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After a few years of inactivity regarding interviews etc I have decided to get back into it again in 2020. It is simply way too much fun not to be active and as it happens I can really appreciate some of the new music that I hear now and that helps. I will add more of my Classic Rock Interviews here (see the tag on this blog) and on top of that I will now present brand new interviews. I am also open for collaborations with Classic Rock and Metal publications out there. My archive from the old days (going back to the early 1980s) is there for the picking and is quite extensive (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, Nightwish etc etc). I will not go back to travelling the way I used to, but in this day and age you really do not have to. I can take it in my own pace and follow my own heart. I always did anyway. Good things are happening out there now and I want to support some of the good bands out there. I guess Babymetal would be the ultimate deal in this day and age and I would certainly love to get them some day.

(Top image shows me with Jon Lord back in 1982 – photograph by my friend Michael Johansson)

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)

 

 

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)

Looking back can be a lot of fun. I closed out the 1970s (and what a great decade it had been) with these two fanzines – DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE 8 & 9. Two 1976 covers. The journey was on and the 1980s was coming up. I was 18 at the time and I had just started to write about rock in Helsingborgs Dagblad, a newspaper down south, on the strength of my reputation as a Deep Purple fanzine editor. Within months it would get bigger and bigger. Good times.

The blog is doing fine. I think I have landed in a good place. I have left a couple of Purple related facebook pages since they would ignore suggestions for links that I know people would have enjoyed. I can not stand that sort of thing. The Tommy Bolin facebook pages are alright. The Babymetal Universe and the Sakura Gakuin & Babymetal pages are the best and I support them.

(My fanzines)

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!

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)

BABYMETAL

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”.

IAN GILLAN

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?

DIO

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”.

MATS KARLSSON

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)