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Captain Howdy

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  1. From Eriks Facebook Erik Grönwall 32m · It’s time to let this one out in the open. I will try to make a long story as short as possible. I am currently spending day 22 at the hospital in Sweden. About a month ago I was full of energy, capable of doing everything I normally do, business as usual. But then it appeared from nowhere. I started feeling exhausted, I had no energy to perform the simplest tasks and it was like I had run a marathon when I was just literally walking my dog for five minutes. Something wasn’t right. So I took a few blood tests and... fast forward... now it’s the third week of my treatment against acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). In medical terms this means that my bone marrow generates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. Now. First and foremost. I am extremely privileged and grateful to live at a day and age where a disease like this is curable. There’s been so much progress made in this field. My body is reacting well to the treatment but it’s a long treatment and it’s going to be the toughest challenge of my life so far, for me and my family. Mentally and physically. I have thought a lot about how to deal with this - both publicly and privately - and have decided to be completely transparent about it. During the treatment there will be good days and there will be bad days but I think it’s important that we can talk about, share and show our weak sides and bad days as well. After all life isn’t always a super filter fluffy social media world. No Instagram filter can beautify this. We don’t always get to choose what happens to us, life is a lottery, but we can choose how we react to it. Well… at least do our best to choose how. I am not promising frequent updates but when I do you will be seeing a new side of me if you stick around here. A more transparent side I assume. If you want to be supportive just focus on HEALTH empowerment. I don’t believe in fighting fire with fire, let’s use water instead. Let’s understand it and cure it. I won’t be doing any interviews at all at the moment, so kindly respect the privacy of me and my family. The only reliable source of information will come directly from me via my channels, so don’t listen to anything else. Final note. I am doing well given the circumstances and I’m ready to tackle this challenge the best I can. As you can see in the picture I decided to shave my hair since I want to control the process where I can. #healthfirst
  2. Not much info yet, but their debut album is due out in May on Kivel. There first single came out on 30th March ... and no, I am not just posting this because I appear in the video at around 1:30
  3. There are plenty of times the cover is better. Just as a couple of covers done by Jaded Heart where they have taken on pop songs, rearranged them into rock songs. But it is down to personal choice. I tried listening to the original version of Paid my dues and thought it was awful, but the JH version is absolutely amazing. I actually like a lot of musical genres, so this is not just a bias for rock, its just I think the way they rearranged it makes it a much better version. There are covers though rearranged into rock songs, that are poor as fuck and I will always stick with the original. Covering a song with no real change in the way the song was originally poor. And then you have rock songs perform by other genre artists can also improve on the original (NIN/Johnny Cash - Hurt springs to mind).
  4. One Desire will release their first live album on June 11th. Will be available as a two disc vinyl, CD/DVD combo and also available on blu ray on its own. Will also be release a single and video as a taster on March 30th. Pre-orders up at the Frontiers web shop.
  5. I know this is an old post, but the downfall of the band was the original singer leaving the band to be with his family or girlfriend, and although they got a new singer I don't think it worked out, so they called it quits. There was another album after Pedal to the metal as well, so certainly don't think that album killed them at all.
  6. Yup. Some good songs on, but fairly patchy. But Sippery and NJ are both so much better, with not single duff song on either. Hell, Keep the faith is better than the first two, but just a step below Slippery & NJ.
  7. Well arent you lucky then as it looks like a solo album is due this year as well
  8. Bulletboys - Mine Bulletboys - Sing a song Thunder - Better man Thunder - Once in a lifetime Tigertailz - Heaven Tigertailz - Fall in love again Tigertailz - I believe Tigertailz - Milez away Snakepit Rebels - You left me Slammin Gladys - Down on your knees Slammin Gladys - What U need Wrathchild UK - Rokk me over Wrathchild UK - Long way 2 go Desmond Child - Obsession Desmond Child - Ray of hope Crystal Roxx - Violet eyes Crystal Roxx - For you Crystal Roxx - Does it matter Quireboys - Roses and rings Quireboys - King of New York Quireboys - Last time Just a few to start, but I can think of so many more.
  9. I saw an interview with her and the interviewer kept saying Chez as it is spelled.
  10. Now I like a lot of Iggy songs, but the reason that song is so great is that it was written by Alice Cooper, and sounds more Alice than Iggy. One interesting fact about this soundtrack was that Pretty Boy Floyd were supposed to be on it as well, with a cover of Deptment of youth, but were removed late in the game as they were thanked in the liner notes like all the bands. That would have been better than A Different Breed.
  11. I picked this up in the late 90s or thereabouts from Beanos (RIP) in Croydon. Had no idea who they were, but as I was browsing the rock and metal section and the album cover looked glam, I probably checked out the band pic in the booklet as well, and bought it without hesitation. Loved it from the off, and was blown away by Angel in black. A few years ago I was chatting to Ben Christo who would have been still with Night By Night at the time, and he was also a DJ at a weekly rock night club in London. We were discussing some music by lesser known bands, and he asked if I had a band or two as he had been getting requests for songs by bands he did not own (Spread Eagle - Switchblade serenade springs to mind), so I sent him a few songs he was after, and threw in a few other songs to see what he thought of them. Angel in black from Bangalore Choir became a regular on his DJ playlist, so I guess he liked that one ha ha
  12. I bought both albums about 2 years ago and to be honest, nothing stood out as amazing on either album for me. A couple of good tracks on the debut, but even they did not wow me.
  13. Niclas being in the USA has been an issue ever before the pandemic. I got the last album on CD signed by the whole band except him, and he essentially just signed a bunch of post it note sized pieces of paper and sent them to the band to sick inside the CD case.
  14. I liked both of these albums (the second one more so) but was never as big a fan of them as say Lita or Vixen (and a multitude of others). That said, Timeless Love is one of the best ballads of that era for me.
  15. Ballad? I am guessing that is a joke, as the closest song to a ballad on this was track 4, When will it rain, and even that is not a ballad.
  16. Really good album, but I think the second one is marginally better for me.
  17. Exactly. You think of all those new bands that were released from 91/92 onwards, most of them sank without a trace or tried to dip their toes into grunge/alternative (Wildside and Sven Gali). While they might be known in our circles, the general public will have never even heard of them, and their sales were not exactly setting the charts alight. 89 or maybe 90 was probably the last year for new band success, and the only bands that had any kind of success in 91/92 were established bands, then 93/94 was where it all went wrong.
  18. Bec Because it came out way too late in 1993. Grunge had already taken hold by then, and even the bigger bands were struggling by then, so a new band had no chance. Plus the label it was on wasn't exactly a big deal (and sure it was a European label, so not even sure it was ever officially released in America, just imported).
  19. I remember when the first album came out, one of the UK rock/metal mags did a write up on the band and the headline of the article was "Sons of Ratt" ... I can't remember exactly why they came up with that headline, but I do remember how much they focussed on the Autograph connection.
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