Crossfyre

Played 2011

Crossfyre

About Crossfyre

Finnish-American southern blues rock outfit Crossfyre has been around for a good spell already, prior to releasing their smashing debut album Southbound in May 2010. Having toured extensively previously from the USA to Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Estonia, Crossfyre has been known as a trio, mostly covering classic Stevie Ray Vaughan songs.

Crossfyre was formed in 1990.  Founding member Danny Cross recalls thebeginning:  I remember the first gig we did with Crossfyre.  Me and JJ had been sitting in a bar a couple a weeks before and the owner walked over and asked us do you guys play in a band? I myself had just quit another band and JJ was new in the States. I remember saying yes, and the owner asked us to come and play on Christmas. So me and JJ went to every open jam to find us a bass player and lead singer. Rob was the first man we got hold of, he was a great guy with a weird attitude, but we got it going. The next guy we met was Jeff, he played guitar and did the lead singing and off we went to the gig. All went well and the owner asked us to play again on New Year’s Eve. At that gig, we were joined by a sax player, Poppa John. He was the hairiest, most hard working sax man ever born. One thing lead to another and a couple of gigs later this guy with one arm walks up to the stage and asks me if he could sit in and play with us. I asked him what he played and he told me that he played the piano and keys. I looked at him and said really. He told me don’t let the one arm thing fool you. He got up and played the shit out of those keys. Thinking back, it still scares me how he could do it, then again Rob loved him ‘cos he did not mess with his bass lines.

Cross continues:  As the story goes , we turned out to be one of the hardest working bands in Florida. After Rob left the band we got Mark Brooks on bass. Jeff left the band after a while and we had several guys walking in and out of the band: Bruce Dundee, Paul Roberts, Kyle Reese, Keith MacKendrick from the Champs and T-Bone Arffman just to name a few. Today, the band members are me, StarBuck, JJ and Dan Ronnbacka. Magnus “MacYoung” Ljungqvist appears on shows every once and a while on hammond too. Indeed, of all of the names previously listed, current band vocalist StarBuck brings a new dynamic to the group, as he comes to the band from a heavy rock and metal background, in addition to being a recognized independent professional wrestler worldwide. StarBuck brings a whiskey-soaked baritone sound, loaded with attitude and punch to Crossfyre’s southern blues recipe.

With all members of Crossfyre having extensive experience in various outfits, from the Tin Pan Alley Blues Band to the Roadrunner Band to Gloria & The Hangover Blues Band to Palm Beach Soul to the Paul Roberts Band to Zystem Bag to Fireball to Finland’s legendary Remu & The Hurriganes, you know that these boys mean business. Ride on!

What Passengers Think

This was our first RLC, we REALLY wanted to do this one because of Uriah Heep and The Circle. The fact that Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bad Company were on it also just sweetened the pot. It was our first time seeing Todd Rundgren, Gary Hoey, Quiet Riot, Artimus Pyle and Elvin Bishop, who were all great! We caught parts of some of the other bands and unfortunately some not at all. We didn’t leave the ship at all because there just too much GREAT music!
The artist we met were all very nice. Loved the Meet and Greets. And now we have new bands to follow.
My only complaints ( and they wouldn’t stop my husband and I from returning) were the saving of the chairs with towels, and the staff in the buffet room seemed ill equipped to handle the crowds, which were predictable. Also, I thought the buffet room should have had longer daytime hours, that would have helped with tables not available. But we weren’t there for the food or the destination. We were there for the non stop music. Gary Hoey and the All Star Jam was the best surprise, we didn’t move for 3 hours, didn’t want to miss a second of that great show. Gary was a terrific host.
We will be back! Oh and fun swag too!

Beckie Webster, Terrific Beckie Webster, Terrific

2018 was our first Rock Legends Cruise and as soon as we got off the boat we booked RLC7 for 2019. The entire experience was such a good vibe. Everybody on board from passengers to artists are just having a great time. It’s not hard to do when everyone around you is happy.

Kris Bennett, RLC6 Kris Bennett, RLC6