Mon 6th - The recording of the Sator's 8th album started. As usual at Music a Matic studios. Over the following weeks 11 songs were completed including the two songs recorded in August.
It was tough. The last couple of Sator albums have been done in a slow relaxed tempo with no deadline. This time we had a relasese date and booked shows before we even started recording. There was much more pressure on us to deliver the album in time. I believe the pressure was good for us. It gave the album a great vibe of urgency.Chips
3 more songs were recorded but dropped prior to the mix. A re-worked version of “Roll with the punches”, a song also recorded for “Basement Noise” but never released. It didn’t make it this time either. Mainly due to lack of time. “History” A fast one in the vein of “Jetslide”. And a song with the interesting working title “Småland”
Three really good songs that we had to drop because we didn’t have enough time. “Roll with the punches” is actually one of my favorite Sator songs ever. It was written for the “Basement noise” album but we dropped it cause it didn’t turn out right. This time it came out great so we will definitively relase it.Hasse
Thu 23rd - Most of the recordings were completed and the band took a break over the holidays.
2010 was another really good year for Sator. The never-ending “Under the radar” tour was completed and we managed to get an album written as well. I think all the touring brought us back to where we used to be.Kent
Fri 28th - The album was completed. The last song, ”We’re all gonna die” was mixed today. The lead vocals were recorded at the very last minute.
Henryk started mixing ”We’re all gonna die” while we recorded the vocals! As I said we had a very tight schedule this time. I was quite sick as well during the last two weeks which also added something manic to the sound. When I was singing ”We’re all gonna die” I can assure you that I really felt like that!.Chips
The Mascot Parade album was mixed and mastered during the first two weeks of February.
Work on The Nomads album was picked up again. Working with vocals and guitars on Chips mobile studio in Stockholm.
Sat 12th - After a 2 month break the touring started again. The first show after the new album took place at ”Nöjesfabriken” in Karlstad. Several new songs we’re introduced in the set. ”Under the radar", "S.T.S", "Wanted: Hope and pride before I die", "When you lie down with dogs", "Your up gets me down" and "Drive throught the night”. Support band was Perry And the Travellers.
Fri 25th - The 8th Sator album”Under the radar” was released in Sweden. It was well received by both press and ”the old fans” The rest of Europe had to wait a couple of months. To celebrate the release Sator played at the club ”S2” in their old hometown Borlänge supported by Jailbreak Academy and Deviled.
Sat 26th - A special show at the opening of the new outdoor arena in Leksand. Sator played 2 sets before and after the Leksand -Mora hockey game. 17 000 tickets were sold to the game! Not all of the could see Sator’s shows but the room was packed. The band Sabaton also played one song outdoors before the game started.
I’m glad we played indoors ’cause it was freezing cold outside. Sadly our team Leksand lost the game but we had lots of fun anyway”. For the first time ever Sators hockey song ”Leksandslåten” was played as an encore.Michael
Fri 4th - Chips and Kent once again visited ”Radio Rockklassiker” in Stockholm performing ”Wanted: Hope and pride before I die” accoustic. Later same day Sator played at ”Tobbe’s Amason” in Flen. ”We’re all gonna die” was introduced in the set. There were two support bands this night - Airborne Enemies and Code Duello.
Fri 11th - Sator back in Sundsvall at ”Club Deströyer”. Local band Degeneration was picked by Chips as support band.
The club had a competition for the support sport and I thought they were by far the best band of those I heard.Chips
Sat 12th - Sator in Ljusdal at ”Stadt” Once again supported by Degeneration. Over 1000 people attended the show.
Fri 18th - Sator in Umeå at ”Scharinksa”. Robban Eriksson helped out on drums again this weekend since Michael was in New York.
Sat 19th - The band performed a short electric set in the classic record store ”Burmans” in Umeå before leaving for Örnsköldsvik where they played at ”The Merry Can” supported by local band called The Mole Station.
Fri 25th - Västerås at ”Sigurdsgatan 25”. Michael was back behind the drums again.
Sat 26th - The band played a couple of songs at the record store ”Skivbörsen” in Västerås. In the evening it was time for Rättvik and a gig at ”Bowling and Krog”. No support band this night.
Fri 1st - Chips, Kent and Heikki played ”Wanted: Hope and pride before I die” and ”I wanna go home” semi-plugged on ”Radio Sörmland in Eskilstuna” Kent played accoustic guitar, Chips electric and Heikki played bass. Later the same evening Sator did a secret gig at Martin Roos opening-party for his new garage outside Eskilstuna in front of 60-70 specially invited party-goers. The band played a short set that included ”I wanna be your driver” and ”Teenage Kicks”. After that, it was time for the "real" gig at ”Harry’s” in Eskilstuna.
Martin is an old friend of Sator (and the band Kent’s manager) so of course we wanted to see his new place and while we were there we might as well play some songs.Michael
Three shows in one day if you count the radio show.
Sat 2nd - Sator in Jönköping at ”Ztyle” Supported by Factory Brains from Stockholm.
One of the hottest shows ever. The sweat was dripping down from the ceiling. The crowd seemed to know every word of the songs, even the new ones.Heikki
Fri 8th - Sator in Tranås at Pub Babar supported by Filled with Hate (Jerker Persson from Rövsvett’s new band). Again sold out.
Sat 9th - Sator did another “hometown show” at “Trägårn” in Gothenburg supported by Alexia and Factory Brains.
Fri 14th - Sator in Linköping at “L’ Orient” supported by Daylight Stella och Svensk Punk.
Fri 22nd - Sator did an afternoon “family-show” in Sälen. A ski-resort.
We played at 4 in the afternoon for kids and families. It’s always interesting to do different kinds of show. Those daylight shows are really the hardest ones.Chips
Sat 29th - One more “after-ski show”. This time at “Country Club” in Åre. This was a regular show after dark.
Thurs 12th - The Chips produced Badmouth album “Heavy metal parking lot” was completed.
Fri 13th - Sator played at “Metallsvenskan” A two day festival in Örebro with D.A.D, Graveyard, Bob Log III…
Sat 14th - Sator at “Fegen Festivalen” in Fegen with Mimikry…
Sat 28th - Sator and Docenterna played together at “Hultsfred's Calling” at Metropol in Hultsfred. A special show with several guests. Conny Nimmersjö from Bob Hund and Birgit Bidder guested with Docenterna.
Nicke Andersson from Imperial State Electric and Micke Alonzo from legendary punkbands KSMB and Stockholms Negrer guested with Sator.
We played two Ramones songs with Nicke: Slug and She’s the one. Then Nicke stayed on for KSMB’s classic “Dörrterror” with Alonzo singning. Nicke also joined us on I’d rather drink than talk and I wanna go home. A lot of fun.Kent
The whole evening ended with both bands playing Docenterna’s “Chick-e-chack” and Sator’s I wanna go home” together.
Sat 4th - Sator at Laholm Kulturfestival in Laholm with Electric Boys, Eldkvarn…
Fri 10th - Chips and Kent played Sator hits unplugged at Sweden Rock festival. Billed as Chips and Kent from Sator. Heikki and Michael “guested” on a couple of tracks. The show was recorded by Swedish radio.
Sun 12th - The recording of Nisse Hellberg’s “Flod av eld” album started at Music-A-matic studios in Gothenburg with Chips producing and Henryk Lipp engineering.
Fri 1st - Sator played at the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge.
Sat 2nd - 2 Sator shows today. The first show was a short set in the afternoon backing up Ken Stringfellow (of The Posies, Disciplines, Big Star, White Flag…).
Songs played were:
- Please Return It
- Solar Sister
- September Gurls
- New Untitled Country Song with Sonja Van Hamel (from the band Bauer)
- He’s A Whore
Later the same day Sator performed a covers only set at “Bolange”.
”SATOR DELUXE” AT BOLANCHE IN BORLÄNGE
- Brown Eyed Son (The Waves)
- Loudmouth (The Ramones)
- I Don’t Mind (Buzzcocks)
- Rock 'n' roll Girl (The Beat)
- You’re Gonna Miss Me (13th Floor Elevators)
- Suspect Device (Stiff Little Fingers)
- 12XU (Wire)
- Teenage Kicks (The Undertones) with Joppe Philgren of Docenterna on vocals
- Love Song (The Damned)
- Born To Lose (Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers) with Magnus ”Larna” Larnhed from the defunct band 59 Times The Pain on vocals
- Dörrterror (KSMB)
- Outdoor Miner (Wire)
- Where Eagles Dare (Misfits) with Kristoffer Åström on vocals
- I Wanna Be Your Driver (Chuck Berry/The Swinging Neckbreakers)
- Superman (The Clique/R.E.M.) with Ken Stringfellow on vocals
- Face Down (White Flag) with Ken Stringfellow
- He’s A Whore (Cheap Trick) with Ken Stringfello
- Solar Sister (The Posies) with Ken Stringfellow
- September Girls (Big Star) with Ken Stringfellow
- Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones) with Everybody
Fri 8th - Sator at the “Putte I Parken” festival in Karlskoga
Sat 9th - Sator and The Hurriganes as a double bill at Forshaga Folkets park
A dream come true. The Hurriganes were huge when we were kids. If someone had told me back then that they would one day be our support band it would have blown my mind.Heikki
Fri 15th - Sator played at Hamnkrogen in Visby
Sat 16th - Sator played a full set in a living room in Visby. It was the first prize in a competiton.
A total classic.. I suppose they expected us to do a short acoustic set. We loaded in the whole rig and did a full-on show for 30 people in a small apartment.Hans
Sat 23rd - Sator played the “Lillhärdalsyran“ festival in Lillhärdal for the second time.
Sat 30th - Sator at “Sjöslaget” in Nyköping with Electric Boys among others.
Chips did more recording session with Nisse Hellberg and White Flag.
Fri 5th - Sator in Ängelsberg at “Engelsbergsrocken”
One of the few gigs ever in heavy rain. We’ve been very lucky over the years.Michael
Sat 6th - Sator at “Way out south” festival in Trelleborg with Bäddat för trubbel… The raining continued!
Sat 13th - Last show of the summer tour in Kalmar at “Kalmar Stadfest”
One of the best shows this year, The crowd went crazy!Chips
Chips worked with Nisse Hellberg the rest of the month the mixing ended august 28.
Wed 14th - Chips started with pre-production for an album with Swedish all girl metal band Crucified Barbara. Their third album. This would continue into October.
Fri 16th - Over the weekend Chips produced 4 new songs with Badmouth at Music A Matic studios. Part three of H.A.T.E" which is a mirror version of Singer/Songwriter Sofia Talviks EP.
No Sator shows in September. Chips continued working with The Nomads and White Flag.
Thurs 29th - Chips and Kent went on another White Flag tour in Europe. The tour started in Cologne, Germany at Sonic Ballroom and ended in Sweden with Sator on October 14. Other contries visited were Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy.
Fri 14th - Sator played at Konserthuset in Vara with White Flag guesting. Kent’s daughter Ellen also guested and sang Cherry Bomb. The last time Ellen guested with Sator was when she was one day old, recorded over the phone for the Stereo album. This would be the last White Flag show ever with Chips and Kent in the line-up.
Chips worked with Crucified Barbara and The Nomads (final sessions for the never ending album).
Mon 7th - The recording of Crucified Barbara’s “Midnight chase “album started at Music A Matic studios with Chips producing and Henryk Lipp engineering.
Sat 19th - Sator returned to the stage with a show at Debaser in Malmö supported by Freefall.
Fri 25th - Chips and Heikki appeared at Hitlistan in Eskilstuna with Lisa Miskovsky, Love Antell, Robert Ericsson, Joakim Fredriksson among others.
Sun 11th - The final recording session for The Nomads “Solna” album.
Fri 16th - Sator at Katalin in Uppsala
Sat 17th - Sator at King’s Arms in Avesta
Sun 18th - Back to Gothenburg for more recordings with Crucifed Barbara.
Thurs 29th - Eldsjälsgalan on Swedish national TV
Sator backed up “Schlager artist” Nanne Grönvall performing the old Sham 69 classic "If the kids are united” in front of a confused audience.
Fri 30th - Borlänge. Last show this year. Sator played a set of covers at music business legend Ingemar Magnusson’s 50th birthday party. They we’re joined by Steve Almaas of Suicide Commandos playing bass and singing “I’ll wait”, Sator Codex singer Björn Clarin doing “Leech” and Emile Kiesbye singing“ The weight” by The Band. This was the first time Björn sang with the band since “The 10th anniversary show” back in 1991. Kent and Chips also guested with The Nomads on “The way you touch my hand”.
And nice way to end the year. We have known Ingemar for many years. He’s one of the goodhearted people in the music biz. The Nomads and Sator played on his 30th birthday party 20 years ago!Chips
Chips worked with Crucified Barbara
Sat 28th - Sator at “Rockland” in Sala. The band played the old Dag Vag song “Samma sak” as a tribute to the recently departed singer Stig Vig.
Chips worked with Crucified Barbara, The Nomads and The Centerfolds.
Fri 24th - Sator played a set of of covers at “The Country Club” in Åre.
Sat 25th - Sator again at “The Country club” in Åre with a more regular set.
Sat 24th - Sator at “Nalen” in Stockholm supported by The Centerfolds and Freefall
Fri 30th - Sator at Folkan, Järvsö supported by The Spokes.
Sat 31st - Sator at CH Steakhouse in Söderhamn supported by Son of a gun.
Sat 21st - Sator returned to “Ztyle” in Jönköping.
Fri 27th - Sator at “Liljan” in Borlänge supported by Toxic Lab Rats and Factory Brains. Björn Clarin reprised his guest appearance from last December singing the Sator Codex classic “Leech” again.
It was too much fun to just do it once. We planned on doing “Master of The Universe too but we ran out of time.Kent
Fri 4th - Sator back at Club Babar in Tranås.
Sat 5th - Sator played at “MX Rockbar” in Alingsås.
Fri 18th - “Hulstfreds’s calling “again. This time sator the band was guested by Mia Coldheart and Klara Force from Crucified Barbara, Joppe Pihlgren, Kristofer Åström and Nisse Hellberg.
Sat 26th - Sator played at “Popstad” festival in Lund. Henrik Venant and Peter Puders performed two old TT Reuter songs “Den Udda Gudens Puls” and Krossa alla tankar” with Sator.
Wed 30th - The Crucified Barbara “The midnight chase” album was released.
Fri 1st - Sator played at “Liseberg” in Gothenburg.
Sat 16th - Sator at “Coverfestivalen” in Nässjö with Attentat…
Fri 29th. Sator at “Festhalle” in Frankfurt, Germany. First night of German tour supporting Die Ärzte.
One of the wamest gig ever. We were soaking wet after three chords!Chips
Sat 30th - Second night at Festhalle in Frankfurt.
Really great shows. Die Ärzte are lovely people and their crew treated us really good. The audience were great too. Bela guested on I wanna go home singing the last verse.Hans
Mon 2nd - Sator at “Nachtleben” in Frankfurt without Die Ärzte
A more “selective” audience this night, ha ha! A big difference from the arena shows and even hotter! A lot of fans from the old days so we did some songs that we don’t play that often.Kent
Tues 3:rd - Sator supported Die Ärzte at “Tui arena” in Hannover. Back to the huge arenas.
Wed 4th - Second night in Hannover
Thurs 5th - Sator at “The Tube” in Düsseldorf.
Fri 5th - Last show of the tour in Stuttgart at “Schleyerhalle” with Die Ärzte. And a long 1300km drive home to Sweden.
Great tour. We love playing in Germany.Michael
Fri 13th - Sator at No Name MC in Strängnäs
Sat 14th - Sator played in Hudiksvall at “Rock vid havet” with Diamond Dogs…
Thurs 2nd - Chips filled in for Hasse Östlund in the Nomads playing two set on the “Blidösund cruise”
Sat 4th - Sator played at “Kanalrock” in Katrineholm.
Chips started working with Bad Man’s Jam doing pre-production for a future album.
Thurs 9th - "Sator at “Musik och Motor festivalen “in Älvdalen
Another great show in the middle of the great woods.Heikki
Fri 10th - Sator at “Vinöns Värdshus” on Vinön. An island in the lake Hjälmaren.
Sat 11th - Sator played at the festival “Skogsröjet” in Rejmyre. Chips guested on two songs with Badmouth.
Sat 18th - Sator at “Scribblefest” in Mjölby
Fri 24th - Sator returned to “Helgeåfestivalen” in Knislinge in the south of Sweden. Some other band were Nationalteatern, Bob Hund, The Sounds…
Sat 25th - Sator at the Gutter Island festival in Denmark with Imperial State Electric, Heavy Tiger. Jim Jones Revue, Flamin’ Sideburns… Hasse guested with Bäddat för Trubbel.
Chips produced an album with Versus You from Luxemburg.
White Flag and Versus You toured together back in 2011 and we talked about working together.Chips
The band Bo-Dogs recorded 5 songs at Music A Matic studios in two days
- Nisse Hellberg - Vocals and guitar
- Chips Kiesbye - Bass and backing vocals
- Kent Norberg - Guitar and backing vocals
- Patrik Herrström - Drums
A “garage-rock” side-project.
Fri 14th - Sator played at the re-opening party at Bolanche in Borlänge together with Rotvälta.
Sat 22nd - Sator at “Kulturkalaset” in Kristinehamn supported by the old punkband Skäms (their last show ever) and Dekadenta Gossar.
Chips produced an album with Bad Man’s Jam at Music A Matic studios.
Several more Bo-Dogs songs were recorded as well.
Chips also worked with 69 Eyes from Finland.
No Sator shows this month.
Wed 21st - Chips guested with Idde and Sulo at Pet Sounds Bar in Stockholm singing “Borstal Breakout “ by Sham 69, “Reuters” by Wire, “1000 punks” by Grisen Skriker and “Baby Baby” by The Vibrators.
I played three of these song at my very first show with Skandal back in 1979. So it was a tribute to the punk days.Chips
No Sator shows this month.
Fri 7th - Sator at “Ögir” in Köping
Sat 8th - Sator supported German metal and The Scorpions in Sandviken. The other bands were Badmouth, Dalton and Skunk Anansie.
Sun 16th - Chips played with Blue For Two at Pusterviksteatern in Gothenburg. The first show since march 1998 years and probably the last Blue For Two show ever.
Thurs 20th - Sator supported Oslo Ess at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. Last show for 2012.
This a very busy year for the band with many great shows.Michael
Wed 26th - Chips played with the legendary Swedish punkband Warheads at “Punk och bössa festivalen “in Gävle. The other bands were The Lurkers, Bisex-B, The Craps, Äshtray and Dead Scouts.
Chips worked with Bad Man's Jam.
Fri 25th - The Brazilian band Turbo arrived at Landvetter airport, Gothenburg. For the next three weeks 15 songs was recorded at Music A Matic studio with Chips producing and Henryk Lipp engineering. Chips got to play Berimbau (a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil) and sing some backing vocals in Portugese!
I guess it was a real adventure for the guys. They had never seen snow and it was a tough winter when they were here with lots of snow and really cold.Chips
More sessions with The Bo-Dogs and Chips produced an EP with The Nomads.
Fri 22nd - Closed show at a private party in Alingsås
Sat 23rd - Sator in Enköping at "Strul MC"
Sat 23rd - Sator unplugged at hotel Hilton "Earth hour-show" in Stockholm. They we're joined on stage on various songs by Hannu Kiviaho (from Fatboy and Heikki's big brother), Magnus "Storis" Holmström and Tomas "Limpan" Lindberg.
The Brülbåjz single from 1980 was re-released on Ken rock records.
A very strange feeling to open a box of Brülbåjz singles again. I still clearly remember when I did it the first time around.Chips
The Billy Pilgrims' second album (Stiff white gospel) produced by Chips was completed. It would be released digitally and on a very limited edition CD in 2014.
Fri 24th - Sator at "Effekt" in Karlsham supported by Dust Bowl Jokies.
Sat 25th - By popular demand Sator went back to "Popstad Lund" again. To continue the celebration of classic bands from Lund the band played two songs "Walk on by" and "Love you more than this" by The Sinners with the original members Sven Köhler and Michael Sellers on vocals and guitar.
The friendship between Sator and The Sinners goes back a long time. The Sinners are one of the best Swedish bands ever.Kent
Kent sings backing vocals on "Love you more than this" on the original record.
Sat 1:st - Chips and Heikki guested with The Baditudes at "Gästis" in Eskilstuna playing old punk classics.
Fri 14th - Sator played at the reborn Hultsfred festival "This is Hultsfred"
Sator must have played the original festival more times than anybody else so it made sense that we were there when it started up again.Hans
Fri 13th - A "new" Sator 7" single was released on Ghost Highway recordings in Spain. The A-side "World Keeps turning" was recorded for the "Basement Noise" album but never released. The B-side "Brown eyed son" is a cover of The Waves and "should have been a hit". It was recorded back in 1997.
It's always been part of Sator/Baby Demons cover set and performed live many times over the years so it was about time it got released.Hans
Sat 15th - Sator in Kristinehamn at "Marieberg Rockar", a one day festival with Magnus Uggla, Caroline af Ugglas, Ida Staake, Mammas pojkar and Knekta Kungar.
Thurs 19th - Kent celebrated the memory of Stig Vig lead singer of Dag vag at Mosebacke in Stockholm together with E-Type, Magnus Carlsson, Kajsa Grytt among others.
Fri 12th - "Stadion Am Hünting" in Bochholt, Germany. Back to Germany for more shows with Die Ärzte and the band Side Effects from Myamar/Cambodia.
Sat 14th - Sator in Bietigheim-Bissingen at "Festplatz am Viadukt" again with Die Ärzte and Side Effects
Sat 27th - "Holmens Rock", Gothenburg, A one day festival with Electric Boys, Sator, DAD, Crucified Barbara, Siphon Fuel and Bourbon Boys.
Sat 3rd - Another festival "Rockviken" in Frövi. Chips guested with Bonafide and Pontus Snibb of Bonafide guested with Sator on "I'd rather drink than talk".
Sat 10th - Two shows in one day. An early show at "Getaway Rock" in Gävle and a late night show at "Folkets Park "in Alfta with Per Persson guesting on The Who's "My Generation"
Fri 16th - Sator at "Ljungarocken" in Ljungaverken with Takida, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Black Creed...
Fri 30th - Kent solo show at Kompledigt festival at Ögir in Köping.
Sat 31st - Kärrgruveparken, Norberg. Sator, Docentera and Torsson.
What a wonderful line-up.Hasse
This was another dream come through. Back in the early 80's we saw Stiff Little Fingers, Killing Joke and Theatre of Hate at "Kärrgruveparken". We had just started as a band and our dream was to one day play this venue. It only took us 25 years!Chips
Michael's bassdrum-skin broke so we had to do something while we waited so for the first time in probably 25 years we played the theme song from "Tårtan", a 1970's children show until Micke got a new bassdrum.Kent
Chips produced another album with Nisse Hellberg.
Wed 25th - Really sad news. Bill "Pat Fear" Bartell singer, guitarplayer and leader of White Flag passed away. Sator and White Flag shared members and Bill co-wrote several songs for Sator over the years.
This was taken from the Facebook page:
Bill "Pat Fear" Bartell, the front-man and heart of White Flag, has passed away. He's been a close friend for over twenty years. We first got to know Bill back in the early 1990's when we were looking for songs for the "Barbie-Q-Killers vol 1" album. Bill was a major help in getting us in touch with all the song-writers and band members of the groups we covered. Without him that record would not have been possible. Remember that this was before the Internet. No Google, Facebook or e-mail. White Flag was one of the bands that we grew up with. The musical anarchy mixed with great songwriting and a portion of humor and irony really appealed to us. It also set them apart from most of their contemporaries. One of the guys wore a police uniform and had a moustache! And called himself Pat Fear. That's real punk attitude. In 1994 Sator and White Flag released a split single and played some shows together in Sweden. One of them headlining the "Hultsfreds festival" together on the main stage (the biggest festival in Sweden at the time). It was also the start of a long friendship between the two bands. Sator have recorded several songs written/co-written by Bill over the years. Songs like This side of nowhere, Ask The Shadows, On the way down, Face down, Freezer, White Trash and Halter top. White Flag in return recorded several Sator songs. All Sator members can be heard on many White Flag recordings. Chips and Kent have been part of the "European version" of White Flag for many years touring in Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Luxemburg and even in Aasiaat, Greenland! (Thank you Bill for that adventure). The last European White Flag show was in Vara, Sweden supporting Sator in October 2011. Bill was a character, a "one of a kind" but with a big heart and a great sense of humor. He made a big impression on everyone who met him. He connected people and made things happen. He will be deeply missed by a lot of people, both as a musician and as a friend. Life will be less interesting without Pat Fear around. The man is gone but the memories and the music remains.Sator 2013
The Bad Man's Jam album was completed. The band later changed name to Naked Presidents.
Chips kept on working with the Nisse Hellberg album.
Thurs 10th - Umeå. Sator played at the Opening party for Choice hotel. Lisa and Carolina Miskovsky joined the band on the stage for Tom Petty's "American girl" and "I wanna go home". Sator played ZZ Tops "Sharp Dressed man" for the first time since the early 90's.
Fri 11th - Sator in Västerås at "Bankiren"
Sat 12th - Sator played in Rättvik at "Bowling and Krog" once again supported by local punk legends "Bertil Brulba Band"
Fri 1st - Sator closed the punk festival in Borlänge at Bolanche. Mimikry, Troublemakers and Rövsvett were among the other bands this night. Last electric show for 2013. It was decided that the band needed a break to work on new songs and get all the gear back in shape again.
Chips worked with Factory Brains, Nisse Hellberg and made the final touches to the Turbo album recorded earlier this year.
Thurs 12th - Sat 14th - Chips, Kent and Heikki did three acoustic (more or less) shows at "Hotell Hulingen" in Hultsfred. This was the start of The "Sator Trio".
We wanted to try this to see if it worked and what place is better for that than good old Hultsfred. The people here have seen us so many times that they will tell us if we suck.Kent
We played three nights and came to the conclusion that this could interesting.Heikki
Sat 14th - Hans played keyboard with The Nomads at Stcky Fingers in Gothenburg.
Chips worked with Nisse Hellberg on the "Vad har han i huvudet" album.
There were also several sessions with the Factory Brains recording vocals, backing vocals and percussion for their second album.
Mon 20th - The recording of Crucified Barbara's "In the red" album started at Music A Matic Studios in Gothenburg with Chips as producer and Henryk Lipp as engineer.
The Nisse Hellberg album was completed and Chips continued working on the Factory Brains and Crucified Barbara albums on and off until mid-june this year. Sator took a break.
Mon 10th - Chips recorded vocals with Stefan Sundström for the song "Mirakel" by Hjalle Östman (Lead singer of Mimikry) in Stockholm. Parts of Chips studio/rehearsal place in Stockholm can be seen in Stefan Sundström's video for the song "Fredrik nu är det dags att gå".
Thurs 20th - Rehearsal started in Gothenburg for the Sator Trio tour.
This is something we had been talking about for a while but we never had the time to do it. Michael and Hans was busy with other stuff this year so we thought the timing was perfect for trying something different. We did three shows in Hultsfred at the end of last year just to see if it worked at all. And we tought it did.Kent
Yes, most of the Sator songs have melodies it's not just riffing around so they actually works stripped down as well. We also re-arranged some songs quite drastically. I have never played that much acoustic guitar in my life so it was almost like picking up a new instrument.Chips
Fri 4th - Karlstad The Sator trio tour started at Nöjesfabriken supporting Takida.
The first show was a really strange one. We played at the club's bowling hall while people were bowling! So in the middle of a song there could be a sudden cheer when someone hit a strike. Very different from the electric shows!Heikki
Yeah it was kind of a rough start and it took a couple of shows before we learned how to do this. It's always interesting to go out on a limb and leave your safety zone but it's also scary.Chips
Fri 11th - The Sator trio at Åkrogen in Gävle.
Sat 12th - The Sator trio at Q-bar in Sundsvall.
A great show. By now we felt confident that this actually works.Kent
Yes, this was the first night we felt that we can really do this.Chips
Thurs 24th - Rehearsals at Erik Brodéns place in Delsbo for the upcoming shows together. Brodén would be support act and join Sator on stage for several songs.
Fri 25th - The Sator trio at Sigges in Hudiksvall. With Erik Brodén.
Sat 26th - The Sator trio at Statt in Ljusdal. With Erik Brodén.
Thurs 1:st - The Sator trio at Pustervik in Gothenburg. Hans "guested" on Freezer.
Fri 2:nd - The Sator trio at Pop Corner in Alvesta
Sat 3:rd - The Sator trio at Skottvångs grufva in Mariefred. Heikkis son Joel from the band Shift guested on percussion.
Fri 16th - The Sator trio at Clarion Hotel in Visby.
Sat 17th - The Sator trio at Clarion Hotel in Visby second night.
Wed 21:st - The Sator trio at Comfort hotel in Stockholm.
This was another strange show. Not really a concert. We were more like the "lounge-band" in the hotel lobby while people were checking in or out. Some guests stuck around for a while before moving on. We played for really long time doing lots of covers and unusual Sator songs that we had never before. It was great and very different from our usual shows.Cips
Thurs 22:nd - The Sator trio at Saliga Munken in Norrköping.
One of the best show on the whole tour.Kent
Fri 23:rd - The Sator trio at East West Sushi in Örebro.
Sat 24:th - The Sator trio at Mastmagasinet in Kristinehamn.
Another one of the best shows of the tour. It's funny that before 2012 we had never played in Kristinehamn and by now it had became one of our "strongholds".Chips
Fri 30th - Kent guested with Docenterna at "This is Hultsfred" in Hultsfred. No Hultsfred festival without at least one Sator member.
Sat 31:st - The Sator trio at Scharinska in Umeå.
Some more sessions for "BBQ-killers vol 2" was done this month.
Fri 6th - The Sator trio at the Fishbait Festival on Åland.
Sat 7th - Sator at the Fishbait Festival on Åland. It was the first electric show this year. Some of the other acts were Imperial State Electric, The Nomads, and Nicke Borg.
Wed 25th - Kent solo show at Hulingen in Hultsfred.
The Bo-Dogs album was finally completed after a long wait.
Bo-Dogs isn't a real band so to speak. We never do any live shows. The band was put together to record an album of pure garage rock. A thing that had been on Nisse's mind for a while. Nisse wrote the songs and sang lead vocals, I produced and played bass, Kent played guitar and Patrik Herrström was brought in on drums. We all had some input but it's really Nisse's band. We never rehearsed just learned the songs in the studio and put them down on tape very quickly. I think the album turned out great. Maybe there will be a second album and some live shows one day. At first Kent was supposed to play bass but when we switched instruments something magic happened so we went for that instead.Chips
Sat 5th - Hans played keyboards with Bäddat för Trubbel at Henriksberg in Gothenburg.
Thurs 10th - Sator at the Riddu Riddu festival in Manndalen, Norway. Very far up north!
A sort of homecoming show for Kent. The festival is really more like a world music-native culture festival with no rock bands at all. But since Kent's mother is from this area and Kent's got some "samish-blood" in his veins they managed to find a reason to include Sator on the bill.Hans
Someone started a Facebook group for bringing Sator to Manndalen and they put some pressure on the festival-promoters. It must be one of my favorite shows this year. And we got to see where Kent spent every summer for many years in his youth.Chips
It was actually in Manndalen I heard The Boys first album for the first time. The Boys have always been a major influence for us.Kent
In 2015 The Boys will again play a big role in Sator's history but more about that later.
Sat 12th - Sator played at No Name MC in Strängnäs.
Mon 14th - The Sator trio at Tanumstrand in Grebbestad.
Tues 15th - The Sator trio at Majas vid havet in Varberg.
Thurs 17th - The Sator trio at Hotell Koster in Sydkoster.
Fri 18th - Sator (full band again) at Folkets Park in Tuna Hästberg.
Now it was my turn to "return home". This area is where many of my relatives came from.Mikael
Fri 22:nd - Heikki plays bass at "BAS" a dance/performance at Ludgo Bygdegård in Aspa. This is one of several "dance-shows" for Heikki this year.
Hekki also did several improvised dance and bass shows with dancer Anna Ehnberg. Dates unknown but there were quite a few 2013-2015.
Heikki was also did a couple of shows with Mäntysoopa Band.
Fri 29th - The Sator trio at Pubben in Borgholm
Sat 30th - The Sator trio once again at Pubben in Borgholm.
Mon 1:st - Chips started pre-production for an album with Stockholm band Bohemian Lifestyle.
Fri 5th - Kent guested with Docenterna at Nalen in Stockholm
Wed 10th - Crucified Barbara's "In the red" album was released recieving rave reviews.
Further work on BBQ-Killers vol 2.
Fri 26th - Kent solo show with Micke Westman at Telegrafen in Grebbestad.
A new Bo-Dogs track "Snake shake Baby" was recorded in Nisse's basement and Chips' livingroom for the B-side of the forthcoming single "Bad bad dog".
Sat 11th - Sator and The Nomads at Pipeline in London supported by Alkatraz. Honest John Plain from The Boys guested with Sator on the two The Boys classics "First Time" and "T.C.P.".
A vinyl 7" single "When you lie down with dogs/If you could see me now" was released through Pitshark Records Singles Club. The single was an instant collector's item since it was only pressed in 100 copies! The B-side was written in 1992 during the Headquake sessions and recorded in 1995 but never released before.
Fri 24th - Sator at Forum in Oskarshamn. Support band was local metal band The Quill. The night was a celebration for the Forum turning 50 years. The reviews said that Sator is "the best live band in Sweden" and who are we to argue?
Sat 25th - Sator at Dalton MC in Läckeby supported by Factum.
Thurs 29th - The Bo-Dogs album "Bad bad dog" with Chips and Kent is released on Low Impact records.
It took a long time to find the right record label and we were all busy with other projects. The music is pretty timeless so the delay didn't really matter.Kent
Fri 31:st - The Sator trio at Ögir in Köping.
Sat 1:st - The Sator trio at Biobaren in Karlskrona.
Sat 15th - The Sator trio at Royal in Eskilstuna with guests. Erik Brodén guested on several songs, Heikki's son Joel Kiviaho played drums on one song and on "Bound to be good" the trio was backed by a choir S:t Pauli kyrkokör. Another unique performance for this show was a cover of "Racing" A song by Minx. (Heikki's first single from 1981) The band was joined by original Minx members Michael Heldring on lead vocals and Christer Heldring on drums. Chrille Heldring have played with Sator before way back in 2006. While Michael was backstage throwing up Chrille helped out until Michael was back.
Sat 8th - Hans once again played keyboards with Bäddat för Trubbel. This time at Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg.
Mon 17th - The recording of Bohemian Lifestyle's album started at Music A Matic studios in Gothenburg with Chips producing and Henryk Lipp as engineer. It would continue until the end of the month.
Pre-production for Captain Black Beard's third album started this month with Chips in the producer's chair.
Fri 12th - The Sator trio returned to Hulingen in Hultsfred where the unplugged-story started a year ago.
It was a different band that returned to Hultsfred. By now we had learned the trade of playing acoustic. It was a very good thing for the band and for us as musicians as well.Chips
Sat 13th - The Sator trio at Hulingen again.
Sat 20th - Chips guested with the old Swedish punk band Reklamation at Snövit in Stockholm singing "Trivs du i Hjo?". It was a re-release party for their 1980 EP.
Sat 26th - Chips guested with the houseband at Hitlistan/Biff, Grill and Bar in Eskilstuna singing "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath and "C'mon let's go" by Girlschool. Heikki was the bassplayer in the band.
It was a rather slow year for the electric-Sator since Michael and Hasse were busy with other things. But as a result of that "The Sator Trio" was born. It was still a good year for the band over all.
Chips kept working on the Bohemian Lifestyle album.
Kent went to China to join The Boys!!
When Kent Norberg joined classic 70s punk/powerpop band The Boys it was even beyond a dream come true. To grow up and find yourself in the band of your teenage heroes... well things like that just don't happen.
The Boys were my idols and in a way they were even one of the things that lead to me being a part of Sator. I got back to Borlänge after a period in Norway, where I had discovered The Boys and thought it was the greatest band on the planet. I wanted to share this revelation with everyone but no one else seemed to know who they were. But then I got a tip that there was this guy called Chips who liked them. Chips was two years older than I and one of the cool guys, but I walked up to him and started talking about The Boys and we quickly found out that we liked a lot of the same music. That was it, he's been my partner in crime ever since.Kent
The Boys arrived in China only to find that the Ministry of Culture had cancelled the tour. The official reason given was crowd control and security issues in the wake of the Shanghai stamped at a riverside New Year celebration attended by around 300,000 in which 36 people were killed and 49 injured. The Ministry of Culture had sent letters to all the venues on the tour telling them that if The Boys played there their premises would be shut down with immediate effect.
Undeterred, the band managed to play three secret underground gigs promoted entirely by word of mouth. In addition, the band gave multiple interviews, performed on a top TV channel in Beijing and did a gig that was recorded for a live album, which was released later in the year on Action records.
We decided to make the best of the situation and as it turned out, we had a fantastic time. Meeting all these great people, organizing and playing the secret gigs, it was tons of fun.Kent
Fri 16th - Chips produced a single with Swedish punkband Besserbitch over the weekend. "Gråzon" was recorded at Music A Matic studios and engineered by Henryk Lipp.
Sun 1:st - The recording of an album with Stockholm band Captain Black Beard started at Music A Matic with Chips producing and Henryk Lipp engineering. The recording took 3 weeks.
Sat 21st - Kent solo show at Pustervik in Gothenburg supporting Rome.
Mon 23rd - The recording of Michael Monroe's album "Blackout states" started at Music A Matic studios. Another production work for Chips and another engineering job for Henryk.
Fri 6th - Hans played with Bäddat För trubbel at Pustervik in Gothenburg.
Sat 14th - Last day of recordings for the Michael Monroe album.
Kent did a short tour in Finland with The Boys
Wed 18th - The Boys at Turun Klubi in Turku Finland. Michael Monroe guested on 3 songs.
Thurs 19th - The Boys at Tavastia in Helsinki
Fri 20th - The Boys at Klubi in Tampere
Thurs 2nd - Kent solo show with Mikael Westman at Telegrafen in Grebbestad.
Fri 3rd - Hans guested with City Saints at Henriksberg in Gothenburg.
Hans can also be heard playing piano on Bäddat för Trubbel's third album released this month. Another guest on the album was Nisse Hellberg.
Kent played country in Hagakyrkan in Gothenburg under the name "Come cry with me"; a show with sad songs by Townes van Zandt, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Daniel Romano, Kris Kristofferson...
Kent Norberg - Vocals
Gunnar Frick - Pedal steel and keyboards
Bengan Blomgren - Guitar
Stefan Bellnäs - Bass
Johan Håkansson - Drums
Sun 12th - Kent played with Johan Johansson trio at La Sombrita in Gothenburg
Fri 17th - First electric Sator show of the year at Liljan in Borlänge. Chips brother Emile Kiesbye guested on "I wanna go home" singing double leadvocal with Kent.
Sat 18th - Kent played solo with Eric Brodén at Ljusdals kyrka in Ljusdal. They did another show at "Condis" in Järvsö later the same day.
Wed 22nd - Kent with Eric Brodén at Arton.78 in Söderhamn
Thurs 23rd - Kent with Eric Brodén at Sigges in Hudiksvall
Fri 24th - Kent with Eric Brodén at Rosehills in Ljusdal
Sat 25th - Kent with Eric Brodén at Gästis in Eskistuna
A new Bo-Dogs vinyl single was released "Bad Bad dog/Snake Shake baby" on the Kenrock label at the end of the month. The B-side is exclusive to this release.
An unexpected release: The Republikans album produced by Chips and recorded ten years ago (but sadly never released because the band broke up) was finally released on Lonestar Records in Germany. The band evolved into Tramp and relased an album in 2011.
Chips spent the rest of the month in Helsinki, Finland for the mix of the Michael Monroe album. It was mixed by Petri Majuri at E-Studio.
Backing vocals for the Captain Black Beard album was done with "The Planet of Noise mobile recording unit" in Stockholm. Last work on the album was completed on june 8th. It was mixed in September.
The Kent Norberg's first solo album "Skyll på mig" was released. The album contains nine songs of soul-full country rock sung in Swedish, including covers of Gillian Welsh, Nick Lowe and Wilco.
Sat 2nd - Sator played at the "Rock ´n´ roll Butterfarth festival". The festival is located on Helgoland an island between Germany and Denmark. Some other bands were The Movement, Die Mimmis, The Lurkers...
We had to bring the gear in a small boat and we played on a sand dune. Quite an adventure but a really cool festival.Chips
Sat 9th - Chips and Heikki guested at Gästis in Eskilstuna. It was a release party for Thomas Wahlström's book with punk lyrics. One Brülbåjz song was included in the book. Headline act was the band Farsta including members from classic Swedish punk bands like Ebba Grön and Grisen Skriker.
Mon 11th - Kent solo at Dinkytown/Café Mejeriet in Trollhättan.
Tues 12th - Kent solo at Dinkytown/Bohusläns museum in Uddevalla.
Wed 13th - Kent solo at Dinkytown/Nolbygårds Ekobageri in Alingsås.
Fri 15th - Kent solo at Dinkytown/Café Mic in Vänersborg.
Sat 16th - Sator at Wisby Strand in Visby supported by Besserbitch and Oak Brigade.
Wed 20th - Bohemian Lifestyle's Chips produced album "Madame Libertánah" was released recieving really positive reviews.
Fri 22nd - Kent solo at Hulingen in Hultsfred. Releaseparty for the album.
Sat 23rd - Kent solo at Pustervik in Gothenburg. Releaseparty for the album.
Heikki played bass at another dance-show with dancer Niklas Valenti in Eskilstuna.
Sun 24th - Kent short gig and record-signing at record store Bengans in Gothenburg.
Fri 12th - The Sator trio at the Fishbait Festival on Åland. For the second year in a row.
The Sator-Åland love story continues!Hans
Sat 13th - Sator full band at the Fishbait Festival. Some of the other bands this year were Electric Boys, Docenterna, Backyard Babies...
Wed 17th - Kent once again sang at the Stig Vig Tribute show at Mosebacke in Stockholm. This time he sang the Ebba Grön classic "Vad ska du bli?" with various Dag Vag members.
Sat 27th - Sator at "Slottet live" by the castle in Örebro with legendary Pugh Rogefeldt among others.
Fri 3rd - Sator returned once again to the Peace and Love festival in Borlänge.
Sat 4th - Sator at Willys festival/Folkets Park in Nyhammar supported by Roadhouse, Willys Washroom...
Sat 11th - Sator at Sommarrock festival in Svedala
Sun 12th - Secret show at a private party for the Sator trio in Kristinehamn.
A friend of the band had a birthday party and we showed up as a surprise. We played the longest set ever in his backyard doing almost every song we knew and a couple we didn't really know at all.Heikki
Maybe it will be one of those legendary shows that in a couple of years a thousand people will say "I was there".Chips
Fri 17th - Chips and Kent guested Erik Brodéns band at Arton.78 in Söderhamn playing some covers and a few Sator songs.
Sat 18th - Sator at Rock ´n´ ride in Malung with Backstreet Girls who's guitarplayer Petter Baarli guested with Sator on I'd rather drink than talk.
Sator and Backstreet Girls story goes way back. We met in the late 80's and have been friends ever since. In 1992 we did some backing vocals on their album.Mikael
Sat 25th - Sator played "Summer in the park" at Folkets Park in Örnsköldsvik.
A 12 hour drive, playing the gig and then a 12 hour drive back home! But it was worth it.HAns
Wed 29th - Sator trio at Sportbaren in HÃ¶nÃ¶ an island outside Gothenburg. There were a lot of Â”island showsÂ” this year!
Thurs 30th - Sator trio at DownTown Rockbar In Falkenberg.
Fri 31st - Sator full band at Majas vid havet in Varberg. The song Â”Under the radarÂ” was taken back in the set again
Sat 1st - Sator trio at Mastmagasinet in Kristinehamn
Sat 8th - The Boys at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, UK. One short acoustic set in the afternoon and a full electric set later same day on the main stage in front of around 5000 punks. Since The Boys' guitar player Honest John Plain had an accident and was unable to do the shows Chips filled in on rhythm guitar. The fairy-tale continues. Now we have two Sator members in The Boys!
It's complicated. I'm very sad for Honest John but at the same time I'm thrilled to play with The Boys! I will do my best until he's back in the band again. When Kent moved to Borlänge he asked around if anyone liked The Boys and someone said talk to Chips, he loves The Boys. That's how we got to know each other and that's why Kent ended up in Sator. So this is huge.Chips
Remaining in the Almost Acoustic room, next up was the diverse proposition of The Boys, who are this weekend minus the talents of Mr Rock ´n Roll, Honest John Plain. The guitarist still recovering from a serious accident that had prevented him from travelling this weekend, and even though his presence was missed massively his recovery was far more important as us Uber Rockers. So instead we raised a glass to his recovery and future health and decided to make the most of what was about to happen. With the curse of The Boys once again looming large, today it's instruments going AWOL that almost ruins things, but some quick improvisation later and it is a guitar case that will provide the percussion and with the stand in 11th hour replacement for John at the ready everything suddenly turns on its head as Dangerfield and Steel didn't just pull it off they... err... smashed it! They achieve this by knocking out a set of essential Boys' numbers with bassist Kent Norberg handling Honest John Plain's vocal parts with much aplomb. Sometimes festivals call for "giving the punters what they want" and by starting with 'TCP', 'Weekend' and then straight into 'Terminal Love' the boys (ouch) work here was pretty much done. Finding time to also throw in new song 'I'm A Believer' before going for gold with 'I Don't Care' was a great move and heading straight into the 1-2-3 of 'Brickfield Nights', 'First Time' and 'Sick On You' the best singalong of the weekend has just taken place, and as for that infamous curse of The Boys? What curse? As I scan the room all around me are five mile smiles as we'd not only just witnessed a new band deliver a show stealing performance but also a band who've pretty much been there done it and bought the T shirt showing that adversity can spur you on to great things, and as long as you have the songs (boy do they have the songs) you have a more than a fighter's chance, whatever the situation. I can't wait to see how they fair later on when they play electric sets.
Suitably fed and watered its back to the Empress ballroom for round two with The Boys, and with all their instruments now finally in place and a thoroughly enjoyable acoustic set behind them I'm pleased to report that it is business as usual, albeit with a bunch of top tunes from their recent 'Punk Rock Menopause' studio album slipped into the set. 'Global Warming' kicking up an immediate storm down the front whereas 'You Can't Hurt A Memory' applied some light relief mid set. Through a seventeen song set the gap left by Honest John Plain's rock ´n roll grit was evident and that missing X Factor was obvious but Matt and Casino soldiered on with their fellow Boys and it was by no means a substandard performance and in many respects I actually thought it was superb that they simply didn't pull the show, because many lesser bands would have bottled it but not The Boys. Under the circumstances this was again a winning performance from The Boys and I look forward to the next time we cross paths and they are complete with Honest John Plain back where he should be. Here's to a full recovery Mr Plain but your 11th hour stand in Chips certainly did you proud.Dom Daley, Über rock magazine
Fri 14th - Kent did the "Kompledigt festival" at Ögir in Köping
Sat 15th - Sator trio at Skebopuben in Skebobruk.
Thurs 20th - Chips recorded bass with Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, Rich kids... It was for two songs with The Swedish band Zoo Party for a forthcoming album. It was recorded at Park Studios in Stockholm with Stefan Boman engineering.
A pretty good day for an old punkrocker. Recording Glen Matlock in the morning, getting on the train to Gothenburg and playing with The Boys the same day.Chips
The Boys' short tour of Sweden started tonight (with Chips and Kent) at Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg.
Fri 21st - The Boys at Rockfickan in Hova supported by Hard Luck Street from Norway.
A great show but I guess what we will remember from this night is a bit of unwanted chaos. Me, Martin the drummer, and Gerald the bus driver decided to go for a swim. We found a small lake in the woods and somehow managed to drop the bus keys in the lake! After about an hour of searching we gave up. No keys! We were stuck in the middle of nowhere with no clothes and no phones 'cause it was all locked up in the bus. After a while some friendly locals gave Martin a ride back to the hotel to get some help. It took a while but new keys came from Gothenburg and we were able to continue the tour. No TVs through the window or driving cars into swimming pools. Just a lower level of rock ´n´ roll mayhem, ha ha! Certainly no more swimming on this tour.Chips
Sat 22nd - The Boys at Biff, Grill and Bar in Eskilstuna supported by the reformed local punkband X-Rated.
Sun 23rd - The Boys at Göta Källare in Stockholm supported by Blasting Fondas and Shemales. Last show of the Swedish mini-tour.
Fri 28th - Sator at Långnäsparken in Bollnäs.
Last time we played Bollnäs was in 1992 so it was long overdue.Hans
Sat 29th - Sator at "Scensommarrock" in Torsby with Factory Brains and local bands.
Sun 30th - Another dance show for Heikki "Vatten, folktro, myter och magi" at "Ladan i Inneberga" in Runtuna with dancers Anna Ehnberg and Tove Skeidsvoll.
Heikki was also part of a documentary on Swedish national radio about Finnish people in Sweden called "Sverige är Finskt".
Mon 31st - Chips started pre-production work for Mia Coldheart's (of Crucified Barbara) first solo album.
Sat 5th - Sator at Sator at Svea Park in Kaxås, supported by Solds Finest. It was part of the cruising event ”Great Lake run” with lots of nice vintage cars. Sator actually won the price of ”The longest trip to the cruising”.
We had a 13 hour drive to get there. I don’t think anyone else came from that far away ha ha! So we have a new trophy in our collection.Hans
Mon 7th - Chips started pre-production for an album with the band Oak Brigade from Gotland, Sweden.
Fri 11th - The Boys at ”Herr Nilsen” in Oslo with Chips and Kent. Support band was Hard Luck Street. This was Chips last full show with the Boys. Honest John Plain joined the band for the encores.
It’s been a lot of fun but it also felt good to have Honest John back in the band again. It was The Boys with three guitars for the encore.Chips
Sat 19th - To celebrate the relase of Sator own beer the band played a full set at a special party the Stallhagen Brewery on Åland.
Another dream come through. To have your own beer brand.Kent
The Chips produced Captain Black Beard album was mixed at Music A Matic studios with Henryk Lipp this month.
Fri 25th - Kent returned to Telegrafen in Grebbestad for a show with Mikael Westman.
Sat 26th - Kent guested at ”Avskedsfesten för It’s only Rock´n´roll” in Umeå. Some of the other guests were Staffan Hellstrand and Conny Bloom.
Fri 2nd - Rehearsal for the upcoming ”Headquake” show in Fagersta.
Luckily we have a lot of friends in Fagersta. The Hives provided their rehearsal place for us. Thanks a lot guys!Michael
Some if the songs haven’t been performed since the 90’s so it was a bit up and down at first. We had to re-learn them again.Kent
Sat 3rd - Sator at Mikis Klubben/Fagersta Hotel in Fagersta supported by The Dahmers. Another sold out show. The setlist for this night was quite different with many older songs like "Dog", "Turn off the news", "Ain’t seen nothing" and "Bound to be good back" in the set for one night.
Fri 9th - The Chips produced Michael Monroe album ”Blackout States” was released through Spinefarm Records. It was very well recieved by the critics and fans all over the world,
Sat 24th - Last regular show this year iat Palatset in Linköping supported by Bad Möthertruckers.
Sat 31st - Chips and Heikki were part of the backing band when the club ”Blå” in Eskilstuna celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the opening. Some of the guests were Robert ”Strings” Dahlqvist, Yvonne among others.
Chips also worked on an album with the band The Ring, The River on and off this autumn.
Sat 14th - The Boys at Pipeline in London with Kent and Chips. Honest John Plain was now fully recovered so Chips just came up for the encores ”Tumble with me” and ”Sick on you”. They were also joined by Andrew Matheson and Eunan Brady from The Hollywood Brats and also by Jack Black, the original drummer of The Boys. A once in a lifetime line-up for sure.
Another dream come through. To play these two classic songs with three original Hollywood Brats members! And we also finally got to meet Jack Black. A great guy too. What a night.Chips
The exhibition ”Musiklivet Göteborg 1955-2018 opened at ”Göteborgs Stadsmuseum” in Gothenburg. Sator and Sator Codex played a part in the musical history of Gothenburg. Especially during the 80’s and 90’s. Sator is still based in Gothenburg so it continues to this day.
Wed 18th - Kent guested at The Raga Rockers tribute in Oslo singing ”Ekspander eller dø”. Sator met Raga Rockers for the first time way back in 1986.
They have always been one of my favorite Norwegian bands so it was an honor to be part of this.Kent
Fri 20th - The band spent 4 days in Gothenburg rehearsing the Headquake show .
It sounded much better now and it was actually quite interesting to re-visit the past.Hans
Sun 29th - ”The Ring, The River’s” first album was mixed at Music A Matic Studios by Henryk Lipp and Chips at the end of November into early December.
Fri 4th - The Sator-trio at Hotell Hulingen in Hultsfred for the third year in a row. A new Christmas tradition. The news this year is that they were joined by local heroes Wild Rover. The two bands that have without a doubt played most Hultsfred festivals of any artists.
It was an experiment that we’ve been talking about for a couple of years. We started with a ”slow” set then Wild Rover did a slightly faster set. The third set was a joined event with both bands playing together doing both bands biggest hits and some extra covers.Kent
It worked even better than we thought. Their Swedish-Irish mix together with Sator’s high energy rock became something else.Heikki
I think it turned out to be one of the high-lights this year and I’m sure we will do this again. It’s too good to waste.Chips
Sat 5th - The Sator-trio and Wild Rover at Hotell Hulingen in Hultsfred. Second night.
Fri 11th - The Sator-trio and Wild Rover at Hotell Hulingen in Hultsfred. third night. Sator drummer Michael ”guested” on two songs.
Sat 12th - The Sator-trio and Wild Rover at Hotell Hulingen in Hultsfred. Last night. Again with Michael ”guesting”
Sat 19th - The Headquake show at Debaser Medis in Stockholm. They were supported by Factory Brains. Sator played the Headquake album from top to bottom and did another set of ”greatest hits” The show was sold-out to the last seat in the house. A perfect ending of great year for the band.
Chips pre-production work for Mia Coldheart’s album continued this month. Along with more pre-production for forthcoming albums with Troubled Horse and Oak Brigade.