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Koneko 74

Posted: July 15, 2018 in Babymetal, General, Magazines

Spotted this cover today. German publication Koneko (issue) 74. Japanese culture is strong enough in the West to inspire magazines to be created (I have seen others as well). This one was published around the time of the release of “Metal Resistance” in 2016. Su-metal can be seen on the cover and I think Babymetal had a poster or two in this issue. I like the logo of this magazine.


Got Classic Rock (issue) 251 in the mail yesterday. Pretty good issue as usual. Not the biggest fan of David Bowie, but he has done some good stuff. Here they give the legacy of Bowie some 17 pages and a cover, which is fair for a legend. Mott The Hoople is also featured, and we all know that Bowie saved their career when he gave them “All The Young Dudes”. Interesting interview with Phil Mogg in UFO, as he plans to retire next year. We will see this a lot in the next few years, right now we have Deep Purple and Lynyrd Skynyrd hinting that it will soon be over. Maybe we are looking at a five year window now for the first generation? Other highlights include Church Of The Cosmic Skull (see recent post), Ghost (dito), Paul Rodgers and Richie Sambora & Orianthi. The Gorky Park feature was the first I read though. That was an interesting band back in the day.

The Download 2018 Festival is featured in the live section and Babymetal is crowned “…the most punk-rock spectacle that Download will witness all weekend”. They are also described as “…Japans premiere bubblegum metal-punk teenage comic-book sci-fi superheroes” (journalists love to come up with cryptic and funny descriptions of what this band is, because it is very hard to actually nail it – I mean, how do you actually describe Babymetal?). No image of Babymetal, which is borderline criminal if you ask me.

Hedoban 19

Posted: July 12, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General, Magazines

Japanese publication Hedoban (as in Headbanger) 19 is out. Nice mixture of Japanese and Western rock. They always have good covers. The editor always cover Babymetal, the entire magazine exists because of his love for them and the title itself comes from the song with the same name.

I have to announce that my Babymetal book project is effectively on hold at the moment. The fact that I have just bought a house on the countryside makes it very difficult to concentrate on the project for the moment and since I will finance the printing process out of my own pocket I need to be in a more secure situation for that to happen. This will take me into 2019 and possibly beyond Fox Day next year. Realistically, the book project may end up as a celebration of the first decade of Babymetal, which was not the original thought but it looks like a pretty decent idea and that should work out fine.

Having said that, as a writer I may still get involved in things related to Babymetal on a smaller scale, but that is still to be decided. We shall see what fate has in store.


Posted: July 9, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

Babymetal has just won the Heavy Metal World Cup of 2018, the annual competition held by Metal Hammer magazine in the UK. It is the second win for Babymetal, as they also scored Gold back in 2014. This competition is basically giving a hint on how fanatical your fanbase is, and Babymetal is lucky in that regard as we all know.


Rock Am Ring

Posted: July 8, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General, Magazines

This looks like a good read. German edition of Metal Hammer (issue) 7 2018. Nice cover, and I can see that they cover the Rock Am Ring Festival in this issue, so there is a chance that Babymetal is in there.

The Kawaii Metal hit “Gimme Chocolate!!” is still moving fast on YouTube and that is a good thing if you are Babymetal. It just passed 90,000,000 views and if you look back it was at 80,000,000 on December 8 and at 70,000,000 on April 21 (also in 2017). It was added to the official Babymetal page on January 25 2014, just prior to the release of the first (self titled) album. The video took off almost immidiately. At the time, several western bands and artists were already aware of who they were (including Metallica) and Ozzy Osbourne did see them at the Budokan in early March that year. Within months they were doing gigs Stateside with Lady Gaga and they hit Europe for the first time as well that summer (conquering at Sonisphere in the UK). But it all begun for real with the runaway hit that is “Gimme Chocolate!!” although it was not their first video. In fact the first album consists of songs that were recorded over a three year (on the plus side) period. It is still a masterpiece but it can also almost be seen as a Best Of 2010-2013 release.

Watch the video here.