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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)