Archive for the ‘Jämtland (County)’ Category

LEE AARON

Here is some good news. Lee Aaron is set to release a live CD/DVD next week called “Power Soul Rock´n´Roll – Live In Germany”. It actually kicks off with the Deep Purple classic “Mistreated” (which was also on her latest studio album “Diamond Baby Blues”).

VELVET INSANE

Swedish rockers Velvet Insane has a very special guest on their upcoming second album; Bruce Kulick from Kiss. Now these guys are from my neck of the woods and they are clearly going places.

BLACK SABBATH

There is a book on Black Sabbath titled “Sabbath The Dio Years – A Photographic History” in the making. No word on a release date as yet.

METAL PUZZLES

I have mentioned these puzzles before on this blog, now we have another batch coming up with bands like Queen, Rush, Guns N´Roses, The Ramones, The Doors and Metallica.

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I thought it would be good fun to add one of the old interviews I did back in the day to the blog (again) since it is obvious that the classic stuff (Purple, Sabbath, Coverdale, Dio, Turner, Nightwish, Priest, Toto etc) is a major draw. I located a press cutting from September 2 1989 (LT, Jämtland County) with Dan McCafferty of Nazareth so that is 30 years ago right about now (not sure exactly what date they played in Stockholm, but I met Dan at a hotel outside of the city, that much I remember). If I had a camera with me I have no recollection of it now (I do recall an earlier photo shoot some years before, but I sent them to CREEM Stateside and never got them back). Nazareth had their 17th album “Snakes´n´Ladders” out at the time. The shots used in the article was from a gig in Östersund back in 1984 (credit to Hans Ohlsson). I just snapped a quick shot with the article surrounded by some classic albums for this post. In any case, here is his opinions and answers to some of my questions.

THE PRESS

– The press bores me at times. They have ignored us and given us bad reviews for so long, but that does not stop the kids to come to our shows. I think the journalists forget that it is just entertainment. What colour your hair is should not matter, the fashion of the day. I have had people ask me “Are you not going to quit soon?”. Then I say something like, “Look, we have done this since you were in school and we are still here”.

RADIO

– I have given up on the press but the radio is another matter. It looks like the radio ignores you if you have been around for a while. That is sad because we need air time as much as everybody else in this business. An album can live or die depending on the radio.

DRUGS (TOMMY BOLIN/JIMI HENDRIX)

– We may not have been angels but we always avoided the hard stuff. We toured with Deep Purple in the States in 1976 and I worried about Tommy Bolin. He was a beautiful man and a good guitarist but he did not want to listen to people that warned him about that shit. I tried to talk to him and he said “Jimi Hendrix did it and look how good he was”. I said, “But Tommy, Jimi is dead!”. I actually saw Hendrix early on and it was way better than the last time I had a chance to see him. Tommy Bolin was one of these guys that this business just eats up. It was a good tour for us, we did better than Purple really.

DIRTY DEEDS

– The band started in 1968 and the first album came out in 1971. I guess we really established ourselves between 1973 and 1976. We have had our ups and downs and a few lawyers got rich on the way. We got totally screwed by two managers on different occations. Now we do not even know how many records we have actually sold.

THE CATCH

– We go out for about six or seven weeks now, then we take some time off. Longer tours are not good for you. You get sick of it and that goes for the crew too. On the last couple of albums we have concentrated on material that works live. When we did “The Catch” (1984) a few years ago we really thought it was a bold direction. Then we started rehearsals for the tour and it did not work. That taught us a lesson. We try to catch as much as possible live in the studio now. It is all about being properly prepared when you walk into the studio.

HOME SWEET HOME

– We still live in Scotland in this small town. The music scene has always been good there. Some people have succeeded, like Big Country and Ian Anderson. I check out the younger bands if I can. We tend to meet bands more than we see them live, in hotels, airports, trainstations… When I have time off I do ordinary things, I paint the house, spend time with the kids, go the the movies.

MUSIC VIDEOS

– A necessary evil. Some videos out there have budgets that are criminal. Five bands could record an album for that kind of money so you start to wonder. Some artists live on videos. Rock acts are still building their careers through touring, meeting the audience face to face. We tried to make an effort to get the new live video to look good. It felt right because some of the songs are quite serious. I am not trying to force opinions on people, but we have songs about nuclear weapons and how crazy it all is. “Donna – Get Off That Crack” from the new album is a song like that. An anti drug song.

THE FUTURE

– We will do this for as long as we enjoy it. Or as long that we have an audience. We have learnt that the band comes first, not the individuals in it. If somebody is in a bad mood we just give him some space. Let him read his book at the hotel or whatever. In a couple of days it will be fine. Some bands split as soon as they have a few arguments. We figured it out a long time ago. For us, Nazareth is a way of life.

(My shot of said article & the classic albums)

Interview by Mike Eriksson (1989)

 

Just added some additional magic to the old Vinyl collection – Ruth Copeland´s 1971 album “I Am What I Am” (just reissued) and Artomus Friendship´s “A Day Of Celebration” (Vinyl just in, you get a free CD of this album as a bonus). The latter is just a wonderful celebration of the old days (and of life in general) so these records has a spiritual connection that is interesting. Both are bonafide classics.

(My image of said albums)

Well we had something like six or seven power outages yesterday where I live and I had to do without electricity for seven or eight hours. In the end I figured the time was right to test some gear (a prepper is always ready for a certain degree of trouble after all). Glad to report that this Camping Lantern (which I blogged about in August 2016) worked just fine. It generates power from sunlight and it was ready to go. A few of these around the house and you are set.

I will take this as a signal to get going again, this sort of stuff is good to have around.

(My image of said lantern)

Pretty interesting Midsummer for me as I realized that I had no transport to work for Saturday. So I decided to be a Viking and make a bicycle trip of it on Friday afternoon rather than look for any other solutions. The 55 km journey took over six hours, I had no idea that so much of that road from Stugun to Östersund is uphill, but it is. Also, when I started I had sunshine and a light breeze, and the last two hours was quite the opposite with rain and cold winds. I half expected to see some wildlife though (moose, deer, bear etc) along the way, but I did not (I had the camera ready just in case). I see animals all the time when I make this journey in a car or by bus. No rest stops on the way, just endless forests and some beautiful lakes. No place for a flat tire or some general bad luck, I can tell you that much. Glad I made the effort though. Quite memorable in some strange way.

Thank you Per for being on standby in case of emergency.

(My images)

Local ale

Posted: June 21, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, Jämtland (County), Stugun

Just discovered that there is a local ale called Stugubrygd here in Stugun (Jämtland County). It has been produced by our ICA (food) store and is manufactured by a well established brewery called Jämtlands Bryggeri. I like the label with the old church and the bridge etc, all located close to my new place (especially the church). On the back they mention how these parts got going back in 1290 when a Bishop in Uppsala gave a man called Gjurd Bodakarl the mission to build a guest house for Pilgrims that journeyed to Trondheim in Norway through this land. I have heard the story, the guy is a distant relative on my grandmothers side. Just imagine going out in the middle of nowhere to build this station (if you want to call it that), that took a lot of courage. I heard he never had to pay any taxes ever again if he did, too bad it did not stipulate that this would include all future relatives.

(Image by me)

ARTOMUS FRIENDSHIP

Well I posted about my friend Staffan Eriksson coming out with an album back on March 26 and here it is (see top image). The project is called Artomus Friendship and the album title is “A Day Of Celebration”. The CD can be ordered and the Vinyl is coming up. I will interview Staffan about this release on this blog, it deserves a push.

The HU

A Mongolian band called The HU is making huge waves on YouTube with their videos. And they are absolutely brilliant. First album “Gereg” is due in September and they are currently on the road in Europe. They will play in Stockholm on June 27 at the Debaser Club. They will also perform with Babymetal Stateside later this year.

RUTH COPELAND

Glad to see that Ruth Copeland´s 1971 solo album “I Am What I Am” will be reissued on Vinyl on June 28. Great cover, great music.

BABYMETAL

Rumour is that Babymetal is to release a new single called “Pa Pa Ya!!” on June 28. They perform at the Yokohama Arena in Japan that night, first of two before they take off to Glastonbury Festival (June 30) in the UK. It is rather typical that Babymetal hit us with new music when a tour kicks off so this makes sense. We shall see.

(Artomus Friendship shot courtesy of Staffan Eriksson)