Archive for the ‘Magazines’ Category

I will sum up some of the more interesting stuff under this headline on a regular basis in the future (part of the new look of this blog, courtesy of the EU).

RECORD STORE DAY

Well, today is the day so if you have a record store worthy of the name in your neck of the woods, now is the time to pay a visit. I have friends who are carpooling for this, spending a good chunk of the day visiting a neighboring city (and why not).

WHITESNAKE

Loads of magazine covers out there now and there will be plenty more as the new album arrives in May. Current favourites include Sweden Rock Magazine (3 2019) and BURRN! (May 2019) from Japan. Sweden Rock Magazine goes to town with over 30 pages spread over two issues. The guy that slaps a chick on the ass in the new Whitesnake video “Shut Up & Kiss Me” is Coverdale´s son Jasper (and she is his actual girlfriend). Also, David has put out his Nevada home for sale and it is quite a palace (worthy of an Emperor of Rome). Him and wife Cindy is moving to a new place. Word is also out that there will be a nice “Slip Of The Tongue” box as well. Happy days.

RAINBOW

Looks like Rainbow is set to release a new version of “Black Sheep Of The Family” digitally on iTunes and Google Play on April 26. I guess it might turn up as a bonus track on the next Rainbow live release, and I think it is a fairly safe bet that they will eventually put something out from the upcoming tour.

SMOKE ON THE WATER

The Deep Purple classic “Smoke On The Water” is featured in a bombastic version in the new “Hellboy” movie. Nice to see that Milla Jovovich is in it.

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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.

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)