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Dave Bott

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Dave Bott
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My love of music started at an early age and I even convinced my dad to take me to see Sweet in concert as a 1974 birthday present. As my tastes developed so did my appreciation for bands who were recognised for rock music and all through secondary school I remember having the names of many bands written all over books and bags. For the best part of 35 years now my main musical preference has been rock, though I will always have a special place in my heart for Abba (and not just because I had a thing for Agnetha). During those years I've probably been to around 400 gigs and my CD collection (I refuse to give in to the digital age by downloading material) takes up a large part of the house. My tastes cover a wide variety of genres and I can switch between AOR and melodic rock through modern rock and pop and onto death metal without any problems. Progressive rock is probably the music I connect with least but I am always prepared to give it a chance. Writing for Fireworks gives me the opportunity to listen to music I would not normally go out of my way to hear and also gives me the chance to put forward my opinions, whether they are found to be agreeable or not.
 

I know I have to list my top 5 favourite bands but I always find requests like that to be difficult. I could list the bands from whom I have the most CDs by but that just means they have been in existence the longest. I could list the bands I like the most right now but in 10 years time would they be included in my top 5 of all time? Anyway, my top 5 of all time could possibly be the following but not in any particular order ...
 
Dave's TOP 5 BANDS:
   
- Thin Lizzy
- UFO
- Survivor
- Ronnie James Dio (incl. Rainbow, Black Sabbath & solo)
- Toto
 
Songs that mean the most to me would probably appear on most people's lists but even that is a difficult list to compile after listening to music constantly for 40 years ...
 
Stargazer  -  RAINBOW
Stairway To Heaven  -  LED ZEPPELIN
Comfortably Numb  -  PINK FLOYD
Separate Ways  -  JOURNEY
Love To Love  -  UFO
Still In Love With You  -  THIN LIZZY
The Sun Goes Down  -  THIN LIZZY
Light In The Black  -  RAINBOW

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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! :)
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  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
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  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

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