Not including 'The Frog Chorus' 7" (or, subsequently, the Miami Vice soundtrack), my musical awakening aged thirteen began with a trio of cassettes: Def Leppard's 'Pyromania', Judas Priest's 'Turbo' and 'Tooth and Nail' by Dokken – the latter featuring the appropriately-titled favourite 'Into the Fire', as that's where my tapes invariably ended up in accordance to my stepfather's religious fervour – an unwelcome (for me at least) by-product of us moving from England to the bible belt stronghold of Texas a couple of years earlier!
Relations have eased in that regard, but, in the words of 'The Voice' himself, Ronnie James Dio, "the best steel goes through the fire" – so it's fitting that my passion for hard rock & metal has remained undiminished over the subsequent quarter of a century plus.
Returning from America, I spent a decade from my mid-twenties teaching fitness at resorts in Corsica, Sardinia and the Greek Peloponnese (as tough as it sounds...) before settling in Wilmslow, South Manchester.
I'm currently working on a collection of short stories called Highwaymen: Drives into Darkness; it's a labour of love that combines my passions for rare-groove cars and dark noir storytelling – I hope to have the first volume published in 2017.
Musically, the bands on those aforementioned scorched tapes remain close to my heart, as does Queensrÿche's biblically brilliant masterpiece 'Operation Mindcrime', whilst in recent years I've become a devoted admirer of Richie Kotzen's stunning solo albums and have delighted in rediscovering the brilliance of Ronnie James Dio's hallowed Rainbow/Sabbath/solo catalogue.
Please check out my website: caesarbarton.com which has a regularly updated archive of my favourite published pieces (including my Expert's Guides from Fireworks magazine).