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Paul 'Woody' Woodward

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Paul 'Woody' Woodward
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I am from Walsall in The Black Country area of the Midlands, UK. Being a big fan of live music, I love going to loads of gigs! I'm very lucky to live in an area which has quite a few venues of varying sizes, so I do get a good chance to see a lot of bands. A couple of my favourite venues are The Robin in Bilston and Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

I got heavily into music at the age of 16 and was quickly drawn to rock music. Unfortunately, at that time Grunge and Alternative Rock ruled the airwaves. I never really connected to or enjoyed the sound and style of those types of bands, so I was keen to discover older acts like Whitesnake and Def Leppard. This brought me to the underground Melodic Rock scene and bands like Crown of Thorns, Ten, Dante Fox and The Promise. Although I do enjoy Rock and Metal in general, my favourite music is definitely Melodic Rock and AOR. The first CD I ever bought was Tyketto's 'Standing Alone' single, the first gig I went to was Thunder on the 'Behind Closed Doors' tour in 95 at the Aston Villa Leisure Centre in Birmingham. While I could list a hundred bands as my favourites, British melodic rockers VEGA are the band I currently enjoy the most.

My passion for music has also led me to write reviews of gigs and albums in recent years, and I have been contributing to the local website 'Midlands Rock' since 2009. Not only does it allow me to express my passion for music, but it's also something I really enjoy doing and I've met some great people since I started. You may have stumbled across my reviews in the user reviews sections here on Rocktopia ... expect plenty of bad
grammar and even more unneeded apostrophe(')s than you can shake a stick at! :)

I have read every single issue of Fireworks Magazine and it very quickly became my music guide. As the mainstream press tends to totally ignore or even mock the melodic rock and AOR genres, Fireworks became a very important source of information, featuring reviews and interviews that take our favourite genres seriously while keeping the flame of decent music alive. So becoming part of the Rocktopia team is a real honour!

Please visit Woody's web site at www.woodysrockreviews.co.uk

WOODY

Woody's TOP 5 BANDS:

1. VEGA
2. Thunder
3. Tyketto
4. Magnum
5. REO Speedwagon

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  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!
  • Hysteria : GREAT MAGAZINE! Keep on rockin' guys!!!
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #95 is out now!
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»
  • Berny : Hi @Stuey6666: You are using two user names on Rocktopia. All current orders were assigned to your second account, pls. check your mail again.
  • Stuey6666 : Hi Berny - ordered 4 issues last week - still not arrived - have checked spam etc not there. cheers stu
  • Berny : @Adolfo: I've also just sent you the magazine via WeTransfer. But please check you junk mail folder, the mail was definitely sent earlier today.
  • Berny : Hi @Adolfo: Have you already checked your spam folder? If the mail cannot be found, pls. contact me at «email»
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  • Berny : @Adolfo: Pls. check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • Adolfo : I have order the #94 but I can't find the download
  • RockingHerb : Thank You Berny.
  • Berny : Hello @snowwolf: Pls. check your mail! Thanks in advance! B.
  • snowwolf : I bought the new issue at noon yesterday and it is now 4am the next day. Any idea when I’ll be able to download it?
  • Berny : @RockingHerb: Many thanks for your purchase. Pls. check your mail.
  • RockingHerb : When will my recent purchase show in my downloads. there is a message saying up to 3 hours is this correct
  • Johns Band : Will videos appear again in watch and listen. Good way for who albums to buy. I have Wrathchild - Live From London on DVD that might have been here. YouTube have averts now.

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