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Swedish rockers Velvet Insane released their debut album a few weeks ago and since they are local boys from Jämtland County (see our local flag inserted in the picture above!) I thought it would be interesting to check in on the general progress. I asked Jesper Lindgren to send over some quotes and information for this blog and so he did. Now I did cut out some quotes in Spanish and Italian, lets just say that the guys have some really good feedback out there, and that things are looking good. Here is a glimpse of what is going on.

QUOTES FROM REVIEWS:

“”Coffee, Jazz and Arts” is truly a beautiful song that will cast you away, and worth the album price on its own” (Powerplay 8/10)

“Much of the music is emotionally fragile and with vulnerable vocals that fit well with the music. Just listen to the beautiful “Coffee, Jazz and Arts”. We also get rockier songs with some fine guitar work, including the smashing “King of the Foolish”. This is a rather promising debut” (Roppongi Rocks)

“Velvet Insane are an amazing talent. The Swedish guys, known more for their ice and snow, have a strong chemistry with each other. The proof is in each and every song on this album. Every song seems to meld into the next as if telling their story, and each keeps you listening intently. Jonas channels his heroes truthfully throughout. The band broadcast their own talents within the harmonies of every song. With the right push, these guys could go far”. (Metal Temple 10/10)

“…which did not prevent the musicians from delivering a classic Hard Rock album with seventies vibes. The sound is unbelievably analog, the songs have soul and variety, so that the almost 45 minutes go by in flight” (My revelations)

“… Anyway score time, I can only give it one score and that’s the top one” (Frame Music)

Velvet Insane segues into “High on Love”, a number I’ve now begun to hear being played on local New York City radio stations. It’s a slick selection which I’m betting that once you hear it you’re going to have a really hard time getting it out of your mind” (Sputnik Music Magazine)

“An upcoming tour in Australia was about to be made and the dreams about making and playing music started to get real. So they started touring in Japan and UK followed by tours that took them to Spain and the United States” (Flight of the Pegasus)

“”Coffee, Jazz and Arts” är plötsligt en lugn och riktigt stämningsfull ballad som inte bara drar ner tempot utan överraskar med en känsla av svensk folkmusik blandad med lite country och sydstats vibbar. Vansinnigt snyggt!” (The Maloik blog 9/10)

“Detta är en harmonisk, mogen och tidlös platta. Ett angenämt tillskott i musiksamlingen” (7/10 Sweden rock Magazine)

“En frisk rockfläkt från Östersund. Rötter finns i rocken när den stavades Mott The Hoople, Humble Pie, det rockigaste av Waterboys och T.rex – fast hela härligheten är lite förfinad, lite mer rock – och det är strålande. Jonas Eriksson är en av vårt lands stora rockröster!” (Ginza)

US RADIO CHARTS:

WEIGHTED RADIO AIRPLAY CHARTS #288 / UNWEIGHTED RADIO AIRPLAY CHARTS #259 / M3 RADIO #1 T30 / M3 RADIO #2 / KLCZ #3 T30 / M3 RADIO #4 / WERU #5 T30 / CHMR #6 T30 / WNMC #6 T30 / KMUD #7 T30 / WXYC #7 T30 / WRRC #8 T30 / KWLC #8 T30 / RADIO CUH #8 T30 / WDWN #9 T30 / KSLU(S) #10 T30 / WXDU #10 T30 / M3 RADIO #14 T30.

# 1 on East Orland, # 2 on KSUA Fairbanks, # 5 on WDWN Auburn, # 14 on CMJ National radio 200 Adds Chart.

GERMANY:

# 24 on Metal Rock Chart.

Check out the latest video “My Way Of Life Is You” on YouTube now.

 

(To be continued)

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Legacy

Posted: March 23, 2019 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

Bought the “Bohemian Rhapsody” DVD a couple of days ago and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. It really is quite stunning that they can recreate Live Aid like this, that in itself is rather spectacular right there. I go back to 1974 with Queen so I have been a listener and followed them right through their career. Amazingly, I never saw them perform. Not sure why since I made a point of catching most of the big bands back in the day, not least because I was a freelance journalist at the time. I do regret it now. But the musical legacy of Queen remains iconic and I think they have captured it all from an interesting angle looking at it from the point of view of Freddie Mercury. A movie has to work and he was the guy up front, selling the music with his incredible stage presence and that voice. Then there was the dark side, that we never really saw. His death in 1991 was a blow, but he worked his magic to the very end. A film that can capture the rise and fall of such an enigmatic performer will go down well if treated with respect. I think “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a success on every level, and the praise (Oscars etc) is well deserved. Also, it will capture the interest of a new generation that never got to experience Queen back in the day. I have seen proof up close, a good friend has a daughter that suddenly turned into a massive Queen fan after having seen this movie. Saw it more than once, like we saw with films like “Titanic”. She is surely not alone in this, which proves how a well made film can add a great deal to an already massive legacy. For friends of Classic Rock, this is bloody great.

Well done.

The Art of Ian Kennedy

Posted: March 19, 2019 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff, General

Due out in April from Heritage Comics in the UK, we have a book celebrating legendary artist Ian Kennedy. Titled “The Art of Ian Kennedy”, we will get 160 pages of his work in this Volume.

Nice.

Peppermint Fury

Posted: March 15, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, TV & Movies

Bought “Peppermint” on DVD and watched it today. This just might be the best revenge movie ever made. Jennifer Garner is excellent in this film and I hope they make a follow-up sooner rather that later. Enough said.

Well this is interesting. A young American band that consists of three brothers and two sisters are bringing Classic Rock back into the mainstream as we speak. They released their first six track EP (or mini album, same as Greta Van Fleet did not long ago) Stateside in January and right now they are making waves on the new hit show The World´s Best. The performance there recently with a cover of Dio´s “Rainbow In The Dark” earned them praise and it has to be said that there is a lot of potential in this group, a general vibe and appeal that could well give them a place in the next phase in the history of Classic Rock. Maybe this is an early sign – along with Greta Van Fleet – that things are brewing again and that a new generation is coming up. I think we all know that Classic Rock and Metal will never go away. Never in a million years. Oh, and one more thing. Ronnie James Dio would have loved to have seen this. I wish Liliac all the best – may they live and prosper.

Congratulations to Babymetal for reaching 100,000,000 views of “Gimme Chocolate!!” on YouTube today. The video was uploaded five years ago and when I discovered Babymetal a couple of years ago it was at 68,000,000 plus, so it is still moving along nicely. So is “Karate” that was uploaded roughly three years ago with 48,000,000 hits. I have said this before, “Gimme Chocolate!!” is one of the most effective videos (both visually and musically) that has ever been made. It is very very catchy, and once exposed to Babymetal you might just feel quite at home in the Fox Hole. As for news of the next album etc, it seems likely that we will get that on Fox Day (April 1).

I published DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE (issue) 4 40 years ago (1979). It was the early days of my fanzine making hobby and I had a lot of fun in reaching out to the Deep Purple community in Sweden. This simple publication did give people a place to rally and I made friends then that I still have to this day. The hobby also quickly catapulted me to being able to write for newspapers and popular magazines. All that started with this innocent, but oh so fanatical fanzine. This particular issue also featured a Deep Purple comic about MK3 by Thomas Eklund. I will showcase more covers on this blog from those days later on.