As the old saying goes, ”all good things come to an end”, and so it is with Dan Rönnbacka and the rest of The Crossfyre crew.
Dan informed us that his personal situation and job at present restrict him from taking part in the band as he would wish and as would be needed, and thus, he is opting to drop out.
Dan’s departure was initially a huge blow to Crossfyre, as in addition to being one of the most precise and talented bassists out there, Rönnbacka also handled all of the backing vocals on both the band’s albums as well as live.
We have a new bassist now, and we would publicly like to welcome Sami Salminen to the Crossfyre fold! Sami played with us at the Tallinn, Estonia Super Rally back in the summer of 2014 when Dan Rönnbacka was unable to play with us, so he is no stranger to our band.
Sami was born in 1972 in the eastern swamp area of Finland. He started playing bass at 13-years of age, and has played in THe Slidemobile, Root Remedy, Mike Estes & Bountyhunters and BigMan to date. He lists Leon Wilkeson, Steve Harris, Geddy Lee and Lemmy Kilmister as his musical influences. His favorite bands include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, ZZTop, Motörhead, Rush, LedZeppelin and Deep Purple. His instrument of choice at the moment is a Gibson Thunderbird 50th anniversary model bass guitar.
Hey y’all! We just got back from a tour through Poland and Germany, where we played the gigantic Harley Days 2015 event in Hamburg on June 27 alongside UFO from England.
Over 100 000 Harley’s streamed into Hamburg from all over Europe and about 500 000 visitors over the weekend of June 26-28 for Harley Days 2015.
A big thanks to all the fine folks who came out for our set of shows in Poland and Germany, and especially a big shout-out to Sven Hartwig from the Cowboy Und Indianer music bar, where we played our last gig on June 28 before heading back to Finland.
Crossfyre lead singer Michael’s wife Diana Majalahti took the following pics from the tour:
Professional photographer Frank Schwichtenberg sent in these photos from Harley Days:
Some more random pics from the tour, taken from Facebook:
Next up, we play another biker bash here in Finland on the island of Mossala on July 10, organized by Free Bikers Finland, called the Mossala Run. Be there!
This past Saturday night in Turenki, Finland, Crossfyre played the Blues, Bikes & BBQ Rally, organized by Custom Bikers Finland and Free Bikers Finland.
The weather was chilly to say the least, with everyone’s fingers feeling more like icicles than digits, due to the near-Arctic spring temperatures.
Our 45-minute set saw the bikers grooving away, albeit well-inebriated, as we tore through a short, but effective set of originals and a few cover songs before the midnight curfew hit, as the venue was lakeside with a housing area surrounding the shoreline.
Next up, Crossfyre hits Sonic Pump Studios next week to lay down tracks for our third LP outing, yet to be named. From there, we head to Poland and Germany on tour in the latter half of June, before returning to Finland for a summer full of gigs.
We’ve had a helluva couple of past weekends with Crossfyre, playing both the CBF (Free Bikers Finland) one-year anniversary event on January 31 at Bar Loose in Helsinki (in conjunction with the annual Helsinki Motorcycle Expo after party) and Porvoo´n´Blues Vol. 2 in Porvoo, Finland on February 7.
We’ve been busy with Crossfyre, shooting the upcoming Mad Croc Rock music video for the song by the same name off of our latest Iron Horse album. This video will also serve as a promotional video for Mad Croc Energy Drinks and Mad Croc Racing. Below are some stills from the video shoot to date, and the new video should be online very shortly, so stay tuned to our website for an update soon!
This past weekend, Crossfyre enjoyed a reunion of sorts. This band’s history goes way back to 1991, birthed in Florida, where drummer Danny Cross and guitarist Jay Jay Asikainen started the ball rolling. Danny moved to Finland some 15 years back, but Jay Jay remained in Florida. Everyone else in the Crossfyre line-up nowadays lives in Soutern Finland.
From time to time, about once a year on average, Jay Jay visits Finland and Europe for either recordings or gigs and even tours. Last year in 2013, Jay Jay couldn’t come over due to work related issues back home in the USA. This past weekend, however, Jay Jay hooked up with the rest of us in Crossfre to play the annual Moon River city festival in Porvoo, Finland, which currently serves as the band’s headquarters, more or less.
Below you will find some prime pics of Jay Jay playing with Crossfyre in this grand (near-)annual reunion from this past Friday, out on the town square in the middle of Porvoo. All photos by Mikael Häggblom.
We had a couple of fantastic gigs once again up in Lapland this past weekend, complete with driving over 3400km in total to bring our specific flavor of southern rock to the Arctic Circle.
On Friday night in Saariselkä, we played the annual Jänkhällä Jytisee biker bash at Santa’s Hotel. With about an estimated 500-plus folks on hand, filling out the hotel nightclub, we worked the bikers into a fevered frenzy. People wore wide smiles, beamed with good vibes and danced the night away to Crossfyre’s originals and select cover songs. Our hotel suite was indeed sweet, with three rooms and a living room, complete with sauna and kitchen quarters. There’s something to be said also for northern hospitality, with several meals on the house for the band while we were there.
Our second Lapland gig in Ivalo, just 30km north of Saariselkä, offered fantastic food and excellent accommodations, also. Ravintola Kultahippu is Ivalo’s premiere pub and live music establishment and the folks up there really appreciate good, live entertainment. We had this bar and pub rocking, drawing all manner of younger and older clientelle to the dance floor to shake their blues away to Crossfyre’s music.
Next up: the City of Porvoo’s Moonriver 2014 summer festival on Friday, August 29, with our set starting on stage at 22:00. For this gig, our second founding member and second guitarist,Jay Jay Asikainen, will be coming in from Florida. Be sure to come out and see this great spectacular!