ASCENDIA & CIRCUS MAXIMUS In Toronto (Concert Review)

ASCENDIA & CIRCUS MAXIMUS In Toronto (Concert Review)

A perfect night for a concert in Toronto. Great weather and a Saturday evening September 3rd, 2016. Thankfully my wife and I came down early to enjoy some Vietnamese food at a nearby restaurant before going to the show. I decided to wear my 2014 Firefest shirt to see if anyone would have noticed that tonight’s headliners were listed on the back of my shirt. Next thing I hear someone at the table behind us…

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Album Review: Rage of Angels – Devil’s New Tricks

Album Review: Rage of Angels – Devil’s New Tricks

We learn and discover about new music/bands in many different ways and my discovery of Rage of Angels came about originally from another band. While on the Monsters of Rock Cruise in 2014 I happened across Tyketto (whose music I had heard, but not overly gravitated to). After experiencing what I can only describe as a religious experience during that performance (which I would later name as “The Best on the Boat”), I briefly met…

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DVD Review: Boulevard – Live From Gastown

DVD Review: Boulevard – Live From Gastown

Limited Edition – Boulevard Live From Gastown – Captured live on February 27th, 2015 at Vancouver’s legendary Warehouse Studio. I never got into this band until October 2014 in Nottingham, England and 25 years since the break-up, Boulevard from Canada hits the stage. The crowd seemed to really enjoy their performance and I know I sure did. I only remembered a couple of songs from this band from way back in 1988. I am sure…

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Väsby Rock Festival Day 2 – July 18th

Väsby Rock Festival Day 2 – July 18th

Day 2 of Väsby Rock Festival. After having a good night’s sleep at the hotel thanks to one of my friends who drove me the 5 km straight back to the hotel after the Danger Danger show. That enabled me to get in bed by 2.30 am. I learn that other guys want to see new hot Swedish band Adrenaline Rush that will start the second day at noon. That means getting up in time!…

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Väsby Rock Festival Day 1 – 17th of July

Väsby Rock Festival Day 1 – 17th of July

Introduction Väsby Rock Festival is a relatively new rock festival in Sweden established in 2013. The festival was founded and organized by a group of 8 people devoted to melodic hard rock/metal. The event is held in the small town of Väsby just north of Stockholm. Strategically situated only 10 km from the Stockholm international airport of Arlanda makes it easy for international visitors to just fly in, stay at a hotel just beside the festival…

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Anarchy in the U.K. – The Story of Two Canadians at Firefest: The Final Fling (Photography by Shawn Irwin) Part 3 of 3

Anarchy in the U.K. – The Story of Two Canadians at Firefest: The Final Fling (Photography by Shawn Irwin) Part 3 of 3

  Marty/Meister/Shawn ready to rock On this third and final day of concerts at 2014’s Firefest: The Final Fling here in Nottingham, England we were still quite energized and were up and attacking the Hilton buffet once again at a reasonable hour.  Shawn, proudly sporting his newly acquired Black ‘N Blue shirt, was ahead of me in the line as I noticed the gentleman ahead of him was wearing the same shirt.  He also had…

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Anarchy in the U.K. – The Story of Two Canadians at Firefest (Photo Galleries by Shawn Irwin) Part 2 of 3

Anarchy in the U.K. – The Story of Two Canadians at Firefest (Photo Galleries by Shawn Irwin) Part 2 of 3

  Meister & Scott Still reeling from Friday’s concert events at Firefest we arose on Saturday morning and again raided the Hilton’s breakfast buffet.  We greeted several folks that we had already met and even a few new ones as we ate or passed through the hotel lobby.  As we were looking to take up residence at a lobby lounge couch to make as much use as possible of the lobby provided free wi-fi services,…

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Anarchy In U.K.: Two Canadians at Firefest (1/3)

Anarchy In U.K.: Two Canadians at Firefest (1/3)

Nottingham, England, probably most well known in stories of Robin Hood, was the scene of the crime so to speak.  The population of the storied city swelled with tattooed, long-haired rockers the weekend of October 23-26, 2014 with the arrival of the annual Firefest Festival.  It was almost like there were two types of group in town over the weekend: the long-haired, tattooed rocker and the young, dressed to the nines, club going girl wandering…

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