Fireworks

Phil Ashcroft

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Phil Ashcroft
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As a child of the front end of the sixties I was just the right age to get into glam rock, particularly The Sweet and Wizzard. From there I discovered Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and all the classic rock that I’d just missed, and through my teenage years I was a sponge that soaked up all the Progressive Rock, Hard Rock and Metal that was out there, particularly the US bands that seemed to have more originality and style. From there I diversified into AOR, Melodic Rock and Pomp and got heavily into the thriving Canadian music scene, as championed by the great Paul Suter in Sounds magazine and later Kerrang! Around 1980 I started writing just for fun in fanzines called Limelight and Rock Live and continued to discover all manner of weird and wonderful bands from throughout the world.

The next big movement was the US hard rock scene pioneered by the likes of Motley Crue, Ratt, Great White and Queensryche and I spent many holidays hanging out at the legendary clubs of the Sunset Strip. I got more into guitar styles and love Satriani, Vai and all the guitar instrumentalists that were coming through Mike Varney’s Shrapnel label, then towards the end of the 80’s I discovered bands like Fates Warning and Dream Theater who were taking metal into new and exciting directions by mixing it with Progressive Rock.

I met Sue and we married at the beginning of the nineties, we have two children and have spent many family holidays in Toronto where we could combine spending time with Sue’s relatives and seeing bands in clubs like The Docks, RPM and the Molson Amphitheatre. I took up writing again for Raging Heart fanzine around 1998 and that kind of morphed into Fireworks. We’d been helping out at the Gods festivals for many years and do the same for the Firefest festival where I’m the Press Officer, and I’ve been the Reviews Editor for Fireworks for several years. Recently I’ve been getting more in Jazz and Fusion but can listen to anything as long as the musicianship is good.

Outside of music I’ve worked for the Heinz food company for over 25 years where I’m a stock controller, and have a keen interest in reading and travelling. Sue and I have two beautiful Grandchildren and live in Wigan with our 23 year old son, and for the best part of forty years I’ve supported my local football team, Wigan Athletic, through good times and bad.

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