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STUDIO FLASHBACK: Bodine recording their second album

1982-03-10 OOR Bodine studio report tn27 March 2012: As if he was marking the silence before the storm, OOR magazine's Kees Baars reported about the changes in the line up and the studio progress Bodine Mk-II was making on their second album. The sound bites sounded promising. 30 years ago, Bodine had entered the Mk-II life phase. Find the flashes in the Dutch and English Mk-II library.

Now online: The second edition of the Bodine Fan Magazine!

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18 March 2012: Soon after the first edition of the Bodine Fan magazine appeared in November 1981, the editors had to conquer financial issues. Read all about it in the editorial of the second edition that came out in March 1982! It also has a profile on Armand van der Hoff and introduces two new band members! There is a studio report about the recording of BOLD AS BRASS, which contradicts the statement on the back of the album sleeve that it was recorded between April 2 and april 11 1982. Another mystery to solve for RegularRocker... Check out the Duth and English version in the Fan Clup section!

NEW PHOTO SET of BODINE Mk-II... taking shape?
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4 March 2012: from the immense collection of material from the Bodine fan club that was entrusted to RegularRocker, another interesting set of photos turned up! These pictures may have captured Arjen Lucassen's auditioning to join Bodine...! The reason for assumption is that Axel Langemeijer was not in sight and according to the stories passed on, Arjen was in the band a bit before Axel. Bearing this in mind, we can now witness what it may have been like when Bodine Mk-II started taking shape. Have a look yourself and indulge in some great photos taken 'behind the scenes' here.


The 'R'-word

3 March 2012: Every now and then, RegularRocker receives hints that Bodine should be getting together again. Some of you out there believe it would be a great idea for Bodine to reunite--even if it were only for one gig. How great it would be to see and hear the band perform those hard-rock classics live on stage once again! It would be a dream come true!

Or would it?

RegularRocker is not too sure about it. First of all, Axel is no longer among us and he is the one who performed on the most popular Bodine songs like Rock Machine and Shout. It wouldn't be easy for anyone to fill his shoes. Secondly, some former band members have taken a different path of life. Even if they could be persuaded to play on stage once more, would they play those classic hard rock songs with the same passion as they did in the eighties? Also, Gerard Haitsma is known to require high standards in making music. He is not used to doing half-assed jobs. In order to make a band sound tight on stage, the band would have to rehearse a lot to get prepared, so it would be a huge time investment as well.

These are just some reflections. RegularRocker does not have the answers. However, feel free to take this topic to the forum, and discuss it there.


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