Archive for the ‘Magazines’ Category

I published DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE #13 in May 1980 so it has been 40 years now. I ended up doing 28 of them and then I concentrated on rock journalism for the rest of the 1980s before going back to this hobby again. In the end, I published over 100 magazines.

Good days.

(Cover shot by Hasse Ivarsson)

Every now and then one just has to pick an album and turn the volume up to 11. For nearly 50 years I have had my favourite picks (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath etc etc), and there is no better way to get some shit out of your system. Hard rock and Metal is the natural go to music for such moments. Tonight I felt the need to crank it up and my top pick these days for this purpose is the Babymetal 2016 CD “Live At Wembley”. This one will blow your socks off, and it really is a criminally underrated live album. Everybody should have this epic release in their collection, and for a number of reasons: 1. The high energy performances (incredible musicianship), 2. Monster songs like “Babymetal Death”, “Karate”, “Megitsune” and “Road Of Resistance”, 3. The crazy mix of genres that only Babymetal has the balls to serve up like it is the most natural thing in the world. And it is not. It is just them. The DVD is killer too, but they are so good that they do not need to blind you with the lights and the pyrotechnics (not to mention all the cool moves that they present with military precision) to win you over. It is the overall power of a total live experience. This is the Babymetal album to go for if you want the best of the early years. And to think that they sold out Wembley after just two studio albums. Amazing.

Listening to this CD drains you, and makes you happy. All at once. I am so glad that I discovered this band.

(Top image shows five star Kerrang! live review of the actual show from #1615, and the two CD versions that are out there – now go find it!)

Got this magazine in the mail today, Swedish Rock´n´Roll #4 2020. Great “Machine Head” era Deep Purple cover, and one of the best from this publication so far. Purple has two covers in Sweden right now, which would have suited the original release date of the “Whoosh!” album great, but since it has been pushed to August they now suffer from having a shitload of press and no product until later. The fans will know that it is coming though, we just have to wait a little longer.

Good Ian Paice interview in this one.

(My shot of said publication)

April 2020. Some good stuff on display here: Norwegian Tex Willer (#666), UK Classic Rock publication Rock Candy (#19), Norwegian Pionér (#3), Norwegian Davy & Miki (#25), two Donald E. Westlake books from Hard Case Crime, Swedish Knasen (#6/7, Easter Special), Sweden Rock Magazine (#4 2020), Norwegian Tempo (#29), Rainbow “Tokyo 1980” CD, Black Sabbath “Heaven In Hartford” CD.

Some of these titles (or the record companies/publishers behind this stuff), may be gone six months from now. Support your culture.

(My shot of these titles)

I have noticed in the last few weeks that it takes forever for packages to arrive from places like Canada and Japan. Now, I know that there are much fewer flights and God knows what is going on out there right now to keep the wheels turning? The last auction I won a couple of weeks ago (in Japan, a very rare magazine), was posted by the seller but returned by the Japanese postal service (indicating that the Japanese lockdown is very strict now). I got a refund but the signs are all there that things have changed. I have also noticed that CDs I ordered weeks ago from normal outlets (like Ginza) in Sweden has been delayed without any information on when they might pop up. My guess is that these (new) releases are simply not manufactured on time due to all the restrictions. This indicates that all bets are off for any release you might have your eyes on at this point.

I have tried to maintain some sense of normalcy in all this, but it is what it is.

(The headlines for the last two posts are song titles you may recall from the Rainbow “Difficult To Cure” album)

As I looked through the old box of Deep Purple Family related photographs yesterday, I thought it might be fun to showcase these images from my good friend (photographer) Michael Johansson. He used to help me out a lot back in the fanzine publishing days and these shots of Ian Gillan (1993) and Glenn Hughes (1998) of them posing with various DEEP PURPLE FOREVER magazines looks pretty darned cool. The Purple guys were always very nice to deal with and they never ever said no to things like this. In fact, I recall Michael telling me that Ian looked at some covers and picked one with David Coverdale on the cover as his top choice, when he actually could have chosen one with his version of Purple that he was featured on. I think that says something right there. Ian is holding DEEP PURPLE FOREVER #5 (April 1992), 6 (November 1992) and 7 (May 1993). Glenn is posing with #21 (October 1998). I published 32 issues between February 1991 and February 2003.

Good days.

(Thank you Michael for your wonderful support over the years)

This is a good story. Watch this Japanese magazine cover (Hedoban Spinoff 9) and what you see inside the red symbol of the Japanese flag is a meeting of generations, in Su-metal and Moametal from Babymetal, and veteran outfit Ningen Isu. The latter has been around since the late 1980s and have released over 20 albums as a power trio. Now here is the twist. The editor of Hedoban (which means Headbanger) created his main publication in order to support Babymetal years ago, when nobody else from the Metal side would. And now, as this power trio has finally had their big moment outside of Japan (the video for the song “Heartless Scat” has scored over 5,000,000 views on YouTube), he gives them his full support as they just did their first ever shows in clubs in the UK and Germany earlier this year. Hedoban was here to cover Babymetal, and decided to show some support for Ningen Isu too. This editors love for the underdogs of Metal is amazing to behold, and I just love that attitude. He was right on the money in his support for Babymetal, and here he is doing the same for this underrated trio. They may not be hip, but I have to say that they are. They have got something special and unique going and how often do we get to see a good power trio these days? The hit video is sung in Japanese but has lyrics written in English, just watch that video and get a taste of some pretty deep feelings of failure and dispair. And yet, it was with this very song that they had their big moment. In spite of the crunching riffs (think Sabbath/Budgie). This speaks to an army of rockers and I just love that. I happen to be one of them.

Somebody needs to release their album outside of Japan, and fast.