WIG WAM – E-mail Interview (2021) (English)

(Questions were sent to the band early January 2021)

 

 

 

S-ROCK: Welcome back, boys! Your fans in Japan probably still call you guys by stage names because it’s easier for us to pronounce 🙂

(S-ROCK: We call the band members by their real name in our questions, thinking about their favorite way to be called by real name or stage name and the way they call themselves now. Sporty wants fans to call him “Sporty”, and Flash says “I suppose it’s easier for the Japanese to relate to our stage names, so you should use Flash 🙂 ” )

 

 

S-ROCK: Just listened to NEVER SAY DIE album and the first impression of it is that this is a very excellent gig-friendly album, I can imagine how next gigs will be like with these new tracks and WIG WAM have ever done amazing gigs. Did you guys think about forthcoming gigs obviously when you worked for the album?

Øystein Greaker-Andersen/Sporty: I am always thinking of upcoming gigs! What I do love the most is playing live! Sitting behind my drums, looking at all those people having a good time digging our music, thinking, I do really love this 😉 And of course, Never Say Die will be an excellent live track! 🙂 When I do drum sessions in studio I often think of what will be cool live also 😉

Bernt Jansen/Flash: I’m glad you see the album that way. When you write and record songs I’m always imagining how the song will sound like on a massive stage set. You picture yourself how the crowd goes mad and how the light and pyros will be 😊 But we’re always aiming for the best result for the album. Often these things goes hand in hand in our music.

Åge Sten Nilsen/Glam: I think whenever we write music for a rock band, our mindset have some focus on performing it live, in front of our fans you know. That’s a major part of the motivation anyway.

Trond Holter/Teeny: Thank you. Yes it’s gig friendly because we are a live band from our roots! That’s where we get our energy, with the connection from the audience!

Bernt, “Silver Lining” is what you wrote, with quite a different taste from a heavy tune like “Call Of The Wild” you sing on the album. What brought you the idea of the track?

Bernt/Flash: “Silver Lining” is a song I have had in the drawer for more than 10 years. Sometimes you write music regardless of genre. When I occasionally listen back to my demos it’s easier to hear the difference between the crap from the gems. I’ve always thought it was a song that deserved to see the light of day. And when we have a singer like Åge(Glam) I thought this is the moment to make it happen. And I must say It came out in a way I couldn’t dream of. The singing and the guitar solo at the end is tremendous. And the drumming and bass of course 😊.

 

 

Trond, there are 2 instrumental tracks on this album, I guess you composed them (I’ve not seen the booklet of the album as it’s not out yet). The second departure of WIG WAM is like “The Second Crusade”? Or “Northbound”?

Trond/Teeny: The second crusade is written by Lasse Finbraaten from CIRCUS MAXIMUS because we wanted the atmosphere from his strings. This is WIG WAM’s second crusade and we are building a new chapter of history together. Wherever we are in the world, when a tour is over, we are always Northbound to get back home 🙂

S-ROCK: Åge talked about a plan of an streaming gig around the release date of NEVE R SAY DIE album, is that possible to watch it from Japan? And we can’t use Vipps here, if you guys have a PayPal account, maybe some Japanese fans will send you some money besides a ticket 🙂 The only problem is the time difference between Japan and Norway.

Bernt/Flash: I’m sure we will do what it takes to make our Japanese fans watch a streaming live gig. It looks like it will be a delay since the COVID-19 has made everything go in a lockdown right now. But as soon it’s over we’ll let you know 😊

Åge/Glam: There will be a live stream event during the release weekend. We are working on setting up our new stage, lights and all, to perform some songs and to do a live stream Q & A, free of charge and available to everyone across the globe. It will be a celebration of our comeback album and everyone is invited to join the party.

 

On the 22nd of January 2021.

 

Trond, Bernt and Øystein, Åge talked about what had happened to you guys before/after the band broke up from his point of view in the interviews of BURRN! magazine, many Japanese fans got so shocked and felt sad when they read. How about your each story from your point of view?

Øystein/Sporty: It’s a simple answer to this; We had done too much of everything, too many years in a row… We were tired and fed-up. Personally, I do not look back in time so much… I’m positive thinking and looking forward to what to come in 2021 also 🙂

Bernt/Flash: When you are in a band like we were, it’s inevitable that there will be some resentment from time to time. We were gigging more than we should in periods and some of us were really tired. When we finally decided we should have a break, Glam made his Queen show idea happen. It really became a success. And then Teeny began to work on his DRACULA project and he and I started BABY SNAKES and there was less time for WIG WAM. We somehow found it fulfilling to work with other musicians and new inputs. All these side projects we had drove the band further apart. And when Teeny and myself joined the JORN in 2012 WIG WAM became the side project. All our energy went into all these bands and we finally decided to call it quits in 2013.

Trond/Teeny: A band is like a marriage. When you stop to communicate with each other, you are in trouble. That’s what we did. We didn’t talk to each other about anything, just kinda walked around like zombies. We sought out of the band and were tired of it all. Now, we have a close relationship again like we did at the start and having a great time together these days.

 

 

Åge composed “Faith Bloody Faith” for Jørn Lande who will participate in Melodi Grand Prix 2021 (Lykke til!) , and Trond and Bernt worked together with him for JORN, any interesting story about him?

Bernt/Flash: Jørn is a great guy! He talks a lot and has a lot of views 😊He is among the top 3 best singers in his genre in my view. An Incredible voice. He always brings his favourite pajamas on the tour bus 😊 The rest you will have to read about in his autobiography ha ha…

Åge/Glam: JORN is a very interesting person to be around. He’s a motormouth and can talk for hours if you don’t stop him. I remember meeting him in a public toilet years ago, before I knew about this, and while we were urinating we started to talk. The conversation, his monologue, turned into views on the Viking story, and I was literally trapped inside the toilet for almost 30 minutes, because I couldn’t find a gap in his stories to end the conversation and get out of there ha ha But he’s cute. We’ve become very close these past months.

 

 

Trond and Bernt, any updates on BABY SNAKES?

Bernt/Flash: BABY SNAKES have recorded a brand new album and made a video. The release will be coordinated among whatever else happening, but sometime after the summer is the plan. We are really excited about that album. There will be some eyebrowse raised I’m sure 😊

Trond/Teeny: Yes, the album is ready and we are planing our next step for after the WIG WAM period.

Åge, NORDIC BEAST will be still a sleeping BEAST? *S* And when can we expect next AMMUNITION album, Erik Mårtensson is extremely busy as well though?

Åge/Glam: NORDIC BEAST is still a sleeping beast. When John Norum and Mikkey Dee started this unit back in 2015, I think it was a necessary move for Mikkey to have a touring unit when Lemmy started to slow down his MOTÖRHEAD touring. Lemmy wasn’t feeling too well, and Mikkey loves to live on the road. For John I think it felt good to have something outside the comfortable EUROPE zone too. We even started to work on some original materials but once Mikkey got the SCORPIONS gig he became more busy than ever. We haven’t officially broken up the band, so who knows. The collaboration between John and me has continued though, which led me to record some songs for his forthcoming solo album. We’re even talking about going out on tour together, focusing on his back catalog as a solo artist.

 

 

Øystein, I heard you had a health problem, are you alright now? After WIG WAM broke up what did you do? Any music activities?

Øystein/Sporty: Let’s make that clear, I’M FINE, do not have any health problems. At least not more than other “normal” people 😉 I’m healthy, doing workouts 4 days a week. Feeling really good actually 🙂

I have done a lot of music activities after WIG WAM (2012-2020) 🙂

I have done a lot of gigs with my old band in Stockholm, Sweden “SHA-BOOM”. This is more in the pop-genre-music-type 🙂 Check it out on Spotify 🙂 R.O.C.K. was a really big hit in Scandinavia in the eighties 😉 I have also used a lot of time producing music. I’m working with two artists mainly; MELIx, which is a Norwegian female pop singer. I have produced 5 tracks with her in 2019 and 2020. RED STEEL is a Norwegian rock band which I really like. I did produce their first single in 2020. Check out both MELIx “Det Er Sommer” and also RED STEEL “Unreal”. I do really think that you’ll like this track 😉 You are welcome to contact me concerning these two artists if you like to know more 😉 (S-ROCK: The guitar player of RED STEEL is Sporty’s yougest son)

 

 

Your messages to your Japanese fans who visit S-ROCK site. Tusen takk! Hope we’ll see your gigs in Japan later, hope not too late due to COVID-19!

Øystein/Sporty: Hope to see U in Japan on tour: Maybe in 2022 🙂 And I think U should keep on using our artist names:) At least mine 😉

Bernt/Flash: Hi! I will always treasure our trips to Japan, and I sure hope there will be a chance to come back once more. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Your hospitality and your enthusiasm really boosted the band in every way. I’m so happy that we finally are back together and that our new album NEVER SAY DIE will meet your expectation. My son has been to Japan several times and has learned the language. He will be studying in Japan as soon the Covid situation is resolved. I really hope we will do some gigs for you guys in the near future. Until then enjoy the music and see you soon!!

Åge/Glam: It really feels SO good to have put the past behind us and made the wounds heal. We have sorted out all our differences and are just looking forward to playing live again. We are definitely coming over to Japan again on a NEVER SAY DIE tour. Stay safe and get ready to be WIG WAM’ed the way you’ve never been WIG WAM’ed before.

Trond/Teeny: I really hope to get a chance to tour Japan again. I have missed you all and I’m so ready to meet you again! Rock on and stay safe!!!!

 

 

 

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WIG WAM – E-mail Interview (2021) (日本語)

(質問は1月上旬にバンドに送りました)

 

 

S-ROCK: お帰りなさい!多分日本のファンは貴方達の事を芸名で呼ぶと思います、その方が発音が簡単ですからね。

S-ROCK注:メンバーの呼び方について、それぞれがどう呼んで欲しいのかという希望と、実際に彼等が自分をどう呼ぶかを考慮した上で、質問では本名で呼び掛けています。Sportyは芸名で呼んで欲しいという意思を示していたり、Flashは「日本人には芸名の方が簡単だよね、だからFlashって呼んでよ」と言っています)

 

 

S-ROCK: NEVER SAY DIEアルバムを聴きました、最初の印象は「とてもライヴ向きの作品である」という事。これらの新曲を含めた次のライヴがどんなものになるのか想像出来ますし、WIG WAMはこれ迄も素晴らしいライヴを演ってきました。アルバム制作の過程で明確に今後のライヴについて考えましたか?

Øystein Greaker-Andersen/Sporty: いつも次のライヴの事を考えてるさ!本当に一番好きなのはライヴを演る事だからね!俺のドラムセットの後ろに座って、みんなが楽しんでるのを観て、俺達の音楽を掘り下げて、考えて、本当にそれが好きなんだ 🙂 それに勿論Never Say Dieは秀逸なライヴ・トラックになるさ!スタジオでドラム・セッションをする時に、ライヴで何がかっこいいかもよく考えてるよ。

Bernt Jansen/Flash: 君がこのアルバムをそういう風に見てくれて嬉しいよ。曲を書いてレコーディングする時は、大規模なステージ・セットで曲がどう聞こえるのかをいつも想像しているんだ。観衆がどんな風にイカれていって、ライティングやパイロがどんな風になるんだろう、ってね 🙂 でも俺達は常にアルバムが最高の出来栄えになる事に注力するんだ。多くの場合そういった事が俺達の音楽に一体感をもたらすよ。

Åge Sten Nilsen/Glam: ロック・バンド向けの楽曲を作る時はいつでも、俺達はそれをライヴで演奏する事にある程度の焦点を持っていると思うんだ、俺達のファンの前で、って事さ。いずれにしろそれが動機付けの大きな部分なんだ。

Trond Holter/Teeny: ありがとう。そうだね、ライヴ向きだな、だってこれ迄のルーツを考えたら俺達はライヴ・バンドだからさ!ライヴは俺達がエネルギーを得る場だし、観客との繋がりがあるからね!

S-ROCK: Bernt“Silver Lining”は貴方が書いた曲ですよね、アルバムで貴方が歌っている“Call Of The Wild”の様なヘヴィーな曲とは全く違う趣の作品です。何が貴方にこの曲のアイディアをもたらしたのでしょうか?

Bernt/Flash: “Silver Lining” は、10年以上引き出しにしまい込んでた曲なんだ。時にはジャンルに関係なく曲を書くものさ。たまに俺のデモ曲を聴くと、ゴミか宝かの違いが分かり易くなる。この曲は日の目を見るに値するとずっと思ってきたんだ。 そして俺達にはÅge(Glam)の様なシンガーが居るし、今が実現する時じゃないかと思ったのさ。そして俺が思いもしなかった形で実現したと言わなくちゃね。歌と最後のギター・ソロは本当に素晴らしいんだ。勿論ドラムとベースもね 🙂

 

 

S-ROCK: Trond、このアルバムには2つのインスト曲が収録されていますね、貴方が作曲したのだと思います(まだブックレットは見ていません)。WIG WAMの2回目の旅立ちは“The Second Crusade”(2度目の聖戦)でしょうか、それとも “Northbound”(北上)?

Trond/Teeny: “The Second Crusade”CIRCUS MAXIMUSLasse Finbraatenが書いた曲なんだ、彼の弦がもたらす雰囲気を俺達は求めていた。これはWIG WAMの「2度目の聖戦」だし、一緒に新たな歴史の一章を築いているのさ。世界中の何処に居ても、ツアーが終われば俺達は家に帰る為にいつも「北上」するよ 🙂 

S-ROCK: Ågeが、NEVER SAY DIEアルバムのリリース前後にストリーミング・ライヴの計画があるという話をしていましたが、日本から視聴する事は可能でしょうか?それと日本ではVipps(ノルウェーのオンライン送金サービス)は使えませんから、もしPayPalアカウントをバンドが持っているなら、恐らく何人かの日本のファンはチケット代の他に投げ銭してくれるのではないでしょうか 🙂 唯一の問題は日本とノルウェーの時差だけです。

Bernt/Flash: 俺達は日本のファンがストリーミング・ライヴを観られる様に尽力する。今はコロナ禍で全てがロックダウンの状態だから予定より遅れるだろうけどね。でも、それが過ぎ去ったらみんなに知らせるよ 🙂 

Åge/Glam: 発売日がある週末(20210122日ノルウェー現地時間22時=日本時間23日06時)にライヴ・ストリーミング・イヴェントを開催予定なんだ。俺達の新しいステージ・セットやライティング、全ての作業中なんだ、何曲か演ったり、ライヴ・ストリーミングでQ&Aをやるんだ、無料で世界中から誰でもアクセス出来るよ。俺達の復活アルバムのお祝いだから、誰でもパーティーへの参加権があるのさ。

 

2021年01月22日(日本時間23日早朝)

 

S-ROCK: TrondBerntそして ØysteinÅgeBURRN!誌とのインタビューで彼の視点からバンドの解散前後に何があったのか語り、それを読んだ多くの日本のファンはとてもショックを受けて悲しい思いをしました。貴方達それぞれの視点で語るのは如何でしょうか?

Øystein/Sporty: この質問に対しての答えはシンプルさ:俺達は全てを余りにもやり過ぎたし、余りにも長い年月続け過ぎたんだ…俺達は疲れ果てて飽き飽きしてしまったんだ。個人的には、俺はそんなに昔を振り返らないのさ…俺は前向きだし2021年に何が来るのか楽しみにしてるからさ 🙂

Bernt/Flash: かつての俺達の様なバンドに居ると、時には幾らかの恨みは避けて通れないものなんだ。許容範囲以上のライヴをこなしていたし、俺達の何人かは本当に疲れ切っていたよ。俺達には休みが必要だと遂に決めた時には、Glamは彼のQUEENのショーのアイディアを実現に漕ぎ付けていた。それは本当に成功したんだ。そしてTeenyは彼のDRACULAプロジェクトに取り掛かり始めて、彼と俺はBABY SNAKESを始動したからWIG WAMに掛ける時間はなくなっていったんだ。俺達は他のミュージシャンや新しい素材で仕事する事に充足感を覚える様になった。俺達がやっていたこれら全てのサイド・プロジェクトはバンドをより引き離してしまった。そしてTeenyと俺が2012年にJORNに加入した時にはWIG WAMはサイド・プロジェクトになってしまったんだ。俺達の全てのエネルギーは前述のバンド達に注がれて、2013年に俺達は遂に解散を決断したのさ。

Trond/Teeny: バンドって結婚みたいなものなんだ。お互いに交流する事を止めた時には君は問題に直面する。それが俺達がやってしまった事だったのさ。何もお互いで語り合おうとせず、ゾンビみたいにうろうろ歩き回るだけの様な感じだった。俺達はバンド外を求めてしまった状態だったし、その事全てに疲れてしまっていたよ。今は、最初の頃の様にまた親密な関係に戻って、最近は一緒に素晴らしい時間を過ごしているんだ。

 

 

S-ROCK: Åge2021年のMelodi Grand PrixEUROVISION SONG CONTESTのノルウェー国内予選)に出場予定の Jørn Lande(幸運を祈る!) の為に“Faith Bloody Faith”を作曲し、TrondBerntJORNで彼と仕事をしてましたよね。彼について何か面白い話はありますか?

Bernt/Flash: Jørnは素晴らしい奴だよ!よく喋るし、多くの視点を持ってるんだ 🙂 俺の見立てでは彼のジャンルではベスト・シンガーのトップ3に入るよ。信じられない様な声だよね。ツアー・バスにはいつもお気に入りのパジャマを持ち込むんだよ🙂 残りは彼のバイオを参照してくれよ、ハハハ…。

Åge/Glam: JORNは周囲に居たらとても興味深い人物なんだよ。彼はお喋りで、止めなかったら何時間でも話していられるんだ。昔公衆トイレで彼に逢った時の事を思い出すよ、彼がお喋りだって知らなかった時の事さ、用を足している間に俺達は話し始めた。その会話、彼の独り言はバイキングの物語への見方に突入してしまって、ほぼ30分文字通り俺はトイレから出られなくなったのさ、会話を終わらせる為に彼の話の切れ目を見つける事が出来なくて、外へ出られなかったからね、はは、でも彼はキュートだよ。この何か月かで俺達はとても親密になったんだ。

 

 

S-ROCK: TrondBerntBABY SNAKESについて何か新しい動きはありますか?

Bernt/Flash: BABY SNAKESは新譜をレコーディングしてビデオを制作したんだ。発売は何かしら他に起こる間に調整される予定だけど、夏が終わった後のいつかに計画されているよ。この作品には本当にワクワクしているんだ。眉毛が上がってしまう様な何かがあると俺は確信してるよ 🙂 

Trond/Teeny: ああ、アルバムは準備していて、WIG WAMの期間が終わった後で次のステップに進む計画さ。

S-ROCK: ÅgeNORDIC BEASTはまだ眠れる野獣のままでしょうか(笑)?そして次のAMMUNITIONのアルバム発売はいつ頃になりそうでしょうか、Erik Mårtenssonも非常に多忙なのは分かっていますが?

Åge/Glam: NORDIC BEAST はまだ眠れる野獣のままだね。John NorumMikkey Dee2015年にこのユニットを始めた時は、LemmyMOTÖRHEADのツアーのペースを落とし始めた頃でMikkeyにはツアーをするユニットを得る為に必要な動きだったんじゃないかと思う。Lemmyは余り調子が良くなくて、Mikkeyはツアーに出るのが大好き。Johnにとっては、居心地が良いEUROPEの領域の外に何かがあるのが心地良かったんじゃないかな。俺達はオリジナルの楽曲制作すら始めていたけど、MikkeySCORPIONSとのライヴ活動を始めると彼はこれ迄以上に忙しくなってしまった。公式には解散していないから、どうなるかな?Johnと俺の共同作業は続いていて、彼の次のソロ・アルバムの中の何曲かを録音する事に繋がったんだ。一緒にツアーに出る話もしていて、ソロ・アーティストとしての彼の過去のカタログに焦点を合わせよう、って。

 

 

S-ROCK: Øystein、体調が悪かったと聞きましたが、今は大丈夫ですか?WIG WAM解散後は何をしていましたか?音楽活動は?

Øystein/Sporty: それについてはっきりさせようか、「俺は元気だよ」、健康に何も問題はないし、少なくとも他の「普通の」人達より悪くはないね。健康だし、週4日は運動してる。実際気分はとてもいいよ 🙂

WIG WAMの後は沢山の音楽活動をしていたよ(20122020年)🙂

スウェーデンのストックホルムの昔のバンドSHA-BOOMと沢山のライヴを演ってたよ。もっとポップな種類の音楽なんだ。Spotifyでチェックしてみてくれ🙂 R.O.C.K80年代には北欧じゃ本当に大ヒットしたんだよ 😉 音楽のプロデュースにも多くの時間を費やした。2つのアーティスト達と主に仕事してるんだ。MELIxはノルウェーの女性ポップ・シンガーで、2019年と2020年に彼女と5曲プロデュースした。RED STEELは俺が本当に気に入ってるノルウェーのロック・バンドだ。2020年に1stシングルをプロデュースしたんだ。MELIx“Det Er Sommer”RED STEEL“Unreal”を聴いてみてくれ。君達がこの曲を気に入ってくれると本当に思ってるさ 😉 彼等について詳細を知りたかったら俺に連絡してくれよ 😉 (S-ROCK注:RED STEELのギタリストはSportyの末の息子さんだそうです)

 

 

S-ROCK: S-ROCKサイトを訪問して下さる貴方達の日本のファンにメッセージをお願いします。ありがとうございました!いずれ貴方達のライヴを日本で観られる事を祈っています、コロナ禍のせいで余りにも遅くならないといいのですが!

Øystein/Sporty: 日本のツアーで逢える事を祈ってるよ、多分2022年だね。それから、君達は俺達のステージ・ネームを使い続けるべきだね、少なくとも俺については 🙂

Bernt/Flash: ハイ!俺はいつも日本への旅を大事にするよ、そしてもう一度戻れる機会がある事を望んでる。絶対忘れる事がない経験だったんだ。君達のもてなしと熱狂は全ての意味でバンドを鼓舞したのさ。俺達が満を持して復活して、新譜NEVER SAY DIEが君達の期待に応える事が本当に嬉しいよ。俺の息子は何回か日本に行った事があって、日本語を勉強しているよ。コロナ禍が解消されたら彼は日本で勉強する予定なんだ。近い将来君達の為に何回かライヴを演れる事を心から望んでる。それ迄は新譜を楽しんでくれ、すぐ逢おう!

Åge/Glam: 過去の事を水に流して傷を癒して本当にいい気分なんだ。俺達は全ての俺達の相違点を整理したし、今はまたライヴを演る事だけを楽しみにしているのさ。NEVER SAY DIEツアーで絶対に日本へまた行くよ。無事で居て、そして以前は絶対体験出来なかったやり方でWIG WAMの虜になる準備をしておいてくれ。

Trond/Teeny: また日本でツアー出来る機会を得られる様に本当に祈ってるよ。ずっと君達が恋しかったし、また逢う為の準備はバッチリさ!元気で、無事で居てくれ!!!!

 

 

WIG WAM Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wigwam.official

Photos in mid 80’s-90’s Extra 3

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of Sissel Kyrkjebø are online, she’s quite a famous singer in Norway, even though she doesn’t sing melodic HR and AOR though.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

番外編その3は、メロハーには全く関係ありませんがノルウェーで知らない人は居ない国民的歌手Sissel Kyrkjebøの写真を掲載します。

 

 

On Japan Tour / 来日時。

 

 

 

 

 

at studio / スタジオにて。

 

 

 

With Morten Harket for a-ha / a-haのMorten Harketと。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sissel Kyrkjebø Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sisselkyrkjebo/

Photos in mid 80’s-90’s Extra 2

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of TUESDAY GIRLS (part 2) are online, their producer was Ole Evenrude.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

番外編その2は、プロデューサーがOle EvenrudeだったTUESDAY GIRLS (part 2)の写真を掲載します。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos in mid 80’s-90’s Extra 1

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of TUESDAY GIRLS (part 1) are online, their producer was Ole Evenrude.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

番外編その1は、プロデューサーがOle EvenrudeだったTUESDAY GIRLS (part 1)の写真を掲載します。

 

 

On promotional tour in Japan in June 1995 / 1995年06月のプロモ来日時

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos in mid 80’s-90’s Part 9

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of TREAT (Part 2) are online.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

第9回目はTREAT (Part 2)の写真を掲載します。

 

 

at the production meeting before Japan Tour 1990

 

 

 

at SKB Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREAT Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/treatofficial/

Photos in mid 80’s-90’s Part 8

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of TNT/VAGABOND are online.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

第8回目はTNT/VAGABONDの写真を掲載します。

 

 

with Terje Rypdal (G)

 

 

 

 

 

in front of Nidalos Cathedral ニダロス大聖堂前にて

 

 

 

Building his studio スタジオ建設中

 

at the wedding of MB Normann MB Normannの結婚式にて

 

 

 

We miss you, Dag…..

 

 

 

 

 

TNT Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TNTtheband/

Jørn Lande Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/OFFICIALJORN

Terje Rypdal FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/terjerypdal/

Photos in mid 80’s- 90’s Part 7

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of TREAT (Part 1) are online.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

第7回目はTREAT (Part 1)の写真を掲載します。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anders Wikström (G) with guys of 220 VOLT, Mic Michaeli (EUROPE) and Mats Levén???

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREAT Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/treatofficial/

Photos in mid 80’s- 90’s Part 6

Some photos of Swedish & Norwegian bands and artists in mid 80’s – 90’s as memorabilia thanks to Solveig Ltd. Tokyo.

This time photos of DREAM POLICE are online.

Solveig Ltd. Tokyoさんのご厚意により、80年代半ばから90年代半ばに撮影されたスウェーデンとノルウェーのバンドやアーティストの写真を想い出の品として掲載致します。

第6回目はDREAM POLICEの写真を掲載します。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with GLORY from Sweden

 

 

 

 

DREAM POLICE FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dreampolicenorway/

STONEFLOWER – E-MAIL INTERVIEW (2020) (English)

STONEFLOWER’s latest album “FINALLY” out in May 2020.

 

S-ROCK: Tom and Svenn, you guys as STONEFLOWER have been “finally” back to the scene with the latest album “FINALLY” out in May 2020. Welcome back, and the album has been “back in stock” again and again at online CD stores in Japan. Any negotiation with Japanese labels to release in Japan?

Svenn: Hi there, yes it’s good to finally be back but you know there’s actually never been a longer off period it’s just that we like to spend our time in the studio.

Well, we have no separate negotiation with Japan cause we want to see how far AOR HEAVEN can push this album. 

S-ROCK: For these years since you guys released the 1st album “CRACK A LITTLE SMILE” in 2003 many things have been changed, especially thanks to internet. What is the biggest difference on making an album between early 2000’s and now?

 

Svenn Huneide (B)

 

 

Svenn: The main difference is in the way we work in the studio with new methods due to digital aids. It should be a faster and easier way but we are really old school and like to do it the old way as much as possible. 

We try to use copying and moving parts of a song to a minimum and we feel this really helps the songs to be more dynamic.   

Tom: The difference in case of distribution of the music now from before, is that its much easier to hit just the right market (people). Our goal is to find the AOR people who are very open to new bands, and still quite hungry for this kind of music.

S-ROCK: “FINALLY” album has full of beautiful melodies with excellent chorus harmonies, and tracks are in genuine AOR style more than previous albums. John from young generation has brought something fresh, it has given good influence to guys with a long career? Which track(s) is/are your favorite(s)?

Svenn: Yeah, John has really given us old guys a vitamin injection and it’s really funny to write new songs and throw at him. He always surprises us by making every song better sounding than we could imagine.

Tom by the way is the master Chorus guy. The man should really write a book about it. It’s hard to pick a favourite because they’re all so difference.

Tom: I very much agree with Svenn. John came in and really kicked our butts. We had to polish him just a tiny bit from the musical scene, but as you can hear, he’s all over the place. I loved his voice from the first time I heard him.

I can’t pick any favourite song either. Every song has its own place.

 

Tom Sennerud (G)

 

 

S-ROCK: How’s been the situation in Norway during this chaos due to COVID-19? Many people in Japan get used to wear a mask in winter (cold/flu) and spring (pollen) though, you guys there in Norway didn’t have that custom. What did you guys do and think during the restriction time?

Svenn: Well these are strange and dark times indeed. We are not used to wearing masks in Norway and even today most people find it a bit strange. We are fortunate to have a government that really took the situation seriously and because of that

Norway is one of the countries with fewest dead and sick in the whole world. We had planned to make a couple of concerts but instead we were stuck in our studios so we tried to make the best out of it and even made a video with live playing from our homes.

Tom: This still isn’t over. The plan for a release concert in February -21 seems difficult too, so we just have to wait.

S-ROCK: John, you ever participated in IDOL and musicals like LES MISERABLÉS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MISS SAIGON. Have you ever sung in an AOR band besides STONEFLOWER? And your name “Masaki” reminds Japanese people of a Japanese male name, is it your real name or stage name?

John: I’ve always been a huge fan of AOR and ever since I was a teenager I’ve been singing cover songs with various bands but this is the first time I get to be part of something completely original. Doing musicals and theatre and cabaret shows are fun and challenging in their own ways, but it’s something completely different to be able to do your own music. I am so lucky to have met these incredibly talented people who happen to share my passion for AOR.

 

John Masaki (Vo)

 

 

My grandmother was actually from Japan and I was named after her brother Masaki. As a young sailor, my grandfather stayed in Toyama-ken for three months while repairing their ship engine. He told me he met my beautiful grandmother Chizuko Iwata one day at a hair saloon and managed to ask her out to dinner even though he couldn’t speak a word of Japanese. They fell in love and she moved to Norway with him. My full name is John-Magnus Masaki Nielsen, but John Masaki is a much more catchy stage name and I carry it with great pride.

S-ROCK: Geir, you work as a video journalist/photographer/drone pilot for TV2 news as well, from a journalist point of view what will happen to the world next after COVID-19 matters?

Geir: Oh well, that’s the big question everyone is asking themselves, isn’t it? I think the world will feel the aftermath of this for a very long time.

But let’s hope they can find a vaccine soon, and maybe after a some time, the virus will be just another annual influenza-virus. In Norway the kids are putting posters in the windows saying: «It Will All Be Fine» written inside a rainbow. And that’s what I think also.

 

 

Geir Johnny Huneide (Ds)

 

 

S-ROCK: Some bands and musicians in Norway have been doing online gigs on FACEBOOK, YouTube or other ways for free or receiving money as a ticket price or social tipping by Vipps for example. Any plan of an online gig of you guys? If you do, your fans in Japan will be interested as well even though there’s time difference. And when this chaos with restriction is over, you guys will do some gigs with your fans at clubs?

Svenn: Well we thought about it but the market was really flooded with concerts and it was too much hassle to get it done in a way we liked and now it’s almost over. People got tired of it I suppose 🙂 It would be great to treat our fans with a concert tho’ so let’s see what’s gonna happen.

Tom: We will love to do clubs in the future.

John: Yes! Live streams can be fun but it’s just not the same as a real concert with real people. I tried to download a beer the other day but it didn’t taste quite right.

 

 

 

 

S-ROCK: This is a question from your Japanese fan. Which are your favorite bands and bands which have influenced your music career?

Svenn: Wow, there are just so many. My personal favorites are FOREIGNER, TOTO, WHITESNAKE, YES, DGM and some of the new ones like W.E.T and WORK OF ART. I started listening to music at the age of 10-11 so every classic rock band from 1984 and forward has influenced me but especially TOTO, VAN HALEN, KISS, WHITESNAKE, DEF LEPPARD and GIANT have been huge favorites.

Tom: Again, I have to follow Svenn, TOTO, WORK OF ART, LIONVILLE, W.E.T but also Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, PAGES and MR. MISTER to name a few.

John: One of my favorite voices is Norwegian Jørn Lande (Jorn) but my biggest inspiration as a performer is probably Freddie Mercury. Other huge influences are IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER, WHITESNAKE, GUNS N’ ROSES, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN, THIN LIZZY, BON JOVI etc. The list could go on forever!

S-ROCK: Would you give your messages to your Japanese fans who visit S-ROCK website? Tusen takk!

Svenn: Thank you so much for your interest and for listening to our new album. It would be a really treat if we were to play for our Japanese Fans in Japan sometime in the future and in the meantime I pray everyone stay safe and healthy.

Tom: Thank you so much for listening and supporting us. We are so grateful for all the feedback we got this time around.

John: Thank you for keeping rock and roll alive! Hope to come see you very soon!

 

 

 

STONEFLOWER Official FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/stoneflowertheband/