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Az Chaudhry

Fireworks & Rocktopia Assistant Editor
Az Chaudhry
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When I was growing up in the early 70s I used to listen to the charts and watch Top of the Pops and loved The Sweet and 10CC. My elder brother was really into Yes, Genesis, ELP, Floyd, Zep, Rainbow and Deep Purple and I could hear their classic albums blasting out from his bedroom and initially this is how I was attracted into rock / prog music. I used to look through his collection and marvel at the awesome album covers by Yes and Rainbow especially.

The first album I ever purchased was Rainbow's 'Down to Earth'. I bought the very first edition of Kerrang and discovered Michael Schenker and he has been my number one guitar hero ever since! In fact 1981 was a really special year for me as this was also the time that I came across Rush, Steve Hackett, UFO, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Scorpions, Y&T, Whitesnake and most other classic hard rock bands of the time.

Over the next couple of years melodic rock also captured my attention: Night Ranger, Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Toto, Survivor and Aldo Nova to name but a few. An important part of my musical development occurred during the early 90s when I was fortunate enough to manage Power Cuts (aka Yanks) record store in Manchester for almost 5 years. This is how I met Mr Mee and the Ashcrofts and the dearly missed Andy Barnes. They introduced me to Signal, Valentine, Diving for Pearls, Witness, World Trade, Harem Scarem and many many more quality artists. Tyketto's 'Don't Come Easy' was the first melodic rock album that I ordered as a new release for the shop and I take great pride in playing it every Saturday afternoon for three months solid and as a result selling numerous copies (if only I was on commission).

Over time my musical tastes have got heavier and Queensryche, Dream Theater, Vanden Plas, Fates Warning, Threshold and Evergrey have released many albums that I adore.

I'm still music mad and never stop getting a kick out of attending gigs. At last count I've seen over 1100 live shows (Rush, Michael Schenker and Steve Hackett account for over 150 of them). I own over 5000 albums and they are all cds or vinyl none of this digital nonsense! Rush tours take up a lot of my time (and money) as I've become rather obsessive over the past decade and have seen them all across the USA.

Bruce asked me to start writing for Fireworks six years ago and discovering new artists through reviewing their albums is a huge positive as well as meeting the rest of the gang who share the passion for this great music.

Forthcoming gigs at the time of writing (late November 2014) include ones by Slash, Peter Gabriel, The Who & Metal Mickey Schenker......

'Long Live Rock n Roll'

Az's TOP 5 ARTISTS:

1. Rush
2. UFO
3. Steve Hackett
4. Yes
5. Def Leppard

Az's TOP 5 ALBUMS:

1. Dream Theater – ‘Images & Words’
2. Queensryche - ‘Operation Mindcrime’
3. Rush – ‘Exit Stage Left’
4. Yes – ‘Drama’
5. Def Leppard – ‘Pyromania’

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  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.

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