Howdy-ho, folks! It’s been a spell since our last update, but we’ve got news for y’all!
Firstly, we’ve got a new bassist, Rude Rothstén, who joins us from Crossfyre vocalist StarBuck’s heavy rock band, Stoner Kings. Sami Salminen decided to pursue other personal career interests and Rude is now the man behind the bottom end with Crossfyre.
Also, Kai Olavi Järvinen decided to part ways with Crossfyre as second guitarist, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Be it mentioned, that the parting was amicable.
Those things said, Crossfyre is now in the studio, as we speak. We are working on a couple of new cuts, one of which is Lynyrd Skynyrd cover Cry For The Bad Man. The other song is one of our own concoctions, named Rebels Don’t Die.
Once again, we’re working with producer Hannu Leiden and sound engineer Eero Kaukomies. Recordings are taking place in Helsinki at both Sonic Pump Studios and Content Union Studios. As of yesterday, we have pretty much everything in the can now instrument-wise except the vocals. By the end of the year, we hope to have these songs released.
Howdy-ho, y’all! Tomorrow morning we will be leaving with Crossfyre to play a set of gigs in Germany and Poland. For any and all of you who are in the vicinity, be sure to drop in for a southern blues rocking good time!
June 22 – Hamburg, Germany at Cowboy Und Indianer
June 23 – Poznan, Poland at Alligator Club
June 24 – Wiśniew, Poland at Dwór Mościbrody (Gryf Party 2017)
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.
What a heck of a weekend we’ve had with Crossfyre up in Lapland, the northern hemisphere of Finland! On tour with Crossfyre, we brought the flavor of southern rock and classic rock in general to the north, and boy, did the people up here LOVE IT!
With a back-to-back set of gigs in Levi and Kuusamo respectively, we witnessed the good vibes catch on in droves both nights, with all manner of folk dancing the night away in front of the stage. Indeed, we play adult-oriented rock, but that said, anyone from their twenties to their sixties seems to dig our sound, regardless of where we play. That said, we really must be doing something right.
On Friday night, we pulled into Levi on the outskirts of Kittilä, after a near-20-hour drive from Helsinki. Our newly revamped Crossmobile turned heads left and right, with its snazzy tape-job, sponosored by Mad Croc Energy Drinks. It was a couple of years back that we wrote the theme song for Mad Croc’s motor racing division worldwide, and since that time, we’ve developed a great working relationship with the energy drink giant.
The Hullu Poro Hotel and resort in Levi has to be seen to be believed. It is honestly one of the coolest, most endearing places visually and atmosphere-wise, that there is to be seen and experienced in Finland. As a trivia note, in January 2009, Crossfyre vocalist StarBuck won his second Eurostars European wrestling championship title from Bernard Vandamme of Belgium at Hullu Poro Arena in Levi.
Our Friday gig at Hully Poro was a capacity biker bash entitled WILD RIDE. It’s an annual event, and this year, Crossfyre was the band of choice to play the happening. Top-of-the-line hotel rooms, wickedly good food and high-class cuisine on the house and a tremendous atmosphere capped off this outing. And I have to say: our cover of ZZ Top’s ”Sharp Dressed Man” always gets every ass in the joint moving like an ant farm. There’s just something to it that works every single time out. That’s probably because the original itself is such a great song to begin with!
Our second gig last night in Kuusamo at Ravintola Veijo was stellar, also. A real gritty bar in feel and vibe, Veijo is the kind of place rock bands want to play at. With a population of around 16 000 people, Kuusamo doesn’t have a lot happening, so when something notable hits town, you better believe the town folk are going to show up! And show up they did, a packed house at that! Here, we got to see how another carefully chosen cover song, Golden Earring’s ”Twilight Zone”, sank into people like a hot knife through butter.
Thanks to all the fine folks that came out to see us do what we do best this past Friday and Saturday in Northern Finland. Next weekend it’s Saariselkä at Santa’s Village and Ivalo respectively.