Archive for the ‘Jämtland (County)’ Category

After a few years of inactivity regarding interviews etc I have decided to get back into it again in 2020. It is simply way too much fun not to be active and as it happens I can really appreciate some of the new music that I hear now and that helps. I will add more of my Classic Rock Interviews here (see the tag on this blog) and on top of that I will now present brand new interviews. I am also open for collaborations with Classic Rock and Metal publications out there. My archive from the old days (going back to the early 1980s) is there for the picking and is quite extensive (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, Nightwish etc etc). I will not go back to travelling the way I used to, but in this day and age you really do not have to. I can take it in my own pace and follow my own heart. I always did anyway. Good things are happening out there now and I want to support some of the good bands out there. I guess Babymetal would be the ultimate deal in this day and age and I would certainly love to get them some day.

(Top image shows me with Jon Lord back in 1982 – photograph by my friend Michael Johansson)

I used to have huge articles in print all the time back in the day and here is one from ÖP (Östersunds Posten, November 17 1984). In this one I had a crack at listing the 25 best Hard Rock bands and to avoid too much havoc I listed them in alphabetical order. They were: AC/DC, Accept, BTO, Budgie, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Deep Purple, Dio, Europe, Fist, Hughes Thrall, James Gang, Judas Priest, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, MSG, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Scorpions, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Van Halen, 220 Volt and Whitesnake. Not sure what the hell Status Quo was doing in there, maybe I was a bit intoxicated when I put this list together? In any case, I had some fun with this story and I made good money on it. The live shot of Black Sabbath featuring Ian Gillan was taken by my friend Michael Johansson in Stockholm 1983. Makes it all look good too.

(My shot of said article)

Might as well scribble down some highlights from the 2010s as we now say goodbye to this decade. So here we go.

1. DEEP PURPLE/TOMMY BOLIN PARTY

November 23 2013. I throw a Deep Purple/Tommy Bolin Party at Jane Doe in Östersund (Jämtland County). Five DJs, all of them well known in these parts, Lars Ericsson, Micke Mojo Nilsson, Jonas Öhlund, Staffan Eriksson and Björn Höglund. 70 CDs, 40 books, 30 DVDs and plenty of magazines were handed out for free during the night. Several record companies helped out, Johnnie Bolin included, and author Martin Popoff had pre-signed his books. Story about this night came out later in my RETROFUTURE 7 magazine. The time had come to wind things down, but it would not reach the end until RETROFUTURE 8 in 2015.

2. DISCOVERING BABYMETAL

March 9 2017. I finally discover Babymetal after having had my system shocked by “Gimme Chocolate!!” and straight after seeing that video, the 2016 Alternative Press collaboration with Rob Halford. I blogged about them for the first time that day and then I went deep into the Foxhole (as they say). I never looked back, as you all well know…

3. PUBLISHING A STORSIE SPECIAL

May 2012. I went out on a limb with the RETROFUTURE project as I highlighted the Storsie mystery, and in 2012 I finally published a 60 page special titled “Storsjöodjuret”. This all led to TV appearances (as far away as Canada), loads of media attention (like a thumbs up in Dagens Nyheter, a major newspaper) and it eventually landed in an Award from Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (that hangs in my guest toilet, not big on such things). I handed out nearly all of them (1,000 copies) for free.

4. MOVING TO STUGUN

June 16 2018. I finally find my dream house (after a 10 year hunt) in Stugun (Jämtland County) and in less than a week I own it. Then I spend months moving stuff and taking care of business and on April 1 2019 I finally moved in full time (having sold the old apartment in Östersund). Since then I have created a wonderful place and I am very happy to live here now. Many friends helped out, but I have to give Kalle a shoutout. Thanks man.

5. ROCKWEEKEND 2010

July 2010. I catch Over The Rainbow, Tarja Turunen and Cougars (featuring Martina Edoff), Twisted Sister etc in good company (Hi Seth!) at the Rockweekend Festival in Gävleborg County before heading home. I dissed Deep Purple on that festival and I do not regret it (people were disappointed). For me it was one of the last great moments of my musical journey to witness Over The Rainbow at their peak and Blackmore Jr was very good, making this the Rainbow reunion that never was (in my opinion). Too bad that they never issued a live DVD, they deserved a legacy. I saw other bands later on but Over The Rainbow was the best of the decade (of course I never had a chance to see Babymetal, that is still to come).

6. FINAL ISSUE OF RETROFUTURE

February 22 2015. The final issue of my publication RETROFUTURE (#8) arrives. Low key release party at Jane Doe in Östersund on March 4 with Thomas Drevin (220 Volt) and Björn Höglund (Hoven Droven) as DJs. The lovely Nina on the cover as Montana Blue. I think I ended this journey with a bang, a very strong issue. Once this was published and handed out, I had given away 15,000 copies of RETROFUTURE magazines and 5,000 flyers in Jämtland County since 2010. It was my Last Hurrah and I enjoyed it. It was a well publicized period and nobody will ever repeat what I did. I can just say that.

7. THE TRINKELBONKER BLOG

I have to include this blog on this list. I started it in August 2012 and quickly added some Classic Rock interviews from my past and there are quite a lot of them now (and more coming). The traffic has varied, but there has been some amazing spikes. On June 6 2017 I posted the Enter The Twighlight Zone – Babymetal Tokyo Dome (2016) DVD Review and it just exploded. Within days that text had been published in Japanese and Spanish elsewhere, which is very humbling. I know that hardcore fans of Babymetal has been here ever since. But I have had feedback that has generated traffic from Ian Gillan, Deep Purple, Steve Lukather and many others over the years. I do enjoy this little corner of mine, and I will carry on as long as I can.

8. MY WESTERN GALS

I have to give my Western Novel projects a nod here and the models I had the pleasure of working with – Lina (Dakota Jane), Nina (Montana Blue) and Ellinor (Tornado Blaze). This wild idea turned into some of the best stuff that I ever produced in RETROFUTURE and I think it will be remembered by a lot of people. I mean, this stood out a mile in this day and age and I got very nice feedback for it (including from James Reasoner, the famous author). This stuff has its own tag on this blog, My Western Gals, so you have interviews and all sorts of stuff to check out should you want to.

9. THE LEGACY

I think I do have a legacy. Quotes from interviews (that are up on this blog) appears all the time in books – literally every year – and every now and then good things comes out of it. I have helped out with scans from my Deep Purple archive that has ended up on several albums, and in 2013 I helped VH1 out for a Deep Purple documentary that was later aired. Even now, as we move into 2020, the old archive is about to be revisited again (but more on that later). It has been a long journey but even now, five years after the final issue of RETROFUTURE, I feel that what I have done is still appreciated. And I guess Trinkelbonker kind of keeps it all rolling, in a small way. And who knows, maybe I will print just one more issue of RETROFUTURE some day? I thought I was done but then Babymetal came around and I am not so sure anymore.

10. SURVIVING 2019

I was so ill that I was jackpot lucky to get out of it alive this summer, but I made it. I look at life a little bit differently now. And then we are suddenly moving into the 2020s, how about that?

(My images)

 

 

In 2004, I published a fanzine in A5 format titled Truppserien here in Sweden, an homage to the War Comics scene of the old days. I was running a site called Where Eagles Dare at that point and it was good fun to create a War Comic and print it (I think, in 100 copies) at the time. Lennart Samor, a well known artist in my neck of the woods, agreed to take on the project and add art to my script and I think it has a certain charm to it even now. Titled “Fruktans minut” it sported Stuka art on the cover (really well made I think) and the version you are about to read now is a reprint in English titled “Nightmare In The Sky” that was later published in SLICE GLOBAL EDITION 2008 as well as RETROFUTURE 3 (in 2010). Since I do support the sole remaining comic of this kind (Commando) on this blog, I figured it would be a nice addition to publish it online now for a broader audience. I hope you enjoy it.

To be continued…

(Trinkelbonker 2019)

To be continued…

(Trinkelbonker 2019)

(Trinkelbonker 2019)

Might as well have a go at some Top Lists for 2019 and I think I will start with the Top 5 Podcasts of my choice. And they are…

1. THE DEEP PURPLE PODCAST

No one could have known back in April that the Deep Purple Podcast would turn into such a lovely affair but it really has made Mondays quite desirable. Suddenly we have something that kicks off every week covering the adventures of the Deep Purple Family in a joyous way. 35 episodes so far and the Christmas Special was quite funny, with hosts Nathan Beaudry and John Mottola at their very best. Every Deep Purple fan in the world ought to follow them on their adventures. At the very least it would be appropriate if the official facebook pages helped them out a bit, so that people could find out about this excellent show. I mean, why care about social media if you do not show some love to the major fans and their work out there (says the guy that has produced 60 Deep Purple magazines). Oh well. I think David Coverdale has mentioned them in some way though (or shared a link), so things may be looking up.

2. THE BABYMETAL PODCAST

As a close second I have to give the guys (Paul, Kevin etc) over at the Babymetal Podcast a shoutout for their great support for all things Babymetal in the last 12 months. 26 episodes so far and in the last one (that was uploaded yesterday) they went through 2019 and included just about everything including a moving selection of quotes from fans. Again, it would be prudent if official sources could help these guys out, I find it weird that the powers that be (that would be you Koba) can not grasp how lucky they are to have this kind of support. Just one nod on facebook. How hard can it be?

3. DIGGING DEEP – THE ROBERT PLANT PODCAST

The episodes are way to short but it is Robert Plant himself that has a go every now and then on different topics and that is quite interesting. I hope that more artists follow in his footsteps eventually. I do like the old man. He has a lot of integrity. Needless to say, he has good numbers.

4. POD OF THUNDER

With 342 episodes behind them, these guys really are the champions if you think about it, and they deserve way more attention than what they have got. Plenty of Kiss (episode 342 actually deals with Bruce Kulicks collaboration with Velvet Insane, a band from my neck of the woods that I have blogged about). In episode 313, they talk about the Deep Purple song “Getting Tighter” from the “Come Taste The Band” album for 105 minutes (David Coverdale ought to check that one out!). These guys are seriously funny.

5. THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE

With 1,405 episodes that generally all have millions of views, Joe Rogan is the biggest of them all. But then he has guests like David Lee Roth, Rob Zombie and James Hetfield on, as well as comedians, politicians, philosophers, authors etc. And he gives them all time to go for the details, which is why podcasts rule.

THE HONORS LIST

Not sure if you can call them podcasts, but maybe you can. The Rageaholic is worthy of your attention and his Black Sabbath history show alone has notched up some 333,000 hits as we speak (proud to be part of that episode in a small way). The Dark Journalist is doing a great job peeling off the layers of some of the biggest “conspiracy theories”, and has to be mentioned. I also enjoy the Fall Of Civilizations Podcast by Paul Cooper, which is extremely good. And lets not forget Pete Pardo of the Sea Of Tranquility show, what a passionate man he is. I admire that spark.

Well, I quite enjoyed putting this list together. Good fun.

(Top image of Deep Purple – MK2 reunion eras – was originally a page from my fanzine DEEP PURPLE FOREVER #28, and photographer Michael Johansson supports this blog – many thanks!)