Coverdale book

Posted: August 13, 2019 in Books, Cool stuff, Deep Purple Family

Ordered the recently published book “David Coverdale – A Life In Vision” (Wymer Publishing) by Andy Francis. David Coverdale is not involved here but it is a nice book on his career in pictures, with some text to explain the context of it all. Hardback, ca 130 pages. A bit expensive, but it is a decent enough job and fans will probably enjoy it. They did borrow a quote from my 2000 interview with David (as found on this blog) but my name is not mentioned. Getting used to this sort of thing now.

(My image of said book)



Posted: August 9, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, Cool stuff

Babymetal has revealed the details (tracklist etc) of the third album “Metal Galaxy” today, and it turns out to be pretty exciting stuff. The album is set to be released in many different formats and versions and I have never in my life seen a bigger launch than this. I will probably end up paying for a dozen versions of this, which is very very exciting. As for the tracklist, here is the information.

1. “Future Metal”. One has to wonder what they have come up with here.

2. “Da Da Dance” (featuring Tak Matsumoto). Tak is big in Japan, a guitarist, songwriter, producer. Picked up the guitar when he heard Ritchie Blackmore play “Smoke On The Water” on “Made In Japan”.

3. “Elevator Girl”. This song has been performed live for some time now and is a happy mix of brutal riffing and J-Pop.

4. “Shanti Shanti Shanti”. This is the Bollywood sounding track that they have performed lately. This could be a huge hit.

5. “Oh! Majinai” (featuring Joakim Brodén from Sabaton). I knew something could be going on here when Sabaton opened for Babymetal in Japan last year. I would expect this to be a Power Metal song, but it would be pretty interesting if they took another route.

6. “Brand New Day” (featuring Tim Henson and Scott LePage). Here we have a collaboration with a couple of guys from Dallas based band Polyphia.

7. “Night Night Burn!”. Interesting title.

8. “In The Name Of”. Instrumental. They opened their shows in 2018 with this track.

9. “Distortion” (featuring Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy). Another high profile guest. This song has a video and I assume this might be an updated version. Or, we have listened to Alissa and not figured it out. We shall see.

10. “Pa Pa Ya!!” (featuring F.Hero). This song is a hit right now and it features a Thai rapper.

11. “Kagerou”. This song was performed last year and was known as “Taboo” at the time.

12. “Starlight”. There is a video for this song. Very catchy tune.

13. “Shine”. Hopefully, this is the epic ballad that they debuted onstage in Japan not long ago.

14. “Arkadia”. This is a fast Heavy Metal song, it was debuted live not long ago in Japan.

There are two more songs reported, no information on these right now but there will be several editions of this album. Also DVDs to go with live stuff on some versions. The EMP store in Europe has a few versions with Babymetal lipstick as a bonus.

The fact that we have high profile personalities from Sabaton and Arch Enemy is a huge bonus, a bold step and again they are adding credibility in a world that is still slightly hostile. I can see the editors of certain Metal publications (you know who you are, bastards!) go nuts over this. Now they have to pay attention.

Babymetal can not fail now. This is the album that will cement their career. A few more hits and they are up there where they belong all over the world.

HBO Nordic will premiere a Norwegian made show called the Beforeigners on August 21. If you check out the trailer, not only does it look like a good little show, but they sell it with Deep Purple´s “Child In Time” as the soundtrack.

Clockenflap thunder

Posted: August 8, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock

I had to laugh when I saw the name of this Festival in Hong Kong, but it is real. And Babymetal will perform at the Clockenflap Festival on December 23. Dates are slowly being announced and by the looks of it they are going to do more shows than ever in 2019-2020. Kerrang Magazine in the UK is giving them their full support which is nice to see. They have been there for Babymetal since the 2014 breakthrough over there. The latest single “Pa Pa Ya!!” has been good for Babymetal, the video passed 6,000,000 hits recently and it is moving quite fast. I think any magazine editor that knows their business should be able to see that the third Babymetal album is going to be a hit. Still, Babymetal is seen as a controversial entity in some quarters. All the more impressive then that they are doing so well.

Commando 5251-5254

Posted: August 8, 2019 in Comics

Commando 5251-5254 is out today in the UK. Just search “Commando Comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)

Purple history

Posted: August 5, 2019 in Classic Rock, Deep Purple Family

Just listened to the latest episode of the Deep Purple Podcast (#15, “Who Do We Think We Are” – The End, Part 2) and they did quote my 1981 interview with Jon Lord in which he said that Ian Gillan had been a primadonna around the time of this album. Jon was in Whitesnake at the time and had no way of knowing that Deep Purple MK2 would get back together again (which happened in 1984). Fans that collect articles of Purple can clearly see how different eras give you slightly different takes on the history. In 1981, Lord had no reason to hold back as he discussed 1973. This interview can be found on this blog and it is probably the most quoted interview (books etc) in the archives. In fact, the old interviews are a major draw to this blog.

As for the Deep Purple Podcast, there seems to be a brand new episode up every Monday, which is nice. The episodes can be found on a variety of platforms and I really enjoy listening to these guys. And with the awesome history that the Purple Family has on offer (five decades on the plus side), they will never run out of material to cover.

Taiwan surprise

Posted: August 4, 2019 in Babymetal, Classic Rock

Babymetal performed at the Super Slippa Festival in Taiwan a few hours ago, and three songs were streamed on YouTube. The third dancer was revealed and within minutes fans knew that it was former Sakura Gakuin graduate (2018) Momoko Okazaki. This means that we now know who the three “Avengers” are. Babymetal will rotate these girls in their show to complete the all important look of a trio, but since two of them are quite young (Kano Fujihira is 14 and Momoko Okazaki is 16) it looks likely that the oldest pick (21 year old Riho Sayashi, the gal that visited Europe a few weeks ago) will be covering most shows in far away places. At least, that is a guess. But Babymetal have their own book of rules so who knows.

Good to see them on stage again.