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Deep Purple will touch down in Sweden again and that is going to be a good experience for a lot of people. I have never really been in touch with the Fan Club in Finland but when I heard that they will be here now I offered to send a bunch of old stuff from my archives for them as my sister and her husband will be going. Always good fun to reach out to the Purple People every now and then. We are all part of a wonderful family.

As for me, I hope to get the keys to my new place that day.


SLICE GLOBAL EDITION was published 10 years ago this month. It was the only magazine that I ever published in English. The contents reflects this blog well and I had a lot of fun creating it. To get a copy from me free of charge, go to “Contact” and send me your address (I will not keep it after having sent you the magazine). My outbox does not work so I can not reply, so do not expect me to. To make sure that you are not a Globalist bot (snicker, snicker), I want you to answer one of these three questions in the mail to qualify.

A. What happened at the Deep Purple show in Birmingham 1993?

B. What year did Commando publish its first issue?

C. Who starred as Xena Warrior Princess in the classic television show?

These questions relates directly to contents in this magazine. Last day of giveaway: May 31 2018.

Good luck!


(Ritchie Blackmore cover shot by Michael Johansson)

Here is a nod to the past. I published DEEP PURPLE FOREVER (issue) 19 20 years ago (in March 1998). Early Rainbow history covered in some detail in this one.

Good times.

It was five years ago now that I published the 28 page Tornado Blaze novel magazine. The novel itself went out in two parts and ended in RETROFUTURE 6 roughly six months later. The model is the very wonderful Ellinor Nordbakk, she was later interviewed about this adventure for the final issue of RETROFUTURE, and you can read that here.

Good days.

I find stuff from my past in books and online all the time, which can be fun at times. Today I was watching some Rainbow related videos and a clip from an interview in which Ritchie Blackmore explains his 1993 departure from Deep Purple has a very familiar look to it. In fact, they took part of the cover of DEEP PURPLE FOREVER (issue) 8 to go with this quote. Wonderful image by photographer Michael Johansson.

Watch the clip here.

Published LE (short for Lektyrentusiasten) 10 years ago this month. 24 page promotional edition about my fanzine publications. Michael Johansson managed to corner Tarja Turunen for a snapshot where she is holding one of my earlier magazines, SLICE 2006 (also a MJ cover). I recall we had plans to ask her to hold this one for a further (third!) cover shot, which would have been great fun, but that never happened. This issue featured Deep Purple, Audrey Hepburn, Tarja etc. Copies was handed out for free at her concert in Stockholm a few months later.

Good memories!

Every now and then I need a good little project to sink my teeth into and after decades of publishing magazines (over 100 all in all) and with a background as a freelance journalist that goes way back to the early 1980s I have decided to publish a book. It will be a pilot project of sorts and I will publish this myself. The subject matter will be Babymetal. With little or no real press coverage at all in Sweden for Babymetal so far, I feel that I can help out in a small way to give this excellent Japanese phenomenon some attention in these parts. I have a working title, it will be in Swedish and I will send out copies to many newspapers and news outlets when the project is completed. With any luck (fingers crossed), there will be a new album coming up in 2018, if that happens nobody on earth would be happier than me. Only the Fox God knows.

I took the decision to do this about five weeks ago. I will have 10 weeks off from my regular work starting next week and the Babymetal project will commence then in ernest. This is a heads-up that this is going to happen but it is too early to give out details about a publishing date. At this point, I will concentrate on the actual writing. Later on I will hunt down whatever I need for the book as far as photographs and Babymetal fan art goes (I really would like to showcase some of that). Anybody that wants to get in touch can do this now though, I don´t mind. But a general call to arms will go out through this blog sometime after the Su-metal birthday gigs in Hiroshima.

Really looking forward to this.


Mike Eriksson


(Top image shows myself and a few magazines etc – the images of me, Tarja Turunen, Jon Lord & David Coverdale was taken by Michael Johansson back when we roamed the earth)