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Tue
19
Jun

FIREWORKS Issue 83 Out Now

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FIREWORKS #83 AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!  IN SHOPS THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 21
 
148 jam-packed pages PLUS free 169 PAGE pdf and 90 mp3 songs!!  That’s 317 pages for £5.99 !!
 
 
INTERVIEW WITH:  Doro, Black Stone Cherry, Foreigner, TNT, Sevendust, Dare, Gioeli/Castronovo, Five Finger Death Punch, American Tears, Godsmack, Gus G, Ryan Roxie, Spock’s Beard, Amorphis, Shinedown, Kobra And The Lotus, Night Flight Orchestra, Praying Mantis, Vega, Stormzone, Lords of Black, Robby Valentine and MANY MANY more!!
 
The Divine Decade is a 4 page look back to 1978, with stunning debuts from Van Halen, Whitesnake, Toto and Zon along with defining classic live albums from Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, BOC, Ted Nugent and Scorpions. Plus so much more!
 
Unsung Heroes take a look at the career of Myke Gray while The Enthusiasts Guide highlights Richard Marx.
 
Sisters In Rock this issue looks at some of the newer female vocalists making a noise in Rock circles.
 
PLUS OVER 50 PAGES OF DETAILS REVIEWS!!
 
Digital Download Copy available Tuesday 19th at: http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_digistore&controller=dig...
 
 
Fri
16
Mar

FIREWORKS 82 Out Now, Feat. MICHAEL SCHENKER

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MASSIVE 148 PAGE FIREWORKS, COMPLETE WITH 159 PAGE PDF AND 88 FREE SONGS, ON SALE NOW!  (HARD COPY & DIGITAL)
 
The SPRING issue of FIREWORKS MAGAZINE is NOW on sale, in WH Smiths and selected independent newsagents across the UK. (Hard copies and digital copies can also be bought online – see below).
 
Cover stars of this issue are Michael Schenker, who talks about his new ‘Fest’ album which brings together all his previous vocalists for a collection of brand new songs. Also on the cover are Nightwish, where Floor Jansen discusses their new Best Of and explains the reasons behind not re-recording the vocals for the past classics. Speaking of Nightwish, we also chat to Tuomas Holopainen and his two band-mates Johanna Kurkela and Troy Donockley about their new project Auri.
Elsewhere we have interviews with WASP, Royal Hunt, WET, James Christian, Axel Rudi Pell, The Dead Daisies, Salty Dog, The Amorettes, Marco Mendoza, Galahad, Blackberry Smoke and many, many more.  For fans of 70s Glam, Dave Hill chats about his new book, ‘So Here It Is’, detailing his life and the wild, fun times with legends Slade.
 
Feature-wise, Sister In Rock takes a look at the Mattioli sisters, better known as Gypsy Queen, Pat Benetar, Rosalie Cunningham and Tane Cain. Bands That Time Forgot takes a detailed look at Desmond Child And Rouge, chatting with the inimitable Diana Grasselli, as well as the wonderful 70s band, Masters Of The Airways. The Enthusiasts Guide charts the success, or otherwise, of members of KISS on their work outside their main band, while The Divine Decade hits 1977, which saw debuts from the likes of Foreigner, Detective, Legs Diamond, Meat Loaf, Motohead and … The Sex Pistols!!
 
Hard copies (and subscriptions) can be got here:   http://fwminishop.rocktopia.co.uk
 
We also have a selection of cheap priced CDs/DVDs that may interest you.
 
 
Tue
12
Dec

FIREWORKS Issue 81 Out Now

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JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS – THE MEGA 148-PAGE FIREWORKS MAGAZINE WINTER ISSUE #81
 
The new issue of Fireworks Magazine is out NOW for online orders (in shops Thursday Dec 14).
 
Our cover feature sees Joey Tempest discuss the new Europe album and why the band have left their 80s sound far behind. Also on our cover is the work of artist Mark Wilkinson, who in a fantastic six-page feature tells us how landed the Marillion cover artist job, which then led to other amazing projects including Judas Priest and Judge Dredd!
 
Elsewhere in this issue we talk to Magnum main-man Tony Clarkin discussing the band’s return to form with their new album, as well as detailed chats with Mick Fleetwood, Jeff Scott Soto, LA Guns, Fozzy, Rick Springfield, Joe Satriani, Sons of Apollo, Shakre, The Dark Element, Autograph, Von Hertzen Brothers, Elvenking and fantastic newcomers Midnite City.  Little Steven tells us about his long and varied career in music and movies,  while ex Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen tells us all about his new band, Beast In Black.  Add to that further interviews with Pink Cream 69, Dante Fox, Revolution Saints, Vice, Adrian Vandenberg, Delain, 10 Years, Almanac, Leave’s Eyes and many, many more!
 
On the features front, Dave Reynolds takes a look back to 1976, the magic year that saw the release of Rainbow ‘Rising’, Rush ‘2112’ and, KISS ‘Destroyer’ alongside stunning debuts from Boston and Starz!
With Sisters In Rock we take a look at the long careers of Doro Pesch, Ann Wilson, Ann Boleyn and Joyce Kennedy, while Bands That Time Forgot covers The Reggie Knighton Band and TKO.
 
In the final part of his look back at the fanzine scene of the late 80s/early 90s, Rob Evans lovingly remembers the likes of Boulevard, AOR Basement and AOR Classics, chatting with those who were there, sweating blood and tears for the fans.
 
So what else can you fit into 148 pages? Oh yes – over 50 pages of the best, most detailed CD, DVD and book reviews you can find in the Rock scene, as well as TWO free pdfs totalling 108 pages (so 256 pages in TOTAL this issue!!) and 87 FREE mp3 songs!
 
Absolutely THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY ROCK MAGAZINE IN EXISTENCE!!
 
 

 

 
Mon
19
Jun

FIREWORKS Issue 75 Out Now - MR. BIG Cover

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Friday, October 17, 2014
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MASSIVE 148 PAGE ISSUE #79 OF FIREWORKS OUT NOW!!
 
Not only do we have some great interviews with the likes of Mr Big, Kobra & the Lotus, Warrant, Jethro Tull, Harem Scarem, Ritchie Kotzen, Jorn Lande, Ten, Seether, Dragonforce, Bonfire, Iced Earth and many more, we also have OVER FIFTY pages of reviews, the largest reviews section of any music magazine in the UK, with in-depth, intelligent discussions and opinions.
 
Do you remember the 80s and early 90s, in a time before the internet dominated our lives, when there was a large number of Rock fanzines giving us all the latest news and reviews that you wouldn’t find in the majors? Titles like AOR Basement, Boulevard, Voltz, Frontiers, Hard Roxx and many more. We surely do, and in this issue Rob Evans takes a look back at those titles and chats with some of those involved, in Part 1 of ‘Read ‘Em And Weep’.
 
Keeping Rob company on Memory Lane is Dave Reynolds as he takes a detailed look back into 1974, a year that saw debut releases from the likes of KISS, Rush, Bad Company and Kansas!
Add in our usual features:  Sisters In Rock, Breaking Bands, The Vinyl Countdown, Unsung Heroes, Take 5, The Expert’s Guide and Bands That Time Forgot, along with our free 52 page pdf on our CD (download link for outside UK) then there is an insane amount of reading packed into 200 pages … plus 90 mp3 songs to listen to – and all for the crazy low price £5.99 plus postage!
 
 
 
 
Fri
17
Mar

FIREWORKS MAGAZINE’S Massive 148 Page Issue 78 Out Now

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Another massive 148 page issue just crammed full of Hard Rock awesomeness! In-depth interviews with Deep Purple, Thunder and a glorious cover feature with Michael Schenker while also catching up with one of his amazing vocalists, Robin McAuley. Throw in loads more great chats with the likes of Night Ranger, Gotthard, Tokyo Motor Fist, House of Lords, Steve Hacket, Ayreon, Art of Anarchy, Eclipse, Unruly Child, Jim Jidhead, Axxis, Bloodbound, Quiet Riot, Firewind, Battle Beast and so many, many more, including new kids on the block, One Desire and Stefanie.
 
Complementing our usual features, we welcome two new articles this issue, the first of which will be a long-running serial. Dave Reynolds is a name that will be known to many of you, first coming to prominence in KERRANG! back in the 80s when it was every rocker’s bible. Dave now takes a look at his favourite 10 year span across the history of Rock music, 1973–1983, looking at the highlights as well as those releases that flew under the radar. Skip to page 14 to delve back into 1973!
 
Andrew McNeice has been the flag-bearer for AOR and Melodic Rock for the past 20 years, running his www.melodicrock.com website with intense passion and a clear love for the genre. I asked him to discuss what he considered the ten most under-appreciated AOR classics of all time, and the results can be found on page 122.
 
With our usual features, Dave Reynolds talks to 707 and Face Dancer in ‘Bands That Time Forgot’, while in Rob Evans’ ‘Sister Of Rock Column’ he looks at Leigh Matty, Sue Willits, Jackie Bodimead and Amanda Blue.
 
Caesar Barton’s ‘Expert Guide’ delves into Supergroups and Collaborations this issue, while Steven Reid’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ looks at the career of Bob Young (Status Quo).
 
And still we have Breaking Bands, Bookmark, The Vinyl Countdown and more reviews than you could shake a very big stick at!
And of course, there are over 70 free songs included this issue for a completely unmissable, crazy price of only £5.99 (download version only £3.50!!).
 
 
 
Tue
13
Dec

FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 77 Out Now

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FIREWORKS #77 ON SALE NOW!!
 
Thursday December 15 sees the street date for the new mega issue of Fireworks Magazine. 132 pages crammed full of all the best music from across the melodic rock spectrum.
For lovers of Classic Rock we have interviews with Glenn Hughes, Demon, Graham Bonnet, Bad Company, Black Star Riders, Stephen Pearcy and a surprisingly candid Jack Russell on all things Great White.
On the heavier side of things we talk to Accept, HammerFall, Pretty Maids, Enbound and Kai Hansen while over on the more AOR/MHR fringes we catch up with FM, Mecca, From The Fire, Seven, White Widdow, Cornerstone and many more!
On a more historical note we have a very open and honest discussion with Fast Eddie Clark on his departure from Motorhead and subsequent formation of Fastway, catch up with ex Tygers of Pan Tang vocalist Jon Deverill and talk to the guys from that wonderful US band New England on their new live album and likelihood of new music.
 
Add to this all your favourite new regular features such as The Bands That Time Forgot, The Vinyl Countdown, Sisters In Rock, Breaking Bands, Unsung Heroes, The Experts Guide as well as a one-off look at ways of getting your music books published and our writers’ Best of 2016 lists, and not forgetting your free CD with over 70 mp3 songs and additional pdf — so can see how much Value For Money we love to give our readers.
 
Available from most WH Smith shops across UK from this Thursday 15th December.
 
 
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Thu
15
Sep

Massive 148 Page Issue #76 of FIREWORKS Out Now

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Fireworks Magazine just got crazy BIG and crazy BETTER!! This new issue is a MASSIVE 148 pages (that's 16 pages more than the late lamented Classic Rock: AOR ' and £2 cheaper!!) And not only do you get 148 print pages but there is also a 38 page pdf on our free CD along with 74 (Seventy-Four!!) mp3 songs. All for £5.99. Are we crazy? Yes, we are, but we're crazy fans of melodic Hard Rock & Metal and want to share all this goodness with you, the fans.

There is something for everybody here. For fans of classic American hard rock we have Dave Reynolds doing updated interviews with Angel, Starz and Legs Diamond. NOT to be missed! Elsewhere we talk in-depth to Aerosmith's Brad Whitford about his long awaiting second album with Derek St Holmes, as well as Bun E. Carlos on his time with Cheap Trick and debut solo CD.  We also have Johnny and Donnie Van Zant bringing us up to date on their new live album, and speaking of Southern Rock, Blackberry Smoke are here to discuss their latest release with us.

For 80s/90s US melodic hard rock we catch up with Tyketto, Hardline and Mitch Malloy to discuss their great new albums.
For Prog fans we have great interviews with Kansas, Marillion, Evergrey and The Room, DGM.
You want AOR?  You've got it! Change of Heart, Dante Fox, Angels Or Kings and Miss Behaviour.
Classic UK Rock? We talk to Ian Gillan, Status Quo and the Tygers of Pan Tang.
Symphonic Rock? We have a dose of Epica, Twilight Force, Delain and Sonata Arctica.
Plus even more interviews with Lordi, The Dead Daisies, Skillet, Beth Hart, Ray Wilson, Sabaton, Rox, Pain, Devin Townsend ' and so many MORE!!

But it's not just interviews and reviews - we have a stack of new features to complement our existing ones:
Alongside this issue's Take 5, Unsung Heroes (a 4 page look at the career of bassist Chuck Wright), Expert's Guide (FM) and Breaking Bands we have two new features starting this issue from Rob Evans: the first is called 'Sisters In Rock' and looks at the ladies who have brought some great music to us over the years; some well-known, others a little more underground. This first column features Darby Mills, Robin Beck, Toronto's Holly Woods and Storm's  Jeanette Chase. Rob also takes a dip into the world of hard to find AOR vinyl in 'The Vinyl Countdown'.

Add to this 40 PAGES of the most in-depth album reviews out there, then you can see we have totally gone to town on this issue.

Available in WH Smith shops across UK from September 15th (USA and Canada from mid October) and online at www.rocktopia.co.uk (both hard copy and pdf/mp3 downloads), do yourself a big favour and check out the BIGGEST and BEST magazine for all your Hard Rock and Melodic Metal needs.
 
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Wed
08
Jun

FIREWORKS Issue 75

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Friday, October 17, 2014
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FIREWORKS #75 - BIGGER, BETTER, HARDER ROCKING!  PRE-ORDER NOW - ORDERS SENT TUESDAY 14th JUNE.  IN SHOPS FROM THURSDAY 16th.
 
The new, improved Fireworks #74 went down VERY well, and new 132 page issue #75 is even BETTER. This issue is packed with awesome female rockers, with ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja discussing not one, but two upcoming new releases. We also hear from legends Doro Pesch and Lita Ford, along with the likes of Erika, Blues Pills, Lacuna Coil and Scorpion Child.
 
For a trip down memory lane, Dave Reynolds gives us a three and a half page feature on the wonderful Witness, with all new interviews with Debbie Davis and Joey Huffman. Dave also supplies this issue's 'Take 5', looking back on releases which he feels should have been way more successful than they were.
Elsewhere we have the first print interview with Darren Wharton on the new Dare album, which sees Vinny Burns return to his rightful place at Darren's side, supplying the tasteful guitaring that only The Viper can!

And also interviews with Joe Lynn Turner, Ace Frehly and a detailed chat with Punky Meadows as he discusses his debut solo album as well as the Angel days. Plus Jorn, Dan Reed Network, Vega, Chris Ousey, Q5, Kissin' Dynamite, The 69 Eyes, Frost*, Ted Poley, Phantom V, The Jelly Jam, Iron Saviour, Haken, Paul Gilbert, Royal Republic and oh, so much more.
Amongst the features are The Expert's Guide: Mark/Marcie Free and a four-page 'Unsung Hero' in-depth look at the career of Robin George.
Add this to the most extensive and detailed reviews around PLUS a free CD featuring 78 songs, and you REALLY have way more hard-rocking melodic metal than you could shake a reasonably sized stick at.
 
Magazine will be at shops on Thursday 16
th June.  As regards mail order, due to fact we'll be away from Wed-Mon next week, all pre-orders will go out on Tuesday 14th.
Pop on over to http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_rokquickcart&view=rokquickcart&Itemid=401 and place your order now.  You KNOW it makes sense!
 
 
Tue
29
Mar

FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 74 - NEW LOOK LAUNCHED!

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FIREWORKS #74 ON SALE NOW - BIGGEST ISSUE EVER!
 
You know, we figured it was time to change the magazine a little, make it a little more modern and professional looking. So not only have we updated the cover logo, we have changed a lot of the interior design too.
AND for this re-launch issue we have increased the page count to 132 pages. That's the same as Classic Rock: AOR was, but not only is FIREWORKS £2 cheaper, we have over 100 more album reviews and over 50 more free songs on our CD!
Speaking of our CD we also have a 34 page pdf on there ' so that's 166 pages in total. All for £5.99!  Crazy, right?
 
We've added a few historical features from this issue.  'Take 5' will have our writers as well as established names in the business picking 5 albums from their collection that they reckon should have met with greater success. The first to delve into his collection is the wonderful Dave Ling, one of the most revered journalists of our genre. Future names will include veterans of the AOR scene such as Derek Oliver, Dave Reynolds and Kelv Hellrazer as well as some of our own renowned writers.
We'll also be looking in detail at some of the unsung heroes in rock, those journeymen who have travelled far and wide lending their hard-earned skills wherever they go; Steven Reid covers the first subject of this new feature, guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Elsewhere, Caesar Barton takes an in-depth look at Gotthard, highlighting which albums demand your attention, and which might not be so indispensable.
 
Of course, with 132 pages we have an enormous number of interviews, having detailed chats with the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Magnum, Cheap Trick, Last In Line, Tremonti, Nordic Union, 3 Doors Down, Dream Theater, Reckless Love, Treat, Yes, The Defiants, Metal Church, Johnny Lima, NWOBHM stalwarts Savage and an exclusive chat with new Rainbow vocalist Ronny Romero from Lords of Black! Oh, and not forgetting Rick Springfield, Rage of Angels, Drive She Said, The Treatment, Mute Gods, Monster Truck, The Wildhearts, Yes and SO MUCH MORE!
 
Your favourite melodic hard rock magazine just got BIGGER and so much BETTER!!
 
Available from selected WH Smith, McColls and independent shops across UK and online at www.rocktopia.co.uk

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Wed
11
Nov

FIREWORKS 73 CD Offer

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FIREWORKS #73 CD OFFER
 
News: "We are currently putting together our CD for release with #73 of Fireworks Magazine. For the ridiculously low price of GBP75 ($115) you get one track on our mp3 CD (up to 7 minutes in length) and an interview in the accompanying pdf on same CD.

Fireworks Magazine is distributed across UK, USA and Canada.  Interested parties please contact Bruce at:  fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com.
 
You can check out the magazinbe at the Rocktopia download store.  Issues #50 and #57 are FREE!!  http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_digistore&controller=digistoreProducts&task=list&cid=2&Itemid=535"
 
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Tue
07
Jul

FIREWORKS 70 Out Now

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2015
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Fireworks #70 is out now!
 
The new issue of Fireworks sees the German Metal legends Helloween explain their ‘God Given Right’ while guitar enthusiasts will be eager to hear what Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Bubmblefoot have to say about their latest projects. Europe are back with a brand new record, just like British rockers Ten, who deliver a new album just six months after their last one! Ex-Alcatrazz vocalist Graham Bonnet speaks about going back into the studio, while another Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner discusses the Rewind Festival, Rated X and the talk of him  reuniting with Ritchie Blackmore. With the likes of House Of Lords, Kamelot and Symphony X rounding out the 22 interviews this issue, there’s plenty to get your teeth into!
 
Not only that, we have the usual huge cross section of reviews covering Classic Rock, Metal, Progressive, Symphonics, Blues and AOR - is there a more in depth reviews section in any other magazine? We don’t think so - nor are we aware of any magazinee giving away 71 (yes, SEVENTY ONE) songs with the issue, ABSOLUTELY FREE. We guarantee you’ll like something on the disk. If you don’t, we can only assume you have bought the wrong magazine, or you are Simon Cowell. Let’s rock!
 
Available in WH Smiths across UK, and in Barnes & Noble and Hastings across USA, and various Chapters etc in Canada. Direct sales can be bought online at www.rocktopia.co.uk, as well as a pdf download version (including all mp3 songs) for only £3!!
 
  
 
Fri
17
Oct

FIREWORKS Issue 66 Out Now

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FIREWORKS #66 OUT NOW!
 
This new issue of Fireworks sees the magazine distributed across the USA (various Barnes & Noble, BAM (Books A Million) and Hastings - full store list ASAP) for the first time, and still going well across Canada and back home here in the UK.

Our new 100 page issue sees megastars Godsmack on the cover (three consecutive Billboard 200 #1 albums and record number of singles in the Rock Top 20) as well as great interviews with SIXX:A.M., Status Quo on their surprising new acoustic album, Ritchie Kotzen, Dennis DeYoung, Counting Crows, Seether, Kobra and the Lotus, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Southside Johnny and many more!
 
Our Scandinavian brothers are well catered for with interviews covering TNT, Freak Kitchen, Dalton, Grand Design, Evergrey and 220 Volt.  Of course, we can't forget the UK, and here we have Gary Hughes telling all about the awesome new Ten album 'Albion', Saracen on their back to basics 'Redemption', Vega on their latest opus, and interviews covering the debuts from Angels or Kings, Skyscraper and the monstrous In Faith. Like your prog? Check out our chats with Flying Colors, Enchant, Neal Morse and The Pineapple Thief.  Combine all this with the most numerous and in-depth melodic rock reviews available, and you really have a bi-monthly bible you can't be without.
 
Available in hard-copy and download from www.rocktopia.co.uk as well as stores across UK, USA and Canada (check out online store-finder for details).
 
Wed
27
Aug

Fireworks Issue 65 - MR. BIG Cover Story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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FIREWORKS #65 arrives a little earlier than expected with an exclusive cover story on the new Mr Big album and a few stories they could tell us. Elsewhere Accept tell us about their wonderfully melodic new album 'Blind Rage', Extreme chat to us on their recent UK tour performing Pornograffitti in full, Ted Nugent tells it like only Ted can, Work of Art put us in the frame with their new album ' and so much more, with Skid Row, Threshold, Theory of a Deadman, Bernie Marsden, Hammerfall, Mike Tramp, Unisonic, AOR, Kix, Paul Gilbert, Helix and many up and coming new bands in the scene.

Also our usual in-depth CD reviews across 14 pages and a live section that this issue covers Sweden Rock and Download up close and personal.

100 pages of the best melodic hard rock you can find, all for the amazingly low price of '4.99.  Now also available all across Canada (see the Fireworks Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/FireworksMagazine?ref=hl.


 
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