Archive for the ‘General’ Category


Posted: October 16, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

Earlier today I mentioned on this blog (since deleted) that by the looks of it Babymetal were to release the upcoming Japanese tour on CD/DVD/Blu-ray. Trinkelbonker reader Kmuda Oscarfish kindly set the record straight in a comment, in which he said: “I think you may have misinterpreted the advertisment. It is saying that those who buy Babymetal CDs/DVDs/BDs, for at least 2,000 Yen at the venue during the Japan Tour will get a free The Chosen Seven A4 clear file if at Makuhari or Kobe or a Dark Night Carnival B2 poster at SSA”. Setting the record straight is obviously important.

My guess is that it will all be filmed and released though. We shall see.

(Many thanks Kmuda!)


The Phantom in Australia

Posted: October 16, 2018 in Comics, Cool stuff, General

Looks like The Phantom is still going strong in Australia. Here is a book that celebrates 70 years from Frew Publications, featuring stuff from 1941 and onwards. Six adventures in all.


Another goodie

Posted: October 15, 2018 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family, General

This three LP, two CD set was released three weeks ago, sort of under the radar as far as I am concerned. If you collect Deep Purple, the Vinyl gap from the dark years is slowly being corrected. This 1999 release, “In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Paul Mann”, is good to see (what they did there was quite amazing). But that is not all. The “Total Abandon – Australia ´99” set is out as well, that sneaked out in July apparently (where the hell was I?).

It is getting to be rather expensive to collect the Purple Family (not the first time that happens though is it?).

Babymetal gear up

Posted: October 15, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

As Babymetal are gearing up for another period of action (in public, they are always busy), with shows coming up starting on October 23 in Japan, one has to wonder if Yuimetal is back or not. One year ago today, she performed her last show with Babymetal (final Big Fox Festival date at the Osaka-Jo Hall), and nobody knew then that it would be her last for some time. Then she could not attend the Hiroshima gigs in December, and more alarmingly, the US/European trek this summer. Babymetal has soldiered on, unleashing the mythology as the only answer (friends of this blog will know the full story as it was all covered as it unfolded). At this moment though, nobody knows if Yui will be back or not, or when (if the best case scenario unfolds). Meanwhile, Babymetal just sold out the Japanese dates very quickly, they have a comic book out in late October (the YouTube trailer from the publisher has scored over 100,000 hits, the initial print is said to be 40,000 copies) and there are rumours that they have a new song called “Starlight” coming up soon (not confirmed). And over in Japan, Download Festival will launch on that market in 2019 and although Babymetal has not been confirmed (Ozzy has been), they are the band that the majority wants to see. Nobody is bigger in Japan. Nobody.

Expect the Yui situation to grab headlines again when the tour kicks off – at this point it is quite inevitable.

40 years ago

Posted: October 14, 2018 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family, General

40 years ago this month, Whitesnake released the first official full fledged album, “Trouble”. It was the first release to feature Jon Lord (counting the early singles), who came in late in the recording process and added his bit on top of what was basically a finished product. It sported two covers, the white one was seen in most markets and the “desert” cover came out in the US. They still had to figure out a good logo for the band to sell t-shirts etc but they had that in place by the time of the second album. “Trouble” has a heavy touch to it that they soon lost in the studio, but all the classic hallmarks of early Whitesnake (including some pretty daring lyrics) were in place. Not a bad return to the scene, but they had to work hard for some time for the band to really succeed. In America, it would take longer than anywhere else.

Seen here is a publicity shot of David Coverdale that United Artists sent out in the US.

Young Guitar in Japan has published a second tribute magazine honoring Babymetal guitarist Mikio Fujioka, whom passed away in January. This issue features tutorials and includes a DVD. It is a fact that more people know about him now than before, which is kind of sad. At least he saw great success with Babymetal and we do have all these wonderful DVDs to enjoy.

He had his own style, which is rare enough.

Fortean Times 372

Posted: October 13, 2018 in General, Magazines

This looks like a good read. UK publication Fortean Times (issue) 372. I know for a fact that Churchill had an interest in the UFO phenomenon, that sort of popped up during WWII and in the years that followed. He did order a report on his desk. I assume this is featured in this issue.