Fireworks Magazine



The Autumn issue of Fireworks comes out next week, another 148 pages jam-packed with Hard Rock and Metal goodness!! This issue’s cover feature sees us sit down with Glenn Hughes for a detailed and honest look into the reformation of Black Country Communion and their superb new album. Elsewhere we have interviews with Cheap Trick, Suzi Quatro, H.e.a.t, Walter Trout, Cats In Space, Threshold, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Accept, Tony Martin, Michael Monroe, Gun, Robin Beck, Steelheart, Janet Gardner, Masterplan, Coldspell, Boulevard, Da Vinci, Martina Edoff, Nocturnal Rites, Newman, Eden’s Curse and many more, including a five-page interview with Joe Elliot and Rick Savage as they look back at the recording of ‘Hysteria’ 30 years ago.
Amongst our plethora of features, The Expert’s Guide takes a look at Giant, whilst Unsung Heroes highlights the wonderful Sass Jordan. Dave Reynolds continues his in-depth look at his Divine Decade, this issue highlighting 1975, the year that saw debuts for Rainbow, Ted Nugent and Dave’s all-time favourite, Angel, as well as a little double live album called ‘ALIVE!’
Add to this another 50 pages of reviews, the biggest in any UK music magazine, and a free 78 track mp3 CD with accompanying 51 page pdf mag, and you have a 199 page issue of thoroughly indispensable Hard Rock/Metal music!
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FIREWORKS MAGAZINE’S Massive 148 Page Issue 78 Out Now

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 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!!).

FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 73 - Out Now - THUNDER

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Fireworks #73 features an exclusive interview with beloved British rockers Thunder who tell all about coming back with the fantastic 'Wonder Days' and their upcoming live CD and DVD set 'All You Can Eat'. Black Star Riders singer Ricky Warwick has been busy, releasing two solo albums at the same time so we get the story from him on both. Tobias Sammet discusses the latest star studded Avantasia recording, Axel Rudi Pell is back with a brand new album, and we have a great chat with the legendary Status Quo frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, who describe what it's like to have been in a band that have had hits spanning six decades, as celebrated on their new 'Accept No Substitute' collection.

With the usual wealth of interviews also including the likes of Ugly Kid Joe, Martin Turner, Primal Fear and upcoming British Rock hopefuls Inglorious, there's plenty to entertain you. There is of course the usual mass of reviews covering everything you need, as well as our writers round up of the best releases 2015 had to offer.

Naturally, we continue offering a free CD, this one offering no less than seventy tracks in mp3 form for your listening pleasure. If we can't switch you on to some promising new music, we'll book you in for a hearing test personally.

Hard copy available here at £4.99 plus postage (including free 70 track CD):

Download pdf plus all SEVENTY mp3 tracks available here, for a ludicrously low £3!!:


FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 72 - DEF LEPPARD + 100 PAGES and 78 MP3s

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Fireworks #72* sees the mighty Def Leppard grace our cover, as they return with a brand new album... that might be their best thing since 'Hysteria'. A bold claim, but one that Phil Collen is only too happy to back up. And to prove there is two sides to every story, we also get the thoughts of Vivian Campbell, who sits down to tell us not only about the new album, but his health problems, his past work with Dio and Whitesnake and how he got the Leppard gig. It's one of the most honest and revealing pieces we're ever had, and is part of a truly awesome five page feature on the Sheffield legends.
While that interview is worth the cover price alone, we don't stop there. W.A.S.P are back with a real cracker of a new album, so we chat in depth with Blackie Lawless, while power trio The Winery Dogs are with us to talk up their excellent second album. Michael Monroe speaks about his latest record, and Queensryche fans old and new will find something of interest as the band discuss 'Condition Human', while their former singer Geoff Tate is also in our pages promoting his new band Operation Mindcrime.
All that, plus Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Trivium, Mark Slaughter, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, Status Quo's John 'Rhino' Edwards, Leaves' Eyes, Martin Barre, Shinedown, Chris Norman, Radio Sun, Royal Mess... we had so much to cover, we expanded the magazine to 100 pages. And then we added some bonus interviews to the FREE COVER CD. Don't be thinking there's just interviews on there though, those are included alongside the SEVENTY EIGHT FREE SONGS!
100 pages & 78 FREE SONGS!
So with extra pages, extra interviews, free CD, you'll be wondering how much we've upped our price? The answer is WE HAVEN'T... same price as last issue. There is literally no reason not to buy a copy, so go and get one while they're hot. We won't be doing this every issue!
Buy hard copy online here:
Download pdf version here (including link to all 78 songs!!):
In UK shops from Thursday Oct 15. In USA/Canada mid November.

FIREWORKS #71 Out Now - Blackmore's Night

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Fireworks #71 sees our pages once again graced by everyone's favourite minstrel Ritchie Blackmore, who, along with his wife Candice Night, discuss the excellent new Blackmore's Night album, along with talking about reconnecting with David Coverdale, and Ritchie's thoughts about returning to rock out with some Deep Purple and Rainbow songs next year'
If that wasn't enough to catch you eye, we have another Deep Purple connection as the 'Voice Of Rock' Glenn Hughes discusses hitting the road for his biggest ever tour, flanked by none other than ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich. Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick talks about delving into his archives, Buckcherry proudly announce they are back to 'Rock N' Roll', and we also have Progressive Rockers Spock's Beard speaking about their new record.
All that, plus Mike Tramp, Gus G, The Dead Daisies, Russ Ballard - 27 features in total, a round up of the Download and Sweden Rock Festivals, over 100 new releases reviewed, as well as the usual round of of DVDs, books and EPs.
What, you want MORE? Fine, will 77 FREE SONGS do? Yes, that's right, SEVENTY SEVEN mp3 tracks mounted on the cover CD' or available as a download if you buy the PDF version or are having thew magazine shipped overseas. If that's not value for money, we don't know what is.
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In WH Smiths across UK from Thursday Aug 20th...

FIREWORKS 70 Coming Soon; Artist Offer

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Fireworks #69 is almost sold out a mere 2 weeks after release date. Along with the excellent cover interview with David Coverdale, the free 68 track mp3 CD has certainly had an impact.  So successful has this been that we are already looking for artists for the next issue due out on June 20. For an unbelievably low price of 75GBP an artist can have an mp3 song included on the CD, along with interview in the accompanying pdf. Deadline to have everything done is May 18, so any interested artists should drop us a line at as soon as possible. Fireworks is distributed all across UK, USA and Canada, so an excellent opportunity to get yourselves more widely known.

FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 69 - Out Now - WHITESNAKE

Monday, April 27, 2015
Fireworks #69 stands tall as one of the very best issues we've ever put out. First up we have a phenomenal interview with David Coverdale who talks all about the new Whitesnake record 'The Purple Album', offering an intriguing insight into getting back in touch with Ritchie Blackmore, the idea of the two of them working together again, and MUCH more. It was so good we extended it to three full pages! And we didn't exactly put all of our eggs in one basket, considering we also have Nightwish, Halestorm, Status Quo, Michael Schenker, FM, Black Star Riders, Richie Kotzen, Neal Morse, Jim Peterik, Steve Hackett and Nelson... and that's only some of the TWENTY SIX interviews in total.

We've also got our usual massive array or reviews, covering the new releases on CD, EP, DVD and book formats from the Rock, Metal, Progressive, Blues, Southern, AOR and Melodic Rock spectrum. And speaking of CDs ... 68 FREE songs!

Fireworks #69 also proudly presents a CD that is included FREE and provides you with no less than SIXTY EIGHT full songs in MP3 format, plus an accompanying PDF spanning 22 pages that tells you everything you need to know about the artists on there. And if you have an aversion to CD, don't worry, if you buy the magazine you can download them too. We've thought of everything!
On sale in WH Smith stores across UK from Thursday 23rd April, and across USA and Canada from mid May.

Alternatively, buy online HERE!!



FIREWORKS Issue 68 Out Now

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Out this week ... awesome KILLER issue with interviews with Scorpions, UFO, Thunder, Toto, Revolution Saints (all 3 members), Jeff Scott Soto, ISSA, Blind Guardian, H.e.a.t, China Sky, Eclipse, Ammunition, Care of Night, Angra, Reach, Furyon, Orden Ogan, Leah, The Answer, Gun, Wolfpakk, Sweet & Lynch, Impera, Blackberry Smoke, Last Autumn's Dream and many more!! Wonderful AOR packed 100 page issue.  Also includes competition to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to the fantastic Vasby festival where you can check out bands like WASP, Danger Danger, Magnum, X-Rated, MSG, Heaven & Earth, Work of Art, H.e.a.t, Eclipse and many more this July 17th/18th in Sweden.
Throw in 36 pages of the best melodic and hard rock reviews, and you have another issue packed to over-flowing.
Available NOW in WH Smith stores across the UK, this issue will reach USA and Canada late March.  You can also pick up hard copies directly from the Fireworks mini-shop at, and download pdf version also available for only 3GBP in the download store.



FIREWORKS Magazine Now In USA - List Of Stores

Friday, November 21, 2014
FIREWORKS MAGAZINE is now distributed across large areas of USA from this week. Hopefully if successful the US distributors will expand into other states. This is the chance for fans of melodic hard rock and 80s hair metal in America to embrace a magazine in their homeland and hopefully we can go on from strength to strength.  Full store listings for debut USA issue and for Canada given in the links below:
Facebook listing of USA Stores

Facebook listing of Canada stores
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