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.
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.
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.