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I have been doing some trading with one of the biggest Deep Purple collectors in the world recently and I was told that he had discovered Babymetal through Trinkelbonker and bought the “Live At Budokan” and “Live In London” DVDs as well as the “Metal Resistance” album on the strength of my advice.

Made my day to hear it too!

Loads of Deep Purple fans are here checking stuff out. I joined a facebook page called Deep Purple – Legends yesterday and added a few links from the past. I can continue to add links with old interviews etc on a regular basis for some time no problem. Trinkelbonker is a good place for fans of the Deep Purple Family. I often post news before anybody else does.

I say welcome to the new visitors. Enjoy the blog.

(Cover seen here is my publication SLICE 2008 – Blackmore photograph by Michael Johansson)

Bought a rather excellent Ronnie James Dio biography by author James Curl (JC Publications, 2018). Titled “Ronnie James Dio – A Biography of a Heavy Metal Icon” it spans the mans life from his childhood (and early bands) to his death in 2010. Curl has managed to interview loads of people that knew Ronnie, worked with him, or had deeply emotional meetings. Obviously, his music from “Ritchie Blackmore´s Rainbow” (1975) and onwards touched millions, and continues to do so. But he was also a man involved in very positive things (not least charities) that few knew about, apart from high profile projects like Hear´n Aid “Stars” (1986). The author captures his journey well and although I have been a major fan since 1975 (and read many interviews), there are still details in this book that I had little knowledge of. I am honored to have a quote in it from my 2001 interview with the man (that you can find on this blog if you go to August 2012), although I did not know about it. Happens all the time these days. It dawned on me as I read this book that Dio was 58 when he recorded “Magica” (one of my all time Dio favourites), and I am 58 now. Is it not strange that he has been gone nearly a decade now? Makes you think. All in all, a good read. Cover shot by David Plastik. 244 pages.

(My shot of said book)


Got some chart positions of physical sales for “Metal Galaxy”. It entered the US chart at #13, Germany and Australia at #18 and the UK at #19. Babymetal stuff is coming in all the time now (it is great to be a collector) and the magazines you see here (PMC #15 and Hedoban #24) as well as the special edition of the CD is all coming from Japan. Su-metal has a great quote in the PMC magazine, “The snail climbs Mount Fuji without a break”.


Wymer Publishing in the UK is to release a book that features Ian Gillan on December 6 called “Ian Gillan – A Visual Biography”. I guess we may see a second edition with another title and a cheaper price tag later on?


US journalist Cherry Bomb has published a story on Ronnie James Dio at the Metal Injection site, using quotes from my big 2001 interview (which was posted on this blog on August 20 2012). The title of her story is “Holy Diver! Ronnie James Dio´s 1978 Close Encounter With a UFO in Connecticut”.


220 Volt guitarist Mats Karlsson will have his first solo album out on December 6 (I guess you could read the Ian Gillan book while listening to it since they hit us on the same day). It is titled “The Time Optimist”.

(Regarding Babymetal, thank you for your support Kalle – my image of said items)


First snow arrived in my neck of the woods this week, so here we go again. It will be a while until it stays but winter is definitely on the way. Got my operation done a couple of days ago. Took two and a half hours (that I thankfully slept through) but I am back home and although I am a bit tired I feel good about the fact that it is done. I pretty much lost this summer and the to do list is frightening. Still, I can finally take care of things proper. In a sense, I begin a new season myself as well.

The blog is still good fun to have a go at every now and again and it is nice to see good traffic for old posts. This week I noted a big interest in a particular story, as the stats for the October 19 2018 post “Babymetal and the Led Zeppelin connection” went through the roof. Not sure if it was fans of Babymetal or Zeppelin, but somebody clearly linked to the blog.

There was also interest from a journalist in the States to do something with the August 20 2012 post on Ronnie James Dio (the big interview, I think the UFO part in particular). So we will see what happens there. I gave her my blessings, no reason not to.

Got Metal Hammer #327 in the mail (first of two versions, the other is on the way) and I have to say that the Babymetal interview by Eleanor Goodman AND the photography by Steve Brown for said story was top notch. Superb stuff. In a sense, they too (Babymetal) have entered a new season, a new chapter. Glad to follow them on this journey from afar, they bring so much joy. And we can all appreciate a bit of that in our lives.

And for the very same reason I just added a bunch of Fred Basset books (2012-2020 stuff from the Daily Mail in the UK) to the old collection, published by Summersdale Publishers Ltd. This is a rather wonderful cartoon and I will enjoy these books very much in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued interest in this little corner of our strange universe.

(My image of said books)

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.

Just listened to the latest episode of the Deep Purple Podcast (#15, “Who Do We Think We Are” – The End, Part 2) and they did quote my 1981 interview with Jon Lord in which he said that Ian Gillan had been a prima donna around the time of this album. Jon was in Whitesnake at the time and had no way of knowing that Deep Purple MK2 would get back together again (which happened in 1984). Fans that collect articles of Purple can clearly see how different eras give you slightly different takes on the history. In 1981, Lord had no reason to hold back as he discussed 1973. This interview can be found on this blog and it is probably the most quoted interview (books etc) in the archives. In fact, the old interviews are a major draw to this blog.

As for the Deep Purple Podcast, there seems to be a brand new episode up every Monday, which is nice. The episodes can be found on a variety of platforms and I really enjoy listening to these guys. And with the awesome history that the Purple Family has on offer (five decades on the plus side), they will never run out of material to cover.