ASHBURY have a multi-page feature in the great Iron Fist magazine from the UK. Hunt one down, I found my copy at Barnes & Nobles.
The ASHBURY phenomenon just keeps picking up steam. Yet another festival appearance to add to their resume, after successfully appearing at Ragnarrokr (Chicago), Up The Hammers (Greece), Keep It True (Germany), Hammer of Doom (Germany) and Muskelrock (Sweden) they are off to California in two weeks to appear at Frost and Fire Festival alongside Manilla Road. Here are the festival details as pulled from their site:
Frost and Fire traditional heavy metal festival 10/17/15 @ Bombay – 143 S. California St. – Ventura, CA. Event is 21+over.
Doors at 4:30pm
Early bird Presale tickets only $15.00!!!!!!!!!!!!
(additional $2.00 service charge will be applied)
Tickets available at www.frostandfirefest.com
Manilla Road (exclusive southern California appearance)
Ashbury (USA)(performing their classic album “Endless Skies”)
Steel Prophet (featuring Neil Turbin)
Finally we have a true heavy metal festival on the West Coast! On 10/17/15, classic heavy metal descends on Southern California! This is a single-day fest featuring some classic bands from the genre, as well as some current heavyweights carrying the torch in the modern era. We have decided to throw this thing in a small venue, using two stages and also making it the most affordable festival of its kind, by far! Our goal is to accommodate the fans from around the globe and make it as easy as possible on their wallets. We know the fans deserve this, as we are lifelong fans, ourselves. For all of you who have ever been looking for an excuse to come to sunny Southern California, this is your opportunity! The venue (Bombay) is within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, and bars, and is only two blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean! Grab these tickets while you can and join us in this celebration of Frost and Fire!
Ashbury – Endless Skies LP. Vinyl reissue of classic early 80s hard rock private press record from Arizona! A real gem for fans of classic hard rock like Jethro Tull and even 70s metal heads into such obscurities as Legend (From the Fjords) or southern rockers into groups like The Outlaws. Hypnotic vocal hooks and a mystical atmosphere mixing acoustic and electric guitars lures you right into this group’s unique hard rock sound. It’s amazing how such talent can slip right under the radar. These guys were buried treasure waiting to be unearthed when we made contact over 5 years ago and re-released their masterpiece “Endless Skies” on compact disc. Since that time, they have played Ragnarok festival in Chicago with great success and set off to Europe for two more festival shows! Here we bring you a near exact vinyl reissue of the legendary 1983 debut album that collectors scramble for, brilliantly re-mastered and including an informative lyric insert and color poster.
- The Warning
- Take Your Love Away
- Hard Fight
- No Mourning
- Mystery Man
- Endless Skies
Hard rock ripper with progressive edge; been compared to Black Sabbath and Bill Nelson – The Acid Archives (I think they mean a cross between the two)
“Some people are just good at certain things, just rule at something. Tom Brady at playing quarterback in the NFL, for instance. Sidney Crosby in hockey, as an example. Dennis Bergeron at coming up with amazing obscure hard rock. I mean, let’s face it, here’s a guy who (along with his late partner, Phil Baker) turned me onto: Winterhawk, Slauter Xstroyes, Full Moon, Sorcery, Manilla Road’s “Dreams Of Eschaton,” do I need to go on? Well, Dennis has done it again, this time hitting me right between the eyes with a little album that came out of Oklahoma in 1983. Now I’ve heard that the wind goes sweeping down the plain in Oklahoma, but the guitars must have too, and a couple guys named Randy & Rob Davis must’ve been standing there, waiting to catch ’em. They did and then they started to play like madmen (well, there’s a song on the album called “Madman,” so…) and came up with this absolute beaut of a record. There is really very little I can say about how good this damn thing is, from beginning to end. The songs are so good, the playing (Randy Davis – lead guitar) & singing (Rob Davis) so spectacular that you’re going back & hitting “repeat” to hear every single track again. So what does ASHBURY actually sound like? The best description I can think of is The Moody Blues songs & vocal melodies crossed with the hard rock riffs & leads of Full Moon (or for the obscure-challenged, Ritchie Blackmore, maybe). From the opening of “The Warning” through scorched-in-your-brain hook-laden jewels like “Twilight” & “Vengeance,” this album stands up with anything from the ’70’s, including all the big boys. You then finish up with the 7+ minute epic title cut and your face-to-face with an opus that finds it’s equal in Full Moon’s “Winter City” & Winterhawk’s “Period Of Change.” This is the real deal, kids, & it’s only a shame that ASHBURY never did a follow-up. Essential for any ’70’s hard rock fanatic!” – Chaos Realm
Finally, we have some of our artist T-shirts becoming available over at the Rockadrome Store. Grab some now and show your support for Rockadrome and these great bands.
At the moment, we have shirts available from Truth & Janey, Jerusalem, Iron Claw, Icecross, Ashbury and also a Rockadrome label shirt! Coming soon, Winterhawk and Cain shirts! Here are some examples:
Ashbury recently finished playing their first ever European shows this past week with an appearance at Germany’s Hammer of Doom festival, followed by two nights at clubs in Greece, the latter being an acoustic set featuring the Davis brothers. All shows were a great success with most fans walking away mesmerized much like they were after Ashbury’s set at the Ragnarrokr fest in Chicago earlier this year.
Here are some links to some photos albums from facebook:
You can find Ashbury on Facebook here.
Some video from Hammer of Doom here.
Ragnarokkr heavy metal fest hit the city of Chicago’s south loop area at Reggies on May 3rd-4th. In a surprise to some, Rockadrome label artists, Ashbury and Winterhawk were huge hits as both had the crowd chanting their names and left great impressions on everyone in attendance! The buzz was that they stole the weekend!
I’ve seen this latest incarnation of Winterhawk several years prior at the Alehorn of Power fest in Chicago and it’s always a pleasure to watch Jordan Macarus wield his homemade six string axe and slay the audience with his magical playing. If you’ve never seen them, you need to. At Ragnarokkr they played classics like Hammer and the Axe, There and Back Again, Free to Live and ‘new’ classic Larkin. It’s about time they headed over to Europe!
This was the first time I’ve seen Ashbury live and they were excellent. They entranced the crowd with their own brand of classic epic hard rock as they played classic tracks from the Endless Skies album and a few from their self-released follow up. These old pros knew how to deliver the goods and they whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their great delivery and execution! That’s the great thing about heavy metal crowds, they are not going to just sit back and enjoy they are gonna rush the stage, fist pump, scream, and call for more….and they did!!! Get ready Europe as Ashbury are headed over to Germany and Greece later this year!