Archive for the ‘Talk of the day’ Category


Here is some good news. Lee Aaron is set to release a live CD/DVD next week called “Power Soul Rock´n´Roll – Live In Germany”. It actually kicks off with the Deep Purple classic “Mistreated” (which was also on her latest studio album “Diamond Baby Blues”).


Swedish rockers Velvet Insane has a very special guest on their upcoming second album; Bruce Kulick from Kiss. Now these guys are from my neck of the woods and they are clearly going places.


There is a book on Black Sabbath titled “Sabbath The Dio Years – A Photographic History” in the making. No word on a release date as yet.


I have mentioned these puzzles before on this blog, now we have another batch coming up with bands like Queen, Rush, Guns N´Roses, The Ramones, The Doors and Metallica.



Well the US Tour is on and the first two shows in Orlando and Atlanta has created a lot of positive vibes in the fan community. Openers Avatar are going down well too and it says something about the Babymetal team that they dare go out with first rate acts. Incredibly, Babymetal now has a brand new Kami Band for this tour, and it seems to be members of Galactic Empire. They are doing a good job though, but it is quite a twist in the history of Babymetal to do this. It remains to be seen if they are to be on that stage on the prestigious Forum arena show on October 11 as well. It is to be live streamed to Japan and chances are that it is to be filmed for official product (like Wembley was in 2016). That is a big deal obviously. Still, Babymetal has created a universe that only they inhabit and it seems to be working out just fine for them. The set is high energy and they send people home exhausted but happy. Riho Sayashi is the third dancer on this tour.


Good old Rob Halford (With Family & Friends) is set to release a Christmas album titled “Celestial” on October 18.


Airfix will release a very exclusive kit soon, the Motörhead Heinkel HE 111 H-6 of the classic “Bomber” album cover. Incidentally, the cover artist, Adrian Chesterman, did use an Airfix model when he worked on the original art back in the day, so this is good karma. The Airfix kit will sport the album cover, so fans of Motörhead will love this. I wish Lemmy could have seen this, he would have loved it.


The Orlando show tonight (see previous post) is on. Avatar and Babymetal will perform as planned. Come to think of it, both Swedes and Japanese folks have strong work ethics. Plenty of bands would have cancelled for sure, but not these acts. Cred.


Good news for fans of Jon Lord. A remastered version of his 1976 solo album “Sarabande” is set to be released on September 27 (CD/Vinyl). The cover is updated too, but with respect for the original. Looks good. “Gemini Suite” and “Windows” will also be released on Vinyl on the same day.


Hurricane Dorian might spell trouble for Babymetal. In a sense it already is, and the big question now is weather or not Babymetal can still open up their US Tour in Orlando on September 4 as planned. No official word yet from the Babymetal camp but then they are quite used to rough conditions in Japan. I mean they just braved Typhoon Krosa a couple of weeks ago in Osaka and they have done it before. But if Dorian closes down airports etc, it is over. Johannes Eckerström, singer of Swedish openers Avatar, tweeted this a few hours ago: “To every one asking and wondering. We are still staring at weather maps and following things waiting to decide what to do. Step one is to make it to the states safely, which might mean rerouting. After that we will follow suit with Babymetal. Sit right everybody, AND STAY SAFE!”. If there is any chance at all to do the Orlando show safely, Babymetal will be there.


Just discovered an interesting Japanese dance unit called Elevenplay. They perform with drones and it is quite spectacular (check them out). They are related to Babymetal in a small way since this project is the brainchild of their choreographer Mikiko Mizuno.


Ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden will have a book out in November called “Where´s My Guitar?”. Great cover too.


Just listened to episode 18 of the Deep Purple Podcast (highlighting “Stormbringer”) and I have to say that these guys have added a lot of joy to Mondays. Suddenly, Monday is a day to look forward to. Good work there chaps.


The soundtrack of the new Tarantino movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is out on CD. Vinyl to follow on October 25.


Big Ozzy Vinyl Box coming up in late November. Titled “See You On The Other Side” you get every album and some exclusive extras, all in coloured Vinyl. It is a Limited Edition release but I am not sure how many they will ship.


1980s pop star Kim Wilde is still active. The last studio album was titled “Here Come The Aliens” and now she has a new live album out called “Aliens Live”.


Babymetal just performed at the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka. Typhoon Krosa caused trouble with the Mountain Stage (that they performed on) and some artists were cancelled earlier in the day, but Babymetal could get up and do their thing with only a slight delay. Tomorrows show in Tokyo will be streamed on YouTube, so that will make waves.


The first Blue Öyster Cult album (from 1972) is reissued in blue Vinyl today.


Elvis has now been dead as long as he lived his life. Kind of sad to think about it.

(Thank you Kalle for the Elvis note)


Got some Purple Family news today. Flying Colors (Steve Morse) will release a new album called “Third Degree” on October 4.


And on the very same day, we have the 30th Anniversary Edition of Whitesnake´s “Slip Of The Tongue”. If you go for the box you will get 6 CDs/DVDs although there are other versions.


From Commando HQs we hear that they will pay tribute to classic UK comic Warlord (1974-1986) starting with “Codename Warlord” (Commando 5255).