Fireworks

Phil Ashcroft

Fireworks & Rocktopia Staff Writer
Phil Ashcroft
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As a child of the front end of the sixties I was just the right age to get into glam rock, particularly The Sweet and Wizzard. From there I discovered Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and all the classic rock that I’d just missed, and through my teenage years I was a sponge that soaked up all the Progressive Rock, Hard Rock and Metal that was out there, particularly the US bands that seemed to have more originality and style. From there I diversified into AOR, Melodic Rock and Pomp and got heavily into the thriving Canadian music scene, as championed by the great Paul Suter in Sounds magazine and later Kerrang! Around 1980 I started writing just for fun in fanzines called Limelight and Rock Live and continued to discover all manner of weird and wonderful bands from throughout the world.

The next big movement was the US hard rock scene pioneered by the likes of Motley Crue, Ratt, Great White and Queensryche and I spent many holidays hanging out at the legendary clubs of the Sunset Strip. I got more into guitar styles and love Satriani, Vai and all the guitar instrumentalists that were coming through Mike Varney’s Shrapnel label, then towards the end of the 80’s I discovered bands like Fates Warning and Dream Theater who were taking metal into new and exciting directions by mixing it with Progressive Rock.

I met Sue and we married at the beginning of the nineties, we have two children and have spent many family holidays in Toronto where we could combine spending time with Sue’s relatives and seeing bands in clubs like The Docks, RPM and the Molson Amphitheatre. I took up writing again for Raging Heart fanzine around 1998 and that kind of morphed into Fireworks. We’d been helping out at the Gods festivals for many years and do the same for the Firefest festival where I’m the Press Officer, and I’ve been the Reviews Editor for Fireworks for several years. Recently I’ve been getting more in Jazz and Fusion but can listen to anything as long as the musicianship is good.

Outside of music I’ve worked for the Heinz food company for over 25 years where I’m a stock controller, and have a keen interest in reading and travelling. Sue and I have two beautiful Grandchildren and live in Wigan with our 23 year old son, and for the best part of forty years I’ve supported my local football team, Wigan Athletic, through good times and bad.

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  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please

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