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Paul 'Woody' Woodward

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Paul 'Woody' Woodward
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I am from Walsall in The Black Country area of the Midlands, UK. Being a big fan of live music, I love going to loads of gigs! I'm very lucky to live in an area which has quite a few venues of varying sizes, so I do get a good chance to see a lot of bands. A couple of my favourite venues are The Robin in Bilston and Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

I got heavily into music at the age of 16 and was quickly drawn to rock music. Unfortunately, at that time Grunge and Alternative Rock ruled the airwaves. I never really connected to or enjoyed the sound and style of those types of bands, so I was keen to discover older acts like Whitesnake and Def Leppard. This brought me to the underground Melodic Rock scene and bands like Crown of Thorns, Ten, Dante Fox and The Promise. Although I do enjoy Rock and Metal in general, my favourite music is definitely Melodic Rock and AOR. The first CD I ever bought was Tyketto's 'Standing Alone' single, the first gig I went to was Thunder on the 'Behind Closed Doors' tour in 95 at the Aston Villa Leisure Centre in Birmingham. While I could list a hundred bands as my favourites, British melodic rockers VEGA are the band I currently enjoy the most.

My passion for music has also led me to write reviews of gigs and albums in recent years, and I have been contributing to the local website 'Midlands Rock' since 2009. Not only does it allow me to express my passion for music, but it's also something I really enjoy doing and I've met some great people since I started. You may have stumbled across my reviews in the user reviews sections here on Rocktopia ... expect plenty of bad
grammar and even more unneeded apostrophe(')s than you can shake a stick at! :)

I have read every single issue of Fireworks Magazine and it very quickly became my music guide. As the mainstream press tends to totally ignore or even mock the melodic rock and AOR genres, Fireworks became a very important source of information, featuring reviews and interviews that take our favourite genres seriously while keeping the flame of decent music alive. So becoming part of the Rocktopia team is a real honour!

Please visit Woody's web site at www.woodysrockreviews.co.uk

WOODY

Woody's TOP 5 BANDS:

1. VEGA
2. Thunder
3. Tyketto
4. Magnum
5. REO Speedwagon

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  • Berny : @bpomper: Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • bpomper : if i bought the hard copy can i also download and if so how
  • bpomper : im checking to make sure my fireworks #98 was sent out transaction ending in 1241
  • Berny : @all: The download version of Fireworks #98 is available!
  • Berny : @RobC68: We really seem to share a love & hate relationship, right? ;) Pls. check your mail.
  • RobC68 : still waiting for download version of #98 to be available.....pathetic service
  • Berny : @iangreenfiel: The magazine is available in a number of WH Smith branches. Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? I will then send you the latest list of participating stores.
  • iangreenfiel : Can issue 97 only be ordered online? I've tried several branches of WHSmith and had no luck
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : DO YOU HAVE A PAPER COPY OF ISSUE 90 BERNY ?
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • vialli999 : STILL DESPERATE TO GET A COPY OF ISSUE NO. 90
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich h├Ątte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

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