Thanks to the EU this blog will be different in the future. Changing it now and it is pretty drastic. It will take a while to strip it down but it is either that or me removing everything and killing the blog. Too much good stuff collected here over the years for me to want to do that. All links will be removed though (fuck the EU tax!). Magazine covers are removed etc. Most of the stuff here has to be original or text only. There are official images and there will be a few exceptions but not many. All in all, things are changing.

Pretty busy with the move still. Today will be spent fixing up a room in the house with my friend Lars. When you move you find stuff and I was pretty happy to locate this image of Swedish rockers Pride (probably taken around 1989-1990). It was a good AOR/Classic Rock type band and we had a lot of fun back in the day. They came out of Östersund (Jämtland County) and I will have good reason to come back to them later on.

(Photo by me)

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Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Posted: April 7, 2019 in Books, General

Author Geoff Dyer published a book called “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” (Penguin Books) last year. It is an homage to the classic WWII movie “Where Eagles Dare”.

Commando 5215-5218

Posted: April 4, 2019 in Comics

Commando 5215-5218 is out today in the UK. Just google “Commando comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)

And so the seasons change… The snow is melting away pretty quickly and bits of the lawn on my property is visible again (especially around the house). I discovered this early sign that spring is indeed coming today and I have to say I was pretty stunned. Two weeks ago I had a blizzard outside and more snow than ever to deal with. I guess it could still swing back but I keep my fingers crossed that this will be it.

Living full time in Stugun (Jämtland County) now and the to do list is pretty long.

Black Sabbath Tribute Project Emerald Sabbath is not bad. Titled “Ninth Star” it features many ex-Sabbath members and the song selection represents a good deal of the history of this great band. Dave Walker, who was in briefly in the late 1970s sings “She´s Gone”, which is interesting (see video on YouTube). Tony Martin delivers a fantastic vocal to “In For The Kill”. The project has been put together by Michael Suilleabhain and it deserves your attention. I quite enjoyed this.

It was announced an hour ago that Babymetal will release a new album in 2019, but the date is still to be confirmed. Four Japanese gigs has also been announced, June 28-29 at Yokohama Arena (capacity 17,000) and July 6-7 at Port Messe Hall in Nagoya (these two are billed as Legend M, meaning they are celebrating Moametal´s 20th birthday with these shows). Babymetal has not replaced Yuimetal, the official picture still show Su-metal and Moametal as a duo, and the two of them are interviewed in the Japanese publication PMC (Volume 13) that will go on sale on April 11 over there.

The Japanese dates clashes with the European Tour of Rammstein, so I guess that will put an end to the talk that Babymetal would be opening for them. Well, technically, they still could do a few gigs (who knows)…

In any case, Metal Resistance Episode VIII is on the way.

But very very funny. That is how you can sum up the new Mötley Crue film “The Dirt”. This is not Oscars stuff, but it is highly entertaining and it is also a postcard of the 1980s (in this case taken to the extreme, to the brink and falling over the cliff), and how certain bands lived it up. To their credit, Mötley Crue also delivered good music, they have some great albums in the catalogue. But when you let the excess take over, when every tour is a party (or worse), then the end will come sooner rather than later. The funny thing with this movie is that it still leaves stuff out, like the Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape scandal. As things go, they could easily have added another 60 minutes to this film, but in reality you have to squeeze a great deal into whatever script you go with, and that is hard. So what you get here are glimpses from all four, which eventually adds up to the film. If you want a history lesson, you have the book. This is the film, and at least you will have a good time watching it (the Tommy Lee scene that describes a day on the road is absolutely brilliant). I met a non rocker in his late sixties this weekend who had seen this on Netflix, and enjoyed it. Fans of hard rock will no doubt want to see it, just because it is a film about their (or our) tribe. The young will also hear about it and when they check it out they will probably wish they had been alive in the 1980s. The film will leave a mark, it will inspire people in many ways. Some of them bad probably, but I think we need to remember that there once was a world that had not been suffocated by political correctness gone wild. I would rather see some fucking rock´n´roll any day.

So, good job!