Archive for the ‘Magazines’ Category

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.

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Sad to hear that ex-Gillan guitarist Bernie Tormé has passed away. He died of pneumonia this weekend, sources say. Bernie was a huge part of the success that the band Gillan carved out for themselves (everywhere except for the States) in the early 1980s and he stayed active until quite recently. I have a real soft spot for Gillan and I guess I will revisit the old collection now like many others.

His spirit will never die.

I published DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE (issue) 4 40 years ago (1979). It was the early days of my fanzine making hobby and I had a lot of fun in reaching out to the Deep Purple community in Sweden. This simple publication did give people a place to rally and I made friends then that I still have to this day. The hobby also quickly catapulted me to being able to write for newspapers and popular magazines. All that started with this innocent, but oh so fanatical fanzine. This particular issue also featured a Deep Purple comic about MK3 by Thomas Eklund. I will showcase more covers on this blog from those days later on.

Nucleus

Posted: March 6, 2019 in Classic Rock, General, Magazines

Veteran Japanese rockers Anthem will release a new album called “Nucleus” on March 29. It features the best songs from the back catalogue with lyrics in English, all recorded for this release. 13 tracks plus 10 songs recorded in concert will showcase Anthem on the international market for the first time in decades. Graham Bonnet did guest on a previous album and performed shows with the band in 2000, which sparked the return of the group after an eight year absence. They have been busy ever since on the domestic market. Japanese publication Burrn! has Anthem on the cover of the April issue, celebrating the worldwide release of “Nucleus”.

Japanese publication Young Guitar celebrates its 50th Anniversary (first issue came out in 1969 as rock music was on the rise then) with a nice cover that features Yngwie Malmsteen (April 2019). It has primarily been a heavy rock publication and so it is no surprise that Yngwie gets the cover around the time of his new album “Blue Lightning” being released (March 29).

I decided very early on that the kitchen in my new man cave was going to be dedicated to the past, and so it is as I have put my classic old school magazine collection (basically stuff from the last full century!) in there for easy access. Yesterday, I added a new bar table (from Midori) in there, and the first of two bar stools (the second is incoming). Just a nice little corner to grab a quick breakfast or a snack, and the option is that you have a nice reading table to check out that priceless (well, it is to me) collection.

If I have people over for dinner, I will ask them to join me upstairs and serve it with the stunning mountain view I have here overlooking the water below my property. So I can afford to be a bit eccentric in the kitchen. To me, it just works and that is all I care about really.

And yeah, I have some cookbooks in there as well, covering pretty much anything you can think of. But the bottom line is, seeing old magazine covers with Agnetha Fältskog (of ABBA fame), Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda whenever you pop in there just adds to the overall quality of life. How could it not?

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

I published the very first issue of DEEP PURPLE FOREVER in February 1991. Deep Purple had released “Slaves And Masters” in October 1990 and this featured Joe Lynn Turner on vocals. My friend (photographer) Michael Johansson sat down with Yngwie Malmsteen in early January 1991 with a tape recorder (yes, we had them back in the day) and got his impressions of the album, track by track. Of course it was difficult for Yngwie since he had worked with Turner in his own band, so the “nostalgia factor” of the reunion was gone. We used to do things like this, I really treasure those days and I think we created a pretty decent fan club type thing. The cover shot of the first issue of Ritchie Blackmore was taken in Copenhagen back in 1988 (by Mr Johansson) as he entered the stage during the introduction of “Highway Star”. Brilliant picture I have to say. But let us see what Yngwie had to say about “Slaves And Masters”. Enjoy.

KING OF DREAMS – “Pretty interesting intro, but something makes it a bit lame. I think Ian Paice is to blame for this. The other problem I have is that I have been a huge fan for 20 years and at this point I feel negative about the whole thing, before even listening. To me, Deep Purple is MK 2 back in the day. You can not beat “Made In Japan” and “In Rock”. On top of that, I had Joe Lynn Turner in my band so it is hard to be objective. I think it sounds good but it does not feel like it is Deep Purple. They used to be aggressive and there was a pioneer spirit. I see nothing like that now. Joe is singing well on this song but Ritchie is not delivering as he surely could”.

THE CUT RUNS DEEP – “I love the intro to this song! Fucking great. And the riff that Blackmore delivers is one of his best ever, actually. Extremely good. Very nice groove. Joe is singing well but as soon as I hear him it is not Purple anymore. I am not trying to bullshit him, it is just the way it is. Boring lyrics, love and fucking. Musically, this is the best track on the album. Jon is like a God. Paice is like a drum machine, but Jon, what a guy! Best song since the early Rainbow albums for Ritchie. Roger? Well…”.

FIRE IN THE BASEMENT – “I can only comment on this song in one way – fucking shit! Too common, same old boring riffs. Standard stuff, boring. What else have we got?”.

TRUTH HURTS – “Good mid temp song. Had I not known it was Deep Purple, I would have considered it an interesting tune. My kind of song, but it is hard to place it under the Purple banner. Next”.

BREAKFAST IN BED – “This is the one that everybody likes, is it not? Sounds like a “Stormbringer” song. Not sure what to say, it does not attract me much. They kind of drag it out and not much is happening. Pretty boring. And Paice is holding back on every song. He sounds tired. Maybe he was bored? Lord is pretty good. Blackmore? Well the standard he set on “Fireball” is not there is it. But it is still better than what I have heard in recent years. The production is a bit boring. The drums is bringing it down”.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL – “Great beginning with strings. What is this called? “Love Conquers All”? It reminds me of one of my songs, “Dreaming”, right in the beginning. Pretty good, not lyrically though. Next.”.

FORTUNETELLER – “Joe is singing extremely well here, no doubt about that. Good song, good arrangement. Maybe a tad too laidback? It does not feel like Deep Purple, but it is not a bad album. That is how I view it. Next”.

TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH – “Joe wrote this for my “Odyssey” record, but I vetoed it. Too common, you have heard it all before”.

WICKED WAYS – “Now this is Deep Purple! Fucking great! So lets see, the best songs are “The Cut Runs Deep”, “Wicked Ways”, “Fortuneteller” and “Truth Hurts”. It is cool that the old dudes are still at it. A lot of people say they should have quit when they were on top, but that is not easy. If you are a musician or a painter or whatever, you have to do it until you croak. I know I will. To sum up this album, it is OK, nothing more, nothing less. I think “The House Of Blue Light” is the best album that they have produced since the reunion. “Nobody´s Perfect” is a piece of crap, Blackmore is so bad on that”.

And here we are, nearly 30 years later. And Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen are still out there doing what they do best.

How cool is that?

(Note: The first issue of DEEP PURPLE FOREVER is very expensive on auction sites these days)