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James Gaden

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James  Gaden
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James Gaden has been into classic rock music even before he was born, thanks to his heavily pregnant mother attending shows by Status Quo and Thin Lizzy. His love for the music was kick started by seeing Queen perform at Wembley - on the telly sadly, but it was still inspiring. Not only did the young James find the songs to be extremely good, he also thought Queen drummer Roger Taylor was one of the coolest things ever, and he still has a slightly obsessive fascination with him to this day. A life changing moment came when James was in his father's car, and Bon Jovi came on the radio with their hit single 'Living On A Prayer'. James thought it was amazing, and his dad said 'If you like that, you'll probably like Whitesnake'. Upon returning home, James was bequeathed with a vinyl copy of 'Slip Of the Tongue' and everything changed. Investigation into who these rocks gods were, and where they came from, led James down a riff heavy powerhouse path paved by Rainbow, Dio, Gillan, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Years have passed, and James' knowledge of each act expanded as rapidly as his record collection.

One day, taking a break from his job as a graphic designer in a print studio, James went onto Glenn Hughes' fan forum and made a wild random boast about how skilled a designer he was. Sue Ashcroft from Fireworks Magazine happened to be reading, and the magazine happened to need a new person to design the magazine. Freaky or what? James ended up joining the Fireworks team and took over design duties from issue fifteen onwards. Because of James' love for rock music and the fact he is willing to force his opinions on anybody who will listen, Fireworks editor Bruce Mee finally relented and let James contribute reviews and ultimately interviews to the magazine. He has to date conducted lots of interviews with lots of his heroes, including Joe Lynn Turner, Chris Jericho, Glenn Hughes, Jimi Jamison, Mick Jones, Brian Howe, Ian Gillan and many more. And, to bring things full circle, he has done three interviews to date with Status Quo - the band he heard in the womb thirty years previously.

James helped Fireworks Magazine make the transition from a mostly black and white publication to one that had 16 colour pages by bringing the magazine to his then employers, before the magazine grew in stature and finally went full colour. He also proudly states since he came on board, the magazine has attracted much bigger names to it's pages, - although most would argue that's probably a coincidence. James eventually became a self employed designer and happily toils diligently on Fireworks every issue, as it was his first official customer upon going solo. James also loves to create the artwork and packaging for the series of Firefest DVDs that have been issued in conjunction with the amazing Transistor Pictures, among many other endeavors.

He has a website showcasing his artwork and skills at www.solitaryvision.co.uk and a personal website that serves as a home for all his interviews, his large sense of humour and his even larger ego over at www.jamesgaden.co.uk. James' favourite bands are Mr. Big, Whitesnake, anything by Roger Taylor, Queen, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Status Quo and many, many other classic rock acts, as well as having a love for powerhouse male vocalists like Tom Jones, Tony Christie, John Farnham and Michael Ball. James takes some flak from his colleagues for this, especially about Michael Ball, but he doesn't care, because Michael Ball calls him "mate" when he sees him. James is one of the youngest members of the Fireworks team, but makes up for being a late comer to the scene by having much more hair than many of his fellow writers.

James' TOP 5 BANDS:

1. Mr Big
2. Roger Taylor/The Cross
3. Queen
4. Whitesnake
5. Deep Purple

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  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
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  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
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  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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