Archive for the ‘Classic Rock’ Category

Turbo writer

Posted: January 18, 2019 in Classic Rock, Books, Cool stuff, General

Martin Popoff has another book on Judas Priest out, “Turbo ´til Now”. Well they keep on coming, and fast.

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Rock journalist Paul Travers posted an interesting piece on Babymetal at the Kerrang! site today titled “The 10 Moments That Made Babymetal Global Superstars”. The Babymetal community is on the ball so stats will go through the roof. Nice.

Read the article (and watch some great videos) here.

(Picture is from the “Headbanger!!!” video, which is on the list)

Here is an exciting update about the progress on the hobby room that I have spent some time upgrading in the last few weeks. I was not surprised that people enjoyed the last couple of reports (after all, it is a dream to go a bit nuts like this for a lot of people, hence the interest). I went into some details in the last post so this will just be some images – what you see is what it is. Spot the space saved for “the bar”. Need one of those, even if it is on the small side.

Almost done. I can smell the glue…

(This post is dedicated to all the men that still nurture the dream)

40 years ago

Posted: January 14, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Scorpions released their sixth studio album “Lovedrive” on January 15 1979. Michael Schenker is featured on several songs but he left the band while touring in France in April, which resulted in them asking Matthias Jabs to return (he had also been part of recording this album). However the band had a solid album here and the trend that they were going places was reinforced considerably. The cover artwork from Hipgnosis caused a bit of a stir in America but the kids just loved it. It was a different time and controversy sold records then. The cover changed for some time but was reinstated for the recent remaster series.

For Michael Schenker, a solo career just had to be the answer.

Steampunk Metal

Posted: January 13, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Japanese Steampunk Metal band Fate Gear has just released an album called “Headless Goddess”. A European tour kicks off in Germany on March 1. This is yet another all female outfit from Japan with high skill musicianship and I suspect they will go down well. There is a clear interest in Japanese Metal now and I think it is well deserved.

Check out the title track here.

40 years ago

Posted: January 11, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

The classic UFO live album “Strangers In The Night” was released in early January 1979. It was the last UFO album of that era that featured Michael Schenker on guitar and he was certainly heralded as a rising star back in the day (more on this soon on this blog). He had taken UFO to new heights and it would be tough for them to top what had been after his departure, although they did some decent albums for years to come. Decades even. But this was one hell of a peak in their career.

Born Again!

Posted: January 11, 2019 in Books, Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Canadian author Martin Popoff has just published “Born Again! – Black Sabbath In The Eighties And Nineties”. This guy will go down in history as the ultimate Classic Rock & Heavy Metal historian.