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Taiwan surprise

Posted: August 4, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock

Babymetal performed at the Super Slippa Festival in Taiwan a few hours ago, and three songs were streamed on YouTube. The third dancer was revealed and within minutes fans knew that it was former Sakura Gakuin graduate (2018) Momoko Okazaki. This means that we now know who the three “Avengers” are. Babymetal will rotate these girls in their show to complete the all important look of a trio, but since two of them are quite young (Kano Fujihira is 14 and Momoko Okazaki is 16) it looks likely that the oldest pick (21 year old Riho Sayashi, the gal that visited Europe a few weeks ago) will be covering most shows in far away places. At least, that is a guess. But Babymetal have their own book of rules so who knows.

Good to see them on stage again.



Good news from the Babymetal camp. The Summer Sonic Festival performance in Tokyo on August 17 will be livestreamed on YouTube. Also, the Japanese TV Channel WOWOW will broadcast the June 29 show they did at the Yokohama Arena (the gig right before Glastonbury). An indication perhaps that we will see official DVD realease of this gig later on?


Saxon release a three CD live set called “The Eagle Has Landed – 40 Live” today.


The new Tarantino film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” features two early Deep Purple tunes, or rather covers they did at the time that were big on the radio Stateside. We are talking about “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman”. Now Tarantino could have used the originals but he went for the Purple versions. Guess he might be a fan.

Feeling good

Posted: July 7, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

My back has been giving me trouble (pain) this weekend but I still feel that I am more than OK. You see, Babymetal has that effect on me and in the last 10 days or so they have managed to completely restore my faith in them. 2018 was a tricky year and although I did not want to say it in public, I had started to doubt some of the decisions that I saw play out and I wondered if it was over. Then they came back on June 28 in a big way live and six gigs later I know that everything is fine. They have made quite a stir with “Pa Pa Ya!!” (official video is about to hit 3,000,000 views, the BBC version from Glastonbury 2,300,000), they have the image of the trio back even though they still invite special guests to perform with them now, and on top of this we have heard several new songs from the upcoming album (also announced now). Yesterday and today they performed the Beyond The Moon – Legend M concerts (in Nagoya) that were dedicated to Moametal to celebrate her 20th birthday, and we got to see her play the acoustic guitar in the first seconds of a wonderful new song that begins quietly and roars to the heavens minutes later. By the looks of it a tribute to Mikio Fujioka whom passed away last year in a stargazing accident. The title of this song may be “Shining Star” but we will have to wait and see. This is the song that proves once and for all that Babymetal has matured, they have fully blossomed and there is no stopping them now. We have also been given a clue that the 10th anniversary next year will be celebrated. Knowing them they will do it in a big way. And maybe, just maybe, might we see Yuimetal appear? At least they still share the same company. Oh, and I have a ticket to see them in Stockholm next year (in good company). I almost forgot about that!

They have a month off now, in public. But there is a widespread feeling in the air that all is well and that good times are coming.

Turned 58 today and all in all it was a good day. Secured the Babymetal tickets we (as in I and four others) need for the Stockholm show next February. Also, word got through that the new Deep Purple live album has shipped (more on this later), and on top of this there were some very nice gifts. Not least this box of chocolate (you guys know me so well!). No party or anything like that, I just enjoyed a day off. Loved the Elvis 1968 memorabilia too.

Thank you Kalle & Per for your visit.

(My image of said box)


Sky Arts in the UK has scheduled the Babymetal show at Wembley 2016 (out on CD in Europe and DVD in Japan only) to be shown on July 6 at 11:45 pm. This is a direct result of the incredible success they had at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend. It was decided when Sky Arts noticed the response and when they tested the waters on Twitter fans quickly supported the idea.


There will be an 11 set CD box coming out with Elvis titled “Live 1969” on August 9. It was all recorded at the International Hotel in Las Vegas back in the day. It sports a very cool cover and I think he was in top shape at this time. 50 years ago now.


MAD Magazine will soon be gone. The last issue with newly produced material will be issue 10 and then they will publish old stuff only until the current subscription has been fulfilled. The magazine was born in 1952 and it had an enormous cultural impact back in the day. I used to buy the Swedish edition for years in the 1970s, still buy special editions to this day.

Yes, it is Babymetal. The BBC has put up videos with every artist on the bill (through the BBC Music Channel) but “Pa Pa Ya!!” by Babymetal is a runaway success with over 1,000,000 views in two days. Meanwhile, the official video of the same song that was released yesterday has also notched up over 1,000,000 hits. So we have two versions of “Pa Pa Ya!!” killing it. It is interesting that of all people that you saw on that very impressive bill at Glastonbury, Babymetal is the biggest draw on YouTube. This means something. Looks like the third album could be the ticket to the very top.

Now it begins.

Babymetal has rush released a brand new video today. Live scenes from the second Yokohama show (on June 29) with the studio version of the new single “Pa Pa Ya!!”. This means that the third member in this video is Sakura Gakuin member (and current President) Kano Fujihira. The rapper is from Thailand and goes by the name F. Hero. He was a special guest at the Yokohama shows. “Pa Pa Ya!!” is a hit in Thailand as we speak. Meanwhile, The BBC has posted a video of the same song shot at Glastonbury Festival yesterday, and it has close to 500,000 views as I write this. I guess “Pa Pa Ya!!” is going to be good for Babymetal. My money is on that Bollywood sounding song though. I hope they push that one next.

After all this silence, now we know what they have been up to. I have a good feeling about this.