lördag 24 december 2016

Rick Parfitt ~1948-2016~


First of all; Merry Christmas.

Secondly, 2016 can go and fuck itself. We lost so many loved ones this year; I and my sister lost Grandpa in January and the rest of the year has just continued with deaths among some of our finest musicians and actors. I’ll sound very crass now, but 2016 really turned into a big obituary and I fear it’s not over yet.

We lost yet another legendary, amazing musician today – Rick Parfitt of Status Quo.

My family had gathered for Christmas dinner and were exchanging gifts when my cousin checked his phone and told us that ”Rick Parfitt has passed away”. I didn’t know how to react, I was dumbstruck by the news.
I’ve grown up with Status Quo’s classics, and was introduced to them properly when I got to know one of my closest friends, a dedicated Status Quo fan, whom I soon have known for 10 years.

I saw Quo for the first time at Sweden Rock Festival 2013, and I absolutely loved their set. Their music is timeless and there is so much going on. Their interaction with the crowd is so amazing to witness. One of my strongest memories from that set was when Rick spotted said friend of mine, and you saw how he lit up at the sight of her. They really love their fans, and the fans love them.  

The second time I saw them was in July this year at Furuvik, with the same friend. This time Rick wasn’t there, as he’d suffered a heart attack a few weeks prior to this gig so he was recovering from that trauma. Later on in the autumn it was announced that he probably would never return to the band, and he sadly never did.

I’m really saddened about this; my heart goes out to Rick’s family, fellow band members and also to my friend whom I’ve cheekily referred to as “Rick’s girl” for years.
Rick was a real rock star who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. There will be nobody like him, and he will never, ever, be forgotten.

Always in our hearts, Goldilocks. <3


Rocking at Sweden Rock Festival 2013

Rick and Francis




torsdag 24 november 2016

Legends Never Die


This day 25 years ago the world lost one of the greatest musicians and frontmen ever, Freddie Mercury, from Aids.
I myself was too young to understand, but Mum got really upset about it. Having been a Queen fan since her teens, this was a big loss for her. She sat crying by the kitchen table when dad came home from work, asking if one of the cats had died. “No, Freddie Mercury has"

I and my sister grew up with Queen and Freddie; I remember “singing” along to Living On My Own and You Don’t Fool Me and meowing along to Delilah when I was little.
I became a fan for real as a teenager, after watching the Greatest Video Hits DVD with Mum, and the love for the band has not faded, more than 10 years later. I still find Queen’s music interesting and exciting, I don’t get tired of them. I do have phases when I don’t listen that much to them, like every music lover has occasionally, but then you hear a song and you’re reminded of why you love them so much.

Queen always been there for me and they made me the person I am today. Without Queen I don’t know what my life would have looked like today. I’ve made so many amazing friends from all over the world through their music and they helped this insecure teenager to gain confidence; you don’t have to do or look like everyone else.

Thank you, Freddie and Queen. 

  

"When I look, and I find, I still love you. I still love you."








onsdag 28 september 2016

Kee Marcello Band Live In London


Meant to post this last week, see how well that went! Better late than never I suppose!

We went to see Kee Marcello Band at The Cavern Freehouse in Raynes Park, London last Wednesday. It was billed as a secret warm up show, the night before the actual UK tour had its premiere in Bilston, on September 22nd.
First of all I have to say that I absolutely loved the venue; Great atmosphere, lovely staff and we got to say hello to Dobby the Cavern dog who casually mingled among the attendees. 

Kee Marcello Band went up on the minimal stage around 9:30 pm and played a blinding set. The band was basically the same line-up as when we saw them last year - Kee Marcello on lead vocals and guitar, Ken Sandin on bass and Darby Todd on drums - but this time they were accompanied by Harry Scott Elliott of Kane’d on additional guitar instead of Jonny Scaramanga who had other commitments.
The band sounded very tight and they seemed to have fun together, which was nice to watch. The joy both onstage and in the audience was contagious, my cheeks hurt afterwards from smiling!

They played both Kee’s solo material from the Melon Demon Divine (E.M.D and Blood) and Judas Kiss (Dead End Highway, Starless Sky, Dog Eat Dog, Get On Top) albums and some Europe classics such as Halfway To Heaven, Seventh Sign, More Than Meets The Eye and Rock The Night to mention a couple.
They also played 3 new songs off the coming album Scaling Up and I loved them, especially Soldier Down and the title track! Can’t wait to hear the full album.

They also threw in a surprise in the set, announced as a song recorded with “that other band”; Tower’s Calling! That was unexpected but a nice surprise, the updated version sounded awesome!

The band left the stage for a superb drum solo by the powerhouse Darby who didn’t even look tired by the end of it. Brilliant drummer!
Superstitious was the last song of the main set, with a nice reggae interlude and snippet of The Police’s So Lonely and classic Kee vs an alert audience, always great fun!

As the encores started with the well known intro to Girl From Lebanon, the three of us in the corner went mad. It’s one of my all time favourite songs, really nice to hear it!
The Final Countdown closed the set, naturally, and people happily sang along. No jumping like last year but I can assure you that a great time was had by all!

I really enjoyed the set, I wish there’d been more new material played, but I guess that comes once the album is out next month. But overall it was absolutely amazing, I love those small intimate gigs at places like this.
Great music, nice atmosphere and the best company. Could be worse, eh? This was a well needed break from the everyday life and work, thanks to all involved!