Archive for the ‘Retrofuture’ Category

teknikland

My family´s annual meeting – Festus – is going to take place this weekend and I am looking forward to it very much. I have rented a cottage owned by a local Aviation Society at a closeby airfield, close to the Teknikland museum. This is closed for the season now but there might be a few pilots doing their thing at the field while we are there. Nice spot to have a little party on.

This magazine page is from RETROFUTURE 3, published by yours truly back in November 2010. I did a Teknikland Special in that issue.

DP_blog

I thought that there might be a good idea to highlight the Classic Rock Interviews that I have added to this blog so that newcomers might check out whatever they want to read and here they are. From 1981 and onwards…

DAVID COVERDALE (1981), JON LORD (1981), MICK UNDERWOOD (1982), BLACK SABBATH (1983), JON LORD (1984), BLACK SABBATH (1986), JUDAS PRIEST (1986), TOTO (1988), GLENN HUGHES & JOHN NORUM (1988), BLACK SABBATH (1987-1989), STEVE LUKATHER (1989), YNGWIE MALMSTEEN (1990), JOE LYNN TURNER (1992), JOE LYNN TURNER (1993), JOE LYNN TURNER (1994-1995), RAINBOW (1995), GLENN HUGHES (1996), JOE LYNN TURNER (1996-1998), DEEP PURPLE (1998), DAVID COVERDALE (2000), RONNIE JAMES DIO (2001), HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (2001), NIGHTWISH (2002), DEEP PURPLE (2002), MARTINA EDOFF (2009), MARTIN POPOFF & RICH GALBRAITH (2009), JOHNNIE BOLIN (2012), MICHAEL MOJO NILSSON (2014).

I have done hundreds of interviews over the years and it has been nice to add a few on this blog. I guess the 2000 interview with David Coverdale and the 2001 interview with Ronnie James Dio has been a top draw to this blog since I put them up. Some of these has been published in major magazines (Creem, Metal Hammer etc), or in my own (Deep Purple Forever, Slice, Retrofuture etc).

This post could function as a good draw to this blog as well so please share this link and spread the word.

Storismag

Back in October 2013, a Canadian television crew visited these parts (Jämtland County, Sweden) and shot a documentary about Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster, also known as Storsie). It was aired in June 2014 in Canada as Boogeymen, “Storsie” episode. I managed to see it on YouTube the other day just before it was removed. I was interviewed and they used quite a lot of stuff from my 2012 publication “Storsjöodjuret”.

It is what it is.

Kiosk_1

I love newsstands. We call them kiosks here in Sweden. As a publisher of over 100 magazines you may guess that this whole thing about magazines is a passion. I guess this blog says it all. When I took a few snapshots of a classic newsstand at the Jamtli museum grounds yesterday – see the Sweden rocks (2) post – a nice little idea popped up in my head. Why not build one of these things and put it out in the yard, just for the hell of it? Yeah, why the hell not?

Kiosk_2

I will buy my own property some day, so I will have the space to do it. These things are pretty small so it wouldn´t be all that expensive to build one, so I think it may be a fun thing to do. I could certainly model it on a classic newsstand, like the one you see here. There used to be thousands of them, now you hardly ever see them.

I would have an absolute ball with a project like this. And I would fill it up with my own publications and try to get stuff that makes it look authentic. Like old signs etc.

Yep, I will add this to the runestone project. Got to have some fun you know.

Overtherainbow_turnerblackmore

When I was lucky enough to catch Over The Rainbow here in Sweden back in 2010 I walked away from the festival thinking it was the closest to a proper Rainbow reunion that we would ever get. It was a brilliant show by a brilliant band. It featured four ex-members of Rainbow – Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Greg Smith (bass), Bobby Rondinelli (drums) and Paul Morris (keyboards) – and Ritchie Blackmore´s son Jurgen Blackmore (a fine guitarist in his own right, and he was great in this short lived project).

Enter 2016 and the return of Rainbow, with Ritchie Blackmore being the only member that was in the band prior to now. His new outfit may well be brilliant, the jury is still out on that. But the nostalgia factor was shot to hell when he went with all new faces.

On top of this, Joe Lynn Turner worked his ass off to get a Rainbow reunion going, and this included business contacts that offered a deal that would have put Rainbow back on top for whatever time period that Blackmore would be willing to play rock again. This option would probably have been prefered by many. The Rainbow legions are getting on, nostalgia is the thing most people would like to dwell in for one last time, if at all possible. I may be unfair to the current situation now, but that would still be my guess.

RF3_rockweekend (RF3)

Over The Rainbow probably had some internal problems that ended it, but I can´t help to wonder if now wouldn´t be a pretty good time for these guys to reconsider this and to have another shot at it? It would be too late for the 2016 festivals, but if these guys got a label behind them and recorded an album together, 2017 could look pretty good.

I think it would be kind of exciting, and it would be interesting to see the media interest. It would be a clash of titans.

Over The Rainbow deserves a legacy.

(Top picture was taken at the Rockweekend Festival in 2010, article – or first spread of it – is from RETROFUTURE 3, published that fall).

Slice2004

This is one of my old publications from back in the day. SLICE 2004 (February 2004) was the second issue of this magazine, and I was breaking away from the DEEP PURPLE FOREVER and LUCY IN THE SKY (a Lucy Lawless and Xena publication) titles that I had ended the previous year. I just wanted to do whatever I fancied at this point and this lasted until 2015 when RETROFUTURE reached the end of the line. SLICE sold quite well but the scene as a whole was in decline (magazines, and certainly fanzines).

Had a lot of fun with all this.

RF5_scifi

I stumbled across the cover of SciFi Now (issue) 21 and it was interesting to see how they used the Summer Glau image. I used the same shot myself for RETROFUTURE (issue) 5 back in September 2012, and here is a chance to compare the two. Honestly, I think mine was cooler.

She is a stunning beauty, no doubt about it.