Archive for the ‘Feedback’ Category


Came back from work today and discovered that Japanese blogs has started to spread the news about my upcoming Babymetal book project (which I went public with a couple of days ago), and consequently the Stats are through the roof right now on this blog. I am very humble for the attention and I do realize that I should perhaps add my Contact information if somebody wants to get in touch. So here it is (see above).

I also realize that this means that Babymetal and the organisation behind them might pick up on this and that is yet another reason for me to be very public about this. I see this project as a labor of love and I really want to support Babymetal in Sweden.

Thank you for your support.

Apostle of Babymetal/Heavens-Fox Blog post here. Hamankarn post here.

Mike Eriksson

(Correct e-mail updated 2019-01-25)



Well this is nice. The Japanese site Babymetal Database features my posts on all things Babymetal, so things like this can happen. I kind of like this, feels good to see a bit of the past in there, a bit of the 1970s. Makes me wonder if there is a tune that Babymetal could cover in one way or another?

How about “Bloodsucker” from “In Rock” (1970)? Listen to it here.


I just read Jerry Bloom´s “The Road of Golden Dust – The Deep Purple Story 1968-76” (Wymer Publishing, 2015) and it´s a good take on a very exciting and turbulent story. Jerry is no stranger in this field, he published a Ritchie Blackmore fanzine in the UK for years and he has penned several books on Blackmore and the Purple Family.

I´ve several quotes from my old interviews in the book, which is nice. Extra kudos for the very detailed information about the 1960s and the years that lead up to the formation of this band.

Nice cover too.


Darned good traffic on the blog right now, lots of Black Sabbath fans popping by at the moment which is good fun. Also healthy interest in my western stuff, the interview with my Tornado Blaze model Ellinor sticking out at the moment.

The 2000 interview with David Coverdale is always a top draw, and I´ve noticed that his wife has seen it (she used an image on her page), so that´s nice. Steve Lukather seems to have checked his stuff out, I can certainly see links. All in all, I can see that loads of people – some that are pretty famous – has been here.

I like this little world of mine, it is what it is.

(Pictured: model Ellinor in 2012 and Tony Iommi in 1989).


It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.


You may recall the post about Deep Purple and the Gold record incident in Germany back in 1972 a few weeks ago. Well, new pictures from this day has popped up (from fans) so I thought that I should showcase one here now. I don´t know the source, could be a shot by EMI in Germany, but I don´t know. But there it is, the scandalous Gold record cut in half because “Fireball” had not quite made it yet. It´s such a bizarre incident in the Purple history. Actually, this story has doubled the daily visits to this blog and my guess is that a chunk of Purple fans took a look at this blog and decided that they liked it (as strange as it may or may not be). That´s cool and I´m glad for the new support.

Deep Purple ruled.


Classic Rock issue 211 is out (Rush cover) and it´s a good one. David Coverdale defends “The Purple Album” and the path that he´s currently walking (see top image), and there´s a great Toto interview as well. I also noticed that Tarja Turunen has got a new live album/CD/DVD out called “Luna Park Ride”, so I´ve ordered that for the old collection (and I think she deserves the support). I also enjoyed the features on Rush and Beth Hart in this issue. This blog has got 89 visitors per hour right now – Deep Purple Overseas linked Trinkelbonker again the other day on facebook and there´s an awful lot of Deep Purple fans out there. But I can see that Ted Nugent fans are here right now as well, in good numbers.