Former BONAFIDE guitarist Mikael Fässberg's cover version of the SMALL FACES classic "Lazy Sunday" can be streamed at SoundCloud.com. The track, which is now available on all digital platforms, features a guest appearance by ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno, with whom Fässberg cut his teeth as a touring guitarist for a few years before hooking up with Pontus Snibb to form BONAFIDE.
"Playing with Di'Anno again after all those years was fun," said Mikael. "I'm eternally grateful to him for giving me the break he once did."
Fässberg in November released a two-song single featuring "Parade" and "What's Your Name", the first taste of his "Amusement Park Outlaw" album. "What's Your Name" was written by Fässberg and fellow guitar player/producer Rasmus Ehrnborn and finds the former BONAFIDE member dueting with MUSTASCH mainman Ralf Gyllenhammar.
"What I really wanted was to finally be able to be the master of my own destiny — musically and personally," said Fässberg about his departure from BONAFIDE. "BONAFIDE developed into a fantastic live band, and I had a very good time doing that thing, but I really felt it was time to move on. All the best to them, but I could not follow where they were going."
A solo album deal was signed in February of 2014 and Fässberg immediately started talking to friends about hooking up to record something very special.
Fässberg sometimes refer to himself as a "lazy" writer, but all of a sudden inspiration kicked in.
"I guess what I needed was time and someone willing to listen," said Fässberg. "Time to reflect on what I wanted to do with my songs, and someone willing to listen to what I have to say musically and lyric-wise.
"I'm not trying to be pretentious, but I want to make my songs sound like me. Not deliberately like someone else."