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German publication Eclipsed (April 2017). Third Deep Purple magazine cover for “inFinite” in Europe. And this is only the beginning.

Love the expedition idea.

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The two Babymetal double DVDs “Live At Budokan” (March 2014) and “Live In London” (July/November 2014) were released in Europe on the same day in late October 2015. Incredibly, the two is beautifully executed in every way imaginable (although the nights at Bodukan is hard to beat), and the Fox God is introduced as he is presenting the gift of Babymetal for mankind to unite and be one. There is a lot of theater in this, but it works. Again, the show is evolving and I find it hard to believe that they were this great after just one album. The Academy Brixton Show ends with the brand new song “Road Of Resistance”, a true Metal classic with insane energy. I have the debut CD but I still need to hear it. Still in 2014 at the moment then, but I will catch up. The second album (Metal Resistance”, 2016), was the first product I bought (see earlier post), and it certainly opened my eyes. This is Party Metal on steroids. Babymetal is indeed a gift to mankind.

Watch “Gimme Chocolate!!” from the Brixton show here.

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UK publication Rock Sound (issue) 212, published in May 2016.

Nice cover.

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And here it is, the Agent Smart moment. If you know your television history you know that the Agent Smart character often said “Missed it by that much”, meaning he was soooo close to solving the case, but somebody else probably beat him to it (like his beautiful assistant, Agent 99). Found this half page ad in Sweden Rock Magazine (issue) 12 2016 from Playground/earMusic, pushing product with Jon Lord (“Gemini Suite” CD), Deep Purple “California Jam 1974” DVD) and Babymetal (“Live At Wembley” CD). There is no way on earth that I could have missed this ad, but apparently, I missed Babymetal by that much…

Well I am on the case now…

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Good day today (as mentioned earlier). Babymetal´s “Live At Budokan” double DVD set (two nights were filmed) popped up and it feels right to begin the visual live journey with this release. Produced in early 2014 the two nights were released in Japan as “Live At Budokan: Red Night” and “Live At Budokan: Black Night” on CD and DVD in January 2015, followed by Europe in October 2015. I have the double set now and spent three hours taking it all in tonight. I cranked it up and the Fox God took me on a Metal journey that I will not forget in a hurry.

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Usually when a band plays two nights in a row the set list (or visuals) is not going to differ much, but here it is like two different events that could have been recorded six months apart. It is hard to comprehend that Babymetal reached this level of sheer professionalism this early in their career. Most bands would be lucky if they could peak with these sorts of highlights, this band kicks off their career on the international arena with it. In fact, the second night ends with a very moving animation/stage presentation in which the Fox God sends Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal to Europe in three red caskets through space or some strange dimension. All in all, few bands can compete with this today – the ideas are piling up in front of your eyes and the pace is relentless. Come the ballads and the majestic stuff, it only enhances the show.

This is a brilliant DVD set, now the journey will take me to the next level (as they have moved on since this was made), and that will be coming up next on this blog.

View opening track “Megitsune” from “Red Night” here.

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Good day today. My e-mail server decided to work again after a three day rest (nothing I could do, it was a national problem) and I could take care of business again. Then Classic Rock (issue) 234 arrived in the mail and I spent an hour reading this. Deep Purple cover story, with all current members interviewed. A 43 minute eight track CD with Purple stuff (studio and live) is a really nice bonus, in my youth that would have been a complete albums worth of music. Also good stuff with Black Sabbath, Glenn Hughes, Jimi Hendrix etc. I have had a rare nine day holiday that is coming to an end soon but it has been a very nice rest with plenty of good things happening.

Very nice.

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One good thing about the web is that people are putting up all sorts of things, and some of it can obviously be both fun to watch but also help you decide whether to buy a product or not. I have made a habit of checking out fans unpacking boxes with musical content (the expensive stuff), giving you a first reaction and showing you the goods. Here we have a current example from the UK, as we get to see the Babymetal “Live At Wembley” set unboxed and reviewed by CallieSakura (name of the YouTube Channel). This is a charming example of this and you can sense the excitement in the air. I can totally relate to that. And if you like this film there is plenty more to check out on this Channel.

View the report here.