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Ant Heeks

Fireworks & Rocktopia Deputy Reviews Editor
Ant Heeks
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For virtually all of the 40 years of my life so far I’ve lived in the uninspiring Staffordshire town of Tamworth, home of Sir Bob Catley and Blaze Bayley & Wolfsbane (and less interestingly Sir Robert Peel, Julian Cope and two runaway pigs). I’m married to Izzy, have two lovely daughters (who I love even more since they have both now moved out!) and, unusually for someone who has lived in The Midlands all his life, support Norwich City (long story!)

Music has always been a big part of my life, there was always something on at home when I was growing up, be it Radio 2 or albums by the likes of Cliff Richard, Abba, The Beatles and Tony Christie, who I was named after (I bumped into him in Waitrose in Lichfield once but restrained myself from asking him if he ever actually did find Amarillo.) But the one band that really stood out and made me take notice of Rock music was the Electric Light Orchestra, to which I have my Dad to thank for introducing me. Not only was I completely entranced by the amazing melodies and arrangements of Jeff Lynne, but also the pounding drums of Bev Bevan, which led me to a) take up playing the drums (which I really should have stuck to, though it is like riding a bike) and b) searching for more similar hard-rocking styles of music. The next band I discovered was the mighty Status Quo – this being the mid-eighties they had just released the ‘In The Army Now’ album which became my first purchase (swiftly followed by ‘Twelve Gold Bars 1 +2’ which introduced me to the “real” Quo!)

Then came the pivotal time. Three albums were released in a fairly short space of time, namely Bon Jovi’s ‘Slippery When Wet’, Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ and Whitesnake’s ‘1987’ and their chart-bothering batch of hit singles and videos. My life was changed forever. Then an accidental viewing of the Rock chart on The Chart Show introduced me to some lesser-known bands (this side of the pond anyway) from the U.S.A. like White Lion, Great White and Cinderella that made me appreciate those bands that had to work just a little harder to get recognition. Then I found Headbangers Ball on MTV, where I discovered the likes of Tesla, Mr. Big, Damn Yankees, Danger Danger, Firehouse and the band that would eventually become my absolute favourite, Tyketto (the tattoo on my right arm proudly displaying my love for them.) Obviously Grunge came and went and pushed my beloved melodic music underground, yet I feel it emerged stronger and wiser, and with it came assistance from Scandinavia where I feel the strength of the scene now lies. But over the years my horizons have broadened considerably, I’m now happy to take in an extremely broad range of styles, from Country and Southern through AOR and Melodic Rock and all the way to Alternative, Prog, Metal, Thrash, Symphonic… and many other sub-genres that seem to emerge on a regular basis. And many of the bands that have become favourites I have discovered through Fireworks.

I began writing for Fireworks quite by accident, thanks to my friends in Sheffield band Crimes Of Passion. I had been a subscriber of the magazine for some time, then in an e-mail to our esteemed editor Bruce Mee I asked if he would feature an interview with Crimes in an upcoming issue. “Sure”, he replied, “but I have nobody to do it. Unless you fancy having a go?” How could I resist an offer like that? I journeyed up to Sheffield to meet with COP at their debut album release party and recorded an interview. Seeing the interview in print gave me the bug to get involved even more and I began writing reviews, and the rest is history. Then in 2012 I was asked to become Assistant Reviews Editor by then Reviews Ed. Paul Jerome Smith, who was then succeeded by Dave Scott, with whom I feel I have established a great working relationship. Fireworks Magazine is going from strength to strength, and I am very proud and privileged to be part of such an excellent team of writers.

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  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
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  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
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  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
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  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
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  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.

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