Archive for the ‘Classic Rock’ Category

Deep Purple SLICE 2006 pages (part of major MK4 story), looks good framed. Commando comics.

The shelves (nostalgia overdrive). Cosy chair.

Work in progress. I like this space a lot.

Nice to have a good spot for the Vinyl collection.


There is a small storage room behind that door. It will be transformed into a small office. The record player will be in there as well but the speakers will be in this room.

Nearly done. Suddenly, a new place in the house to dwell in. Feels great.

(My images)


Major news. The 38th Asterix album is out (Swedish release next week). It is titled “Asterix And The Chieftain´s Daughter”. I think it is rather wonderful that Asterix lives on.


Iron Maiden will visit Manila in the Philippines for the first time on May 16 2020, headlining the Pulp Summer Slam Festival. Babymetal will be one of the opening acts, along with DragonForce and Death Angel. It is the first time since Sonisphere 2014 that Babymetal will share a bill with Maiden. They are lining up major gigs in Asia right now. As for Maiden, note the “Where Eagles Dare” scene on the poster art. How cool is that? In fact, I would love to own one of these posters.


Deep Purple will release a Limited Edition two CD/three LP set called “Live In Rome 2013” in early December.

(Official Pulp Summer Slam Festival poster)


Posted: November 7, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff

Wow, this looks incredible. The 40th Anniversary Triple Vinyl Edition of “Bomber” from good old Motörhead really delivers a punch. Seldom have I been more impressed and now I feel a sudden urge to add more of the same (I know that “Overkill” is out and I assume they will give “Ace Of Spades” the royal treatment next year). Now, there are two versions of this and I went for the expensive one with the 20 page book (with lyrics, interviews, rare pictures etc) and the double live album bonus (recorded in Le Mans in November 1979). I am sure the regular version is OK too but this is in another ballpark. The epic cover art by Adrian Chesterman is still awesome 40 years later. He is interviewed in this set. It is kind of sad that the original members (as in this particular trio) are no longer with us, that they never got to see this. I think they would have loved it. This is how you do it.

(My image of said release)


As you know I do enjoy watching reaction videos on YouTube and I feel that vocal coach Beth Roars (pictured above) is among the very best in her game. She did a reaction to Deep Purple and to Ian Gillan in particular with “Child In Time” (live version) this weekend and it has already notched up over 60,000 views. I sent the link over to Ian Gillans people, hopefully they can see the wisdom in sharing this with the fans out there. Beth is doing a very broad spectrum and you can have Edith Piaf one day and Babymetal (or Dio, Nightwish or whatever) the next. Her reaction for “Karate” (Babymetal live) was great. Also, she reminds me a bit of Ann-Margret. Loads of charisma here.


We have to wait a bit for it but Rob Halford will release his memoares next year in a book titled “Confess”.


Ronnie James Dio passed away in 2010 and there will be a book and a documentary about the man from official sources next year.


Classic Rock includes Babymetal in the current Special Collector´s Edition “50”. “Give Me Chocolate!!” is included as one of the 50 most groundbreaking songs of all time. “Five years later, it still sounds like Hello Kitty going on a killing spree”, is a pretty nice quote.

(Beth Roars image used by permission)

Got the LP sized two CD Limited Edition of “Metal Galaxy” (Su-metal version) from Japan and it looks spectacular. Near LP sized booklet with loads of information/lyrics/credits etc. Makes the standard edition look inferior. The Moametal version is coming in next. It is great to be a Babymetal collector.

Thank you Kalle for your support.

(My image of said release)

The second volume of the Classic Rock/Metal Hammer The Story of Metal (1986-2019) was published a few weeks ago. I expected it to pop up on import here in Sweden (like the first one did), but eventually I had to order it from the UK to get it. And the reason for this magazine to be essential reading is the reprint of the very first major Metal Hammer story on Babymetal, written by then editor in chief Dom Lawson (with images by Mick Hutson and Jake Owens). Like many others, he had just watched Babymetal succeed at their July fifth 2014 debut on UK soil at the Sonisphere Festival in front of a massive Iron Maiden/Metallica crowd and he really goes to town in this feature to explain how great this is in spite of first impressions. At the time, Lawson also praised Babymetal in a YouTube clip that is still out there (bit of a classic, he defends them like a champion). Basically speaking, he interviewed the brains behind the band (Key Kobayashi, also known as Kobametal) as well as Su-metal as they performed at The Forum in London a couple of days after Sonisphere and here the fans in the UK finally got some first hand information on what the hell this was all about (still waiting for that to happen in Swedish media by the way). It really is a classic Babymetal article – even the blurbs that goes with the pictures are entertaining, “The energy onstage is incredible. Seriously check the YouTube footage” and “They may look adorable but the music is heavy as fuck!”. A cool fact about this 2019 publication is that when they pushed it on different platforms they mentioned the different kinds of Metal that would be represented in it, and as a joke they put Babymetal in as a genre of their own. Of course, there is a reason to why you can crack a joke like that since it is literally true. And these guys bloody well know it. And they love Babymetal. On a sidenote, I guess I could mention here that Metal Hammer picked a more recent article for The Annual – 2020 issue (also currently on sale). It was the story they printed about the comic book. Metal Hammer has been very important for Babymetal in Europe.

Thank you for your support Kalle.

(My shot of first spread in said 2014 article)

Deep Purple are doing dates next summer in Europe and we know that there has been talk about another studio album (the third produced by Bob Ezrin). This takes them into 2021 or 2022 which is truly amazing. The Bob Ezrin produced albums – “Now What?!” (2013) and “Infinite” (2017) – certainly ranks among the very best of the entire reunion period so they have every right to take it further until they feel the time is right to end it all. Thus the much talked about Long Goodbye Tour that was initiated two years ago will roll on for some time yet. Well, they did call it The Long Goodbye after all, and we all know that we are getting close to the finale. In a sense they are still one big motherfucker of an underground band, with endless tours being the norm. They may be under the radar but when (or if) they roll into your city, you will know about it. They are a living, breathing legend. Looks like time is the only enemy they have got at this point, these guys have got nothing to prove to anybody. Formed in 1968, the real Anniversary however will be for “In Rock” (1970) and that comes up in June 2020, right when they are out there doing their thing. Then it will be 50 years of hard rock. Or Classic Rock as they say these days. As you know I used to publish Deep Purple magazines in Sweden (about 60 all in all) and although it is hard to work up too much enthusiasm over the fact that they are still out there (they are after all promoting a very old style of music at this point), I can still feel proud to have been a small part of the support for a couple of decades. But in no way did I ever think that they would last this long. And they have. Braving the odds, they always had enough talent to pull it off. And the support has never waned too much. I do feel that the time has come to wrap things up though, let the seventh album with Steve Morse be the end, the final bow. Then watch the legend grow, again.

(Seen above is DEEP PURPLE FOREVER #27, published by me in September 2000 – Steve Morse photographed by Michael Johansson at Sweden Rock Festival that year)