my first publication, a magazine called DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE. Within a year I started to write for newspapers. In 1981 I got to meet Whitesnake in Stockholm (interviews with David Coverdale and Jon Lord can be found on this blog). That changed things and within a year or two I met a lot of the artists that visited Sweden. By 1986 I started to write for major publications abroad, like METAL HAMMER in Europe and METAL (published by CREEM) in the States.

Did radio, did a lot of things. It is all a bit of a blur now but I recall a lot of it. At 30 I was a bit tired of it all so I slowed down and started another Purple fanzine, this time it was a publication called DEEP PURPLE FOREVER. This went on for 13 years and then I started to publish magazines with a much broader content (basically anything I wanted to include, with one foot in the past and one in the present). This only ended after me having done over 100 magazines a few years ago. I never gave up on music. I never stopped reading magazines and books. I felt that good bands were still coming along although the 1990s had been pretty brutal. There will always be good stuff out there. Always. If you can not find it you are not looking.

That attitude had me check out Babymetal in March 2017 (I mentioned it on this blog that very day) and My God did they surprise the hell out of me. It was like 40+ years of Rock and Metal had to happen before this could even be considered. And a lot of other cultural stuff coming out of Asia as well. Babymetal came out when the time was right and we suddenly had this wonderful weird thing that defied all logic. But it worked and it was beautiful. And they are now pulling in yet another generation into the music that I have loved for 50 years now. It will never go away. Hell, I hope it lasts forever. I need it until the day I leave this earth and I think it will always be there. The classic bands will go away but new music will come along. Just look at all the talent. Look at all the young kids that are playing their instruments on YouTube clips like they have been at it for decades. They will hopefully be in bands some day and of course many of them will. All this stuff is like positive energy to me. I think I share that feeling with a lot of people.

Wow, this turned into a bit of a rant. I guess when you look back on a lot of great things it is only natural to look forward too. I do think that art and culture is good for the soul, for our very wellbeing. I spend some time almost daily with this blog, because it is fun. Maybe some of you are here because you share some of my interests. All I know is that, for the moment this is my outlet. This is my little universe. At 59 and with everything I have seen, I think I should be allowed to rant a bit every now and then. It is like half of me is a grumpy old geezer (I loved that TV show, if you know the one I am talking about), but I still have a lot of positive energy. I try to stay positive on this blog. There is way too much negativity out there as it is.

Of course, one year from now, we either live in a normalized place again, or we are well and truly fucked…

(My top image – had to have one for this rant)

Thank God for the basement (music room/library), which is half underground. It is the one place where it is a bit chilly in the entire house. It is crazy hot outside and I intend to take it easy on this vacation. I will not travel, maybe a trip or two to the city but that is it. I have a few things to do but I have time to relax and I will certainly blog more than usual in the next few weeks. I do enjoy the blog and I have even prepared images to future blog posts (certainly for the Old School Magazines & Comics series). I will take this opportunity to showcase some very cool books as well (as promised). And whatever else I fancy along the way. I will add a classic Accept interview to the blog in July. I will have some fun with this.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

(My shot from the basement)

Today we remember Ronnie James Dio, whom passed away on this day in 2010. I blogged about it back in the day and that ended up in RETROFUTURE #4 (the publication I had going at the time). On his “Strange Highways” album, he sang: “Bury my bones on the moon, if they never should find me it would be too soon”. I asked him about that when I met him back in 2001 (the interview is archived in August 2012 on this blog) and he told me about it. Pretty deep stuff. But he was also a warm and giving person, supporting things like Children Of The Night (which is also talked about in that interview). He suffered blows in his life but he always walked tall. And that is how he should be remembered.

And he will be.

(My shot of RETROFUTURE #4 piece – cover inserted)

RONNIE JAMES DIO

Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16 2010, so it has been a full decade now, save for a few more days. What an amazing writer, singer and performer he was. When I met him back in 2001 (you will find the interview on this blog archived in August 2012), he was just one of the sweetest men I had ever met in the business. I am so glad that I had that opportunity, and it was filmed by my friend (photographer) Michael Johansson. Still listen to his output on a pretty regular basis. Norwegian singer Jorn actually put out a great tribute video not long after his passing titled “Song For Ronnie” that is quite good. Check it out on YouTube.

WHITESNAKE

David Coverdale is promoting the “Rock” album quite heavily at the moment, doing a lot of radio etc. He put out a video for “Restless Heart” the other day as well, pushing the album. “Rock” will be out as a Double LP (White Vinyl) too, which is good news for people like me. It will be out in mid June.

DEEP PURPLE

I can tell that a lot of people are getting pretty excited about the upcoming Deep Purple album “Whoosh!”. The new video “Man Alive” is paving the way and it is a thoughtful piece of art that will serve them well. If this is the end of the line for this band, then it has to be said that they went out in style. Sad that 2020 is what it is, but we just have to wait and hope that things turn around for the better very soon.

HAGANE

There is no doubt that Japan is the international hotspot for female rock bands and a group called Hagane will release their first album on June 23 over there. Not the easiest of circumstances but they are very good and their video for the song “Wintry Sky” shows a lot of promise. It is a shame that many of these bands never get to be released outside of Japan. I do feel that a label that specialized in Japanese music could do very well over here. I am just putting the thought out there. Maybe we will see it happen some day.

BABYMETAL

All dates in Europe has been cancelled, which was kind of expected I guess. You can watch “Live At Wembley” (2016) on YouTube this Sunday, so that is a good thing.

(Top image shows a Ronnie James Dio article I had in Swedish magazine Poppis back in 1985 – most of the shots was from Michael Johansson)

Here is one for the trainspotters out there. The Not Now label issued this Best Of Compilation featuring the music of The Outlaws (not the Yanks, but the 1960s British band that featured Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and Mick Underwood on drums) on February 14. The occation went under my radar at the time and I think I may be the first Deep Purple Family friendly blogger to mention this 28 track CD to the right people (or potential buyers) right here today.

This was a little before my time but the collector in me loves this.

Babymetal will broadcast “Live At Wembley” (2016) on YouTube on May 10. I wrote about this show on this blog just a few days ago and here we are. Maybe Team Babymetal has a soft spot for Trinkelbonker… Fans in the UK will get a show from Brixton Academy (2014) instead, as SKY owns the rights to “Live At Wembley” over there. The faithful will be able to buy commemorative merchandise online.

I think Team Babymetal are doing a good job keeping the profile high.

The Rainbow 1981 album “Difficult To Cure” can be seen as a bit creepy when you look at it now. It is a wonderful album though and it was the first to feature singer Joe Lynn Turner and drummer Bobby Rondinelli. In fact I will listen to it right now and I may have a reason for showing you this Music & Lyrics Notebook from Panache Music Limited (1981) that I have dug up from the archives that will make sense soon on this blog. By the way, I am having some fun with the format of the blog now as you can see.

To be continued…

(My shot of said book in the man cave – the posters in the background has been showcased earlier on this blog)

Babymetal are set to air two complete shows on YouTube, the first tomorrow and the second on Saturday (the countdown is on as we speak – they will be up for a limited time too). And they have chosen them well, as fans will get to see the legendary Tokyo Dome shows from 2016 free of charge. These shows were the stuff of legends, as Babymetal sold out two nights at the legendary 55,000 venue in Tokyo on the back of their “Metal Resistance” album and proceeded to present two completely different live-sets (which is just unheard of in rock). It was later released officially in Japan on DVD/Blu-ray.

On June 6 2017, when I wrote a review of the DVD on this blog with the headline Enter The Twilight Zone – Babymetal Tokyo Dome (2016) DVD Review, the traffic just exploded. I have never experienced anything like it before or after that post. It was even translated to Japanese and Spanish within days.

If you have yet to see Babymetal live, this is your chance to get a taste. This live screening is Babymetal history.

(My shot from Babymetal´s official YouTube page tonight – both links are up)

Here is a few things that will happen soon on this blog.

April 1. Fox Day. Babymetal will expand on their mythology and reveal what is coming up next. This may or may not include news of the 10th Anniversary that is coming up, but anything can happen on that day and I will blog about it whatever it is.

April 6. Deep Purple Podcast interview on this blog, as Nathan Beaudry and John Mottola celebrates 50 episodes of their wonderful podcast on that day. The interview (with both of them) is ready to go but the right thing to do is to post it on the big day. In the meantime, check them out over at the Deep Purple Podcast platforms (new episode is up every Monday). April 6… hmm…

Also coming up: Interview with Czech editor of SPARK and FAKKER! on his early and continued support for Babymetal.

April may turn out to be less than great, but I will continue with this blog on my spare time.

(My shot of Joe Lynn Turner)