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Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Posted: April 7, 2019 in Books, General

Author Geoff Dyer published a book called “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” (Penguin Books) last year. It is an homage to the classic WWII movie “Where Eagles Dare”.

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And so the seasons change… The snow is melting away pretty quickly and bits of the lawn on my property is visible again (especially around the house). I discovered this early sign that spring is indeed coming today and I have to say I was pretty stunned. Two weeks ago I had a blizzard outside and more snow than ever to deal with. I guess it could still swing back but I keep my fingers crossed that this will be it.

Living full time in Stugun (Jämtland County) now and the to do list is pretty long.

Black Sabbath Tribute Project Emerald Sabbath is not bad. Titled “Ninth Star” it features many ex-Sabbath members and the song selection represents a good deal of the history of this great band. Dave Walker, who was in briefly in the late 1970s sings “She´s Gone”, which is interesting (see video on YouTube). Tony Martin delivers a fantastic vocal to “In For The Kill”. The project has been put together by Michael Suilleabhain and it deserves your attention. I quite enjoyed this.

It was announced an hour ago that Babymetal will release a new album in 2019, but the date is still to be confirmed. Four Japanese gigs has also been announced, June 28-29 at Yokohama Arena (capacity 17,000) and July 6-7 at Port Messe Hall in Nagoya (these two are billed as Legend M, meaning they are celebrating Moametal´s 20th birthday with these shows). Babymetal has not replaced Yuimetal, the official picture still show Su-metal and Moametal as a duo, and the two of them are interviewed in the Japanese publication PMC (Volume 13) that will go on sale on April 11 over there.

The Japanese dates clashes with the European Tour of Rammstein, so I guess that will put an end to the talk that Babymetal would be opening for them. Well, technically, they still could do a few gigs (who knows)…

In any case, Metal Resistance Episode VIII is on the way.

But very very funny. That is how you can sum up the new Mötley Crue film “The Dirt”. This is not Oscars stuff, but it is highly entertaining and it is also a postcard of the 1980s (in this case taken to the extreme, to the brink and falling over the cliff), and how certain bands lived it up. To their credit, Mötley Crue also delivered good music, they have some great albums in the catalogue. But when you let the excess take over, when every tour is a party (or worse), then the end will come sooner rather than later. The funny thing with this movie is that it still leaves stuff out, like the Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape scandal. As things go, they could easily have added another 60 minutes to this film, but in reality you have to squeeze a great deal into whatever script you go with, and that is hard. So what you get here are glimpses from all four, which eventually adds up to the film. If you want a history lesson, you have the book. This is the film, and at least you will have a good time watching it (the Tommy Lee scene that describes a day on the road is absolutely brilliant). I met a non rocker in his late sixties this weekend who had seen this on Netflix, and enjoyed it. Fans of hard rock will no doubt want to see it, just because it is a film about their (or our) tribe. The young will also hear about it and when they check it out they will probably wish they had been alive in the 1980s. The film will leave a mark, it will inspire people in many ways. Some of them bad probably, but I think we need to remember that there once was a world that had not been suffocated by political correctness gone wild. I would rather see some fucking rock´n´roll any day.

So, good job!

Well I mentioned the lads in Velvet Insane the other day and they are actually recording the second album at the RMV Studios (owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame) in Stockholm right now. Producer is Tomas Eriksson (Kaipa, Flower Kings etc) and the engineer is Linn Fijal. I think they had the first album in the can for a while so I can see why they are eager to get new music down. Also, this will give them more songs to play once the touring starts.

Good luck chaps.

(Studio images courtesy of Velvet Insane)

Wow. They did it. The EU passed the highly controversial Articles 11 & 13 and it is to be implemented in 2021. Looks like the Fair Use concept is pretty much over with to me. Now, each country in the EU will have their own version of this but as things stand it is going to be difficult to blog when the fun goes out of it. If copyrighted material includes all images, including magazine & book covers, CD & LP covers, DVD/bluray covers etc etc, this is going to have a tremendous impact. Certainly on this blog. Then you have some sort of link tax on top of that. I will have to look at where all this will land, but this could well mean that I will eventually have to rethink this blog completely and remove loads of blog posts. I will still have a lot of original content and I can still blog about stuff without showing images, but I think it will never be as fun again when or if that happens. This will also have a major impact on YouTube, facebook etc etc. Not so much for me personally, but for millions of users. This will not go down well.

I have had thoughts about publishing a book or two with the best stuff from this blog. This makes this even more likely to happen now. In the long run, some day, this blog will certainly be gone. I would like to see some of the stuff survive just for fun really. More on this later.

In the meantime, expect changes to creep in, at least I have some ideas on how to move forward.