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For Mikio

Posted: January 20, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

This is good to see. Friends of Mikio Fujioka will gather at the Club Citta venue in Kawasaki on April 23 to play a memorial concert with all proceedings going to his family. No word if any of the girls from Babymetal will attend briefly but realistically you could never announce something like that and avoid a stampede. Maybe a Mikio t-shirt could be for sale on Babymetal shows?

I think fans would like to support this too.


Phoenix Rising

Posted: January 17, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General, Magazines

Fans of Babymetal are looking forward to the upcoming official announcement(s) regarding 2018 and it is probably not far off now. We got the hint that word would be out soon on December 31 but then we had the sad news nine days later that guitarist Mikio Fujioka had passed away on January 5 (after an accident that had taken place on December 30), and so it goes without saying that everything changed at that point. Still, if major plans are on the horizon, like more festivals and releases, then I would guess that word will be out within a week or two now. And when it comes it should in no way be seen as disrespectful after having lost a beloved member of the Kamiband (the touring unit of this project). On the contrary, the reality is that Babymetal needs to go on and it really would be a massive mistake not to at this point. There is a momentum here that would slowly erode if everything stalled, and as far as we know the next gigs in Europe and the States are coming up this summer. There is time to heal and to get into gear. In a sense, the upcoming announcement(s) will surely help many to look ahead. What happened here was quite a shock to us all, but it happened and it is what it is. Also, Mikio will be right there on any live releases that may come out of 2017. Something to look forward to in itself.

The wait will soon be over.

(Seen on top image is three album covers, two magazine spreads – Kerrang & Pia Music Complex Extra – and the most recent word from the Babymetal camp).

News spread around the Babymetal community weeks ago that Babymetal would be featured in the 2018 Calendar that was going out with UK publication Metal Hammer (issue) 304. I blogged about it myself thinking this was worthy of note for collectors everywhere. So when I bought this issue through a major online outlet in Sweden and received a copy without said calendar, I e-mailed the publisher and asked if it was for UK readers only and today I got the response that it actually was. You may live elsewhere and be jackpot lucky to get a copy with the calendar, but most likely you will not. This is disappointing, and from this moment on there is no telling what international buyers of Metal Hammer is going to get or not. We can certainly not trust the hype.

Sorry if I misled you to buy this issue, but now you know.

Mikio Fujioka is gone

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

Babymetal guitarist Mikio Fujioka has passed away at 36. Apparently, he fell from an observation deck on December 30 star watching, and died on January 5 surrounded by family. The shocking news was made official for the world a few hours ago in a heart felt message on the official Babymetal Twitter account. “The “Little” Guitarist of Babymetal´s Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A. Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him. We are the one. Together. We are the only one. You are the one. Forever.”

Condolences to the Babymetal Family, and to his beloved ones.

Watch him play with Babymetal here.

The 8th live video from Japanese Idol group Sakura Gakuin is released over there on February 14. Recorded at the 2017 Graduation Show it will represent another chapter in the groups history. This is the Idol group that gave us Babymetal but that is all in the history books now. A strong bond between the two remains though.

Watch the official trailer for this DVD here.

A few words about the Babymetal book project. Work stalled over the holidays but I am adding a few pages when I feel like it on a fairly regular basis. I love this project but it is done on a hobby level and so it will take some time (maybe a little longer than I thought). I have to say that it has been good fun to dive into the history though and I have certainly discovered a lot of material (ranging from old videos, interviews, blog posts etc) that I had never seen before. Like the wonderful twitter message from guitarist Takayoshi Ohmura from three years ago (seen here), wishing Su-metal a happy 17th birthday. That made my day right there! The history of Babymetal is good fun to take on and I enjoy it very much.

To be continued…

This blog had 1,650 posts in 2017. 134 in December. 282 posts on Babymetal, 175 on the Deep Purple Family. I quite enjoy the mix and the Stats have been pretty solid for some time now. As you know we have loads of exciting stuff coming up (not least in music) so I predict many happy moments in the months to come. You know the mix, you can easily see what I enjoy and I guess you all like bits of it. Here is to 2018 – may it be a wonderful year!

And on a final positive note, here is the last Babymetal tribute video of 2017. Pretty much sums it all up.