Archive for the ‘Classic Rock’ Category

ARTOMUS FRIENDSHIP

Well I posted about my friend Staffan Eriksson coming out with an album back on March 26 and here it is (see top image). The project is called Artomus Friendship and the album title is “A Day Of Celebration”. The CD can be ordered and the Vinyl is coming up. I will interview Staffan about this release on this blog, it deserves a push.

The HU

A Mongolian band called The HU is making huge waves on YouTube with their videos. And they are absolutely brilliant. First album “Gereg” is due in September and they are currently on the road in Europe. They will play in Stockholm on June 27 at the Debaser Club. They will also perform with Babymetal Stateside later this year.

RUTH COPELAND

Glad to see that Ruth Copeland´s 1971 solo album “I Am What I Am” will be reissued on Vinyl on June 28. Great cover, great music.

BABYMETAL

Rumour is that Babymetal is to release a new single called “Pa Pa Ya!!” on June 28. They perform at the Yokohama Arena in Japan that night, first of two before they take off to Glastonbury Festival (June 30) in the UK. It is rather typical that Babymetal hit us with new music when a tour kicks off so this makes sense. We shall see.

(Artomus Friendship shot courtesy of Staffan Eriksson)

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Bought this for the old collection, Jerry Bloom´s “Deep Purple – Time To Kill” (Wymer, 2019). A large format 132 page Limited Edition (500 copies) book on Ritchie Blackmore´s final days in Deep Purple. It all went down in 1992-1993 as Purple fired Joe Lynn Turner and lured Ian Gillan back in, and what you get is that final shitload of drama that occured on “The Battle Rages On” tour. What basically happened was that Blackmore was dethroned, everybody including the management had had enough. The plot backfired, so to speak and Purple carried on with Joe Satriani in Japan. Of course they have lived on in harmony ever since, which says a lot. The author have used a good chunk of my interview with Turner that I made right after he was fired from the band. Bit of a classic if I may say so (it was posted on this blog in August 2012). Well, this era deserved a book and here it is. Good job.

(My image of said book, seen here with the slipcase and the bonus photographs)

Always good fun to add odd stuff to the old collection. Seen here is a recently released Nazareth Vinyl called “Telegram – Live Radio Broadcast” (London 1985) with 10 classic tracks and a nice cover. I have always had a soft spot for Nazareth and they were still good in the mid 1980s. The Babymetal DVD is a promotional release for the Japanese market. It features a live video with footage from 2012-2013 of “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” and interviews with the gals. The running time is 31 minutes. Looks like it was released in early 2014, probably to showcase Babymetal in record stores across Japan in time for the Budokan shows and the first album. As a collector, I just love this stuff.

Thank you Kalle for your support.

(My image of said releases)

DEEP PURPLE

A couple of dudes that discovered Deep Purple in the 1980s has started an unofficial podcast. It is called the Deep Purple Podcast. There are seven episodes to listen to as of today and they are putting them out there fast. This has the potential to grow into something good. So check it out now and spread the word.

BABYMETAL

Babymetal are to livestream the July 7 Legend M (Nagoya) show in 40 cities across Japan. It will take place in cinemas. Babymetal has done this sort of thing several times before. They can sell merchandise like crazy all over the place. The Japanese arena tour sold out in days.

GENERATION AXE

If you like howling guitars then you have one hell of an album coming up. The project is called Generation Axe and a live album called “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” will be released on June 28. On it you will find Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. There is a video (audio) of Deep Purple´s “Highway Star” on YouTube. I find it interesting that it was recorded in China.

Time is a funny thing. Ritchie Blackmore´s Rainbow will perform at Sweden Rock Festival tomorrow and it may well be the last rock show we get from The Man In Black in this country. Then again, I heard that some veterans from D-Day (aged about 97-98) parashooted over Normandy yesterday in memory of what they did 75 years ago. How about that?

The older I get, the more I think about time.

(My image)

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.

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)