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BABYMETAL

Babymetal dropped the news today that there will be another exclusive Fan Club (The One) release titled “Metal Resistance Episode VII – The Chosen Seven”. You get two DVDs with Download 2018 and Dark Night Carnival 2018 plus a CD with a previously unreleased song. It will ship at the end of June. Fair enough, but I would like to see more official (easy to grab) product on the general market now.

KAL-EL

Norwegian doomsters (think early Sabbath) Kal-El will re-release the 2015 album “Ecosphere” on CD and Vinyl on May 17. Big day too with Vinyls coming out from PAL (see earlier post) and Heavy Load as well.

QUEEN

If you skip your vacation this year you can buy the entire Queen catalogue (18 albums) in a neat box on May 31. It is titled “Complete Studio Albums”. All coloured Vinyls.

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Deep Purple is to play 33 shows in the US between September 3 and October 19. So we have another trek of The Long Goodbye Tour over there (the stint they did with Judas Priest a while ago was a successful package). As things stand, we are looking at another studio album as well. Well, they have always been a working band. Babymetal has announced the longest US Tour so far with 20 gigs between September 4 and October 16. My guess is that we will see the new album as well around that time, and that they will work on promoting this for at least two years as they see fit. Swedish rockers Avatar, a very theatrical outfit, is to open for Babymetal.

With the American economy booming, things may be looking up over there if you are fairly well known.

Got these magazines on import from Japan today. BURRN! Magazine (issue 5 2019) and PMC Magazine (Volume 13) with David Coverdale and Babymetal on the covers. 24 pages (plus cover) of Whitesnake in BURRN! and 42 pages (plus cover) of Babymetal in PMC. Very high quality titles, I have collected some BURRN! issues for decades (usually when they cover the Deep Purple family, which is quite common), and PMC often cover Babymetal so that is a given too. The title of this post comes from a track on the upcoming Whitesnake album. The countdown is on.

(My image of said magazines – thank you for your support Kalle)

SABATON

Sabaton is back in the news. They are set to release a brand new album called “The Great War” on July 19. This will be released in several different versions (I see a rare blue Vinyl is planned for Sweden through Ginza). Meanwhile, and this is huge, they have just put out a new song/video called “Bismarck” on YouTube, a collaboration (the video that is) with World of Warships. The video is brilliant and the interest is sky high. I suggest you check it out.

BABYMETAL

More dates have been released from the Babymetal camp. They will play at The Brixton O2 Academy in London on July 2, a gig squeezed in between two Japanese dates so it is probably a promotional trip to do some press in Europe. They have also announced that they will perform at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento (still in California) on October 13, two days after the headline show at The Forum in Inglewood (see earlier post). Looks like they are dropping news almost on a daily basis now, to get a buzz going.

WHITESNAKE

Whitesnake are doing well in the States. The US Tour is rolling and the band is doing a good job. They are concentrating the set around three albums, “Slide It In”, “1987” and “Flesh & Blood” (to be released in May). David is slightly more static than before, but at 67 and having undergone knee surgery not too long ago, I do not blame him. I think Whitesnake are far better in 2019 than we have any reason to expect. He truly is the last Rock Star. The Roger Moore of Classic Rock.

Here is a couple of boxes that I have recently added to the old collection. The new “Slide It In” box from Whitesnake (six CDs, one DVD, photo book etc) and the “Trilogy” box from Babymetal (covering three big shows from 2015 on DVD, a fantastic photo book etc). Awesome stuff. Hard not to notice that many of the classic bands are doing this sort of thing when all has been said and done (looking back is not a bad thing). Babymetal did it on the way up, and these incredible (Limited Edition) Fan Club boxes are so good it is just silly. Every DVD in the Babymetal box would kill almost anything else that is on the market today. The standard is way higher, and it spoils you to the point were other live DVDs looks bland.

Love the past, the present is in good hands.

(My image of said boxes – thank you Kalle for your support)

Babymetal has booked their first ever American Arena gig in Los Angeles. It will take place at the classic venue The Forum on October 11. Fans that buy a ticket will get a free CD of the as yet to be announced third studio album. Now The Forum is owned by Madison Square Garden, so one has to wonder if this means a show in New York as well if this sells out? In any case, this is the big moment. Expect them to launch one hell of a campaign for the third album. The rumoured Digital Single for the new song “Elevator Girl” has been confirmed for May 10 and we have to assume that a video will appear as well although we have to wait and see. Incidentally, this will not be the first concert for Babymetal at The Forum as they opened for Korn there in 2017. As far as prestige is concerned, this is huge. I think they will go all out and a future DVD release could well be planned.

(Official image)

PAL

The 1976 PAL (Paice Ashton Lord) album “Malice In Wonderland” is set for re-release on the earMusic label in Europe on May 17. It will get the gatefold sleeve treatment as well, which is a good thing. Loads of goodies on this one including stuff that was intended for the second (aborted) album.

BLACK SABBATH

I find it interesting that Tony Iommi is re-mixing the “Forbidden” album, the last Black Sabbath album before the Ozzy reunion. It felt like a bit of a disaster back in the day, it really was the only Tony Martin album I never could quite enjoy. I guess Iommi intends to give it a well deserved boost.

BABYMETAL

Rumours are in full swing that Babymetal will release a song called “Elevator Girl” on May 10, but this has yet to be confirmed. They did perform this song live last year. We shall see.