Archive for the ‘Talk of the day’ Category

BABYMETAL

Sky Arts in the UK has scheduled the Babymetal show at Wembley 2016 (out on CD in Europe and DVD in Japan only) to be shown on July 6 at 11:45 pm. This is a direct result of the incredible success they had at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend. It was decided when Sky Arts noticed the response and when they tested the waters on Twitter fans quickly supported the idea.

ELVIS PRESLEY

There will be an 11 set CD box coming out with Elvis titled “Live 1969” on August 9. It was all recorded at the International Hotel in Las Vegas back in the day. It sports a very cool cover and I think he was in top shape at this time. 50 years ago now.

MAD

MAD Magazine will soon be gone. The last issue with newly produced material will be issue 10 and then they will publish old stuff only until the current subscription has been fulfilled. The magazine was born in 1952 and it had an enormous cultural impact back in the day. I used to buy the Swedish edition for years in the 1970s, still buy special editions to this day.

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TEX WILLER

So glad that good old Tex Willer is published in Sweden again. Here we have the first three albums in the new series from Ades Media. These are comics that has been created in the last few years and it is all in colour. A bit expensive but who cares about that when somebody has finally reintroduced Tex over here again.

NAZARETH

More coloured Vinyls are coming up from Nazareth within a couple of weeks. Pretty excited to get “Close Enough For Rock´n´Roll” in blue, but I will certainly add a few more to the old collection, now that I have the chance. Besides, I will have that music room by September and that makes Vinyl very attractive again. Superior format although I will not quit CDs.

XENA

We have a new Xena comic book titled “Mind Games” coming up in August from Dynamite Entertainment. It is the second volume in the new series. Glad to see that Xena is still out there. I think a Xena movie would be pretty interesting right about now. A hard kick-ass Xena can never fail if you do it right.

(My image of the Tex Willer books)

ARTOMUS FRIENDSHIP

Well I posted about my friend Staffan Eriksson coming out with an album back on March 26 and here it is (see top image). The project is called Artomus Friendship and the album title is “A Day Of Celebration”. The CD can be ordered and the Vinyl is coming up. I will interview Staffan about this release on this blog, it deserves a push.

The HU

A Mongolian band called The HU is making huge waves on YouTube with their videos. And they are absolutely brilliant. First album “Gereg” is due in September and they are currently on the road in Europe. They will play in Stockholm on June 27 at the Debaser Club. They will also perform with Babymetal Stateside later this year.

RUTH COPELAND

Glad to see that Ruth Copeland´s 1971 solo album “I Am What I Am” will be reissued on Vinyl on June 28. Great cover, great music.

BABYMETAL

Rumour is that Babymetal is to release a new single called “Pa Pa Ya!!” on June 28. They perform at the Yokohama Arena in Japan that night, first of two before they take off to Glastonbury Festival (June 30) in the UK. It is rather typical that Babymetal hit us with new music when a tour kicks off so this makes sense. We shall see.

(Artomus Friendship shot courtesy of Staffan Eriksson)

DEEP PURPLE

A couple of dudes that discovered Deep Purple in the 1980s has started an unofficial podcast. It is called the Deep Purple Podcast. There are seven episodes to listen to as of today and they are putting them out there fast. This has the potential to grow into something good. So check it out now and spread the word.

BABYMETAL

Babymetal are to livestream the July 7 Legend M (Nagoya) show in 40 cities across Japan. It will take place in cinemas. Babymetal has done this sort of thing several times before. They can sell merchandise like crazy all over the place. The Japanese arena tour sold out in days.

GENERATION AXE

If you like howling guitars then you have one hell of an album coming up. The project is called Generation Axe and a live album called “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” will be released on June 28. On it you will find Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. There is a video (audio) of Deep Purple´s “Highway Star” on YouTube. I find it interesting that it was recorded in China.

ROBERT PLANT

Robert Plant has launched his own podcast. It is called Digging Deep – The Robert Plant Podcast. The first episode was added to YouTube on June 2 and it has been viewed over 52,000 times as of now. I like the fact that somebody like him embraces this new trend. I expect others to follow in his tracks now.

BABYMETAL

Looks like the BBC will broadcast the Babymetal show at the Glastonbury Festival on June 30. This is for the UK only but this will be all over the Internet within hours for sure. At least that should be expected, judging by earlier shows elsewhere.

DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple´s label earMusic is to release a Limited Edition Series of live shows that has been recorded over the last 20 years (Steve Morse era), starting with a concert that was captured in Newcastle (Australia) back in 2001. 20,000 copies. The LP will be a three Vinyl affair. Release date is July 5. More will follow.

DEEP PURPLE

The Deep Purple MK4 song “Gettin´Tighter” is reviewed on the Pod of Thunder Podcast. Hosts Chris and Andy spends nearly two hours talking about stuff in general and what they think of this track/version of Purple on first listening. Some of this is pretty funny too. Start listening about 18 minutes in.

PLANET ROCK MAGAZINE

Planet Rock (issue) 14 is out (Van Halen logo on the cover) and it is a darned good read. David Coverdale talks about Deep Purple and Whitesnake, you have good stuff with Van Halen, Bad Company, Black Sabbath etc. You know a magazine is good when you spend hours reading it (and some of it twice).

REVELL

Revell has issued a set called “Viking Ghost Ship” in 1/50. Night glow paint and brush for application included.

DEEP PURPLE

Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple picked up a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in London on May 23. The International Achievement Award was dedicated to the MK2 line-up and the legacy that they forged, which explains the absence of Don Airey and Steve Morse from the current band (a bit sad really that The Ivors had to go down that path). Still, good publicity.

ACCEPT

Accept will release a couple of classic albums in coloured Vinyl this summer. “Metal Heart” (red) on June 21 and “Balls To The Wall” (silver & black) on July 5 (my birthday incidentally).

ITALERI

Italian model company Italeri has issued a box called “Pegasus Bridge Airborn Assault”. It comes out as the 75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6 1944) is coming up. You can basically build the Commando assault on the famous bridge in 1/72, which is pretty cool. Great looking box art too. I see a lot of publications on D-Day out there right now. There was a bunch of those five years ago as well.