Archive for the ‘Retrofuture’ Category

Here is a snapshot (thank you Kalle) with yours truly and Arne Johansson. He paid me a visit this evening and shot an interview about my life as a freelance journalist and magazine publisher. He is putting together a massive project in which he is talking with musicians etc from these parts and it will all be stashed away for safe keeping at the Jamtli museum archives some day. I know he has put together one film and I guess a minute or two from this meeting might pop up somewhere at some time in the future. Always happy to help good people that do interesting projects out.

Good luck.

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It was five years ago now that I published the 28 page Tornado Blaze novel magazine. The novel itself went out in two parts and ended in RETROFUTURE 6 roughly six months later. The model is the very wonderful Ellinor Nordbakk, she was later interviewed about this adventure for the final issue of RETROFUTURE, and you can read that here.

Good days.

Every now and then I need a good little project to sink my teeth into and after decades of publishing magazines (over 100 all in all) and with a background as a freelance journalist that goes way back to the early 1980s I have decided to publish a book. It will be a pilot project of sorts and I will publish this myself. The subject matter will be Babymetal. With little or no real press coverage at all in Sweden for Babymetal so far, I feel that I can help out in a small way to give this excellent Japanese phenomenon some attention in these parts. I have a working title, it will be in Swedish and I will send out copies to many newspapers and news outlets when the project is completed. With any luck (fingers crossed), there will be a new album coming up in 2018, if that happens nobody on earth would be happier than me. Only the Fox God knows.

I took the decision to do this about five weeks ago. I will have 10 weeks off from my regular work starting next week and the Babymetal project will commence then in ernest. This is a heads-up that this is going to happen but it is too early to give out details about a publishing date. At this point, I will concentrate on the actual writing. Later on I will hunt down whatever I need for the book as far as photographs and Babymetal fan art goes (I really would like to showcase some of that). Anybody that wants to get in touch can do this now though, I don´t mind. But a general call to arms will go out through this blog sometime after the Su-metal birthday gigs in Hiroshima.

Really looking forward to this.

 

Mike Eriksson

(Sweden)

(Top image shows myself and a few magazines etc – the images of me, Tarja Turunen, Jon Lord & David Coverdale was taken by Michael Johansson back when we roamed the earth)

I published my last magazine back in March 2015 (RETROFUTURE 8). At that point I had done over a hundred of them. It is not easy to walk away from a hobby that gives you so much joy but at the time I felt I had done just about everything that I would ever want to do. Still pretty happy and content with what I did and it is true that this blog has helped me get over it in a sense. It would take something extraordinary to get me involved in another issue, but I guess Babymetal – and giving them a good cover and a massive feature – could be interesting enough? But it would require seeing a show and getting some really good shots of them. I also miss my Western photography (see Category on this blog). So who knows? Part of me is considering it but the timing is not right yet.

Will it ever happen?

BabymetalDatabase

This is so nice. One of my favourite News feeds, the Babymetal Database, has added Trinkelbonker (or more specifically, the Trinkelbonker Babymetal Category) to their incoming feeds, meaning whenever I post something on Babymetal it will appear on their Database. This has to be one of the nicest things that anybody has ever done for this blog and I appreciate this so much. I knew that fans of Babymetal would eventually find out about Trinkelbonker and this is the moment right here right now. I am so happy to be part of the Babymetal Database Community.

And to the fans of Babymetal, welcome to Trinkelbonker. This blog is made in Sweden and Babymetal has been part of it since March 9 2017 when I discovered this wonderful project. I have added over 100 posts on Babymetal since then, covering history etc. Basically, I have been catching up. I am a former freelance journalist (METAL in the States, METAL HAMMER in Europe etc) and I also used to publish magazines in Sweden (DEEP PURPLE FOREVER, LUCY IN THE SKY, SLICE, RETROFUTURE) and quite honestly, maybe Babymetal will inspire me to publish another issue of RETROFUTURE some day?

Babymetal is the best thing that have happened in Metal since Nightwish came along. Long may Babymetal reign.

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.

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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.