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Frida – A friend I never knew

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by Tallee Savage

fridaThese past couple of months I have thought a lot about a girl called Frida Hagdahl. She was a friend but I did not know her. She was what you call an ”acquaintance”. I met her at the most 10 times. At my friend Lotta Fischer Levén’s bachelorette party, at Lotta and Mats’ wedding in 2010, at festivals, KGB (the club in Stockholm she co-owned together with Hokan Pettersson and Fredde Lindberg) etc. She made a solid impression back then: Energetic, happy, funny, charming, kind, curious and cool. Knowing me, I would have embraced her and her friendship right there, because those are the kind of people who I like to have in my life. But for some reason time flew by and we never got closer than that. Last week I went to her funeral at the St Matteus Church. She had been struggling for six months with incurable lung cancer that quickly spread to her bones and finally her head. March 8 she departed this transitory life and entered upon an eternal sabbath of rest, only 36 years old.

She wrote a very sincere and detailed blog about her journey. FridaKGB Blogg>> It made me burst into tears many times… How she could seem so calm, organized and so honest about everything… knowing her days were counted. She was so ill and yet seemed so full of life. It felt incomprehensible with no way to really relate to what she was going through. I mean how do you deal with knowledge like that? I heard and saw the sadness in all our mutual friends and often thought about her family and relatives. Their pain… How unbearable the grief and anguish must have been and how tremendously they must miss her today :(

Last week, Thursday March 3, I decided to go to her funeral. I was little confused about whether it was proper or not to go to the funeral of someone you did not know so well. But close friends of Frida, said that I should go, to support them and pay my respects. It was absolutely beautiful. I have never seen som many people in a funeral ever. You could tell right away this person had made an impact on many lives and a summary from the priest and all her friends gave me a clear picture that I had really missed out. I should have known her better as she was clearly one of those unique persons that you refer to as a ”keeper”. Anyway, it felt really good to be there among friends and all the humble love that was in the air. Beautiful music was performed by Mats Levén and Mia Coldheart and time stood still for a while leaving no eyes dry. My condolence to her family and boyfriend, friends and colleagues. R.I.P Frida

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Me and Frida at Sweden Rock Festival 2012. Photo by: Tina Huttenlocher

I lost my father, my aunt Alicia and my good friend Rigmor Malmsten in a way to early age to this despicable disease – Earth life closed – My friend Ludde Lindström has just been through a tough surgery after receiving the grim news of kidney cancer. We are all hoping the cancer stays the hell away and that he recovers well. Please support and feel the commitment for this organization or any other project that helps us get a step closer to finding cures for cancer, to achieve a higher survival rate and a reduction in the incidence of cancer, as we all, without exceptions are somehow affected in many ways sometime in life… one way or another. tallee-sign

 

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CANCERFONDEN >> – The Swedish Cancer Society is an independent non-profit organization.

ROCK AGAINST CANCER >> – This is a charity project for the benefit of research in cancer. Behind it is Peter Knutsson. He lost his mother and now recently his father in cancer. Together with a bunch of enthusiastic Swedish rockers he organizes concerts and different kinds of projects in various places. All the revenue will go in full and directly to the cancer society!

Auction to benefit Cancer Society – Swedish rockers have donated really cool stuff that you all can be owners of. Check it out!

FUCK CANCER is also a nonprofit organization that started in one of my other home regions Huntington Beach. Their motto: FIGHT, No One FIGHTS Alone!
They have really cool ”Fuck Cancer” merch that you can buy to support:  I’m getting myself a cool tank top today!!
Get yours here >>

Sweden Rock Festival 2011 – Part III

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by matzonsavage

Here are some mingle photos from the backstage area. I had the urge to just make them black and white, because I like black/white prints. Exception is Jocke Berg’s T-shirt as you can see.

Enjoy!

 

Jocke Berg and Vic Zino of HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. Total sweethearts!
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With my sister Amanda and Mats Levén.
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Adam Hector and Hampus Klang from BULLET and Eric & Nicklas Stenemo of MELODY CLUB
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Adam Hector of BULLET & Nicke Andersson of HELLACOPTERS
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My sister Amanda ♥ Björn and my friend Fizzy.
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Mats, Maria, Thomas, Lotta
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Me posing with Catalina & Simon Cruz of CRASHDÏET.
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Martin Sweet of Crashdïet and girlfriend Ika.
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Hanna, Jompa & Mattias having a nice drink while Uffe Magnusson thinks I’m good enough to eat.
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Phil Alselmo of PANTERA and the boys from CRASHDïET
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FATAL SMILE’s Thomas Blade and his lovely wife Maria.
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Janne Jarvis ex WARRIOR SOUL & Linnea Olsson a jounalist and guitar player of Sonic Ritual and Crucifix. —  Me and my long time friend Ulf Magnusson.
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Pär Holmgren & me — Ian Haugland of EUROPE
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Me and CRUCIFIED BARBARA’s singer and ax-girl Mia & Thomas Blade and Matt.
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Tobias Strandvik of KAMCHATKA and Johan Niemann of EVERGREY
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Hanging with Henrik Shyffert (Swedish comedian) at the bar. To the Right our friend Nippe.
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My hubby Matt and Hanna.
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Björn is doing the Mini-Me while Amanda is enjoying her drink.
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David LaRoxx and a girl from the audience with a kick-ass hairdo
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Thomas, Jompa, Hanna, Björne, Mattias, Amanda & David — Bohemian festival jam
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Last day of Sweden Rock. One HELL of a party. Here with my good friend and colleauge Catalina.
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The girls – Lena Neogard Thomander, Hanna Henriksson, Catalina Ericsson & me
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That’s all folks!

Peace, love, happiness, understanding and cherish the ones your with!

ROCK ON

New Year’s Eve 2010 / 2011

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2011 by Tallee Savage

Say goodbye to 2010 and welcome a brand new year 2011. We have a tradition of inviting our friends over to our home on New Year’s Eve. This year however we gladly accepted the invitation of our friends Thomas and Maria Emblad who lives in a magnificent house just south of Stockholm, because to me, it really doesn’t matter where you whoop it up, as long as you ring in the new year with loved ones. About 40 people were invited and half of them were new acquaintances for me. It is nice to meet new people and to hear their perception on life. Our hosts really outdid themselves with a great dinner and dessert. It was absolutely delicious; marinated quorn filé with potato gratin and strawberry pie, m m m m mmm!

This picture is taken in our home with my son Tim on New Years Eve just before we left to our friend’s party. Soon Tim returns to his work in Portugal. I will miss him dearly  : (
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My sister Amanda and her love Björne. We are all watching the dazzling fireworks out by the lake.
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My hubby Matt <3   ……………………………………………. Mats Levén & Matt
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With Janine   …………………………………… My dear friend Lotta and Marcus
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My sister Amanda and I. Pic out of focus… but I like it anyway. And Thomas and Matt.
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Peak of the evening (at 3 Am) was the rustic fire-heated hot tub that looks like a large wooden barrel. Heated by adding firewood into a furnace that is submerged in the water. Quirky feeling to walk out half-naked while it is snowing and jump into a wooden barrel filled with 38°C warm water and just enjoy the wonderful view outside the barrel. A perfect winter landscape of snow and ice with a resemblance of Narnia. Three hours and plenty of champagne and beers later , we were done, hot and tender. Ready to take on a the new year of 2011.

In the hot tub barrel with wonderful hosts Maria and Thomas Emblad and friends.
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So I am looking back and thinking about what can be done better or different next year. I do have some new year resolutions but I really just plan on sputtering along doing the best I can and to grow whenever I see the opportunity. One main thing on my list is to get our Savage Beauty Photo Studio up and running. I will tell you more about this soon.

Until then, remember that;  Life comes with no guarantees or time-outs, so you have to live to the fullest. Dance in the pouring rain and smile until your face hurts. And don’t forget that the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Socializing

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2010 by Tallee Savage

Hello everyone!..
I have been really busy for over a week and I have not had the time to write anything on my blog, so I thought I would just show a peak from some events that I attended these last months.

Faster Pussycat at Harry B James, Sweden

Hollywood sleaze rockers from the 80’s – FASTER PUSSYCAT, made a tour together with Enuff Z’nuff and opening act Dirty Passion. Here they are playing at Harry B James. The drummer Chad Steward put us up on the guest list. Tickets were not expensive, but I hate standing in long lines. So to be on the guest list is always nice : ) (January 20th 2010)

Michael Thomas – guitar player of Faster Pussycat. His mommy did obviously not teach him that is rude to point at people? I had to think fast for an appropriate and cool response to that.

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PRETTY VACANTS –  Great friends and awesome musicians doing their interpretation of their favourite songs. Stuff from Sex Pistols, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Audioslave, Queens of the stone age etc. Club Harry B James (Helter Skelter Night) – February 4, 2010)
Pretty Vacants are: Mats Levén (Yngwie, Therion, Krux), Andy Christell (Electric Boys, Hanoi Rocks), Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt, E-Type), Jolle Atlagic (Hanoi Rocks, The Quill).

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Mingling with friends – The one and only Mats Rubath of A.I.K, JenHell, Chris Laney, Matzon and moi.

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My sweet friends Kattis and Jessie. I met them both 1993. Here we are celebrating Kattis 40th birthday at the restaurant “Da Papa Sito” (February 6, 2010)

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Ann-Marie is both my hairdresser and my friend. Here we are celebrating her turning 30 (still a baby) with some Indian food at the restaurant DADO. (Here she is with boyfriend Ankan).
After dinner we had some cake that her mother made… yummy!!! (February 27, 2010)

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Casablanca made an appearance in the Hotel Bar of the Hotel Scandic Malmen. A short but efficient performance. Here is Anders Ljung, the singer, Looking a little melancholic.
Guitar player of Casablanca on the other hand was in a completely different mood. Here with my friend Jenny. Little did they know about my paparazzi skills, he he he he.

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I can´t really recall what Jen and I are doing here. Talking? Showing off lipstick?
I will have to ask photographer Uffe Magnusson about that.

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This mini festival took place at the Old Printshop in Alvik, just outside of Stockholm – April 10, 2010, with live acts like Bullet, Dundertåget, Hardcore Superstar, Fatal Smile, Crazy Lixx, Casablanca etc. My friend and photographer Jen was ill and feverish but managed to snap some cool photos, like this one (above) that I like a lot of the group Bullet. Who also kicked some major ass live.

Electric Boys at Rival Theatre

Posted in Live Photography, Personal with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2010 by Tallee Savage

Electric Boys Logotype

Me and my friend Jen had a special invitation to the presentation of Electric Boys new album at the eminent Rival Hotel owned by Benny Andersson, the ABBA legend.

The hotel has a gorgeous movie theater where Electric Boys played their new songs for the first time. First thing that struck me was how beautiful the backdrop was. The layout, logo and colors. Really eye-catching. Their whole appearance and performance was very cool and groovy. Conny brings my thoughts to  Jimi Hendrix. A loud psychedelic rock star with a very compelling way of playing. Together as  a group they are tight and their live act is a versatile mix of storytelling and music.

The first half of the set with the new songs and the second half with the old . Can’t say that I’ve ever been to  a concert where I enjoyed songs that I had never heard before so much. They were really awesome and I can’t wait for the new album to come out. I will be back with the release date as soon as I find out. I did find out what the names of my favorite new songs were though. Father Popcorn’s Magic Oysters, Sometimes You Gotta Go Look For The Car, Nowhere To Go But Up and Reeferlord.

A little bit about the group: Electric boys is one of the first bands from the funk-metal-psychedelia-phenomenon of the ’80s & ’90s. They formed in 1988. They have made four albums and one “Best of” that was released on 2009.

This is simply brilliant. I would try to catch a show if I were you. For tour dates check Electric Boys MySpace/ web page

Electric Boys, Conny, Andy

Two pics of Conny Bloom and Andy Christell that I took in Västerås 2009.

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With Conny Bloom And Mats Levén – I also want to have curly hair : )

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(Left) With Stevie Klasson, of Stevie Klasson’s Black Weeds & Diamond Dogs. (Right) My new friend Erik Stenemo (Melody Club & Casablanca) Aaaawesome guy. With a big investigation to pursued; Who bought that mysterious shot?

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Jen’s and my fingers shows that we are making a statement. Can´t remember what about though.

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The boys themselves (Photo: Micke Johansson)

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Partyin’ n’ stuff

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by Tallee Savage

Brian Robertson, Pub Anchor

Me, Leif Sundin, Brian Robertsson (Thin Lizzy) and my sister Amanda.
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Tallee, Jompa, Matt & Amanda

Sisters and Brothers – Tallee, Jompa, Mattias and Amanda.
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Mimmi and I

Mimmi and I.
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Tallee, Lotta Fischer, Jompa & Jompa Levén

With Lotta Fischer.

Jompa W and Jompa L… Jompa B was also there, but at the bar.
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Denander, Tallee & Erika

With Tommy Denander and Erika.
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Mia & Mats Levén

Mia (Cruicified Barbara) Mats Levén and me.
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Lotta, Michelle & Mano

Lotta and Michelle and me with Mano.
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Mats Levén & Lotta Fischer

schhhh…don’t tell…     Mats Levén says to Lotta… Lotta says – I know noooothing!
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Jocke, Matzon, Tallee

Jocke, me & Mattias at Rocks 7/3-09
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Tallee, Chris Laney

Carin and me (I look very cunningly…hm).
Rock’n roll, Heavy metal´n stuff! (me and Chris Laney).
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Sweden Rock Festival 2009

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2009 by Tallee Savage

This festival is an annual rock/metal festival held in Sölvesborg, in southern Sweden. This year the festival had 35 300 visitors. It is a mix of all forms of hard rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, classic Rock to AOR.

This is my sixth year to attend SRF. And this year this hard rockin paradice has now extended to four full days of music.

Lots of bands. I had a packed schedule with lots of band on the “To see”  list.  Did not make all of them, though. Here are the ones I saw.

JOURNEY – Demon – Europe – H.E.A.T
Motörhead – OTR (Over The Rainbow) – UFO
Lita Ford – Candlemass – Crusified Barbara
Deathstars – Electric Boys

Other than this mingle and party, mingle and partyyyy .. yeah.

Cat, Deathstars, Mia, Crucified Barbara

Cat of Deathstars & Mia of Crucified Barbara

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Some of the guys from H.E.A.T., Amanda, Daniel & Anna.   –    Jocke & Ann

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Tallee Savage, Mattias Savage Wilmenius, Lotta Fischer, Mats Leven

Me & Matt   —   Lotta Fischer & Mats Leven

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Me, Anders Johansson (Hammerfall) & Amanda.

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Goofin’ with Daniel   —   Amanda, Bosse “Ramone” Johander

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PHOTO ALBUM
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