Archive for the ‘Classic Rock’ Category

ROBERT PLANT

Robert Plant has launched his own podcast. It is called Digging Deep – The Robert Plant Podcast. The first episode was added to YouTube on June 2 and it has been viewed over 52,000 times as of now. I like the fact that somebody like him embraces this new trend. I expect others to follow in his tracks now.

BABYMETAL

Looks like the BBC will broadcast the Babymetal show at the Glastonbury Festival on June 30. This is for the UK only but this will be all over the Internet within hours for sure. At least that should be expected, judging by earlier shows elsewhere.

DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple´s label earMusic is to release a Limited Edition Series of live shows that has been recorded over the last 20 years (Steve Morse era), starting with a concert that was captured in Newcastle (Australia) back in 2001. 20,000 copies. The LP will be a three Vinyl affair. Release date is July 5. More will follow.

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These boxes arrived today, the Motörhead and Judas Priest “Bomber”/”Ram It Down” 500 piece puzzles from UK company Rock Saws. Very close to LP format in size, so they will sit nicely in the old Vinyl collection (or closeby). This is a good idea and I hope they involve the Purple family in this somewhere down the road. Think Rainbow “Rising” or Purple´s “Stormbringer” etc etc.

Cool.

(My image of said boxes)

DEEP PURPLE

The Deep Purple MK4 song “Gettin´Tighter” is reviewed on the Pod of Thunder Podcast. Hosts Chris and Andy spends nearly two hours talking about stuff in general and what they think of this track/version of Purple on first listening. Some of this is pretty funny too. Start listening about 18 minutes in.

PLANET ROCK MAGAZINE

Planet Rock (issue) 14 is out (Van Halen logo on the cover) and it is a darned good read. David Coverdale talks about Deep Purple and Whitesnake, you have good stuff with Van Halen, Bad Company, Black Sabbath etc. You know a magazine is good when you spend hours reading it (and some of it twice).

REVELL

Revell has issued a set called “Viking Ghost Ship” in 1/50. Night glow paint and brush for application included.

The (sold out) Glastonbury Festival in the UK has gone public with the 2019 bill, and Babymetal is to perform at the Other Stage (said to be the best of the lot) on Sunday June 30. The amazing thing is that Babymetal are also performing a (second) night at the Yokohama Arena back home on June 29, so they will actually be resting on a flight on their way to the UK. Glastonbury Festival is a big deal. UK media, not least the BBC, will be all over it. In fact, when the BBC revealed the bill today, they showed a picture of Su-metal and Moametal to go with the story, taken at the Rob Halford collaboration at the APMAs in 2016. For UK fans, this is a shocker. No tickets available unless you pay up hard earned cash to shady figures. For Babymetal, it will put them in front of a huge audience that have never seen them before. The media exposure alone will be terrific. Of course they will play London on July 2 before heading back to Japan for more arena shows.

Well, they are obviously ready to work hard for top exposure. Got to love that.

DEEP PURPLE

Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple picked up a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in London on May 23. The International Achievement Award was dedicated to the MK2 line-up and the legacy that they forged, which explains the absence of Don Airey and Steve Morse from the current band (a bit sad really that The Ivors had to go down that path). Still, good publicity.

ACCEPT

Accept will release a couple of classic albums in coloured Vinyl this summer. “Metal Heart” (red) on June 21 and “Balls To The Wall” (silver & black) on July 5 (my birthday incidentally).

ITALERI

Italian model company Italeri has issued a box called “Pegasus Bridge Airborn Assault”. It comes out as the 75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6 1944) is coming up. You can basically build the Commando assault on the famous bridge in 1/72, which is pretty cool. Great looking box art too. I see a lot of publications on D-Day out there right now. There was a bunch of those five years ago as well.

I showcased this old Whitesnake poster on this blog on April 29. I spent a small fortune in getting one framed and it will be on display in the downstairs music room (final major project in the man cave). For now it will have to wait for that room to take shape.

Down to the left you can see Sweden Rock Magazine (issue) 5 2019, which I bought on the same day as I picked this up. The magazine features Whitesnake (or David Coverdale) on the cover and it will give you an idea of the actual size of this poster.

(My image of said objects)

WHITESNAKE

Whitesnake entered the German charts at #3 with “Flesh & Blood” last week. It is the highest entry they have ever had in Germany.

NAZARETH

The first six Nazareth albums are now available on Vinyl, different colours for all of them. Excellent opportunity to add some classic Nazareth to the old collection.

CRYSTAL VIPER

Polish Metal outfit Crystal Viper are recording a new album. It will be titled “Tales Of Fire And Ice”. Best Metal band out there outside of Judas Priest.